Melville, SK — Students enrolled in the Primary Care Paramedic certificate program at Parkland College in Melville are just completing their final week of classes. The students will be on practicum assignments until the end of June.
Before they branched out into the field to get work experience, the students posed for a class photo next to a training ambulance they used during their program. The ambulance is a recent addition to the College, having been donated earlier this year by The Dow Chemical Company. Dow Canada manufactures basic chemicals and plastics used to make products in many sectors, including personal care, transportation, health care and home construction.
The SIAST Primary Care Paramedic program delivered by Parkland College is a one-year certificate accredited by the Canadian Medical Association that prepares graduates to work in the field of pre-hospital emergency care. Students receive training in recognizing and managing medical and trauma injuries, physical assessment, pharmacology, and professionalism and leadership in Emergency Medical Services. Graduates typically find work in ambulance operations, fire services (in conjunction with fire training), industrial sites, mining sites, military departments, or special care facilities.
The next Paramedic program will be offered at Parkland College in Melville starting in September 2014.
Since its inception in 1973, Parkland College has worked to expand the philosophy of life-long learning in East Central Saskatchewan. Among the seven basic principles upon which the community college system was founded is the idea that programs are to be developed in response to the needs of the community. Today, Parkland College offers a broad spectrum of educational services from trades training and high school upgrading to the province’s most diverse off-campus university offerings.
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