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  • Objectives
    In the Paramedic program, you will gain the skills and knowledge to practice emergency pre-hospital medical care. As an integral member of the health care team - assisting victims of accident or illness, safely transporting patients, and, if needed, continuing emergency treatment after arrival at a health care centre.
  • Practical experience
    At the College, clinical placement at a hospital and through field placement with an ambulance service, you will learn to assess emergency patient care needs, based on factors such as condition, severity, age, stress and anxiety. Effective communication skills are emphasized so that you will be able to function productively with patients, bystanders and other members of the health care team. You will also learn the rules and procedures for the safe operation and maintenance of an emergency vehicle.
  • Academic Title
    Paramedic Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level One
    COMM1020     Communication For Emergency Health Workers I

    Description: The course content is based on the assumption that students can demonstrate competency in the use of the English language. In this course students will develop their oral and written communication skills. Students will learn medical terminology, the principles of accurate report writing and practise effective listening and communication skills. Students will read, analyze and discuss, and write about a variety of texts and issues relating to health care field and will present reviews of professional journal articles.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    LIBS1230     Get Fit I

    Description: This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the components of fitness and its application within their lifestyle. Emphasis will be placed on fitting fitness into the lifestyle of the participant and applying the basic concepts within fitness. Students will be required to develop and implement a personal fitness plan and program and apply/demonstrate appropriate fitness skills. This course will balance fitness theory with hands-on fitness training and will vary as the course progresses.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    PARA1010     Patient Care Theory I

    Description: This course provides the knowledge, skill and rationale for assessment, interpretation of assessment findings and treatment implications for pre-hospital medical and trauma situations. Selected topics will be discussed regarding the etiology, pathophysiology, complications and treatments of disease and trauma.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    PARA1020     Patient Care Procedures I - Laboratory

    Description: In this course, the student will acquire the skills necessary to perform basic assessment and pre-hospital care interventions to victims of trauma or the critically ill. The student will apply those selected laboratory skills for the provision of basic pre-hospital emergency care and or in various simulated laboratory settings. At the end of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate his/her ability to lift, transfer, position, and transport patients in the pre-hospital setting (patients weighing up to 86.5 kg/190LBS).
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 3

    PARA1030     Medico-Legal Aspects

    Description: This course is designed to provide the student with relevant knowledge of the federal and provincial legislation and regulations applicable to the field of paramedicine. The student will focus on the accountability and responsibility of his/her own on scene actions and behaviours in reference to the legalities governing his/her professional duties. The student will understand his/her role as an advocate for a patient's right to dignity, privacy, confidentiality, and consent to treatment.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    PARA1130     Psychology for Paramedics I

    Description: This course will examine psychological and sociological constructs as they relate specifically to the field of paramedicine. Topics will focus on issues that can affect the patient in an emergency situation as well as the paramedic in the course of his or her duties. Approaches to managing psychological and emotional crises will be explored. As well, maintaining short and long term personal psychological health for the paramedic will be examined. Students will participate in reflective and self exploratory assignments to develop sensitivities to a culturally diverse population.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    PARA1140     Practicum I
    Description: This course provides the opportunity for the students to receive practical experience in an Ambulance Service within the community. Under the direct supervision of a paramedic crew, the student will have the opportunity to observe, participate in and analyze emergency situations.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 2

    PNUR1035     Anatomy And Physiology

    Description: The focus of this on-line course is on the basic structure and function of the human body. Knowledge of the theories of homeostasis and the basic structure of cells, tissues, organs, and systems provides the student with a solid preparation for more detailed physiology in Physiology & Pathophysiology. Basic microbiology related to practice and human disease is included.
    A weekly one-hour tutorial is available to assist the student to be successful in this course.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Two
    LIBS1320     Get Fit II

    Description: All students are required to complete a PAR-Q and consent form.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: LIBS1230

    PARA1060     Patient Care Theory II
    Description: This course continues to provide the knowledge, skill and rationale for assessment, interpretation of assessment findings and treatment implications for pre-hospital medical and trauma situations. Selected topics are discussed regarding the pathophysiology of disease and trauma.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: PARA1010, PARA1020

    PARA1080     Anatomy And Physiology II (Paramedic)

    Description: This course will give students a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of certain body systems and the appropriate pathophysiology related to common disease in each system. In addition, the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of certain clinical states are covered in detail. The selection and sequencing of material are determined by the sequence of course material in Patient Care Theory II.
    Practice in critical-thinking skill's incorporated in the course and a variety of instructional methods are used, including self-directed study, tutorials, case study with an emphasis on independent learning objectives.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    PARA1090     Psychology for Paramedics II

    Description: This course focuses on developing an understanding of behavioural dynamics and crisis intervention skills. It will provide the student with the theoretical and practical concepts necessary for intervening in crisis situations involving a variety of psychosocial behaviour outcomes. Therapeutic interpersonal relations (communication skills) and maintaining one's own and others' coping mechanisms, will serve as an existing thread throughout the course.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: COMM1020, PARA1030, PARA1130

