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  • Objectives
    The areas of study in the Paramedic program are based on basic patient care, with supporting subjects in biological science, humanities and ambulance services. Clinical practice, planned concurrently with classes, emphasizes emergency care procedures. Students will learn how to prevent or reduce complications in the care of the sick and injured before and during the transport phase of patient care. In addition to providing emergency medical care, students are trained to identify and correct potential health and safety hazards.
  • Practical experience
    Students will have a rotation of clinical placement in area hospitals and in-town and out-of-town ambulance services. Students must be prepared to cover the cost incurred in clinical and preceptorship in-town and out-of-town.
  • Academic Title
    Paramedic Diploma
  • Course description
    Semester 1
    # BIO1107   -   003   -   Anatomy & Physiology I

    This course provides an introduction to the subject of anatomy and physiology. There is an emphasis on the relationship between structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the organ systems of the human body. Homeostasis will be an underlying theme of the course. Specific disease states will be explored where appropriate for the main purpose of reinforcing specific concepts as they relate to the non-diseased state.

    # ENG1551   -   001   -   Writing Fundamentals: Ind. Study

    This course is required in the first semester of most post-secondary programs at Cambrian. The purpose of the course is to allow students to develop their independent learning skills and to review the fundamental conventions of Standard English.

    # FIT1100   -   003   -   Physical Fitness And Wellness I

    This course introduces the student to the concepts of wellness and active living and provides practical strategies for developing a healthy lifestyle. It familiarizes students with the components of fitness and the proper training techniques for maximizing one's potential fitness level. The students also learn of the relationship between fitness and lifestyle, with particular emphasis given to the basic concepts of health, high level wellness, proper running techniques, the components and principles of physical fitness, and the principles of weight training.

    # PAR1100   -   002   -   Medico - Legal Aspects

    This course is designed to provide the student with the ability to apply relevant legislation and regulations enacted by provincial and federal governments. The student will focus upon the accountability and responsibility of his/her own behaviours by concentrating upon the legalities governing his/her professional duties. Students will understand their role as advocates for patient rights to dignity, privacy, confidentiality, and consent/non consent to treatment.

    # PAR1141   -   004   -   Patient Care Theory I

    The major emphasis of this course is placed on the responsibilities of the student in assessing, managing, and transporting patients in stabilized conditions, emergency situations, and situations that may become emergencies. Students will learn the assessment and management of various medical and traumatic problems that may afflict pre-hospital patients. Students will demonstrate knowledge of principles of pharmacology in emergency situations.

    # PAR1188   -   004   -   Patient Care Procedures I

    In this course, the student will acquire the skills necessary to perform basic assessment and pre-hospital care interventions to trauma victims and to the critically ill. The student will apply those selected laboratory skills for the provision of basic pre-hospital emergency care in various simulated laboratory settings to help develop critical thinking skills. To be successful in this course, the student must be able to demonstrate his/her ability to lift, transfer, position, and transport patients weighing 80 kg through a structured lifting test.

    # PAR1242   -   002   -   Ambulance Operations

    This course emphasizes techniques necessary to ensure driver and vehicle readiness for emergency service. Utilizing both classroom and in-vehicle situations, students will acquire the skills required to maintain emergency vehicles, prepare and safely operate an emergency vehicle, and drive defensively avoiding hazards and controlling skids. In addition to these skills, students will also develop the ability to extricate victims from scenes, interact with Emergency Response aircraft, and respond to hazardous material and multi-casualty situations. The techniques required to work effectively with other emergency response personnel will be emphasized throughout the course.

    # PSY1104   -   003   -   Int'personal Comm & Trauma Response

    In this course, students will examine a number of pschological topics relevant to emergency responders. Emphasis will be placed upon the development of therapeutic interpersonal skills. Topics include communication theory, self-awareness, perception, listening, non-verbal behaviour, conflict management, leadership and emotion. Where appropriate, students will review topics from a developmental and cultural perspective. Students will be given the opportunity to assess their own values, beliefs and biases for each of the areas studied.
    Semester 2

    # BIO1207   -   003   -   Anatomy & Physiology II

    Prerequisite: BIO 1107

    # ENG1900   -   002   -   Writing Skills for Human Services

    English 1900 focuses on the development and practice of effective research and writing skills for post secondary and professional, academic purposes in the human services field.

    # FIT1200   -   003   -   Physical Fitness And Wellness II

    Society has come to recognize that personal and collective wellness is essential to an enhanced quality of life. This course introduces the student to the concepts of wellness and active living and provides practical strategies for developing a healthy lifestyle. This course provides the student with an ongoing physical fitness program. The theory segment of FIT 1200 familiarizes the student with lifestyle habits that affect physical and mental well being. The student will learn the importance of self-responsibility in achieving personal well being. Particular emphasis will be given to the following topics: advanced weight training, putting together a complete program, nutrition, effective weight management,back care, shift work,nd stress management.

    # PAR1200   -   006   -   Clinical Experience I

    Practical experience related to skills taught in labs will be provided in a number of clinical settings. Students will apply theoretical and practical content of previous courses. Students will gain an understanding of the role of hospital departments and other healthcare facilities and of the role of hospital staff in the continuing care of pre-hospital patients. Students will also gain valuable communication skills utilized when interacting with peers, allied healthcare workers, and patients they encounter.

    # PAR1241   -   004   -   Patient Care Theory II

    Patient Care Theory II is a continuation of PAR 1241. The major emphasis of this course is placed on the responsibilities of the student in assessing, managing, and transporting patients in stabilized conditions, emergency situations, and situations that may become emergencies. Students will learn the assessment, pathophysiological processes, and management of various medical problems that may afflict pre-hospital patients (respiratory, cardiovascular, etc).

