Advanced Care Paramedic (formerly EMT-P)

The program is fully accredited by the Canadian Medical Association. Once you graduate, you'll be eligible to write the Alberta Provincial Licensing exam for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics.

Many practicing Primary Care Paramedics (PCPs formerly EMTs) are unable to leave their family, employment and/or community commitments in order to pursue the ACP diploma. We offer PCPs a unique alternative by providing multi-modal instruction in a computer-mediated delivery format so you can remain in your home community for the majority of the training period. You will attend a total of eleven on-site training weeks in addition to the three field placements during the two years of training.

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Career Potential
A significant demand for Advanced Care Paramedics throughout the Province in rural, urban and industrial settings provides graduates with a broad range of career opportunities.

Credential
Year 1 N/A
Year 2 Diploma

Admission Requirements
Educational:

  • Biology 30 with minimum 60%
  • English 30 or 30-1 with minimum 60% OR English 33 or 30-2 with minimum 70%
  • Math 20 pure or Math 20-1 with minimum 50% OR Math 20-2 minimum 60%
  • Chemistry 30 strongly recommended

Other Requirements & Documents:

  • Minimum age 18
  • Registered Unrestriced PCP (EMT) with Alberta College of Paramedic (ACP)
  • Copy of Heart & Stroke - HCP - Level C certificate issued within six months of program start date
  • Photocopy of current Class 4 Alberta driver's license OR Portage College Waiver form
  • Police Information Check and Vulnerable Sector Search
  • Must attend mandatory selection day in May
  • Apple IPad for use with Comp-tracker program used for placement competency tracking, please contact the program for details before purchase
  • Please refer to the following link for Moodle minimum technical requirements: Moodle page.
  • ESL - ALL students whose first language is not English must meet one of the following:
    IELTS Academic Format with minimum scores as follows: Listening 7.5; Reading 6.5; Writing 7.0; Speaking 7.0. 
    TOEFL iBT (internet Based) with minimum test scores as follows: Listening 23; Reading 21; Writing 25; Speaking 22. 
    Note: Testing must have been completed within two years prior to application to the program  

Transferability
Students who complete the ACP program are eligible to appy for admission to the Bachelor of Administration at Athabasca University and the Bachelor of Health Sciences program at SAIT. The following four courses transfer to and from Portage College University Studies; BIOL230 - Anatomy I, BIOL231 - Physiology I, BIOL232 - Physiology II and HEED105 - Health Education.

Advanced Care Paramedic

  • ANATOMY I

    Course ID: BIOL230

    Name: ANATOMY I

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides an in-depth study of the structures of the human body and their interrelationships using a systems approach. The correlations between structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) are noted. Major topics include body organization, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems, the general and special senses, and human development. This course is designed to prepare students in medical fields of study for advanced courses in their respective fields, as well as other university transfer students.

  • COMMUNICATIONS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

    Course ID: COMM135

    Name: COMMUNICATIONS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course explores basic and therapeutic communication skills for the health professional. Communication skills required for the development of caring relationships and to overcome barriers will be discussed, as well as, the skills needed for interprofessional practice, group and family communication. Health teaching in individual and group settings is an important component of this course.

  • INTERMEDIATE SKILLS

    Course ID: EMTP203

    Name: INTERMEDIATE SKILLS

    Hours: 143

    Credits: 3

    This course provides the student a review of basic life support (BLS) skills and knowledge. Students perform assessment surveys while administering treatment at the BLS level in scenario situations. On-site labs are required. EMTP 203 is a core course.

  • OBSTETRICS

    Course ID: EMTP226

    Name: OBSTETRICS

    Hours: 81

    Credits: 3

    This course focuses on complications related to obstetrics. However, it must be emphasized that the majority of pregnancies are uneventful and require no intervention. It is essential to become familiar with the normal progression of pregnancy, labour, and delivery, so the abnormal is quickly recognized. Timely and appropriate intervention can have lifelong benefits for both the infant and the mother. On-site labs are required.

  • PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

    Course ID: PHRM250

    Name: PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course focuses on the theoretical knowledge required for safe medication administration. Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology will be integrated into the curriculum as mechanisms of action, therapeutic effects, adverse effects, and drug interactions are explored. The study of common drug classifications along with selected frequently used medications in each classification will be included. Legislation is reviewed with regards to over-the-counter and prescription drugs as well as political, social, economic and ethical factors will be discussed. Applicable professional practice interventions are examined with supporting rationale.

  • PHYSICAL EXAMINATION & HISTORY GATHERING

    Course ID: EMTP221

    Name: PHYSICAL EXAMINATION & HISTORY GATHERING

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This physical examination course is designed to help students learn the intricate functions of the human body. Students learn to perform skilled, efficient, thorough, and systematic physical examinations when working with patients who are in different states of physical, mental, and emotional health

  • PHYSIOLOGY I

    Course ID: BIOL231

    Name: PHYSIOLOGY I

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides a study of the overall function of the human body. Major topics include fundamental chemistry, homeostasis, cytology and cell physiology, cell signaling and communication, and muscle, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, endocrine, urinary and reproductive physiology, as well as fundamental genetics as it applies to human physiology. This course is designed to prepare students in medical fields of study for advanced courses in their respective fields, as well as other university transfer students.

