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.


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


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.


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.

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