Paramedic Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training to Paramedic Bridging Program

Program Title – Paramedic Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training to Paramedic Bridging Program


Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
NORT-H099B (PC) Timmins Campus

Program Specific Information and Forms
Below are requirements or forms that have to be completed before the start of the semester or the date specified.

Requirements for Paramedic Bridging

Program Description
Graduates of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program have the opportunity to bridge into the two-year Primary Care Paramedic program and complete an additional diploma in three semesters.

Classroom components emphasizing biological science, humanities and ambulance services provide the theoretical basis for interventions required to deal with medical or trauma emergencies. Emphasis is placed on the ability to communicate well with patients, families and health professionals and to function effectively as part of an interdisciplinary health care team. Clinical labs and field placements provide a milieu where students are able to apply theory into practice through assessment and the provision of a primary level of care.

Career Opportunities
Graduates may work with an ambulance service, as technical assistants in hospital emergency departments, as well as in sports injury management services and emergency services.

Contact Information
Terry Price
Tel: 705-235-3211 x2282
pricet@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements

Grade 12 English (C, U)
Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C, U)
Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (C, U)
Grade 11 or 12 Math (C, M, U)

A minimum GPA of 70% in C level, or a minimum GPA of 60% in U level.

  • English or Communications
  • Fitness
  • General Credits as per Ontario Colleges Certificate Requirements

Northern College does not offer testing for the sciences equivalencies or equivalent. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading or ACE credits.

Additional Admission Requirements

  • Must have a valid Class G Driver’s License
  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support Certificate (C.P.R. – HP content)
  • Standard First Aid Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Physician’s medical report as per guide supplied by the College
  • Immunization record including Hepatitis B; 2-step Mantoux (with follow-up chest x-ray if the T.B. test is positive)
  • A recent criminal reference/vulnerable sectors check (within 3 months) is required prior to the start of the first semester

CPR re-certification, criminal reference checks and immunization updates are required annually. Any costs for these tests/certifications will be the responsibility of the student. To be eligible for participation in clinical training, students must not have been convicted of any criminal offence for which that person has not been pardoned (as outlined in the Ambulance Act of Ontario).

An unpardoned criminal record will result in inability to participate in clinical placements and field internship courses and will prevent the student from graduating.

To see pre-clinical requirements deadline chart, visit the Admissions Package for Paramedic Bridging.

Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

a) Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
b) Receipt of Application by February 1st.
c) Achievement in the Required Academic Preparation*

Other Information
Paramedic bridging students will be required to perform heavy lifting in varying conditions throughout the program. To develop and maintain adequate physical fitness, students have free access to the school gym. Practice labs provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate care in simulated medical and trauma emergencies. The labs are interactive and all students are required to participate in all components of the lab sessions.

A minimum lift requirement is in place for success in the patient care lab component of the program. Students must be able to lift an 95 kg. patient along with all appropriate equipment. Please consult with the program coordinator for details regarding the lift requirement. Upon completion of this program, graduates must be successful in theoretical examinations set by the Ministry of Health, Emergency Health Services Branch, Ontario in order to be certified as a Paramedic and thus to be eligible to work in an ambulance service in Ontario. The cost for the examination process is the responsibility of the student.

Field Placement
To be assigned a field placement, an essential component of the program, students must have been immunized against Hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, tetanus, diphtheria, and influenza. Students must possess a valid CPR, Basic Rescuer and Standard First Aid Certificate.

Students must have successfully completed all theoretical and lab components of the program prior to field placement. Students who do not comply with the immunization requirements will not be allowed into the practice settings and as such may not be able to complete the practicum required to graduate from the program.

Employment Eligibility

Applicants should be aware of the following qualifications for employment (as outlined by the Ambulance Act of Ontario):
a) For a period of one year before the date he/she commences employment, must not have had six or more demerit points on his/her records by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act.
b) For a period of two years immediately prior to the date he/she commences employment, must not have had his/her driver’s licence suspended under the Highway Traffic Act.
c) For a period of three years immediately prior to the date he/she commences employment, must not have been prohibited under the Criminal Code of Canada, from driving a motor vehicle in Canada.
d) Must be the holder of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent as set out by the Ministry of Education.
e) Must have a valid Class F Driver’s Licence and be 18 years old.

Additional Costs
Students will be required to purchase their uniforms and crests, which can be ordered through the College, prior to the practicum experience and should budget accordingly for boots, books and supplies (approx. $1500.00).

