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 a presenting medical condition. This subject will investigate disease processes in all age ranges, including paediatric, adult and geriatric patients and ensure that evidence based practice is reviewed in all treatment plans and rationale. Students will learn effective communication techniques to ensure sound ethical and professional treatment plans are developed in consultation with their patients and their families'. Students will be encouraged to critically reflect on their own practice during simulated activities and encouraged to review evidence-based practice and promote patient-centred care.


* 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 Nursing, Paramedicine and Healthcare Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Enrolment is restricted to students in the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic), Bachelor of Paramedicine, Bachelor of Paramedicine (Honours).



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to perform accurate differential diagnosis based on evidence gained from clinical data, paramedic science, and paramedic research for patients with medical conditions;
  • be able to critically reflect on practice and identify strategies to improve clinical reasoning and patient-centred care;
  • be able to develop and implement safe and effective treatment plans for complex patients presenting with acute and non-acute medical conditions; and
  • be able to demonstrate a sound ethical and professional disposition including effective communication with patients, bystanders, the paramedic team, and other health care professionals.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Assessment and management of the medical patient in an out of hospital environment;
  • Differential diagnoses of the acute, chronic and medically complex patient presentation;
  • Communication in the inter-disciplinary team setting;
  • Communication for patient-centred care and overall patient management;
  • Critical thinking and reflective practice in patient-centred care; and
  • Complex treatment plans for the acute, chronically ill and medically complex patient.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS317 in Session 1 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 %
Mcq - system based online assessment
In class presentation - group task
Essay - evidence based paramedic practice
Final exam
Residential school/practical class attendance

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

The Bachelor of Paramedicine is currently an approved course with AHPRA. 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, advanced airway management procedures and advanced clinical decision making. These skills require supervised reflective practice before allowing the student autonomy in the clinical environment. These skills may be practiced in isolation or as part of a high fidelity simulated environment with academic supervision on hand to provide feedback and guide clinical conversation to enhance the learning experience and address required outcomes.

Current activities that will be included into the residential school for BMS317 are:

  • Engage in and discuss advanced clinical reasoning processes to enhance patient-centred care;
  • Demonstrate safe and effective medical management of a patient with complex medical presentations;
  • 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 communication with patients, bystanders, the paramedic team, and other health care professionals; and
  • Engage in reflective, evidence based practice activities to ensure optimal patient-centred care is understood and practiced.

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.

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.