Paramedic Curriculum

Waitlisted for September 2018

Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 04, 2018
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
PMD
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$4,257.73 per semester*
International:
$9,824.63 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

ESRV 26
Units/ Hours: 15

This course is designed to prepare the student for the requirements of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation F license and to practice the safe operation of an ambulance and ambulance-non-medical equipment under normal and emergency conditions.

Co-Requisites
SCIE 157
Units/ Hours: 60

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. It will begin with an introduction to the organization and the cellular/tissue basis of the human body. The systems that will be focused on in this course are: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

HLTH 65
Units/ Hours: 15

This functional course will provide an overview of the Ontario Healthcare System. Students will examine the interdisciplinary role of healthcare professionals. Based on examination, students will dialogue about current issues and trends that impact the Ontario healthcare system, within the context of sustainability.

ESRV 29
Units/ Hours: 75

This course is designed to introduce the paramedic student to the basics of patient assessment and various pieces of ambulance equipment. It will also introduce the student to some of the basic illnesses and injuries they will be treating. The student will learn about the pathophysiologies, clinical manifestations, assessments and treatments of these illnesses and injuries.

Co-Requisites
ESRV 33
Units/ Hours: 60

This course is designed to give the paramedic student the opportunity to apply the theory learned in Patient Care I. Practice will focus on the application of skills related to to the assessment of patients, the treatment of illnesses and injuries and the use of various pieces of ambulance and patient care equipment.

Co-Requisites
SOCI 36
Units/ Hours: 45

This course offers a systematic approach to exploring human behaviour. The concepts and empirical findings are examined using a variety of theoretical approaches. Major topics include perception, motivation, learning, memory, intelligence, and personality.

Semester 2

SCIE 158
Units/ Hours: 60

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of human anatomy and physiology as they pertain to the following systems: Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Endocrine, Immune, Respiratory, Urinary, Fluids & Electrolytes/Acid-Base and Reproductive.

Pre-Requisites
COMM 202
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications II, building on the foundation of Communications I, is a blended course that teaches students to write and communicate for a variety of professional situations. In seminars, labs and online modules, students will develop a professional portfolio that demonstrates their abilities to meet the challenges of a changing workplace.

Pre-Requisites
ESRV 2
Units/ Hours: 60

This course will give the student the opportunity to observe and practice some of the skills learned in semesters I and II. Clinical areas will be visited to allow the student to integrate knowledge from theory and lab skills. Possible sites include: emergency, ICU, physiotherapy, respiratory therapy, diagnostic imaging, operating room, obstetrics, paediatrics, and long term care.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
ESRV 30
Units/ Hours: 75

This course is designed to introduce the paramedic student to more advanced concepts of patient assessment and various pieces of ambulance equipment not covered in Patient Care I. It will also introduce the student to some of the more complex illnesses and injuries they will be treating. The student will learn about the pathophysiologies, clinical manifestations, assessments and treatments of these illnesses and injuries.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
ESRV 34
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed to give the paramedic student the opportunity to apply the theory learned in Patient Care II. The student will demonstrate the integration of knowledge by performing assessments, and using skills and equipment for medical emergencies learned in both Patient Care I and II.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
SCIE 28
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will provide the primary care paramedic student with the foundations of pharmacology. This will include history, legislation, pharmacokinetics, classifications, calculations and symptom relief medications.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
ESRV 80
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will integrate a variety of topics relevant to a practicing primary care paramedic and focus on the types of physiology and anatomy core to the understanding of the primary diseases seen in practice. Content from previous or concurrent courses will be examined in greater depth, in order to better prepare the paramedic student to be able to understand disease processes from a first principle standpoint.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
SOCI 1
Units/ Hours: 45

This course explores the difficulties in defining abnormal behaviour and develops skills in evaluating historical and current theoretical perspectives of abnormality. Issues relating to abnormality in our society today are examined after students are presented with the necessary knowledge to understand a variety of behaviours (and disorders) and their treatments. In order for a student to succeed in this course they need to have general knowledge of basic psychological theory, critical thinking skills, sound writing skills, and the ability to apply material to their field of choice.

Pre-Requisites

Semester 3

ESRV 24
Units/ Hours: 60

This course is designed to introduce the paramedic student to concepts of advanced life support patient care, including semi-automatic defibrillation, symptom relief medication administration and intravenous therapy.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
FLPL 171
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will initially orient the student to working in the EMS field environment. The student will then begin to work regular shifts with a paramedic crew in the ambulance, where they will begin to integrate and consolidate theory and skills from all semesters. A paramedic preceptor will guide the student through the daily professional practice of a paramedic.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
ESRV 1
Units/ Hours: 60

This course will give the student the opportunity to continue to observe and practice the skills learned in semesters I, II, and III. Clinical areas will be visited to allow the student to integrate knowledge from theory and lab skills. Possible sites include: emergency, ICU, physiotherapy, respiratory therapy, operating room, obstetrics, paediatrics, long term care.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
SOCI 14
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will examine the theoretical and practical applications of crisis management and personal safety for the paramedic. The course will consider stress, stages of crisis, awareness of safety and intervention associated with crisis response protocol and critical incident stress management.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
LAWS 52
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed to give the paramedic student a foundation in principles of both ethics and legalities as they apply to the work of a paramedic. The responsibilities and accountabilities of paramedics and patient rights will be discussed. The possible debates arising from ethical dilemmas and potential solutions will be discussed within the context of paramedic case studies. Canadian sources of legislation will be cited and the connection between ethical and legal issues will be considered.

Co-Requisites
ESRV 31
Units/ Hours: 75

This course is designed to continue the study of more advanced concepts of patient assessment and various pieces of ambulance equipment not covered in year one. It will continue the study of more complex illnesses and injuries paramedics will be treating. The student will learn about the pathophysiologies, clinical manifestations, assessments and treatments of these illnesses and injuries, as well as introduce the student to treating illnesses and injuries in the speciality groups such as obstetrics, paediatrics and geriatrics.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
ESRV 35
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is designed to have students apply advanced paramedical skills related to the care of patients requiring defibrillation, symptom relief medications, as well as those requiring intravenous therapy. This course will also act as a review of any or all illnesses and injuries, and their treatments learned to this point.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites

Semester 4

ESRV 36
Units/ Hours: 45

This lab course is a consolidation of material taught in semesters one through three with a practical emphasis, reviewing all skills, critical thinking skills and scene management. The focus will be in preparing the student for independent practice, the AEMCA exam and practical job testing. In addition, the lab will also introduce the student to ancillary material that augments core concepts already taught.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
ESRV 32
Units/ Hours: 60

The student will review the pathophysiologies, clinical manifestations, assessments and treatments of illnesses and injuries for concepts covered in other semester work with a focus on preparing the student for independent practice and the AEMCA exam. The course will also introduce the student to ancillary material that augments core concepts already taught.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
ESRV 3
Units/ Hours: 360

This course allows the student to work regular shifts with a paramedic crew in the ambulance and will give the student an opportunity to integrate and consolidate theory and skills from all semesters. A paramedic preceptor will guide the student through the daily professional practice of a paramedic.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.

You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.