Semester 1
BI1016 Anatomy and Physiology
PR1008 Patient Care Theory
PR1018 Patient Care Laboratory
PR1034 Hospital Clinical
PR1053 Mental Health/Crisis Intervention in EMS
PR1063 The Pre-Hospital Environment
PR1073 Professional Development and Leadership
PR2001 Patient Lifting & Transfer Techniques II

Semester 2
AA2041 Community Service Learning
PN1022 Pharmacology I
PR2017 Paramedic Practicum
PR3001 Patient Lifting & Transfer Techniques III
PR3008 Patient Care and Assessment Theory III
PR3018 Patient Care and Assessment Lab III
PR3043 Pathophysiology for Pre-Hospital Caregivers
PR3053 Fitness Maintenance

Semester 3
PR4001 Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (AEMCA) Online Review
PR4013 Ambulance Field Analysis & Case Studies
PR4022 Ambulance Field Consolidation

Semester 1
BI1016 Anatomy and Physiology
This course introduces learners to the normal development, structures and functions of the human body. Learners will examine the physiological components of the human body in order to obtain understanding of how the structures and functions of the body are related.

PR1008 Patient Care Theory
This course emphasizes the development of assessment skills and the utilization of them to manage and transport patients in a variety of situations. Students will learn the assessment, patho-physiological processes and management of various medical and traumatic problems ranging from stabilized to emergency situations.

PR1018 Patient Care Laboratory
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 situations in a variety of 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 95 kg).

PR1034 Hospital Clinical
PR1053 Mental Health/Crisis Intervention in EMS
PR1063 The Pre-Hospital Environment
PR1073 Professional Development and Leadership

PR2001 Patient Lifting & Transfer Techniques II
The skills and techniques for patient lifting and transfer are demonstrated in this course. Students must demonstrate the ability to safely and securely lift, transfer, position, and transport patients in the pre-hospital setting (H099 – patients weighing up to 86kg and additional equipment; H099B – patients weighing up to 96kg and additional equipment).

Semester 2
AA2041 Community Service Learning
Volunteer hours in the Community Services programs are designed to help students develop a sense of community identity. As professionals in training, it is vitally important that students have an awareness of community strengths and needs. These volunteer hours will provide students with the opportunity to positively engage with community while having fun.

PN1022 Pharmacology I
This course will provide the foundational knowledge for the safe administration of medication. The learner will be introduced to the concepts of pharmacology as selected drug classifications are studied. Inherent in this is the responsibility of the paramedic to understand the effects of drugs on the client and the monitoring parameters required. The lab component will provide the foundational knowledge for the safe administration of medication.

PR2017 Paramedic Practicum
PR3001 Patient Lifting & Transfer Techniques III
PR3008 Patient Care and Assessment Theory III
PR3018 Patient Care and Assessment Lab III

PR3043 Pathophysiology for Pre-Hospital Caregivers
This course continues the journey that began in Anatomy and Physiology I and II. Students will learn the processes of human disease: human disease being defined as structural or functional changes within the human body that are judged to be abnormal. The causes that lead to such changes and the manifestations that result will be discussed. Available treatment options with an emphasis on symptom relief interventions will be explored.

PR3053 Fitness Maintenance
This course is a continuation of the paramedic fitness courses offered in the first and second semesters. This course is a practical application of the key elements of fitness, namely, cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, strength and power, flexibility and balance. Emphasis will be placed on a strength component focusing on safe lifting protocols. Students will receive instructions on how to begin a fitness progression program leading to a maintenance program in all components of physical well being. Additional elements include body composition and weight management.

Semester 3
PR4001 Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (AEMCA) Online Review
Students will have the opportunity to participate in an intensive online program review. This self-directed review should be completed at the conclusion of the program and is designed to assist students in the review and preparation for the Provincial advanced EMCA exams.

PR4013 Ambulance Field Analysis & Case Studies
As the concluding component of the program, students enrolled in this comprehensive course will consolidate key concepts of pre-hospital care. Utilizing a student-centered approach, course participants will relate and integrate theoretical concepts previously learned in clinical situations. Challenges to the student-to-paramedic’s transition will be thoroughly discussed. Students will receive individualized feedback following a comprehensive evaluation of their theoretical and practical skills.

PR4022 Ambulance Field Consolidation
The emphasis of this course is placed on gaining practical experience related to the skills and theory taught in the previous courses. Students will gain an understanding of the roles of allied agencies involved in the care and continued care of pre-hospital patients. Students will also gain communication skills required when dealing with allied agencies, peers, patients and their families.

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