BMS317 Integrating Paramedic Medical 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 medical complaints. This subject will investigate medical disease processes in all age ranges, including paediatric, adult and geriatric patients.


* 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: BMS317. 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:
  • perform accurate differential diagnosis based on evidence gained from clinical data, paramedic science, and paramedic research for patients with medical complaints.
  • critically reflect on practice and identify strategies to improve clinical reasoning and patient care.
  • develop and implement safe and effective treatment plans for complex scenarios of patients with medical conditions.
  • 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:
  • Assessment and management of patients with traumatic, environmental or toxicological injuries
  • Differential diagnosis and patient management plans
  • Communication for patient management
  • Critical thinking and reflective practice in patient care
  • Complex treatment plans

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS317 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Research into action case study and poster
Integration: oral viva
Final exam
Attendance and engagement

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. BMS317 is an advanced paramedical skills subject that incorporates skills such as learning how to place an intraosseous needle into a persons leg/chest, decompress a persons lungs and use advanced cardiac equipment. 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 BMS317 are - Using advanced clinical reasoning processes, demonstrate safe and effective medical management of a patient with complex pathological medical complaints.
- Demonstrate safe and autonomous and effective patient management in the medical environment.
- Perform advanced clinical interventions safely and effectively on medical patients.
- Demonstrate sound ethical and professional disposition including effective communications with patients, bystanders, the paramedic team, and other health care professionals.

Special Resources

Travel to and accommodation is required for distance education students attending the compulsory residential school at a CSU campus.
All students are required to have a lab coat, safety glasses and covered footwear for lab based practicals.


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