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Primary Care Paramedic

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
1498 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
52 Weeks
Includes holidays and professional days.
Delivery Methods:
  • In-Class Instruction
Program content is subject to change.

We are a partner with BC Emergency Health Services and students of our Paramedic program will have placements with BC-EHS. Unique to Sprott Shaw, preceptorships and practicums are woven throughout the curriculum so that students gain their practical experience during the program.

Licensed to administer patient care, most BC paramedics are PCPs, and they handle the majority of 9-1-1 calls. The role of a paramedic varies widely across the world, as emergency medical services (EMS) providers operate with many different models of care. In the Anglo-American model, paramedics are autonomous decision-makers. However, in some countries, such as the United Kingdom and Australia, the paramedic role has developed into an autonomous health profession, which is Canada’s direction.

Paramedics mainly work as part of the EMS, most often in ambulances and due to the nature of their job, paramedics work in diverse and dynamic environments. Paramedics also work in non-emergency situations, such as transporting chronically ill patients to and from treatment centres and, in some areas, address social determinants of health and provide in-home care to sick patients at risk of hospitalization, a practice known as community paramedicine.

Students will learn all aspects of paramedicine to a national standard. They can expect to participate in discussions and reflective exercises in a safe and supportive environment facilitated by their instructors. They will also engage in hands-on and practical training in clinical skills through various formats such as role plays, skill labs, scenarios, simulations, recorded or live demonstrations, and practicums.

Graduates qualify for licensure with the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board (EMALB) and once licensed, for membership of the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) membership.

Sprott Shaw College is an approved EMALB Educational program. Students of the Primary Care Paramedic program will initially be issued with a student license to practice under supervision and, once complete, eligible for a full license for independent practice.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Provide safe, ethical, and sociocultural-sensitive care according to the guidelines as set by schedule III of the Emergency Medical Assistants regulations.
  • Practice in a reflective, responsive, accountable, and professional manner as required by legislation, the defined scope and standards of practice, and the code of ethics as described in the Health Professions Act.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive and competent knowledge of paramedical theories and practices.
  • Assist in and apply practices that promote the physical, psychological, social, cognitive, and spiritual well-being of clients
  • Work collaboratively as part of an integrated health care team to provide high quality care for clients.
  • Engage in evidence-based practice.
  • Recognize the benefits, limitations, and contradictions of differing theoretical frameworks.
  • Display knowledge of physiology and pathophysiology relevant to practice.
  • Recognize and respond to one’s self-assessment, self-development, learning, and health enhancement needs.
  • Apply self-reflective and self-appraisal processes to improve your effectiveness in your paramedical practice, including, readings, and peer feedback.
  • Prepare client records and reports accurately.
  • Utilise various diagnostic and assessment tools.

Why Take Primary Care Paramedic At Sprott Shaw?

  • Monthly start dates: Start your education when you want to without the wait
  • Practicum opportunities: Build your skills with included practicums at recognized organizations across BC.
  • Access to dedicated Employment Services Specialists (ESS): Our Employment Services Specialists are here to help you with resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and the overall job search after graduation
  • All-inclusive program costs: What you see is what you pay. Our costs include registration fees, assessment fees, tuition, textbooks, supplies, course materials, uniforms, certificates, graduation fees, clinical and practicum fees, and much more
  • Grant and scholarship opportunities are available to help you save on tuition. Up to $4000 in scholarships and grants are open to recent high school graduates, Sprott Shaw alumni, military veterans, and more! Click here to browse our full list of grants and scholarships.

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Applicants must meet all of the pre-requisites listed below, meet their financial obligations to the college at registration, and acknowledge their understanding of SSC’s policies and procedures provided in the Student Handbook, prior to starting classes.

 

Education Level (one of the following):

  • Grade 12 or equivalent (GED, Adult Basic Education) with evidence of a ‘true certified copy’ or original transcript.
  • Mature student status (age 19 and one year out of high school).

 

Admissions Requirements:

  • Complete admissions interview
  • For more information on English Language requirements and equivalencies please click here.

 

English Options (one of the following):

  • English 12 (min. grade 65%)
  • English 12 First Peoples (min. grade 65%)
  • SSC English for Healthcare (min. grade 76%)

 

English Equivalent for International Students (one of the following):

  • Three years of secondary or post-secondary instruction in English from countries with English language systems / institutions (where English is a primary, official language and the language used for education) and provide evidence of one of the 3 English requirements listed above.

 

IELTS Academic (minimum scores):

  • Speaking: 7.0
  • Listening: 7.5
  • Reading: 6.5
  • Writing: 7.0
  • OVERALL BAND SCORE: 7.0 (scores valid for two years)
  • Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) (min. B2)
  • PTE – Pearson Test of English (min. 65)

 

Math Requirement (one of the following):

  • Math 11 Foundations (min. grade 60%)
  • SSC Math for Healthcare (min. grade 64%)

 

Biology Options (one of the following):

  • BC Curriculum Anatomy and Physiology 12 (formerly known as Biology 12) (min. grade 60%)
  • BC Curriculum Biology 12 (min. grade 60%)
  • SSC Biology Basics (min. grade 60%)

 

Health Requirement (one of the following):

  • Completed SSC Health Declaration form
  • Physician’s waiver

 

Other Requirements:
  • Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview
  • Provide evidence of clear TB testing prior to acceptance (must be done no more than three months before program start date)
  • Provide evidence of up-to-date Immunizations: Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Chicken Pox, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Pertussis
  • Evidence of full COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Criminal record check from the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, including clearance to work with vulnerable populations

 

Practice Education Requirement:

  • Influenza vaccinations, as required by clinical sites

 

Diploma Requirements:

  • Successful completion of all on-campus courses with a minimum of a 70% overall average.
  • Successful completion of all industry-certified courses and third-party training provided during the program.
  • Successful completion of all courses that are graded with a ‘pass/fail’.
  • Successful completion of any required capstone projects, portfolios, or term papers assigned at the beginning of the program.