    # PAR1251   -   002   -   Principles of Pharmacology

    This course is designed to aid the students in understanding pharmokinetics, classification of pharmacation and correlation of common day-to-day prescrition and over-the-counter medication with specific pathologies. This course is designed for pre-hospital and other health care providers.

    # PAR1288   -   004   -   Patient Care Procedures II

    In this course, the student will acquire the skills necessary to perform specific assessment and pre-hospital care interventions to victims of trauma or to the critically ill. He/she will also learn how to recognize complications and minimize them, either at the scene or during transport by ambulance. The student will apply those selected laboratory skills for the provision of specific pre-hospital emergency care in various simulated laboratory settings to help develop critical thinking skills. At the end of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate his/her ability to lift, transfer, position, and transport patients weighing 90kg through a structured lifting test.

    # PSY1203   -   003   -   Crisis Intervention

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    Semester 3

    # ENG1751   -   001   -   Job Search Skills: Ind. Study

    Prerequisite: ENG 1551 Through guided independent study, students will explore the job search process in detail and gain a comprehensive understanding of the theories and practices that lead to successful job searching and career planning. This course will also encourage further development of the independent learning skills and strategies practiced in ENG 1551 and 1581.

    # ENG3200   -   002   -   Effective Workplace Writing

    In this course, students are introduced to acceptable workplace writing practices, preparing them for placements and employment in their respective fields. In the context of Cambrian College's General Education program and Generic Skills Standards the course will provide the opportunity for students to develop greater understanding of the dynamics of the workplace and of the relationships among individuals and society.

    # PAR1306   -   003   -   Adv Skills/Primary Care Paramed Lab

    In this course, the student will acquire the skills necessary to perform advanced assessment and pre-hospital care interventions to patients resulting from trauma or the critically ill. This includes the use of monitoring and initiation intravenous lines, analyzing a patient's blood sugar levels, administering sympton relief medications and defibrillation (SAED) to the Ministry of Health EHSB standards. The student, through scenario based learning, will apply the laboratory skills for the provision of specific pre-hospital emergency care and develop critical thinking skills.

    # PAR1310   -   003   -   Prof. Issues, Research & Leadership

    In this course, the student will develop skills in identifying issues surrounding the application of skills, professionalism, and the development of technology relevant to pre-hospital care. This course will aid students to use strategies to be able to locate, select, and discriminate pertinent information, which in turn will support their personal and professional role as paramedics. The students will be exposed to various facets of patient involvement. In the daily encounter, the paramedic must promote a vision of professionalism and integrity. He/she must be confident to delegate direction in the assessment and treatment of his/her patients. The course will introduce the paramedic to criminal scene preservation, aspects of death and consoling the grieved, and allowing the emotions and feelings of paramedics to be expressed through critical incident stress debriefing.

    # PAR1316   -   009   -   Ambulance Field & Clinic Experience

    Practical experience will be provided in a number of hospital settings. Students will apply theoretical content of previous courses through observation and participation in various selected hospital departments. Students will gain an understanding of the role of hospital staff in the continuing care of pre-hospital patients. The students will be involved with the following departments: emergency department, ambulatory care area, delivery room, operating room, recovery room, and psychiatric department.

    # PAR1320   -   002   -   Adv Skills/Primary Care Para Theory

    In this course, students will acquire knowledge regarding the principles of pre-hospital pharmacology and will become familiar with medications used by ACP. Students will also gain knowledge enabling them to deliver protocols of Ministry of Health under EHSB for "Symptom Relief" and "Semi-automatic external defibrillation" (SAED). They will progress to intravenous maintenance and intravenous initiation. They will also become familiar with equipment and other adjuncts carried by Advanced Care Paramedics.

    # PAR1341   -   004   -   Patient Care Theory III

    In this course, students will gain an understanding of patients undergoing various types of medical emergencies. They will discuss assessment and pre-hospital treatment of patients in shock and with emotional, behavioural, childbearing, and other gynaecological emergencies. Students will also discuss adaptation of assessment and treatment according to stages of lifespan.

    # PAR1345   -   001   -   Lifting Competency Evaluation

    To ensure quality assurance and entrance into PAR 1316 - Ambulance Field - Clinical Experience. Students must successfuly demonstrate ongoing competency of the lifting ability from the conclusion of Semester II.

    # PAR1389   -   004   -   Patient Care Procedures III

    In this course, the student will acquire the skills necessary to perform specific assessment and pre-hospital care interventions to victims of trauma or to the critically ill and specific to all pediatric patients. The student will also learn how to recognize complications and minimize them, either at the scene or during transport by ambulance. The student will apply those selected laboratory skills for the provision of specific pre-hospital emergency care in various simulated laboratory settings. During the laboratory portion, the student will use reasoning and empathy in dealing with patients with behavioural or psychiatric problems. The student will also become proficient in scenarios that are based on emergency childbirth and possible complications that may arise. During and at the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate their ongoing ability to lift, transfer, position, and transport patients weighing 100 kg through a structured lifting test.

    Semester 4

    # PAR1400   -   020   -   Ambulance Field Consolidation

    In this course, the student will share the role of a working paramedic while paired with two paramedics working on an ambulance. This course will provide the student a concentrated period of field experience to further develop the ability to assess and meet the needs of the patient. The student will participate in and analyze emergency situations that will form the basis for professional practice in the future. The student will also consolidate key concepts of pre-hospital care in a comprehensive review following his/her field consolidation.

    # PAR1405   -   002   -   Paramedic Comprehensive Review

    Through case study presentation, students will be involved in an overall review of the entire program in preparation for the A-EMCA.

    # PAR1410   -   003   -   Independent Study

    Students will complete a thorough, comprehensive, theoretical review in conjunction with their field consolidation.

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