University Handbook 2017

Bachelor of Paramedic Practice/Bachelor of Public Health Promotion

Course code/s: HZPPNB

Course details
Location Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Mildura Shepparton
Course Code HZPPNW HZPPNB HZPPNM HZPPNP
Available to International students No Yes No No
Course Coordinator Mr Ray Gleeson
CRICOS 079863M
Course duration 4 years full-time, or part-time equivalent
Credit points 480 credit points
Exchange opportunity Yes
Leave of absence available Yes, for a maximum of 12 months
Course queries Current students: ASK La Trobe
Prospective students: Future Students
Notes

Please note that the first year of the course at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton will be taught at those respective campuses but students will complete the second, third and fourth years at the Bendigo Campus.

Course description

The Bachelor of Paramedic Practice/Bachelor of Public Health Promotion program, offered within the Rural Health School at La Trobe University, serves to prepare graduates for the roles that paramedics will be expected to engage in both now and in the future. The curriculum is focused on providing graduates with knowledge and skills that will enable them to work as primary health care providers in a number of national and international settings. The course enables graduates to achieve competencies required for practise in emergency medical response by ambulance services and the broader delivery of community health care and health promotion.

The program is founded on principles of transformational learning, evidence-based practice methods and blended models of adult education. The curriculum is designed to enable individuals to receive a comprehensive and diverse education that supports both reflective and critical thinking; essential qualities of unscheduled health care clinicians and public health experts.

In first year, students undertake an interdisciplinary common year, focusing on basic human biosciences and factors influencing health, and will develop an understanding of the roles of health professionals in the health and welfare sectors. The second year will focus on a range of health sciences subjects including advanced communication skills, community health promotion, introduction to parametic practice, and law and management in the health sector. The final two years will see students further develop and refine skills specific to paramedicine and public health promotion.  Students will undertake professional placements in a number of fields including community-based and rural health, and Ambulance Victoria  The number of placement shifts available to students may vary dependent on placement type and availability. Please note that the first year of the course at Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton will be conducted at those respective campuses but students will complete the second, third and fourth years at Bendigo Campus.

Clinical requirements

  • Physical capacity test
  • Medical examination
  • Police check
  • Working with Children check
  • Immunisations

The majority of clinical placement shifts will occur within the scheduled semester dates, however, students who do not receive the targeted number of clinical placement shifts within the semester may be required to undertake clinical placement during the summer semester of the following year.

Student exchange & overseas short programs

Student exchange and overseas short programs offer a unique opportunity for a meaningful learning and educational experience abroad. La Trobe University encourages all students to make the world their campus by participating in an exchange or overseas short program that fits within your degree structure. Student exchange and overseas short programs may also be eligible for a mobility grant.

Essentials subjects

The three Essentials - Global Citizenship, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Thinking are specialist areas designed to give you an edge with employers. Essentials will enable you to adapt your knowledge and skills to new contexts in a rapidly changing world. Subjects addressing the Essentials are part of all undergraduate La Trobe degrees and can be identified in the subject search by distinct icons. The list of approved subjects can be found on the Essentials webpage.

Course intended learning outcomes

The course intended learning outcomes for this degree are currently under revision.

Course structure

The course requires the completion of 480 credit points over four years of full-time or part-time equivalent study.

First year

First year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 ABS0WOM* Wominjeka La Trobe: Indigenous Cultural Literacy for Higher Education 0
TE-SEM-1 LTU0AIM** Academic Integrity Module 0
TE-SEM-1 HBS1HBA Human Biosciences A 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT1IPP Introduction to Professional Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE1IDH Individual Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-1 Core Elective1   15
TE-SEM-2 HBS1HBB Human Biosciences B 15
TE-SEM-2 HLT1RAE Research and Evidence in Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE1SDH Social Determinants of Health 15
TE-SEM-2 Core Elective2   15
1 In Semester 1 students must choose their selective from the following subjects: SOC1SAC (AW, BE, MI, SH), PSY1EFP (AW,  BE, MI, SH), ABS1IIA (AW, BE, MI, SH)
2 In semester two, students must choose their selective from the following subjects: PHI1CRT (OL), HBS2IAI (OL), PHE3ISB (DE)

Key: *ABS0WOM is a not-for-credit subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester. The subject is designed to introduce students to Indigenous Australian perspectives, experiences, history, culture and customs.
** LTU0AIM (previously HLT1AIM) - is a zero-credit-point subject that you are required to complete at the commencement of your first semester.  The subject is designed to  enhance your knowledge and awareness of issues concerning academic integrity.
 

Second year

Second year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-W09-26 PAR3IPP Introduction to Paramedic Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE3COS Communication Skills in Healthcare 15
TE-SEM-1 HLT2IEP Integrating Evidence into Practice 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE2PHP Principles of Public Health Practice 15
TE-SEM-2 HBS3PCY Foundations of Pharmacology 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE2HED Health Education and Development 15
TE-SEM-2 PAR3PMT Paramedic Management - Trauma 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3LMH Law and Management in Health 15

Third year

Third year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 PAR3PMM Paramedic Medical Management 15
TE-SEM-1 PAR3CTM Complex Trauma Management 15
TE-SEM-1 PAR3PCR Paramedic Cardiac and Respiratory 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE3HPE Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3BRH Rural Health 15
TE-SEM-2 PAR3GSN Gerontology and Special Needs 15
TE-SEM-2 PAR3IMM Integrated Medical Management 15
TE-SEM-2 PAR3ICR Integrated Cardiac and Resiratory 15

Fourth year

Fourth year (120 credit points)
Teaching period Subject code Subject title Credit points
TE-SEM-1 MMH5AMH Advanced Mental Health Practice 2 15
TE-SEM-1 PAR3PPC Professional Practice Consolidation 15
TE-SEM-1 PAR3POP Paediatrics and Obstetrics for Paramedics 15
TE-SEM-1 PHE3DDB Death, Dying and Grief 15
TE-SEM-2 PHE3FEB Field Experience 15
TE-SEM-2 PAR3MIM Major Incident Management 15
TE-SEM-2 PAR3ACM Advanced Clinical Management 15
TE-W30-50 PAR3ECP Extended Care Paramedicine 15
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