CLS105 Foundations of Clinical Practice (8)

In this subject students will be introduced to the foundations of scene control, infection control, patient assessment, history taking, basic patient management, maths and medical terminology.  Students will start to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for the patient with introductory medical complaints.  These competencies are fundamental skills required for the progression through their paramedic career.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CLS105. 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 in this subject is restricted to students in the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) and Bachelor of Paramedicine

Subject Relationships

CLS104 Clinical and academic content drawn from CLS104

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • demonstrate (evidence based) patient assessment skills required to perform primary and secondary surveys, and patient interviews
  • apply (evidence based) management techniques for patients requiring basic life support and/or fracture immobilisation, in the non-traumatic paramedic environment
  • apply the (evidence based) principles of basic scene assessment in the non-traumatic paramedic environment
  • accurately and safely calculate medication dosages of common medications used in paramedicine
  • explain basic work health and safety practices and safely perform manual handling, defibrillation, and infection control in the non-traumatic paramedic environment
  • perform a verbal patient handover


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Principles relating to scene assessment, patient assessment and history taking
  • Management of infectious and communicable diseases
  • Principles relating to basic life support procedures
  • Principles relating to kinetics and manual handling
  • Principles used to obtain vital signs and basic interpretation
  • Principles, applications and techniques of defibrillation and airway management
  • Introduction to medical maths and paramedic calculations.
  • Medical terminology

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 students an opportunity to receive timely feedback and support from the hands on experience. CLS105 is a fundamental paramedic skills subject that incorporates skills such as learning how to use a defibrillator and how to physically assess a patient. 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 CLS105 are

  • Initial safety of scene assessment and strategies
  • Initial patient assessment strategies
  • Using safety in practice of paramedicine fundamentals (includes for instance -defibrillators, medications and vehicles)
  • Manual handling of patients

Special Resources

Travel to and accommodation is required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school at a CSU campus.


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.