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Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)

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Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)

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CSU's Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) enables graduates to gain a qualification as a registered nurse, then immediately complete further paramedic study.

  • Why study this course?

    The Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) at CSU enables you to enrol in a study pathway providing you with a range of career options in health care.

    You will complete the Bachelor of Nursing full-time at Bathurst Campus in the first three years of the course, gaining a solid theoretical and practical grounding in health care, before continuing on to complete the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) over two years by distance education.

    The Bachelor of Nursing component prepares you for health care in the 21st Century and beyond, equipping you to work in a broad range of contexts and with patients across the lifespan. You will become a competent and adaptable graduate, able to be a creative and critical thinker, and a reflective and ethical practitioner, educator and facilitator.

    The Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) enables registered nurses to transition to paramedic practice, with the ability to solve complex problems and implement plans of action that are clinically, ethically and logistically sound.

    You will complete theoretical subjects in the sciences and health care, as well as nursing and paramedic clinical placements to develop your practical skills.

    Professional recognition

    The Bachelor of Nursing is accredited through the ANMAC and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) has provisional accreditation with the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities Inc.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates of this course will be able to work as professional registered nurses with the skills to work in health facilities ranging from primary to tertiary settings, and who will have a specific knowledge of regional and Indigenous health services.

    Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) will have the knowledge base to support their decision-making processes, and work in a multi-disciplinary team, with a positive and caring attitude.

  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Students who have previously completed part or all of a tertiary course may be eligible for credit, as per CSU Credit Regulations.
    The following credit packages apply for Enrolled Division 2 Nurses entering the Bachelor of Nursing.

    Enrolled Division 2 Nurse Diploma of Nursing NSW TAFE Course No 4393 Diploma of Nursing Course Nos. HLT51607 and HLT51612
    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    NRS111 Professional Nursing 1: Foundations of Learning
    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    NRS113 Introduction to Primary Health Care
    NRS121 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Communication
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills
    NRS123 Professional Nursing: Health Law for Nurses
    NRS212 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Health and Nursing
    Enrolled Division 2 Nurse Certificate IV (2008 and beyond): Course No. 3262
    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    NRS113 Introduction to Primary Health Care
    NRS121 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Communication
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills
    NRS212 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Health and Nursing
    Enrolled Division 2 Nurse Cert IV (prior to 2008) Course No 3228
    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    NRS113 Introduction to Primary Health Care
    NRS121 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Communication
    Enrolled Division 2 Nurse Cert IV (prior to 2008) Course No 3228 + Medication Endorsement
    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    NRS113 Introduction to Primary Health Care
    NRS121 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Communication
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills

  • Workplace learning

    During the Bachelor of Nursing, you will develop practical skills using simulated learning in various health care settings on campus, as well as attending placements. These may include working in secondary health settings with children and adults, community or residential aged care facilities, mental health community or institutional settings, or other primary, secondary or tertiary health settings.

    Students in the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) complete 140 hours of clinical experience in a supervised placement in an ambulance service setting. The placement focuses on developing clinical skills working with patients with acute health conditions, with an emphasis on communication, scene management and procedures dealing with airways, breathing, circulation, posture and patient assessment.

    All students are required to comply with the risk management policies and procedures of their host ambulance authority while on placement.

    Immunisation

    NSW Health is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all clients in health care settings and providing a safe and healthy working  environment for all staff and other clinical personnel, including students  undertaking workplace learning. This commitment includes adopting an assessment, screening and vaccination policy Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specific Infectious Diseases (PD2011_005) that minimises the risk of acquiring infectious diseases. Compliance with this  policy is mandatory for all health facility staff, including students on clinical placement.

    Students must comply with NSW Health immunisation and vaccination requirements and be verified prior to being allocated to a workplace learning facility. This applies to all students regardless of state or territory. All students must undergo vaccination against infectious diseases prior to being allocated to a facility within NSW or other states. Results of these vaccinations are kept on a  personal record card (available from the School through which the student is  studying). This card must be presented, upon request, by NSW Health, or other health facility staff, whilst the student is attending workplace learning.

