Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) Year Two Course Outlines

HSC6113 – Paramedic Health Science 2

Semester: One
Co-requisites: None
Pre-Requisites: All Year One Papers
Credit Value: 15
NZQA Level: 6
Learning Hours: 150
Clinical Hours: None
Aims: This paper aims to enable students to explore the anatomy and physiology related to fluid, electrolytes, metabolic and acid base imbalances. Pathophysiology associated with alteration to the renal system, metabolism, electrolyte imbalance, and acid base balance is explored. This paper introduces key concepts in microbiology and public health issues introduced in early Paramedic Health Science papers.


HSC6114 – Paramedic Pharmacology

Semester: One or Two
Co-requisites: None
Pre-requisites: Introduction to Pharmacology for Paramedicine
Credit Value: 10
NZQA Level: 6
Theory Hours: 100
Aims: This paper continues to build students’ pharmacology knowledge as related to practice and establishes the basis for the specific application in later papers. The pharmacological concepts already learnt are continued to enable greater understanding of route of administration, distribution, metabolism and excretion of medicines and how those aspects relate to paramedic practice. The paper specifically covers advanced pharmacology (e.g. medicines interactions, pharmacogenetics and toxicology) and the pharmacology associated with several body systems, including the cardiovascular, renal and urinary system, nervous system, and endocrine system, while pharmacology associated with obstetrics and mental health are also covered. These topics are related directly to paramedic care of the emergency patient.


HSC6115 – Clinical Paramedicine 2

Semester: One
Co-requisites: None
Pre-requisites: All Year One papers
Credit Value: 35
NZQA Level: 6
Theory Hours: 180
Clinical Hours: Actual 150, Simulated 30
Aims: This paper continues to develop students’ understanding and practice of paramedic emergency management. The framework of this paper is based around medical specialties and out-of-hospital emergencies and is related to trauma emergencies, environmental emergencies, emergencies related to intravenous (IV) fluid and intramuscular (IM) adrenaline administration, introduction to aeromedicine and major incident response.

Students participate in the delivery of health care in selected clinical settings. To further develop students' ethics, paramedic skills and professional behaviour, students will be expected to practice primarily in the ambulance environment with some related non-ambulance placements (emergency department, operating theatre, and police). Students will practice patient consultations and clinical practice under supervision.


HSC6123 – Paramedic Health Science 3

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: None
Pre-requisites: HSC6113
Credit Value: 15
NZQA Level: 6
Learning Hours: 150 hours
Aims: This paper explores the anatomy and physiology related to the endocrine and nervous systems including the pathophysiology associated with alterations to these systems. The paper also explores metabolism and the integration of all systems including metabolic diseases. This paper furthers the understanding of the principles of microbiology and disease in relation to Public health issues.


HSC6126 – Professional Development

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: Nil
Pre-requisites: HSC5116 or equivalent
Credit Value: 10
NZQA Level: 6
Learning Hours: 100 hours
Aims: This paper continues to develop students professionally in the areas of research, communication and mental health as related to pre-hospital practice, and establishes the basis for the specific application of this knowledge and skills in later papers. Students are also introduced to clinical instruction and mentoring.


HSC6125 – Clinical Paramedicine 3

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: None
Pre-requisites: All Year One papers, HSC6115/D
Credit Value: 35
NZQA Level: 6
Learning Hours: 350
Aims: This paper continues to develop students' understanding and practice of paramedic emergency management. The framework of this paper is based around medical specialties and out-of-hospital emergencies and is related to cardiac, geriatric, paediatric, new-born and obstetric emergencies, and advanced clinical skills.

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