Advanced Care Paramedics (ACPs) are integral members of Emergency Medical Services and provide advanced life support, medical and trauma care in health services, community 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.
The ACP scope of practice includes, but is not limited to the following: professional responsibilities, communication, health and safety, assessment and diagnostics, therapeutics, integration, transportation, health promotion and public safety.
The Portage College ACP program is delivered in 2.5 years on a full-time basis using a blended delivery model. This format allows students who are unable to relocate from their home community for the duration of their education program, the opportunity to pursue an Advanced Care Paramedic diploma. By using the multi-modal approach to instruction, students can do the majority of theory instruction from home. For each 3-credit course, students can expect to spend an average of 6-10 hours studying per week.
During the 12 mandatory onsite weeks, practical skills are assessed at the level of proficiency. Some written exams are scheduled during onsite weeks but students may be required to arrange to have other exams supervised at any Portage College campus or by an approved invigilator when not on site. Students are responsible for all costs associated with exam invigilation external to Portage College. The program includes two ambulance placements and a clinical placement.
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 an ACP in Alberta.
The program selection dates are May 11 and 12, 2022. If you have met the educational requirements and submitted the necessary documents, you will be contacted by the program advisor with a specific date and time for our selection evaluation. You will be required to attend the specific selection day at Portage College, Lac La Biche Campus.
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