CLS311 Clinical placement and authentic learning 2 (16)

CLS311 Clinical placement and authentic learning is a healthcare workplace learning subject. Students are required to complete block clinical placements in the healthcare environment. In this subject students will be required to apply paramedic basic life support and advanced life support skills in a supervised clinical environment. Specific protocols, procedures and pharmacology are detailed in the subject outline and the associated assessment items. Students will be responsible for all costs associated with this work place learning subject.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CLS311. 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

Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) and Bachelor of Paramedicine


CLS300 and CLS204

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to undertake patient care activities related to the role of the paramedic as per clinical record book objectives.
  • Be able to complete an accurate health assessment and effectively manage of out-of-hospital patients.
  • Be able to explain / demonstrate the concepts of advanced life support, advanced airway management and drug administration.
  • Be able to maintain an effective audit trail of their own paramedic practice.
  • Be able to continually reflect on and improve their practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The assessment and management of patients with acute clinical presentations
  • The assessment and management of patients with chronic clinical presentations
  • Problem solving approaches with patients with simple and complex health issues
  • The knowledge and clinical application of basic life support, advanced airway management techniques and drug administration

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 20 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Clinical experience is a compulsory and important part of the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic).  Students will need to complete block clinical placements (with varying shifts of 10, 12 and 14 hours) in the ambulance and healthcare environment.  Students will have several placement sites to select from with work place sites available in NSW, ACT and Tasmania.  Students will need to demonstrate competency in a variety of different clinical skills and tasks in order to successfully complete this placement. Set workplace learning times are given to students to complete the hours of placement.

Students need to ensure that adequate preparation has been completed in order for the delivery of safe and effective patient care.  All pre-requisite subjects must be successfully completed prior to undertaking workplace learning.

Special Resources

This subject is a healthcare work place learning subject. Students are required to complete blocks of clinical placement in the healthcare environment. Students will be responsible for all costs associated with this work place learning subject.

Students will be asked to select from several ambulance placement sites in which to take part in their ambulance workplace placement.  Students will be required to travel to their placement site and sites are located in NSW, ACT and TAS. Students will need to wear their placement uniform (purchased), helmets (supplied), safety vests (supplied), and safety glasses (purchased).


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 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.