Paramedic Science - Clinical Practicums

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Paramedic Science - Clinical Practicums

Breadcrumbs

Throughout the program you will undertake several clinical placement courses to enable you to link theory with practice. Some of these courses must be completed during sessions that span the mid-year and December to February period.

The University has established arrangements with the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and other health care facilities to provide student placements to enable the development of skills required to practice as a graduate paramedic. Clinical placements that are provided by the QAS are facilitated at ambulance stations across Queensland. While the  University will attempt to place you close to your preferred placement area this cannot be guaranteed, and you may be required to undertake some of your clinical placements outside the region or in a rural area within Queensland.

When undertaking clinical placements at other health care facilities you may be allocated to a location up to one hours’ drive from the university, irrespective of where you reside.

All travel and accommodation expenses incurred whilst undertaking clinical placements are the responsibility of the student.

Note: that Clinical Placements with QAS involve shift work on any day of the week including weekends and public holidays. The duration of each shift is 10-12 hours and these include night shifts. You will be expected to work the shifts that you are allocated. It is not possible to modify shift patterns to suit employment or other personal needs.

Clinical placement opportunities will only be offered to students who meet the mandatory requirements of the University, QAS and other facilities.

While the University will attempt to place you close to your preferred placement area for these clinical practicum courses this cannot be guaranteed and you may be required to undertake some of your clinical placements outside the region or in a rural area within Queensland.

Placement essentials (Mandatory requirements)

To be eligible to commence placement, students must complete the following Mandatory requirements

NOTE: some of the mandatory requirements can take quite some time to organise and students are advised to commence working on obtaining their specific mandatories as soon as they have accepted their offer.

Student Paramedic uniforms: You will be required to purchase the student paramedic uniform which includes shirt, trousers, boots, belt, personal protective equipment and soft shell jacket before going on placement. The approximate cost of the full uniform set is A$550. You will also be required to purchase other items of personal medical equipment such as a stethoscope and sphygmomanometer.

All documentation must be uploaded to your SONIA (WILS Online)* account.

*Access to SONIA (WILS Online) for current enrolled students only.

Paramedic foundation practicum 1 — first year (summer session)

PAR103 Paramedic Foundation Practicum 1 is run over the Summer Semester of your first year of study. This course is designed upon the concept of situated learning wherein you engage in learning and practice through simulation and a supervised clinical environment.

During this clinical practicum you will be exposed to a range of emergency and non-emergency cases in the paramedic practice setting and will also undertake placements in aged care and disability services.

Qualified clinicians will supervise you to utilise opportunities to practice and apply knowledge and skills learnt within the foundation paramedic courses.

Paramedic clinical practicum 2 — second year

PAR203 Paramedic Clinical Practicum 2 is the second year clinical practicum course and provides opportunities for learning through simulation and a supervised clinical placement environment.

You will have opportunities to apply knowledge and skills developed in prerequisite courses to develop your paramedic practice.

During this clinical practicum you will be exposed to a range of emergency and non-emergency cases in the paramedic practice setting.

Paramedic clinical practicum 3 — final year

In your final year of study PAR312 Paramedic Clinical Practicum 3 consolidates previous concepts developed across the program.

You will be engaged in learning and practice in a supervised clinical environment to enable advanced clinical decision making and practice skills.

You will have opportunities to apply knowledge and clinical decision making skills to solve complex health problems.

During this clinical practicum you will be exposed to a range of emergency and non-emergency cases in the paramedic practice setting.

Qualified clinicians will supervise your application of knowledge and skills acquired in preceding courses.

Remuneration and insurance

No remuneration or payment is made by placement organisations to the students or to the University for hosting the student. Students undertaking an approved paramedic science placement are covered by the University’s insurance policies.

Contact

For more information about the paramedic science placement courses please contact:

Paramedic Science Clinical Coordinator
Email: paramedicplacements@usc.edu.au
Tel: +61 7 5459 4561

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