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Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)

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Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)

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CSU's Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills and values to be prepared for practice as paramedics.

  • Why study this course?

    This course provides nurses with the opportunity to make a successful transition to paramedic practice by producing graduates capable of:

    • become reflective practitioners who can analyse complex problems and implement a plan of action that is clinically, ethically and logistically sound
    • developing a sound knowledge base in order to support the clinical decision-making process
    • demonstrating positive, caring attitudes towards clients and members of the community
    • operating as an effective member of a multi-disciplinary health care team. 
    Students will learn how to:
    • identify and manage the physical, psychological and psychosocial needs of a patient undergoing paramedical assessment, treatment and/or transport
    • examine and critically analyse current developments in paramedic practice, including the professionalisation of the discipline
    • demonstrate professional skills, techniques and knowledge for safe, efficient and effective use of appropriate medications and the operation of medical equipment, technology and procedures in a paramedic environment
    • develop the necessary skills to critically evaluate published research to determine its relevance to paramedic practice.
    Professional recognition

    The current Bachelor of Nursing Course was listed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia on the recommendation of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council on the 03/11/2014 to 03/11/2019 as an approved program of study leading to general registration.

    This course has received provisional accreditation with the Australasian Council of Ambulance Authorities Inc. Full accreditation will be sought after the first cohort of graduates have at least 12 months of practice experience following graduation.


  • 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

    The course will consist of 64 points consisting of:
    APS401 Prehospital Pharmacology
    CLS400 Advanced Paramedic Medical Emergencies
    CLS411 Paramedic Internship *
    CLS412 Introduction To Internship **
    CLS410 Major Incident Management
    PHC401 Paediatrics for Pre-hospital Care
    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

    Students commencing in Session 1
    Session 1 (year 1)
    PHC404 Paramedic Systems
    CLS410 Major Incident Management

    Session 2 (year 1)
    APS401 Prehospital Pharmacology
    PHC401 Paediatrics for Pre-hospital Care

    Session 1 (year 2)
    CLS412 Introduction To Internship
    CLS400 Advanced Paramedic Medical Emergencies

    Session 2 (year 2)
    CLS411 Paramedic Internship
    PHC410 Paramedicine as a Discipline

    Students commencing in Session 2
    Session 2 (year 1)
    APS401 Prehospital Pharmacology
    PHC401 Paediatrics for Pre-hospital Care

    Session 1 (year 2)
    CLS412 Introduction To Internship
    CLS400 Advanced Paramedic Medical Emergencies

    Session 2 (year 2)
    CLS411 Paramedic Internship
    PHC410 Paramedicine as a Discipline

    Session 1 (year 3)
    CLS410 Major Incident Management
    PHC404 Paramedic Systems

  • Residential schools

    Students attend a compulsory five-day residential school for the following subject:

    CLS412 Introduction To Internship

  • Admission information

    For entry to this course students must hold a bachelors degree in nursing (or equivalent) and be registered to practice. Some experience in the emergency health field is recommended. Intending students should also be aware that in order to undertake the practicum subjects they will be required to comply with the risk management policies and procedures of the host ambulance authority.
    Students must be able to attend a 5 day residential school associated with the subject CLS412 Introduction to Internship.

    Applicants should submit transcripts and verified copies of awards from prior study, as well as a CV outlining their experience in the emergency health field.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Please visit the Fees and Costs page or contact us for current fee information.

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPPGYYNOSAP
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYYNGSDP

    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

    64 credit points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    The School of Biomedical Sciences

    The School of Biomedical Sciences provides students with an opportunity to engage in high quality learning experiences in the areas of clinical practice (paramedic), clinical science, health science and medical science. School staff are well known for both quality teaching and research, a combination that ensures students receive not only a quality education, but a connection to job opportunities in industry and commerce, the professions, and the public sector. Research programs are diverse, providing an exciting environment for graduate studies – where students are exposed to cutting-edge research in a range of disciplines. The School delivers courses across five CSU campuses at Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga.

  • 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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