Primary Care Paramedic (formerly EMT)

Primary Care Paramedics (PCPs) are integral members of Emergency Medical Services and provide basic life support, medical and trauma care in health services and industrial settings. They may be the first to arrive on scene, they may be the only provider in remote areas, or they may work collaboratively in a team with other EMS/health care providers, first responders (i.e. Fire, Police) or community support agencies.

Duties vary depending on the employment setting but responsibilities for PCPs include patient assessment, treatment, stabilization, and transportation. 

The PCP scope of practice competencies encompass knowledge and skills in the following areas: professional responsibilities, communication, health and safety, assessment and diagnostics, therapeutics, integration, transportation, health promotion and public safety.

The program is delivered using a blended format which offers students a unique alternative to traditional full-time, face to face, on-campus programs by providing multi-modal instruction in a computer-mediated delivery format so students can remain in their home communities for the majority of the training period. Students attend a total of 10 onsite training weeks in addition to the clinical and field placements during the 40 weeks of training.

Graduates are eligible to write the Provincial Registration Examination and become a registered practitioner with the Alberta College of Paramedics which is required to practice as a PCP in Alberta.

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Career Potential
Primary Care Paramedic graduates may be employed in rural or uban ambulance services, in various industrial settings or with municipal fire departments.

Credential
Certificate

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 Unrestricted EMR with Alberta College of Paramedic (ACP)
  • CPR certificate for Health Care Provider or Level C (issued within six months of course 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
  • 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
For those interested in pursuing a career as an Advanced Care Paramedic, registration as a PCP with the Alberta College of Paramedics is a prerequisite for acceptance into Advanced Care Paramedic program.

Primary 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.

  • 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. PREREQUISITES: 60% in BIO 30 and 60% in ENG 30-1, BIOL 230

  • 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. Conflict resolution, self-reflective practice and health teaching are key components of this course. PREREQUISITE: Admission to a Health & Wellness program

  • PERSONAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

    Course ID: HEED105

    Name: PERSONAL HEALTH & WELLNESS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course will introduce you to the physical, social, mental, occupational, emotional, environmental and spiritual dimensions of personal health and wellness. These dimensions are described within the context of the Canadian Health Care System and your own individual community. Topics include primary health care, nutrition, exercise, stress management, weight management, eating disorders, common health issues and their prevention. You will be expected to integrate knowledge of the seven dimensions of health and apply this knowledge to a self-analysis of your own health and physical fitness. Finally, you will incorporate change management theory to develop, implement and evaluate a personal wellness plan. The intent of this course is to promote a healthy lifestyle. By examining determinants of health, the current health care system, the seven dimensions of health and applying these concepts to your own lifestyle, you will be better equipped to function as role models and act as change agents for health promotion in your community. Prerequisites: 60% in ENG 30-1

  • PARAMEDIC FOUNDATIONS I

    Course ID: EMTA130

    Name: PARAMEDIC FOUNDATIONS I

    Hours: 15 Theory 105 Lab

    Credits: 3

    This course provides the knowledge and technical skills to prepare students to perform the beginning skills required of a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP). During the mandatory on-site labs, students integrate theory from this course, knowledge from other foundational courses such as A & P and technical skills in a simulated environment to meet the required competencies (NOCPs) at the level of proficiency.

  • PROFESSIONAL DRIVING

    Course ID: EMS250

    Name: PROFESSIONAL DRIVING

    Hours: 8 Theory, 8 Lab

    Credits: 1

    Students complete the provincially recognized driving course for EMS providers in Alberta. Certification is provided upon successful completion. *This course will require additional time using a driving simulator to complete all requirements for the driving component as required by the Alberta College of Paramedics.

  • PROFESSIONAL PARAMEDICS I

    Course ID: EMTA140

    Name: PROFESSIONAL PARAMEDICS I

    Hours: 15

    Credits: 1

    In this first professional paramedics course students learn about the history and evolving role of paramedics. Values, ethics, legalities and legislation that affect paramedic practice are introduced. Topics include legislative requirements under the Health Professions Act (HPA), the role and responsibilities of the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) and the Alberta Paramedic Association (APA) are core concepts. ACP Guiding documents such as Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice provide the framework for professional practice.

  • PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

    Course ID: EMTP221

    Name: PHYSICAL EXAMINATION

    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.

  • PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

    Course ID: PHRM250

    Name: PHARMACOTHERAPEUTICS FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course introduces students to the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics behind medication administration. Students will focus on classifications of drugs and integrating basic pharmacology concepts to their practice.

  • 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. PREREQUISITES: BIOL 230 and BIOL 231

  • PARAMEDICS IN SPECIAL POPULATIONS

    Course ID: EMTA210

    Name: PARAMEDICS IN SPECIAL POPULATIONS

    Hours: 30 Theory 30 Lab

    Credits: 3

    This course provides students with knowledge and skills required to provide care to special populations within the context of PCP practice. Obstetrics, pediatrics and geriatrics are the major focus of this course with competency attainment at the level of proficiency during the mandatory on-site labs.

  • PROFESSIONAL PARAMEDICS II

    Course ID: EMTA215

    Name: PROFESSIONAL PARAMEDICS II

    Hours: 15

    Credits: 1

    In this second professional paramedics course students begin to integrate knowledge learned in the first course to form a professional identity and incorporate personal/professional accountability. Values, ethics, HPA requirements, the role and responsibilities of the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP), the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice are further explored. Research and the use of best practices are emphasized.

  • PARAMEDIC FOUNDATIONS II

    Course ID: EMTA200

    Name: PARAMEDIC FOUNDATIONS II

    Hours: 30 Theory 125 Lab

    Credits: 4

    The student will apply new theory, previous knowledge from EMTA 130, incorporate practical skills, history, assessment, clinical presentation, and diagnostic findings of the ill or injured patient to determine a provisional diagnosis utilizing differential diagnoses and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Students will integrate all knowledge and skills to manage calls for delivery of safe patient care and promote optimal outcomes. Integration of all these components is critical to address the multiple medical and traumatic conditions encountered in the field. The student will demonstrate proficiency in the application of all competencies in a Skills, Scenario, or Simulation environment.

  • CLINICAL PLACEMENT

    Course ID: EMTA111

    Name: CLINICAL PLACEMENT

    Hours: 36

    Credits: 1

    The Clinical Placement Course is designed to provide the student exposure to diverse patients across the lifespan to facilitate application of newly acquired knowledge and skills into practice in a health care facility Emergency Department. The clinical placement provides the opportunity for the student to incorporate assessments, pharmacology, and skills in the treatment of patients of all ages. Students will act as a member of the multidisciplinary heath team and develop an awareness of the roles and responsibilities of other health professionals while developing strategies to work effectively within a team setting.

  • AMBULANCE PLACEMENT

    Course ID: EMTA110

    Name: AMBULANCE PLACEMENT

    Hours: 240

    Credits: 5

    The Ambulance Placement Course is designed to provide the student the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills to provide care for diverse patients across the lifespan in an ambulance setting. Under the guidance of a preceptor, students apply the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom to real emergency situations The overall outcome of the ambulance placement is for the student to meet entry to practice PCP competencies.

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