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Paramedic

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Health & Life Sciences and Community Services
Program Code:
0052
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2016 / 2017

About the Program

This two-year diploma program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to practice emergency pre-hospital medical/trauma care and to function as an integral member of the health-care team in assisting victims of injury or illness. Graduates of the program will have demonstrated the ability to safely and competently care for individuals of all ages, in emergency and non-emergency situations and to administer emergency treatment and care measures. The program provides a rich learning environment that utilizes classroom education, immersive simulation, various interprofessional exercises, and clinical exposure to hone competency. It will prepare students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and critical thinking ability for proficiency within both the critical care and community care environments. Clinical placement at a hospital and through field placement with an ambulance service allows students the opportunity to learn to assess emergency patient needs based on factors such as condition, severity, age, stress and anxiety. Paramedics must have the ability to work and practice sound decision making within stressful environments and function as a leader in often chaotic situations.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2016 (Closed) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 42

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Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for Paramedic - Program # 0052

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $1760.00 $1760.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $104.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2650.25 $2260.25
Year Total   $4910.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $1760.00 $1760.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
Health Documentation Fee $78.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2624.25 $2260.25
Year Total   $4884.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2015 / 2016) for
Paramedic - Program # 0052


Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $104.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7379.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14104.50

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
Health Documentation Fee $78.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7353.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14078.50

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to manage a wide variety of emergency situations and can establish treatment priorities consistent with degree of illness and/or injury of the patients they serve. Graduates will be able to write and qualify for provincial Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA) status.

95% of 2013-2014 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation. Their average starting salary was $65,383.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 15
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PARA1300 Biomedical Science 1

Description: This theory based course will introduce the student to concepts in human anatomy and physiology and relate them to selected pathological conditions that the paramedic will be exposed to in the field. Taking a systems approach, topics in the course content will be expanded upon in second semester.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PARA1310 Professional Practice 1

Description: This course is designed to provide the student with relevant knowledge of the federal and provincial legislation and regulations applicable to the field of Paramedicine. The student will focus on the accountability and responsibility of his/her own on scene actions and behaviours in reference to the legalities governing his/her professional duties. The student will understand his/her role as an advocate for a patient's right to dignity, privacy, confidentiality, and consent to treatment.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PARA1320 Paramedic Procedures 1

Description: This course will introduce the student to concepts and application of foundational primary
paramedic care theory. Students will also learn the various pre-hospital care equipment used
to treat medical and trauma emergencies. Topics in this course will be continued and some will be expanded upon in second semester.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites: PARA1330

PARA1330 Paramedic Patient Management 1

Description: This course is an introduction to vital signs, primary and secondary assessments for the management and support of basic airway, breathing and circulatory emergencies. Transportation of the patient while lifting with proper body mechanics will also be covered.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites: PARA1320

PARA1340 Practicum 1

Description: This course provides the opportunity for the students to receive practical experience in an Ambulance Service within the community. Under the direct supervision of a paramedic crew, the student will have the opportunity to observe, participate in and analyze emergency situations.
Hours: 24
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PSYC1190 Psychology for Emergency Medical Services

Description: This course will examine psychological, sociological and cultural constructs as they relate specifically to the field of paramedicine. Topics will focus on issues that can affect the patient in an emergency situation as well as the paramedic in the course of his or her duties. Approaches to managing psychological and emotional crises will be explored. As well, maintaining short and long term personal psychological health for the paramedic will be examined. Students will participate in reflective and self-exploratory assignments to develop sensitivities to a culturally diverse population.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 2
PARA1350 Biomedical Science 2

Description: Biomedical Science 2 continues the concepts and framework of Bioscience 1. The course will explore connections between Anatomy and Physiology and disease and trauma processes. The course will look more in depth with specific pathologies and bridge with concurrent courses regarding management and specific protocols.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PARA1300
CoRequisites:

PARA1360 Pharmacology 1

Description: This course will provide the paramedic student with the fundamental concepts of pharmacology as they apply to common medication usage in the field. Emphasis will be placed on introductory concepts, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, common medications, specific medications, drug dosages and legislative and medical control.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PARA1300
CoRequisites:

PARA1370 Professional Practice 2

Description: This course continues to explore professional topics in paramedicine. Emphasis will be focused on peripheral concepts and subject that affect paramedic performance in the field.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PARA1310
CoRequisites:

PARA1380 Community Populations

Description: This course is designed to foster knowledge and understanding of a variety of community populations encountered in Paramedical practice. It will provide the student with the theoretical concepts and practical skills necessary for responding to situations involving a variety of physical, psychological and environmental factors. Developing effective responses to people with different, and frequently complex, presenting problems and behaviours will serve as an underpinning thread throughout the course. This course focuses on addressing diverse community populations throughout the lifespan. Students will participate in reflective and simulated activities to maximize sensitivity and empathy towards a broad patient demographic.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PARA1300, PARA1320, PSYC1190
CoRequisites:

