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 Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.


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

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

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

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Graduate Diploma in Clinical Practice (Paramedic) students

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to describe and demonstrate situational awareness, scene safety, and the efficient management of resources on an emergency scene;
  • Be able to synthesize the clues from a scene assessment to understand the mechanism of injury and predict the cause of trauma in a variety of settings;
  • Be able to understand and apply the fundamentals of trauma management to a variety of clinical conditions;
  • Be able to demonstrate clinical competence of paramedic skills in a simulated environment;
  • Be able to communicate effectively with patients, care givers, other health professionals;
  • Be able to display problem solving and clinical decision making skills that allow them to identify and analyse an appropriate approaches to new problems;
  • Be able to display efficient work practices as part of a clinical team in diagnosis and management of disease processes;
  • Be able to demonstrate understanding of the roles of various health professionals in health care teams;
  • Be able to demonstrate self-directed learning and critical thinking skills;
  • Be able to 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.


This 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 envenomation
    6. Integration of theory to practice

    Residential School

    This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

    The residential school will provide an opportunity for students to become familiarised 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.

    Special Resources

    This subject has a mandatory residential school and students are required to travel to the Bathurst Campus.

    Ideally students are required to purchase a Charles Sturt University Paramedic Student uniform to be worn in the labs and simulation centre during residential school. This uniform can also then be used for clinical placement. A minimum of long pants, a button up shirt and sturdy shoes should be worn at all times in the lab spaces. 


    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.