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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.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionSY/USSchool of Biomedical 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.


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

Work Place Learning

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

Specialised 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 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 16 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.