    The Policy requires that you consult your local doctor to  obtain written proof of protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis,  measles, mumps, rubella, varicella and hepatitis B.

    NOTE: It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of this policy have been met, and failure to comply with the requirements may jeopardise completion of your studies.

    As a full course of vaccinations may take several months to complete, you are advised to consult your local medical practitioner well in  advance of the commencement of your studies.

    PLEASE NOTE that, as many courses involve workplace learning in the first year of study, the hepatitis B immunisation should be commenced early to meet NSW Health requirements.

    Further information is available from NSW Health.

    Working with Children Check

    Students must have a Working with Children Check. To apply for this Working with Children Check, fill in an online application form. Once the form has been submitted, follow the instructions for collection.

    First Aid Certificate

    All students are required to have a current First Aid Certificate, obtained at their own cost, from an accredited body (Workcover  approved) before undertaking any workplace learning. The Senior First Aid Certificate must be current for the duration of the course.

    If you are an Enrolled/Division 2 Nurse or Paramedic you may instead provide documentation from a current employer which indicates evidence of competency based CPR accreditation.

    NOTE: As many courses include workplace learning in the first session, students are advised to complete their First Aid Certificate prior to commencement of their first year of study.

     

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

    NRS211 Essential Nursing Care: Acute Care
    CLS411 Paramedic Internship
    NRS327 Essential Nursing Care: Theory to Practice
    NRS223 Essential Nursing Care: Chronic and Complex Nursing
    NRS312 Essential Nursing Care: Managing the Deteriorating Patient
    NRS311 Life-stage Considerations: Child, Adolescent and Family Health
    NRS222 Essential Nursing Care: Mental Health Nursing
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    To complete this combined course and graduate with the Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) students must successfully complete 256 points from a combination of eight and sixteen point subjects.

    Students can transfer and exit after completion of 192 points with the Bachelor of Nursing as outlined in the Bachelor of Nursing enrolment pattern.

    Bachelor of Nursing

    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
    NRS111 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Learning
    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    NRS113 Introduction to Primary Health Care
    NRS121 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Communication
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills
    NRS123 Professional Nursing: Health Law for Nurses
    NRS211 Essential Nursing Care: Acute Care (16 point)
    NRS212 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Health and Nursing
    NRS221 Life-Stage Considerations: The Older Person
    NRS222 Essential Nursing Care: Mental Health Nursing
    NRS223 Essential Nursing Care: Chronic and Complex Nursing (16 point)
    NRS311 Life-Stage Considerations: Child, Adolescent and Family Health
    NRS312 Essential Nursing Care: Managing the Deteriorating Patient (16 point)
    NRS313 Professional Nursing: Transition to Practice
    NRS326 International and National Perspectives on Primary Health Care
    NRS327 Essential Nursing Care: Theory to Practice (16 point)
    NRS328 Professional Nursing: Evidence-Informed Practice

    Key subjects

    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills
    NRS211 Essential Nursing Care: Acute Care (16 point)
    NRS312 Essential Nursing Care: Managing the Deteriorating Patient (16 point)
    NRS313 Professional Nursing: Transition to Practice
    NRS327 Essential Nursing Care: Theory to Practice (16 point)

    Students will graduate with the Bachelor of Nursing.

    Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)

    The course will consist of 64 credits points consisting of:
    APS401 Prehospital Pharmacology
    CLS400 Advanced Paramedic Medical Emergencies
    CLS411 Paramedic Internship
    CLS412 Introduction To Internship **
    CLS410 Major Incident Management
    PHC401 Paramedic Intensive Care for Paediatrics
    PHC404 Paramedic Systems
    PHC410 Paramedicine as a Discipline

    Internships must be completed in an approved out-of-hospital setting such as a statutory ambulance authority. Students undertaking the internships must satisfy the risk assessment requirements of the relevant ambulance authority.
    ** This subject has a 5 day residential school.