PARA1390 Paramedic Procedures 2

Description: This course continues to provide the knowledge, skill and rationale for assessment, interpretation and treatment priorities for pre-hospital medical and trauma situations. Various and expanded populations groups are introduced and focused. Selected topics are discussed regarding the pathophysiology of disease and trauma.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PARA1320, PARA1340
CoRequisites: PARA1400

PARA1400 Paramedic Patient Management 2

Description: This course will build on first semester assessment and management techniques for the delivery of applicable patient care. Simulated patient presentations will increase in complexity and introduce clinical reasoning for the student. Emphasis will be placed on patient reassessment to determine effective patient management strategies. The student will continue to develop patient lifting and extrication procedures with proper body mechanics.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: PARA1330, PARA1340
CoRequisites: PARA1390

PARA1410 Practicum 2

Description: This course provides an opportunity for the paramedic student to receive practical experience in both the hospital setting and at an Ambulance Service within the community. The student will be able to complete basic patient assessments and apply basic therapeutics within the context of diagnostics that have been taught in theory and the simulated environment. The paramedic student will be under the direct supervision of preceptors and clinical staff while interacting with patients.
Hours: 36
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PARA1340
CoRequisites:

Level 3
PARA2100 Pharmacology 2

Description: This course will continue to explore the field of pharmacology as it relates to paramedicine. The emphasis of this course will be cardiac, renal, nervous, respiratory, pharmaceuticals used in EMS and in the hospital setting. Toxic effects of pharmaceutics will also be discussed.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PARA1350, PARA1360
CoRequisites:

PARA2110 Professional Practice 3

Description: ​​​​​In this course, the student will become familiar with the Advanced Life Support Standards. The emphasis in this course will be employing critical thinking related to the criteria for assessment, interpretation of assessment findings and their implications for patient management. The student will be required to understand and defend the appropriate administration of medications, intravenous therapy and defibrillation as outlined in the Ministry of Health Advanced Life Support Standards.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PARA1370
CoRequisites:

PARA2120 Paramedic Procedures 3

Description: In this course, students will learn advanced assessment and diagnostics to determine appropriate prehospital management for a variety of medical and trauma presentations. Emphasis will be placed on respiratory diagnostics as well as ECG monitoring and interpretation. Students will also learn how to assist the Advanced Care Paramedic with airway emergencies.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PARA1390
CoRequisites: PARA2130

PARA2130 Paramedic Patient Management 3

Description: In this course, the student will develop their critical thinking, decision making and prioritization skills as they assess and manage increasingly complex situations in patient care simulated scenarios. Students will also develop the ability to deliver medications through a variety of routes, initiate and maintain intravenous therapy, apply electrical therapy and hone their ability to effectively manage various medical/trauma emergencies of pre-hospital patients. The appropriate incorporation of Ministry of Health ALS Standards/Directives will be an emphasis this term.
Hours: 75
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: PARA1400
CoRequisites: PARA2120

PARA2140 Practicum 3

Description: This course provides the opportunity for the paramedic student to receive practical experience in an Ambulance Service within the community. The student will be assigned a paramedic preceptor, and under the direct supervision of this preceptor, the student will review, participate in, and analyze emergency situations which will form a basis for professional practice in the future. Note: Time frame for delivery of "Practicum III" may vary depending on available resources.
Hours: 90
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: PARA1410
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
PARA2090 Paramedic Comprehensive Review

Description: As the concluding component of the program, students will consolidate key concepts of Patient Care Theory 1, 2 and 3 as well as Primary Care Paramedicine. Utilizing a student-centered approach, students will relate and integrate theoretical concepts previously learned with clinical situations. Challenges of the student-to-Paramedic transition will be discussed. The course will emphasize group approaches to critical thinking and discussions of scenario based medical situations..
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites: PARA2160

PARA2150 Professional Practice 4

Description: This course is designed to develop the student's critical thinking skills in identifying issues surrounding the application of skills, cooperation and professionalism relevant to the field of pre-hospital care. This will encompass in class lectures, scenarios, guest speakers, and research projects aimed at the development of personal and professional growth in the role as a Paramedic. This course will continue to examine professional issues arising in Paramedicine. Emphasis will be on the expansion of knowledge through academic research and preparation for a formal academic paper concerning specific topics in the field of Paramedicine.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PARA2110
CoRequisites:

PARA2160 Practicum 4

Description: This course provides the student with a concentrated period of simulation and field experience to further develop the ability to assess and meet the needs of the patient. Within clinically immersive scenarios or under the direct supervision of a paramedic crew the student will review, participate in and analyze emergency situations, which will form a basis for professional practice in the future. This experience is designed to help the student make the transition from the role of the student to a Paramedic.
Hours: 300
Credits: 10
Pre-Requisites: PARA2140
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Program Outcomes

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SEP, 2016 Doon Closed
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