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.

Learning Outcomes

Following successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Identify the specific role of the paramedic.

2. Identify behaviours and attitudes that constitute ‘professionalism’.

3. Apply fundamental paramedic skills at a beginning level.

4. Describe and apply situational safety in practice at a beginning level.

5. Apply clinical safety in practice at a beginner level.

6. Describe legal and ethical issues surrounding pre-hospital care.

7. Describe the decision-making process in respect to paramedic practice. 


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.

Learning Outcomes 

Following successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: 

1. Demonstrate the basic structure and function of the human body, with focus on the anatomy and physiology of selected body systems. 

2. Demonstrate the impact of nutrition on health and wellness. 

3. Demonstrate basic microbiological principles and infection control. 

4. Demonstrate fundamental pharmacology principles.


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.

Learning Outcomes 

Following successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: 

1. Access relevant information from library databases and other sources.   

2. Develop academic understanding and writing skills to a descriptive and ‘beginning analytical’ level.   

3. Recognise and identify an understanding of cultures other than their own.   

4. Describe the influence of Te Tiriti o Waitangi on the model of cultural relationships in New Zealand and apply this to paramedic practice.   

5. Describe in general terms, healthcare systems in New Zealand, and how the paramedic industry fits within these systems.   

6. Demonstrate skills to promote and maintain health and well-being. 


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.

Learning Outcomes 

Following successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: 

1. Demonstrate competency in practice. 

2. Describe and perform the patient assessment process for a medical and/or trauma patient in the prehospital environment. 

3. Develop and apply an appropriate management plan for a medical and/or trauma patient in the prehospital environment. 

4. Describe safe practice for handling and administration of medicines. 


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.

Learning Outcomes 

Following successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: 

1. Describe knowledge of the basic structure and function of the human body, with focus on the anatomy and physiology of selected body systems. 

2. Describe knowledge of homeostasis as a concept. 

3. Describe knowledge of the overall metabolism of the body systems. 

4. Demonstrate an understanding of alterations in cellular function.

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