CLS201 Introduction to Medical Emergencies (8)

This subject will develop the students' knowledge and skills required to care for patients experiencing a medical emergency. The students will be required to integrate pathophysiogical principles and assessment findings to implement appropriate basic treatment and management plans for the medical patient. The subject will also encourage professional interaction and communication between different health care providers along with developing the 'students' report writing skills.


* 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: CLS201. 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

Available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) and the BSc Clincical  Practice (Paramdedic)


CLS104 or CLS101 or ( CLS104 or CLS101 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Recognise/diagnose and explain the medical conditions encountered in paramedic practice
  • Treat/manage patients experiencing a medical emergency using basic and intermediate interventions
  • Safely and effectively handle, prepare and administer basic medications used in paramedic practice
  • Using a range of diagnostic tests/medical equipment and technology that provides data, formulate a differential diagnosis for a patient experiencing a medical emergency
  • Communicate clearly with other health care providers in verbal handovers, patient care, and patient documentation


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • respiratory emergencies (15%)
  • cardiovascular emergencies (15%)
  • neurological emergencies (10%)
  • diabetic/endocrine emergencies (10%)
  • allergies/anaphylaxis/poisons/toxicology (10%)
  • abdominal emergencies GI/GU/renal (10%)
  • infectious diseases (10%)
  • environmental emergencies heat/cold/drowning (5%)
  • psychiatric/behaviour/addiction emergencies (10%)
  • special population bariatric/eating disorders (5%)

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CLS201 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).

Item Number
Value %
Clinical case study
Clinical scenario
Final exam
Competency-based skills portfolio
Attendance and engagement

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

The Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) is currently accredited by the Council of Ambulance
Authorities (CAA). 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

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. CLS201 is a paramedic clinical subject that incorporates skills such as learning
how to perform more advance patient assessment techniques on a patient. Many of these skills require supervised practice before allowing the student autonomy in the clinical environment.

Current activities that will be included into the res school for CLS201 are
- Demonstrating how to diagnose, treat and manage a patient experiencing a medical emergency
- Be able to use medical equipment and tools associated with the role of a paramedic
- Using safety in practice within paramedicine
- Using communication to discuss patients, including handovers with colleagues and interdisciplinary staff.

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: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.