HSC5310 – Introduction to Paramedic Practice

Semester: One
Pre-requisites: Nil
Credit Value: 30
NZQA Level: 5
Tutor Directed Hours: 130
Clinical Hours: 100
Self-Directed Hours: 70
Aims: This course introduces students to Paramedic practice and culture at a beginning student level. In the classroom and clinical lab setting, students attain foundational knowledge and skills required for practice before attending clinical placements. The student begins to relate anatomy and physiology into clinical presentation with a focus on recognizing ‘normal’ status.


HSC5311 – Human Body Systems I

Semester: One
Pre-requisites: Nil
Credit Value: 15
NZQA Level: 5
Tutor Directed Hours: 150
Self-Directed Hours: 50
Aims: This course introduces students to human anatomy and physiology, and the principles of pharmacology. Body systems, function and structure are taught with applications to paramedic practice being introduced. This is specifically developed further by examining the nervous, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, integumentary and lymphatic systems. Microbiology and the concept of infection control will be explored in relation to paramedic practice.


HSC5312 – Introduction to Healthcare in Aotearoa NZ

Semester: One
Pre-requisites: Nil
Credit Value: 15
NZQA Level: 5
Tutor Directed Hours: 70
Clinical Hours: 40
Self-Directed Hours: 40
Aims: This course introduces students to Healthcare systems in the context of Aotearoa New Zealand, and how paramedic practice fits within these systems. As a foundation for practice in New Zealand students explore te Tiriti o Waitangi as a basis for understanding the relationship between Māori and others and the effect this has on paramedic practice. The student will develop information literacy skills, academic scholarship, and be introduced to basic principles of research. Students explore the cognitive processes utilized in paramedic practice, and develop the skills to maintain self-health and well-being as a student engaged in tertiary level learning and in preparation for paramedic practice.


HSC5320 – Trauma/Medical I

Semester: Two
Pre-requisites: Introduction to Healthcare in Aotearoa NZ and Introduction to Paramedic Practice
Credit Value: 45
NZQA Level: 5
Tutor Directed Hours: 190
Clinical Hours: 160
Self-Directed Hours: 100
Aims: This course builds on [Introduction to Paramedicine] to develop students' understanding and application of paramedic assessment and management for a range of trauma and medical patients at a beginning level. The focus is on a single patient with a single condition, with treatment in accordance with Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) competencies in the New Zealand context. Students begin to integrate knowledge of anatomy & physiology and pharmacology into clinical practice to begin applying clinical judgement to patient care.


HSC5321 – Human Body Systems II

Semester: Two
Pre-requisites: Human Body Systems I
Credit Value: 15
NZQA Level: 5
Tutor Directed Hours: 100
Self-Directed Hours: 50
Aims: This paper continues the studies from [Intro to A&P] with the examination of the anatomy and physiology muscular, skeletal, respiratory, reproductive and endocrine systems. The interaction of these body systems is explored in the concept of Homeostasis to develop a holistic approach to body systems and how these relate to paramedic assessment models.

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