APS402 Foundations of Advanced Paramedic Practice (8)

This subject  provides students with the foundations required to enable them to provide advanced paramedic care. The subject covers advanced patient assessment, including history taking, physical examination and point of care diagnostic tests. It will also expose the student to concepts that will improve their clinical decision making ability by examining clinical decision making theory.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: APS402. 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

Restricted to students enrolled in postgraduate paramedic study.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to identify the role of paramedic leadership in patient care.
  • Be able to integrate and apply the knowledge required to complete an advanced and thorough patient assessment including: physical exams, patient history, and the integration of point of care diagnostic tests.
  • Be able to make sound clinical decisions to support, maintain and restore the health of patients by utilising clinical data/findings from patient assessment and point of care diagnostic tests.
  • Be able to apply a knowledge of models and theories to clinical decision making in paramedic practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Paramedic clinical leadership
  • Advanced patient history taking
  • Advanced patient assessment/physical examination
  • Interpretation of point of care diagnostic tests
  • Clinical decision making

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of APS402 in Session 1 2020. 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).

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Teaching plan

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.