APS404 Advanced Care Practicum (8)

This subject requires students to undertake clinical placements in an advanced clinical setting. In this subject, students have an opportunity to integrate theory into practice under supervision. It develops the role of the paramedic as a clinician and builds on the model of paramedic clinical competence in the context of advanced paramedic clinical practice. During the period of 120-140 hours on clinical placement, students will have the opportunity to practice and develop their clinical skills in the management of patients with health conditions in a supervised clinical placement.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: APS404. 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 Nursing, Paramedicine and Healthcare Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in postgraduate paramedic study.


( APS505 or APS509 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to critically appraise and identify professional capabilities, identify own learning needs and suitable experiences to maintain current clinical knowledge and skill in the paramedic environment.
  • Be able to articulate the paramedic role in the advanced clinical setting and demonstrate autonomy, leadership, advanced clinical judgement, professionalism, responsibility, accountability and reflection.
  • Be able to apply relevant theoretical knowledge in the implementation of advanced paramedic management, clinical tasks and techniques in the health care clinical environment.
  • Be able to use discipline-specific language necessary to assess and interpret data, convey ideas, develop plans of care and implement therapeutic interventions.
  • Be able to perform as an effective team member and work with other health care professionals to provide appropriate patient care.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Assessment and management of patients with acute clinical presentations
  • Implementation of advanced critical/extended patient care skills
  • Assessment and management of patients with chronic clinical presentations
  • Problem solving approaches with patients with simple and complex health issues

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of APS404 in Session 2 2021. 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 %
Part a - professional portfolio
Part b - mentorship and viva

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 10 to 15 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students are required to complete a 120-140 hour clinical placement. This may occur in a number of settings, such as:

  • Critical Care:
    • In-hospital placement (operating theatre, intensive care unit, etc.).
    • Operational on-road critical care placement.
  • Extended Care:
    • Operational on-road Extended care paramedics (ECPs)  placement.
    • In-hospital placements (emergency department).
    • Community nursing/remote area practice setting.

Paramedic service shifts may be up to 12 hours in duration, hospital shifts are likely closer to 8 hours duration. Thus the reasons for the varied 'days' duration of the clinical placement.

Special Resources

Travel to and accommodation is required for students attending the work placement.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.