APS503 Advanced Medical Care (8)

This subject builds upon the students knowledge and experience in the assessment, diagnosis and management of medical (non-cardiac and non-respiratory) emergencies. This unit covers anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology that is relevant to commonly encountered medical emergencies. Students develop an appropriate understanding of the critical care management of patients with acute medical conditions, as implemented by intensive care paramedics.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: APS503. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in postgraduate paramedic study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to apply knowledge of the underlying pathophysiological processes with reference to the relevant anatomy and physiology.
  • Be able to critically evaluate advanced paramedic treatments in medical emergencies using evidence based practices.
  • Be able to demonstrate safe, competent patient assessment and management of medical emergencies in accordance with paramedic guidelines.
  • Be able to apply a knowledge of pharmacology, including specific pharmacological considerations for acute medical emergencies as applicable to intensive care paramedics.
  • Be able to articulate the ongoing management of medical emergencies of patients in hospital acute care settings.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Allergies & anaphylaxis.
  • Endocrine conditions.
  • Neurological emergencies.
  • Hypoperfusion.
  • Toxicology.
  • Analgesia & patient management.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.