CLS307 Transition to Paramedic Practice (8)


This subject is developed as the final subject for the undergraduate Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) program for both internal and distance education students. This subject sets the foundation for future clinical practice by requiring students to integrate and consolidate knowledge and skills developed in preceding subjects and to demonstrate that they have clinical judgement and decision making skills to apply this to real-world situations. This subject focuses on ensuring students are able to successfully transition to professional practice. Distance education students will be required to attend a compulsory residential school (5 days) in order to practice, and have assessed, clinical knowledge and practical skills.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
Online*Bathurst Campus
On CampusBathurst Campus
On CampusPort Macquarie
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CLS307
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic)
CLS300 and BMS317 and BMS327

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • use and critically evaluate rigorous clinical decision making processes to make evidence-based clinical decisions about patient care and the impact on patient outcomes.
  • explain the paramedics scope of practice, and standards of ethical and professional conduct and performance in paramedicine.
  • continuously document, develop, and evaluate the quality of their professional knowledge, skills, and practice.
  • use the principles of quality assurance/improvement to investigate a paramedic practice issue.
  • demonstrate an ability to work as part of a team to make clinical judgments, formulate and implement informed and reasoned treatment decisions, in complex simulated cases.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The use of clinical knowledge and skills necessary to practice as a paramedic for patients experiencing a cardiovascular, respiratory or medical emergency.
  • The use of clinical knowledge and skills necessary to practice as a paramedic for patients involved a traumatic emergency.
  • Clinical decision making pertinent to the development of a diagnosis and treatment of medical emergencies.
  • Clinical decision making pertinent to the development of a diagnosis and treatment of traumatic emergencies.
  • The use of clear communication to convey information for clinical diagnosis and treatment during clinical practice.
  • Topics relevant to the transition from the student role to professional practice as a paramedic.
  • Topics relevant to contemporary paramedic practice.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 5 day residential school. One week residential school for distance education students in order to conduct a review of skills and then administer their psychomotor examination

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.