HSC7111 – Professional Basis of Paramedic Practice

Semester: One
Co-requisites: None
Pre-requisites: All Year Two papers
Credit Value: 40
NZQA Level: 7
Theory Hours: 200
Clinical Hours: Frontline ambulance with ILS or ALS 160, Cardiology clinical placement 16, Clinical Elective/s (organised by student) 24. Total 200hrs.
Aims: This paper challenges students to analyse their present practice by examining the principles of intervention for the acutely ill person (or persons). An integral part of this paper is the development of students’ health assessment and practical ability needed to care for the acutely ill person (or persons) and apply this to their present practice. The integration of professional issues, physiology, physical science, patient response and pharmacology will be incorporated throughout this paper.

This paper allows students to critically analyse current practice and protocols and develop a recommendation for improvements or change in relation to medical emergencies. The paper also builds on the skills developed in previous research of paramedic practice.


HSC7112 – Issues in Health Service Delivery

Semester: One
Co-requisites: Nil
Pre-requisites: All Year One and Year Two Papers
Credit Value: 10
NZQA Level: 7
Learning Hours: 40
Clinical Hours: Actual: 60
Simulated: None
Aims and Rationale: This paper enables students to further explore a range of key concepts which influence health service delivery in prehospital practice within the New Zealand context. Students will relate to their own perspectives and experiences to explore and analyse the role of paramedics in health service delivery.


HSC7113 – Pre Hospital Ethical and Legal Issues

Semester: One
Co-requisites: None
Pre-requisites: All Year Two papers
Credit Value: 10
NZQA Level: 7
Learning Hours: 100
Clinical Hours: None
Aims: This paper enables students to explore ethical and legal issues and their implications for current and future paramedic practice. Students' own experience is drawn upon to demonstrate and scrutinise their response to common situations that occur in paramedic practice that may cause ethical and legal dilemmas.


HSC7121 – Paramedic Research

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: None
Pre-requisites: All Year Two Papers
Credit Value: 20
NZQA Level: 7
Theory Hours: 200
Clinical Hours: None
Aims: This paper enables student to further develop evidenced base research underpinning paramedic practice. The paper builds on learning from years one and two. The course focuses on exploring knowledge and gaining skill in understanding the principles of academic research, approaches to research, researching, reading and critiquing literature to make links between research evidence and everyday practice.


HSC7122 – Integration of Paramedic Practice

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: Current clinical practice
Pre-requisites: All Year Two papers
Credit Value: 40
NZQA Level: 7
Learning Hours: 200
Clinical Hours: 200
Aims: This paper allows students to integrate and develop principles of paramedic practice and build on previously developed skills in the research of this discipline. It builds on paramedic students’ knowledge of trauma and medical emergencies. Through observation, participation, and discussion, paramedics reflect on and develop their current practice. The paper encourages students to critically analyse current practice and protocols and develop skills in making recommendations for improvements or chance in relation to trauma and medical emergency management.

This paper is the final clinical paper of the Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic)  for most students, and aims to integrate previously-gained knowledge and experience to make students ready for work as frontline paramedics. On completion of the Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic), students have attained in equivalency of qualification at ILS level, as such practical assessments will expect to see students preforming at entry-level ILS standards. It is important to note, however, that it is up to the employing ambulance service to determine the level at which they grant new employees right of practice.

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