Paramedic

Tuition and Fees

Program Title: Paramedic
Credential Earned: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full Time
Program Length: 4 Semesters
Program Status: Not available

Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.

NORT – H099 (PC) Timmins Campus – Next start date will be September  2017
NORT – H154 (JB) Moosonee Campus – Next start date will be September  2017

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 (PDF, 386 KB)


Program Description
This four-semester program provides the skills and knowledge needed to deliver emergency care in the pre-hospital setting. Classroom components emphasizing biological science, humanities and ambulance services provide the theoretical basis for the interventions required to deal with medical or trauma emergencies. Emphasis is placed on the ability to communicate well with patients, families and health care 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
This program is oversubscribed and receives more than enough qualified applicants to fill the seats available. Applicants accepted into oversubscribed programs confirm their offer and pay their fees early to reserve a place in the program.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 11 or 12 Math (C, M, U)
Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C, U)
Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (C, U)
Grade 12 English (C, U)
A minimum of 70% in C level courses is required.

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Successful completion of Northern’s two semester Pre-health program (with a minimum GPA of 2.8) will serve to meet the admission requirements for the Paramedic program.

To see deadlines for pre-clinical requirements, visit the Admissions Package for Paramedic.

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/vulnerable sector reference check – (within 3 months) is required prior to the start of the second semester.
  • CPR re-certification, criminal reference checks and immunization updates are required annually. Any costs for these tests/certifications will be the responsibility

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.

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*

Grade and course requirements are used in the selection process. If applicants are enrolled in Grade 12 required subjects (as indicated above), in the second semester (February to June), Grade 11 marks will be used to assess admission eligibility.

Other Information
Student paramedics 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, you must have been immunized against Hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, tetanus, diphtheria, and influenza. 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. You must possess a valid CPR, Basic Rescuer and Standard First Aid Certificate, and all theoretical and lab course work must be successfully completed prior to field placement.

Employment Eligibility
Applicants should also 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.

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 (approximately $1500.00). Placement kits are required and are available for purchase through the college at a cost of approximately $220.

Semester 1
BI1003 Anatomy and Physiology I
CM1903 Communications I – Model A
PR1001 Patient Lifting and Transfer Techniques
PR1002 Medico-Legal Aspects
PR1014 Patient Care Theory I
PR1024 Patient Care Procedures I – Lab
PR1030 Fitness and Wellness I
PR2003 Ambulance Operations
PR1053 Mental Health/Crisis Intervention in EMS

Semester 2
AA2041 Community Service Learning
BI2013 Anatomy and Physiology II
PR2001 Patient Lifting and Transfer Techniques II
PR2014 Patient Care Theory II
PR2016 Ambulance Field Experience I
PR2024 Patient Care Procedures II – Lab
PR2036 Fitness and Wellness II
PN1022 Pharmacology I

Semester 3
PR3001 Patient Lifting and Transfer Techniques III
PR3002 Advanced Skills for Primary Care – Lab
PR3003 Professional Issues, Research and Leadership
PR3006 Ambulance Field Experience
PR3013 Patient Care Procedures III – Lab
PR3014 Patient Care Theory III
PR3032 Advanced Skills for Primary Care Paramedics – Theory II
PR3043 Pathophysiology for Pre-Hospital Care
PR3053 Fitness Maintenance

Semester 4
PR4001 On-line Paramedic Comprehensive Review (EMCA Review)
PR4013 Ambulance Field Experience Analysis & Case Studies
PR4022 Ambulance Field Consolidation

Semester 1

BI1003 Anatomy and Physiology I
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.

CM1903 Communications I Model A
Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen both oral and written skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning methods and communication formats. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions and style. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents as well as learn the basics of portfolio assembly and presentation.

PR1001 Patient Lifting and Transfer Techniques
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).

PR1002 Medical-Legal Aspects of Care
This course is designed to provide the student with the ability to apply relevant legislation and regulations enacted by provincial and federal governments. The student will focus upon the accountability and responsibility of his/her own behaviour, by concentrating upon the legalities governing his/her professional duties. The student will understand his/her role as an advocate for patient rights to dignity, privacy, confidentiality and consent/non-consent to treatment.

PR1014 Patient Care Theory I
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 that may afflict pre-hospital patients.

PR1024 Patient Care Procedures I Laboratory
In this course, the student will acquire the skills necessary to perform basic assessment and pre-hospital care interventions on victims of trauma or on the critically ill. The student will apply those selected laboratory skills for the provision of basic pre-hospital emergency care 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.

PR1030 and 2036 Fitness & Wellness I & II
This course is designed to provide the students with important knowledge on a number of health related issues while focusing on the fitness component of the health spectrum. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications and essential exercise prescriptions that will improve and maintain the students’ personal and occupational fitness levels.

PR2003 Ambulance Operations
This course emphasizes techniques necessary to ensure driver and vehicle readiness for emergency service. Utilizing both classroom and in-vehicle situations students will acquire the skills required to: maintain emergency vehicles, prepare and safely operate an emergency vehicle, drive defensively avoiding hazards and control skids. In addition to these skills, students will also develop the ability to extricate victims from scenes, interact with Emergency Response Aircraft and respond to hazardous material and multi-casualty situations. The techniques required to work effectively with other emergency response personnel will be emphasized throughout the course.

