APS503 Advanced Medical Care (8)

This subject builds upon the student's knowledge and experience in the assessment, diagnosis and management of medical (non-cardiac and non-respiratory) emergencies. This unit covers anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology that is relevant to commonly encountered medical emergencies. Students develop an appropriate understanding of the critical care management of patients with acute medical conditions, as implemented by intensive care paramedics.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: APS503. 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 apply knowledge of the underlying pathophysiological processes with reference to the relevant anatomy and physiology.
  • Be able to critically evaluate advanced paramedic treatments in medical emergencies using evidence based practices.
  • Be able to demonstrate safe, competent patient assessment and management of medical emergencies in accordance with paramedic guidelines.
  • Be able to apply a knowledge of pharmacology, including specific pharmacological considerations for acute medical emergencies as applicable to intensive care paramedics.
  • Be able to articulate the ongoing management of medical emergencies of patients in hospital acute care settings.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Allergies & anaphylaxis.
  • Endocrine conditions.
  • Neurological emergencies.
  • Hypoperfusion.
  • Toxicology.
  • Analgesia & patient management.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of APS503 in Session 2 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).

Item Number
Value %
Weekly contributions to topic discussion
Video presentation 1
Video presentation 2
Video presentation 3

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.