CLS412 Introduction To Internship (8)


This subject is designed to provide for students in the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) course to make a successful transition to the role of paramedic. The subject will build on the student's previous nursing or allied health qualifications and experience to focus their clinical practice on the out-of-hospital environment. Students will have an opportunity to integrate theory into practice under supervision in controlled environments, including high fidelity clinical simulation. This subject includes a 5 day residential school where students will become familiar with ambulance service equipment and clinical practice guidelines prior to clinical placement.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
Distance*Bathurst Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CLS412
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Graduate Diploma in Clinical Practice (Paramedic) students only

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to:
    1. Describe and demonstrate situational awareness, scene safety, and the efficient management of resources on an emergency scene;
    2. Synthesize the clues from a scene assessment to understand the mechanism of injury and predict the cause of trauma in a variety of settings;
    3. Understand and apply the fundamentals of trauma management to a variety of clinical conditions;
    4. Demonstrate clinical competence of paramedic skills in a simulated environment;
    5. Communicate effectively with patients, care givers, other health professionals;
    6. Display problem solving and clinical decision making skills that allow them to identify and analyse an appropriate approaches to new problems;
    7. Display efficient work practices as part of a clinical team in diagnosis and management of disease processes;
    8. Demonstrate understanding of the roles of various health professionals in health care teams;
    9. Demonstrate self-directed learning skills;
    10. Demonstrate critical thinking skills; and
    11. Demonstrate reflective practice by development of the ability to learn from experience both personally to improve their own practice and to be able to generalise this to the practice of others.


      The subject will cover the following topics:
      1. Trauma scene assessment and mechanism of injury
      2. Shock and shock management
      3. Head, facial, spinal, thoracic, and abdominal trauma
      4. Environmental conditions
      5. Toxicology - poisoning, overdoes, and envonomation
      6. Integration of theory to practice

      Residential School

      This subject contains a compulsory 5 day residential school. The residential school will provide an opportunitity for students to become familarised with ambulance service equipment and clinical practice guidelines prior to clinical placement. Students will integrate theory to practice by completing a series of simulated patient cases of both medical and trauma emergencies. They will also have the opportunity to have their clinical competencies assessed prior to clinical placement.

      Specialised Resources

      This subject has a mandatory residential school and students are required to travel to the Bathurst Campus. Students are required to purchase a Charles Sturt University Paramedic Student uniform to be worn in the labs and simulation centre during residential school.


      The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.