  • PHYSIOLOGY II

    Course ID: BIOL232

    Name: PHYSIOLOGY II

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course focuses on the study of homeostasis and how it is altered by physical, biochemical, microbial or genetic factors, providing an in-depth understanding of the mechanism of human body function, pathophysiology (disordered physiology) and disease processes. The course summarizes the normal function of each organ system and then presents a number of major diseases of each system, showing how symptoms and signs of selected diseases are produced by pathophysiology. This course is designed to prepare students in medical fields of study for advanced courses in their respective fields, as well as other university transfer students.

  • PROFESSIONAL DRIVING

    Course ID: EMS250

    Name: PROFESSIONAL DRIVING

    Hours: 16

    Credits: 1

    Students complete the provincially recognized driving course for EMS providers in Alberta. Certification is provided upon successful completion.

  • PROFESSIONAL PARAMEDIC

    Course ID: EMTP227

    Name: PROFESSIONAL PARAMEDIC

    Hours: 49

    Credits: 2

    In this course students learn to grow from being a paramedic practitioner to the "professional paramedic" desired by industry employers. This course is about reinforcing professional practice through leadership and responsibility, enhancing personal attitudes and skills, developing ethical and legal accountability, and preparing personal portfolios and professional correspondence for employment.

  • ADVANCED PARAMEDIC SKILLS

    Course ID: EMTP202

    Name: ADVANCED PARAMEDIC SKILLS

    Hours: 250

    Credits: 6

    In the Advanced Paramedic Skills course, students focus on relating knowledge and performance to skills practiced by Paramedics in the pre-hospital setting. Students apply these concepts through laboratory and scenario practice.

  • ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY

    Course ID: EMTP212

    Name: ADVANCED PHARMACOLOGY

    Hours: 90

    Credits: 6

    This course teaches students advanced concepts and principles of pre-hospital drug administration. Students realize the importance of pharmacology and drug therapy as a complex role that sets the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Provider apart from the Basic Life Support (BLS) provider.

  • BACKCOUNTRY SURVIVAL

    Course ID: EMTP240

    Name: BACKCOUNTRY SURVIVAL

    Hours: 36

    Credits: 1

    This course is designed to help the student gain knowledge and experience in backcountry survival. This course is a key component of preparation required for aeromedical services and includes both theory and an overnight survival experience in the wilderness.

  • EMERGENCY DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

    Course ID: EMTP222

    Name: EMERGENCY DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

    Hours: 166

    Credits: 6

    This course deals with the diagnosis and treatment of both medical and trauma emergencies at the paramedic level. This diagnosis is obtained in combination with physical exam, clinical presentations, history, and diagnostic tests done in the field. Students will learn to differentially diagnose life-threatening conditions that must be mitigated in the field, from those that would more appropriately be managed in the hospital by a physician. Once a working diagnosis has been obtained, appropriate treatment must be initiated to decrease morbidity and mortality. Treatment guidelines are developed and discussed. Students will learn interpretation and understanding of diagnostic results as well as an understanding of the appropriate standard of care for effective treatment of those diagnoses. On-site labs are required.

  • AEROMEDICAL

    Course ID: EMTP241

    Name: AEROMEDICAL

    Hours: 54

    Credits: 3

    This course familiarizes students with the special aspects of patient care associated with air transport and survival. There is a focus placed on understanding how altitude and pressure affect human physiology, as well as the treatment variables associated with high altitude transport. There is both a theory and placement component to this course.

  • CLINICAL PLACEMENT

    Course ID: EMTP242

    Name: CLINICAL PLACEMENT

    Hours: 270

    Credits: 6

    This course applies experiential learning concepts, while working within a health care facility. Students apply theoretical knowledge when completing research, patient care and competency practice assignments. Emphasis is on making students part of the local health care team. While practicing at an appropriate Basic Life Support (BLS) standard, students apply Advanced Life Support (ALS) concepts and psychomotor skills to actual patients. Students practice under the supervision of an employee of the clinical area with an understanding that students will master the ALS skills through consistent practice and evaluation.

  • INITIAL AMBULANCE PLACEMENT

    Course ID: EMTP246

    Name: INITIAL AMBULANCE PLACEMENT

    Hours: 348

    Credits: 6

    This course gives students the opportunity to apply newly acquired knowledge, and practice new skills in the clinical setting of an ambulance. Emphasis is placed on history taking and physical assessment, while learning to develop a differential diagnosis based on the diagnostic findings and clinical presentation of each patient.

  • FINAL PARAMEDIC AMBULANCE PLACEMENT

    Course ID: EMTP248

    Name: FINAL PARAMEDIC AMBULANCE PLACEMENT

    Hours: 576

    Credits: 6

    This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge in the clinical setting of an ambulance. Though students are expected to manage an ambulance call at the start of the placement, they are under the supervision of a Paramedic preceptor to ensure the Advance Life Support (ALS) concepts are appropriately incorporated into patient care. Emphasis is placed on history taking, physical assessment, field diagnosis, ALS treatment and interpersonal skills. Students are expected to be functioning at a graduate level at the end of this placement. The program’s practice for field preceptorships directly reflects CMA's position that all students must be in direct supervision while on call. This means that two-man calls are not acceptable.

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