 

Post Programme Licensing Requirements:

  • As a Primary Care Paramedic you are required to be licensed in the province you want to practise in; most provinces have asimilar process. In BC, through the EMALB, you must pass the following, in this order:
  • Canadian Organisation of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) written exam.
  • EMALB Jurisprudence written exam.
  • EMALB Practical exam.

 

* Primary Care Paramedic was reviewed and approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.

Courses List

This 52 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • This course gives an overview of the structure and function of 10 body systems. Various health promotion strategies will be discussed to help work towards the optimal functioning of the body systems.
  • Course outcomes will be met through the examination and exploration of the following concepts: 10 Body Systems, Medical Terminology, Chemistry and cellular activity, Special senses, Fluid and electrolyte balance, Acid-base balance.

  • This course provides instruction in the technical skill associated with Primary Care Paramedicine.
  • Course outcomes will be met through the exploration, demonstration, and examination of the following concepts: Equipment Orientation, Patient Movement, Patient Assessment Model, Systems-based approach to physical examination, Intervention Skills.

  • This course provides students with the knowledge and skills regarding pharmacological terminology, drug reference book usage, drug classifications, drug selection, selected disease states, dosage forms, packaging, and pharmaceutical calculations.

  • Pre-requisite: PARA102
  • This course provides the foundations in the necessary non-technical skills to operate as a Primary Care Paramedic.
  • Including: Verbal & Written Communication, Cultural Awareness, Legal & Ethical awareness, Crew Resource Management, Community Health Promotion, Personal Safety.

  • Students further their practical knowledge of the paramedicine profession/industry
  • Conduct effective job searches and use strong interview techniques
  • Create a career development marketing plan
  • Present oneself professionally through both traditional and digital media methods and platforms

  • This two-week practical course includes a minimum of four shifts totaling 48 hours.
  • It also includes individual ‘post-conference’ sessions between instructors and students and/or group ‘touch-back’ sessions relevant to the learning experiences acquired during the preceptorship.

  • Pre-requisites: PARA101, PARA102, PARA103 & PARA104
  • This course introduces the pathophysiology of common complaints in a systems-based approach while simultaneously integrating the assessments, treatment and skills covered in previous courses.
  • The focus is on the following body systems: Cardiovascular, Neurological, Respiratory, Genitourinary & Reproductive, Gastrointestinal, Integumentary, Musculoskeletal.

  • Pre-requisite: PARA203
  • This course capstones the primary care paramedic programme.
  • Taking the learning out of the lab setting, the learners integrate real-world environments into their existing practice in preparation for their final practicum, where they will work (supervised) with genuine patients.

  • Pre-requisite: All theory/practical courses in PCP program.
  • This course is designed to prepare students for the licensing exam.

  • Pre-requisite: PARA201
  • This two-week practical course includes a minimum of four shifts totalling 48 hours.
  • It also includes individual ‘post-conference’ sessions between instructors and students and/or group ‘touch-back’ sessions relevant to the learning experiences acquired during the preceptorship.

  • Pre-requisite: PARA202
  • This two-week practical course includes a minimum of four shifts totalling 48 hours.
  • It also includes individual ‘post-conference’ sessions between instructors and students and/or group ‘touch-back’ sessions relevant to the learning experiences acquired during the preceptorship.

  • Pre-requisite: PARA203
  • This two-week practical course includes a minimum of four shifts totalling 48 hours.
  • It also includes individual ‘post-conference’ sessions between instructors and students and/or group ‘touch-back’ sessions relevant to the learning experiences acquired during the preceptorship.

  • Pre-requisite: PARA204
  • This three-week practical course includes a minimum of eight shifts totaling 96 hours.
  • It also includes individual ‘post-conference’ sessions between instructors and students and/or group ‘touch-back’ sessions relevant to the learning experiences acquired during the preceptorship.

  • Computer basics/file management
  • Goal setting, note taking, problem solving, team work
  • Overview of policies & procedures
  • Demonstrate ability to use MS Word and MS PowerPoint

  • Pre-requisite: PARA201
  • This course introduces the pathophysiology of common complaints in a systems-based approach while simultaneously integrating the assessments, treatment and skills covered in previous courses.
  • The focus is on the following body systems: Immune, Endocrine, Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose & Throat (HEENT) • As well as the following complex pathological presentations: Toxicology, Alternate care pathways, Multisystem/Palliative, Environmental.

  • Pre-requisites: PARA202
  • The focus is on the following complex pathological presentations: Major Trauma, Psychiatric, Obstetric, Neonatal, PhysicaI impairment, Mental Impairment, Bariatric Impairment.
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