    PARA1120     Practicum II
    Description: This course provides an opportunity for the paramedic student to receive practical experience in both the hospital setting and an Ambulance Service within the community. The student will be able to complete basic patient assessments and apply basic therapeutics and diagnostics that have been taught in theory and lab while directly interacting with paramedic preceptors, hospital preceptors and patients.
    Hours: 90
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: PARA1010, PARA1020, PARA1030, PARA1130

    PARA1170     Patient Care Procedures II - Laboratory
    Description: In this course, the student will continue to develop the skills necessary to perform assessment and pre-hospital care interventions to victims of trauma or to the critically ill. The student will also learn how to recognize complications and respond accordingly. The student will apply those selected laboratory skills for the provision of specific pre-hospital emergency care in various simulated laboratory settings. At the end of this course, the student will demonstrate lift, transfer, position, and transporting patients in the pre-hospital setting (patient weight: 95.5kg-210lb).
    Hours: 105
    Credits: 5
    Pre-Requisites: PARA1010, PARA1020

    PARA1180     Ambulance Operations
    Description: This course will examine provincial guidelines as they relate to EMS operations in Ontario. An overview of the Ontario EMS history and structure will be examined. A variety of topics regarding paramedic safety concerns will be presented and discussed.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: PARA1010, PARA1020, PARA1030

    Level Three
    PARA2010     Patient Care Theory III

    Description: This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, drug categories and classifications. The student will become familiar with their role and responsibility surrounding the practical support of the Advanced Care Paramedic concerning assessment, interpretation and decision making as applied to advanced dysrhythmias, and advanced respiratory management.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: PARA1060, PARA1080, PARA1170

    PARA2020     Patient Care Procedures III - Laboratory
    Description: In this course, the student will become familiar with the Advanced Life Support Standards. The student will learn administration of medications and defibrillation as outlined in the Patient Care Standards section of the Advanced Life Support Standards. Procedures that are performed by Advanced Care Paramedics will be discussed so that the student will have a working knowledge in how they can assist these paramedics in the prehospital field.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: PARA1060, PARA1080, PARA1170

    PARA2030     Primary Care Paramedicine
    Description: In this course, the student will become familiar with the Advanced Life Support Standards. The student will learn administration of medications and defibrillation as outlined in the Patient Care Standards section of the Advanced Life Support Standards. Procedures that are performed by Advanced Care Paramedics will be discussed so that the student will have a working knowledge in how they can assist these paramedics in the prehospital field.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: PARA1060, PARA1080, PARA1120, PARA1170, PARA1180

    PARA2040     Primary Care Paramedicine-Laboratory
    Description: In this course, the student will acquire the skills necessary to perform advanced assessment and provide pre-hospital care interventions to critically ill patients. These interventions include the application of paramedic delegate medical acts as outlined in the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Advanced Life Support Standards. Symptom relief medication administration, semi-automatic defibrillation will be the main focus for this course. The student will also learn how to recognize complications and minimize them, either at the scene or during transport by ambulance.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: PARA1060, PARA1080, PARA1120, PARA1170, PARA1180

    PARA2060     Practicum III
    Description: This course provides the opportunity for the paramedic student to receive practical experience in an Ambulance Service within the community The student will be assigned a paramedic preceptor, and under the direct supervision of this preceptor, the student will review, participate in, and analyze emergency situations which will form a basis for professional practice in the future. Note: Time frame for delivery of "Practicum III" may vary depending on available resources.
    Hours: 90
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: PARA1060, PARA1080, PARA1090, PARA1120, PARA1170, PARA1180

          Electives: General Education
    Description: Student must complete a minimum of 36 Hours

    Level Four
    PARA2050     Professional Issues, Research And Leadership

    Description: This course is designed to develop the student's critical thinking skills in identifying issues surrounding the application of skills, professionalism, the development of technology, to name a few, that are relevant to the field of pre-hospital care. This will encompass the development and use of strategies to be able to locate, select and discriminate pertinent information, to support decisions and assist in the growth of their personal and professional role as a Paramedic. Ultimately, the student will appreciate his or her responsibility as leaders and/or agents of change in the future of pre-hospital care.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: PARA1030

    PARA2080     Practicum IV
    Description: This course provides the student with a concentrated period of field experience to further develop the ability to assess and meet the needs of the patient. Under the direct supervision of a paramedic crew the student will review, participate in and analyze emergency situations, which will form a basis for professional practice in the future. This experience is designed to help the student make the transition from the role of the student to a Paramedic.
    Hours: 338
    Credits: 12
    Pre-Requisites: PARA2010, PARA2020, PARA2030, PARA2040, PARA2060

    PARA2090     Paramedic Comprehensive Review
    Description: As the concluding component of the program, students will consolidate key concepts of Patient Care Theory 1, 2 and 3 as well as Primary Care Paramedicine.. Utilizing a student-centered approach, students will relate and integrate theoretical concepts previously learned with clinical situations. Challenges of the student-to-Paramedic transition will be discussed. The course will emphasize group approaches to critical thinking and discussions of scenario based medical situations..
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: PARA2010, PARA2020, PARA2030, PARA2040, PARA2060

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