Primary Care Paramedic Certificate

Overview

Be on the front lines of medicine.

Note: Applications are now closed for the Primary Care Paramedic program beginning in July 2019.

This Saskatchewan Polytechnic certificate program prepares you to work in the field of pre-hospital emergency care.

You will receive training in:

  • Recognizing and managing medical and trauma injuries – International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) certification is included
  • Performing physical assessments of various body systems
  • Recognizing and managing common cardiac and respiratory emergencies

You will study the basic principles of pharmacology and common medication classifications, and professionalism and leadership in Emergency Medical Services. You will also study and practice healthy living strategies. You will learn how to recognize and manage common geriatric diseases and psychiatric illnesses, and common obstetrical and pediatric emergencies.

The Canadian Medical Association recognizes the program. Graduates may find employment with ambulance operations, fire services (in conjunction with fire training), industrial sites, mining sites, military departments or special care homes.

Why Parkland College?

“I chose Parkland College because of the small class sizes and short wait time for admission vs Regina/Saskatoon. The best thing about the PCP program at Parkland College was the chance to spend more time with instructors.”

- Natasha Aldred

Tuition

Tuition & Course Info

Tuition: Approx. $6,032
Materials: Approx. $3,000 (student to purchase)
Fees: $425
Dates: July 29, 2019 – June 30, 2020
Length: 48 weeks, including 386 practicum hours
Location: Melville, SK

*Tuition costs and dates are subject to change up to 3 months prior to delivery.*

Courses

Courses

Notes:
Semester 1 consists of predominately-online courses that are required to be completed within the first 16 weeks of the program.
Semester 2 consists of on-campus courses – 16 weeks.
Semester 3 consists of on-campus courses – 4 weeks & 4 week practicum (approx.)
Semester 4 consists of approximately 8 weeks of practicum off campus.

Semester 1

APHY 164 – Anatomy and Physiology 1
APHY 165 – Anatomy and Physiology 2
EMER 107 – Professionalism, Leadership, and Communication
EMER 108 – Health and Safety
EMER 109 – Patient Assessment, Transport, and Diverse Populations
PHAR 100 – Pharmacology and Fluid Therapy

Semester 2

EMER 110 – Cardiac and Respiratory Theory
EMER 111 – Cardiac Care
EMER 112 – Respiratory Care
EMER 113 – Trauma Management 1
EMER 114 – Trauma Management 2
EMER 115 – Medical Care 1
EMER 198 – Medical Care 2
EMER 199 – Medical Care 3

Semester 3

EMER 116 – Foundations of Community Paramedicine
EMER 155 – Patient Management and Integration
PRAC 116 – Practicum 1

Semester 4

PRAC 117 – Practicum 2

Important Notes

Important Notes

  • Students are encouraged to take the Emergency Medical Responder program in preparation for the Primary Care Paramedic Program.
  • Classroom training will be held at our Melville campus.
  • The required 386 practicum hours and locations will be arranged for each student by the SaskPolytech Program Head once the program is in progress.
  • You must exhibit physical strength and fitness consistent with the requirements of professional practice. This will be evaluated in the program.
  • A handheld device will be required during the program (iPod Touch, or iPhone or iPad). More information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
  • At some locations in Saskatchewan ballistic vests are required for practicum students. More details will follow.
  • To obtain a copy of your immunization records, contact your local public health office. You may require your immunization to be updated. All costs associated with vaccines will be the responsibility of the student.
  • PLAR/Transfer Credit: For those with previous work, training or life skills related to this program, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option. To learn more about PLAR availability, visit the program’s home page at saskpolytech.ca.
  • The official licensing body for paramedics in Saskatchewan is the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics (SCoP). Before paramedics can enter into practice, they must complete the licensing exam, which involves fees, and has a pass mark of 80%.

Career Opportunities

Graduates work in ambulance operations, fire services (in conjunction with fire training), industrial sites, mining sites, military departments, or special care facilities.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 60% in the following four subjects: English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, one of Biology 30 or Chemistry 30, and one of Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30 or Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 (previous Saskatchewan mathematics Math A30 will also be accepted).
  • Standard First Aid is required prior to the start of the program and must be current to the year of the program.
  • CPR Level “C” AED or equivalent is required prior to the start of the program and must be current to the year of the program.
  • Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR) and WHMIS must be completed prior to start of program.
  • English language requirement.
  • Non-refundable application fee: $60.00 (online) OR $90.00 (paper).
  • Immunization record.

Important Notes:

  • A Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search will be required upon admission to the program.
  • You must exhibit physical strength and fitness consistent with the requirements of professional practice. This will be evaluated within the program.
  • Field and clinical practicums may require travel and are the responsibility of the student.
  • Practicum dates to be set up during the program.

Program Information:

Donna Vranai
Coordinator, Post-Secondary
Direct: 1.306.728.6592
Toll Free: 1.866.783.6766
E-Mail: d.vranai@parklandcollege.sk.ca

Admissions Information:

Katie Ecklund
Senior Admissions Officer
Direct: 1.306.786.2588
Toll Free: 1.866.783.6766
E-mail: k.ecklund@parklandcollege.sk.ca



Last Updated: April 1, 2019