BMS327 Integrating Paramedic Trauma Science (8)

In this subject students will integrate the principles of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, psychology and sociology with assessment findings and patient histories to formulate a differential diagnosis and implement a treatment plan for the patient with trauma, environmental or a toxicological emergency. This subject will investigate disease processes in all age ranges, including paediatric, adult, and geriatric patients.

Internal students will demonstrate patient assessment, paramedic skills, judgement, communication, and decision making in the high-fidelity patient simulation environment.

Distance education students must be engaged in paramedic clinical practice and be able to apply and reflect upon their experiences assessing and treating patients in the field.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS327. 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

Enrolment is restricted to students in the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)


CLS201 and CLS202

Incompatible Subjects

FPS201, FPS202, FPS300, FPS301

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to perform accurate differential diagnosis based on evidence gained from clinical data, paramedic science, and paramedic research for patients with traumatic injuries, environmental conditions, or toxicological emergencies.
  • Be able to critically reflect on practice and identify strategies to improve clinical reasoning and patient care.
  • Be able to develop and implement safe and effective treatment plans for complex patient scenarios involving traumatic injuries, environmental conditions, and toxicological exposures.
  • Be able to demonstrate a sound ethical and professional disposition including effective communications with patients, bystanders, the paramedic team, and other health care professionals.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Trauma overview, mechanism of injury, patient assessment, airway management, and shock management (10%)
  • Head and facial trauma, spinal trauma, thoracic and abdominal trauma (30%)
  • Soft tissue and musculoskeletal trauma (20%)
  • Environmental conditions (10%)
  • Toxicology - poisoning, overdose and envenomation (30%)

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

The Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) is currently accredited by the Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA). In aligning to the accreditation policy, face to face time is required when teaching and assessing clinical practice skills. The online subject and internal subject must have equity in teaching standards.
The purpose of the residential school is to demonstrate and practice clinical skills in a safe environment for the student. Allowing them an opportunity to receive timely feedback and support from the hands on experience. BMS327 is an advanced paramedic skills subject that incorporates skills such as learning how to decompress a chest or use a laryngoscope for airway maintenance. Many of these skills require supervised practice before allowing the student autonomy in the clinical environment.
Current activities that will be included into the res school for BMS327 are
- Advanced scene management safety of patients in traumatic emergencies
- Advanced trauma procedures and intervention for patient management


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or 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.