    Enrolment pattern

    FULL-TIME (this course is available at the Bathurst campus to full-time students only)
    Session 1

    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    NRS111 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Learning
    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    NRS113 Introduction to Primary Health Care

    Session 2
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    NRS121 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Communication
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills
    NRS123 Professional Nursing: Health Law for Nurses

    Session 3
    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
    NRS211 Essential Nursing Care: Acute Care (16 point)
    NRS212 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Health and Nursing

    Session 4
    NRS221 Life-stage Considerations: The Older Person
    NRS222 Essential Nursing Care: Mental Health Nursing
    NRS223 Essential Nursing Care: Chronic and Complex Nursing (16 point)

    Session 5
    NRS311 Life-stage Considerations: Child, Adolescent and Family Health
    NRS312 Essential Nursing Care: Managing the Deteriorating Patient (16 point)
    NRS313 Professional Nursing: Transition to Practice

    Session 6
    NRS326 International and National Perspectives on Primary Health Care
    NRS327 Essential Nursing Care: Theory to Practice (16 point)
    NRS328 Professional Nursing: Evidence-Informed Practice

    Division 2 Nurse TAFE NSW Diploma of Nursing Course No. 4393 or Diploma of Nursing Course No. HLT51607 or HLT51612
    Session 1

    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
    NRS211 Essential Nursing Care: Acute Care (16 point)

    Session 2
    NRS221 Life-stage Considerations: The Older Person
    NRS222 Essential Nursing Care: Mental Health Nursing
    NRS223 Essential Nursing Care: Chronic and Complex Nursing (16 point)

    Session 3
    NRS311 Life-stage Considerations: Child, Adolescent and Family Health
    NRS312 Essential Nursing Care: Managing the Deteriorating Patient (16 point)
    NRS313 Professional Nursing: Transition to Practice

    Session 4
    NRS326 International and National Perspectives on Primary Health Care
    NRS327 Essential Nursing Care: Theory to Practice (16 point)
    NRS328 Professional Nursing: Evidence-Informed Practice

    Division 2 Nurse Cert IV TAFE NSW 2008 and beyond. Course No. 3262
    Session 1
    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    NRS111 Professional Nursing 1: Foundations of Learning

    Session 2
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    NRS123 Professional Nursing: Health Law for Nurses

    Session 3
    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
    NRS211 Essential Nursing Care: Acute Care (16 point)

    Session 4
    NRS221 Life-stage Considerations: The Older Person
    NRS222 Essential Nursing Care: Mental Health Nursing
    NRS223 Essential Nursing Care: Chronic and Complex Nursing (16 point)

    Session 5
    NRS311 Life-stage Considerations: Child, Adolescent and Family Health
    NRS312 Essential Nursing Care: Managing the Deteriorating Patient (16 point)
    NRS313 Professional Nursing: Transition to Practice

    Session 6
    NRS326 International and National Perspectives on Primary Health Care
    NRS327 Essential Nursing Care: Theory to Practice (16 point)
    NRS328 Professional Nursing: Evidence-Informed Practice

    Division 2 Nurse Cert IV TAFE NSW prior to 2008. Course No. 3228
    Session 1
    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    NRS111 Professional Nursing: Foundations of Learning

    Session 2
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills
    NRS123 Professional Nursing: Health Law for Nurses

    Session 3
    BMS291 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1
    NRS211 Essential Nursing Care: Acute Care (16 point)
    NRS212 Indigenous Australian Cultures, Health and Nursing

    Session 4
    NRS221 Life-stage Considerations: The Older Person
    NRS222 Essential Nursing Care: Mental Health Nursing
    NRS223 Essential Nursing Care: Chronic and Complex Nursing (16 point)