PR1053 Mental Health/Crisis Intervention in EMS
The first part of this course examines various perspectives of abnormal psychology. Stress and the psychological connection to mental illness and health will be investigated. Students will also study mental health law in Canada. The second part of this course examines the fundamental crisis theory that will serve as a basis for assessing, intervening and evaluating resolution of a crisis event. Other crises to be discussed are crises related to loss, substance abuse, posttraumatic stress disorder, child abuse, intimate partner abuse and sexual assault. Finally this course will deal with the topic of death notification.

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.

BI2013 Anatomy and Physiology II
The study of normal anatomy and physiology of the human body is a continuation of Anatomy and Physiology I. It continues with the study of the major body systems, from the nervous system to the reproductive systems. The unifying themes of the interrelationships of body organ systems, homeostasis, and the complementary nature of structure and function, will provide the basis for understanding the workings of the human body.

PR2001 Patient Lifting and 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).

PR2014 Patient Care Theory II
This course is a continuation of Patient Care Theory I. The major emphasis of this course is placed on the responsibilities of the student in assessing, managing and transporting patients in stabilized conditions, emergency situations and situations that may become emergencies. Students will learn the assessment, pathophysiological processes and management of various medical and traumatic problems that may afflict pre-hospital patients.

PR2016 Ambulance Field Experience I
Practical experience will be provided in a number of health care settings-in pre-hospital and acute and long-term care. Students will apply the theoretical content and practice from previous courses through observation and participation in both pre-hospital, and agency settings. Students will gain an understanding of the role of both paramedics and hospital staff in providing continuity of care for the ill or injured client.

PR2024 Patient Care Procedures II 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).

PR1030 and 2036 Fitness & Wellness I & II
This course is designed to provide the students with important knowledge on a number of health related issues while focusing on the fitness component of the health spectrum. Emphasis will be placed on practical applications and essential exercise prescriptions that will improve and maintain the students’ personal and occupational fitness levels.

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.

Semester 3

PR3001 Patient Lifting and Transfer Techniques III
The emphasis of this course is placed on hands on lifting and transferring techniques.

PR3002 Advanced Skills for Primary Care Paramedics Laboratory
In this course, students will acquire the skills necessary to perform advanced assessment and care interventions on victims of trauma or on the critically ill. This includes starting and monitoring IVs, administering Symptom Relief drugs and defibrillation (SAED) to EHSB standards. They will also learn how to recognize complications and minimize them, either at the scene or during transport by ambulance. Students will apply those selected laboratory skills for the provision of specific pre-hospital emergency care situations in a variety of simulated laboratory settings.

PR3003 Professional Issues, Research and Leadership
This course is designed to develop students’ critical thinking skills in identifying issues surrounding the application of skills, professionalism, and 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, students will appreciate their responsibility as leaders and/or agents of change in the future of pre-hospital care.

PR3006 Ambulance Field Experience
This course provides the opportunity for students to receive practical experience in Emergency Health Services (E.H.S.) in true emergency patient care situations within the community. Under the direct supervision of a paramedic crew, students will review, participate in, and analyze emergency situations, which will form a basis for professional practice in the future.

PR3013 Patient Care Procedures III Laboratory
This lab course presents students with tutorial materials, which require problem solving. The emphasis is on hands-on learning using demonstration, performance and practice to hone skills. It follows the same outline as the theory course to assist in the reinforcement of knowledge into praxis.

PR3014 Patient Care Theory III
This course is a continuation of Patient Care Theory II. The major emphasis of this course is placed on the responsibilities of the student in assessing, applying the pathophysiological processes, managing and transporting patients in stabilized conditions, emergency situations and situations that may become emergencies. Students will learn the assessment and management of various medical and traumatic problems that may afflict pre-hospital patients.

PR3032 Advanced Skills for Primary Care Paramedics –Theory II
This course continues the exploration of concepts and protocols introduced in PR2032. The theoretical skills examined during both advanced skills theory courses are reinforced and practiced in the corequisite laboratory component in PR3002.

PR3043 Pathophysiology for Pre-Hospital Care
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 4

PR4001 On-line Paramedic Comprehensive Review (EMCA 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 Experience Analysis and 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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Articulation Agreements – Universities
Program Degree at Receiving University
Massage Therapy Brock (Ontario)
Bachelor of Arts Community Health
Paramedic University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario)
Practical Nursing Bachelor of Allied Health Science (Honours)
Medical Laboratory Technician
Pre-Health Sciences Algoma (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Practical Nursing University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours)
Lakehead (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Algoma (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RPN Bridging Program
Ryerson (Ontario)
Bachelor of Health Administration Health Information Management or Bachelor of Health Administration Health Services Management
 
Practical Nursing Thompson Rivers (BC)
Paramedic Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honours)
Massage Therapy  
   

Note 1: The information above is subject to change without notice at the institution’s discretion.
Note 2: Ryerson University may ask applicants to complete two or three university level liberal studies courses prior to admission.