Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic) Year Two Course Outlines

HSC6310 – Trauma/Medical II

Semester: One
Co-requisites: None
Pre-Requisites: HSC5320 Trauma/Medical I
Credit Value: 30
NZQA Level: 6
Learning Hours: 215
Clinical Hours: 85

Aims 

This course builds on year one clinical papers and continues to develop the students understanding and practice of paramedic assessment and management of respiratory, cardiac and obstetric patients. Pathophysiology and pharmacological interventions are integrated into practice.

Learning Outcomes 

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

1. Demonstrate competence in practice. 

2. Analyse and demonstrate decision making processes in respect to paramedic practice. 

3. Demonstrate assessment and management of a medical and/or trauma patient. 

4. Demonstrate techniques for managing normal delivery and complications of childbirth.   

5. Demonstrate Newborn Life Support management. 

6. Demonstrate safe practice for the handling and administration of medicines. 


HSC6311 – Altered Cognitive States

Semester: One
Co-requisites: None
Pre-requisites: All level 5 courses
Credit Value: 30
NZQA Level: 6
Theory Hours: 215
Clinical Hours: 85

Aims 

This course allows the student to develop understanding of patients with an altered level of cognition or specific conditions requiring alternate means of assessment and management. This may include extremes of age, mental health as an acute presentation or co-existing problem, or recreational drug use. The student will develop skills in personal safety, where de-escalation techniques are unsuccessful.  The student will develop skills in formulating clinical risk management plans for patients with an altered cognitive state. The student will explore chronic care and palliative care in the community setting

Learning Outcomes 

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

1. Reflect on how personal culture and attitude can influence fitness to practice. 

2. Describe normal cognition and what factors can cause alterations. 

3. Identify, analyse and demonstrate methods of assessing competence and cognition in patients with an altered mental state. 

4. Formulate clinical risk management plans for patients with an altered cognitive state 


HSC6320 – Trauma/Medical III

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: None
Pre-requisites: HSC6310 Trauma/Medical II
Credit Value: 30
NZQA Level: 6
Theory Hours: 215
Clinical Hours: 85

Aims 

This course continues to develop the student’s understanding and practice of paramedic assessment and management, with a particular focus on trauma emergencies, intravenous (IV) cannulation, IV fluid and IV medication administration. The student will be introduced to major incident response and related crew resource management.

Learning Outcomes 

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

1. Demonstrate competence in practice.   

2. Describe, analyse and perform advanced paramedic assessment and management of a patient with medical or trauma conditions. 

3. Demonstrate an understanding of kinetics of trauma and its application to paramedic practice. 

4. Integrate the principles of critical incident management and multiple casualty incident (MCI) management techniques in order to function effectively at major incidents. 

5. Demonstrate safe practice for the handling and administration of intravenous medicines.


HSC6321 – Research and Evidence Based Practice

Semester: Two
Co-requisites: None
Pre-requisites: All level 5 courses
Credit Value: 30
NZQA Level: 6
Learning Hours: 215
Clinical Hours: 85

Aims 

This course continues to develop the students understanding of research methodologies, evidence based medicine and the application of this knowledge to various models of assessment and paramedic practice. This course allows the student to critically analyse current practice and protocols and develop a recommendation for improvements or change in relation to paramedic practice.

Learning Outcomes 

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

1. Demonstrate critical appraisal skills in relation to health care research. 

2. Analyse the impact of research on professional paramedic practice and health care.   

3. Analyse the concept of evidence-based medicine in relation to paramedic practice. 

4. Construct a scholarly argument using critical analysis and synthesis. 

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