    Session 5
    NRS311 Life-stage Considerations: Child, Adolescent and Family Health
    NRS312 Essential Nursing Care: Managing the Deteriorating Patient (16 point)
    NRS313 Professional Nursing: Transition to Practice

    Session 6
    NRS326 International and National Perspectives on Primary Health Care
    NRS327 Essential Nursing Care: Theory to Practice (16 point)
    NRS328 Professional Nursing: Evidence-Informed Practice

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component for distance education students:

    NRS211 Essential Nursing Care: Acute Care
    BMS191 Human Bioscience 1
    NRS112 Essential Nursing Care: Valuing Health
    BMS192 Human Bioscience 2
    CLS412 Introduction To Internship
    NRS223 Essential Nursing Care: Chronic and Complex Nursing
    NRS312 Essential Nursing Care: Managing the Deteriorating Patient
    NRS327 Essential Nursing Care: Theory to Practice
    NRS311 Life-stage Considerations: Child, Adolescent and Family Health
    NRS122 Essential Nursing Care: Foundation Skills
    NRS222 Essential Nursing Care: Mental Health Nursing

  • Admission information
    Indicative ATAR

    7000

    Admission to this course is based on students' ATAR or equivalent. 

    Applicants need to be able to attend a five-day residential school as part of the Introduction to Internship subject in the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic).

    Students must successfully completed the Bachelor of Nursing component before progressing to the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) component.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Distance Education students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectOn CampusBathurstCGSYNNKSNG
    UACOn CampusBathurstCGSYNN214707

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate from the Bachelor of Nursing - Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) students must satisfactorily complete 256 points. Students can transfer and exit after completion of all core Bachelor of Nursing subjects up to a total of 192 points to graduate with the Bachelor of Nursing.

    The Bachelor of Nursing has been designed to integrate theory and practice and constructively align course and subject outcomes with authentic assessment tasks and learning and teaching activities. The student prior to completion of the course must demonstrate the achievement of the NMBA National Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse which will be assessed by a Registered Nurse using the National Competency Assessment Schedule (NCAS).

    Students are automatically eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) upon satisfaction of the requirements of the Bachelor of Nursing and successful registration as a Registered Nurse.

  • How to apply
    Apply through UAC

    Apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) if you are a school leaver wanting to study on campus.

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    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

    Charles Sturt University’s (CSU’s) School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health offers highly regarded degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Nurses,midwives and Indigenous health workers are an integral part of the health care team. The School supports students to develop personally and professionally,acquiring the knowledge, attitudes and practical skills needed to become strong and contributing members of the health care team, making a difference where it most counts to people and communities.

    The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health is committed to delivering flexible courses and supporting students with diverse life styles.

    While there is a particular need for high-quality health professionals in regional, rural and remote locations, graduates of the School are also in high demand in urban and metropolitan settings, reflecting as they do the resilience and independent thinking for which rural Australians are known.

  • Preparing for Study

    STUDY LINK

    This School recommends any of the following short, self-paced, online STUDY LINK subjects to students who wish to reinforce knowledge and skills prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS014 - Stepping into Statistics
    • SSS025 - Introduction to Bioscience
    Any of the following subjects are recommended for students who wish to improve the areas of writing and grammar prior to starting at CSU:

    • SSS022 - Writing at University
    • SSS024 - Grammar Essentials for Writing at University
    • SSS030 - Academic English for Australian Tertiary Studies (International and English as Second Language Learners)
    • SSS031 - Academic Writing Skills (F2F Workshop)
    • SSS034 - Essay Writing – Style and Structure

    These subjects are particularly useful for those people who feel that they may have knowledge gaps and need a refresher because they have not studied for some time. STUDY LINK subjects are free for CSU Commonwealth-supported students as soon as they accept their offer of a place; small fees apply for others. They are non-credit bearing subjects.  A Subject Coordinator assists students with any questions. The full subject list and enrolment forms are on the STUDY LINK website.

     

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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