School of Health Sciences
Primary Care Paramedic - Certificate

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Program Overview

Location(s):
  • SIAST Wascana Campus, Regina
  • SIAST Kelsey Campus, Saskatoon
Length: 41 weeks

Being a paramedic is all about teamwork. There’s a sense of camaraderie you won’t find in many other jobs. But it takes a special kind of person. You have to want to help people, because you’ll be dealing with all ages in all kinds of crises. You have to work well under pressure, because you’ll be delivering pre-hospital emergency care in people’s homes, in the middle of busy streets, and/or at industrial sites.

It’s a rewarding career with an expanding range of job opportunities—and SIAST’s Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program will get you started.

Our Program

Primary Care Paramedic is a one-year certificate program offered through SIAST Kelsey Campus in Saskatoon and SIAST Wascana Campus in Regina, and in partnership with regional colleges. Our program emphasizes authentic hands-on training in prehospital emergency care, with both hospital and ambulance practicums. You’ll focus on:

  • medical and trauma injuries
  • mental health issues
  • obstetrical emergencies
  • pharmacology
  • physical assessments of various body systems
  • cardiac and respiratory emergencies
  • certifications in
    • geriatric education for EMS
    • International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)
    • Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP)

Industry Recognized

The program is fully accredited by the Canadian Medical Association. Your curriculum aligns with primary care paramedic roles and responsibilities outlined in the National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCP) for the Paramedic Practitioner of Canada. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to write the provincial licensing exam for registration with the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics.

Hands-on Learning

  • Lab and Simulation Training - The PCP program emphasizes hands-on learning. You’ll spend about one-third of your time in the classroom, one-third in practical labs and one-third in high-fidelity simulation. State-of-the-art simulation facilities use a wide range of scenarios to help you develop your critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Field Practicums - You’ll take the knowledge that you’ve learned in the classroom and put it to work with an emergency medical services (EMS) organization (usually ambulance service) to learn about policies, procedures and documentation; conduct independent patient assessments; and provide treatment using ambulance equipment.
  • Clinical Practicums - During your hospital-based practicum, you’ll conduct independent patient assessments and use hospital equipment to provide treatment. You’ll also learn about hospital policies, procedures and documentation.
 Note

International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this program.

Your Career

As a primary care paramedic, you’ll find your skills in demand by ambulance, air ambulance and fire protection services around the province. You’ll also find job opportunities in the military, at mine sites, and at industrial manufacturing, milling and processing sites.

For more information about career opportunities, contact Student Employment Services at the SIAST campus nearest you or check out the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics job postings.

Program Details

Start Date(s): July, December

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the SIAST campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$5,200

Admission Information

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 60% in the following three subjects: English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30 and one of Biology 30 or Chemistry 30
    • Effective for the 2015 intakes: Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 60% in the following four courses: 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).
  • Effective for the 2015 intakes: Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search upon admission to the program. At the descretion of the practicum/clinical agency, you may be declined access to a clinical/practicum based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search. The cost of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search is your responsibility.
  • Standard First Aid within two years of the date of issue
  • CPR - HeartSaver " C" AED or equivalent within one year of the date of issue
  • English Language Requirement

 

Note

  • You must exhibit physical strength and fitness consistent with the requirements of professional practice. This will be evaluated within the program.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores and Post Secondary Success Requirements for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of SIAST programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

SIAST recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. Frequently asked questions regarding PLAR for this program are answered in the Factsheet. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many SIAST students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Courses

Semester 1

CodeCourse Name/DescriptionCredits
APHY 164

Anatomy and Physiology 1

You will be introduced to the anatomical structure and physiological function of the human body. Your studies will focus on the basic organization of the body concentrating on the respiratory system, cardiovascular system and nervous system.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 40.0

Learning Methods: Print Distance Group

3
APHY 165

Anatomy and Physiology 2

Building on the knowledge gained in Anatomy and Physiology 1 (APHY 164), you will continue your study of the structure and function of the human body. Your studies will include the endocrine, immune, urinary, reproductive and digestive systems. You will also study the integumentary, skeletal and muscular system.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 40.0

Learning Methods: Print Distance Group

3

Semester 2

CodeCourse Name/DescriptionCredits
COMM 107

Professionalism, Leadership and Communications

Your studies will help you to develop qualities that are important for paramedic practice (professionalism, leadership, and communications). You will gain knowledge of legal and ethical aspects of paramedic practice, develop your communication skills (including conflict management) and learn the principles of critical thinking. You will also evaluate the importance of participation in continuing education and professional development.


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 34.0

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab

2
EMER 100

Patient Assessment & Transport

You will learn to perform scene assessment, obtain a patient history, acquire vital signs, perform a physical examination and incorporate this knowledge into a complete patient assessment. You also will learn principles of extrication and rescue as it pertains to both industrial and agricultural emergencies. You will be introduced to the principles of road and aeromedical transport. You will operate an ambulance on a public roadway. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification from the Saskatchewan Safety Council for Professional Driver Improvement.


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 35.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

2
EMER 101

Cardiac Care

You will describe and provide care for common cardiac disorders (including vascular diseases, cardiac inflammatory disorders, acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, cardiac conduction disorders and cardiac arrest). You will integrate 3-lead electrocardiograms into patient care as well as obtain 12-lead electrocardiograms. You also will be introduced to advanced cardiac therapies (including transcutaneous pacing, manual defibrillation and cardioversion). Upon completion of this course you will receive Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider’s certification from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.


Credit Units: 4

Course Hours: 60.0

Prerequisites: APHY 164(concurrent), APHY 165(concurrent)

Learning Methods: Online, Lecture/Lab

4
EMER 102

Respiratory Care

You will describe and provide care for common respiratory disorders (including asthma, anaphylaxis, pneumonia and respiratory failure). Your learning activities will include oxygen delivery, maintenance of upper airway, manual ventilation techniques and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). You will be introduced to advanced respiratory support therapies (including advanced airway management and ventilation techniques).


Credit Units: 4

Course Hours: 56.0

Prerequisites: APHY 164(concurrent), APHY 165(concurrent)

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

4
EMER 103

Diverse Population Groups

You will integrate care for common illnesses and injuries specific to diverse population groups (including geriatric, physically impaired, and mentally impaired). As well, you will describe common challenges associated with bariatric and culturally diverse patients. Upon completion of this course you will receive certification for Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS).


Credit Units: 1

Course Hours: 22.0

Prerequisites: APHY 164(concurrent), APHY 165(concurrent)

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

1
EMER 104

Community Paramedic

Your studies will prepare you to identify the collaborative role of the community paramedic. You will acknowledge the need for community support agencies. You will be introduced to common laboratory procedures and diagnostic imaging and how to differentiate between normal and abnormal results. You will develop the skills required to provide non emergent care to a home health patient (including catheter care and routine wound care) as well as integrate care to a palliative patient.


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 28.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

2
EMER 151

Obstetrics and Pediatrics

You will describe and provide care for common gynecological and obstetrical disorders as well as provide care to pediatric and neonatal patients. You will also perform a simulated delivery. Upon completion of this course you will receive certification in Basic Life Support Provider: Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professional (BLS PEPP).


Credit Units: 2

Course Hours: 33.0

Prerequisites: APHY 164(concurrent), APHY 165(concurrent)

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab

2
EMER 155

Patient Management and Integration

You will integrate communication, professionalism, leadership, knowledge of medicolegal and ethics and physical strength into paramedic practice. You will integrate approach, assessment, treatment and transport for a cardiovascular, trauma, medical and respiratory patient in a simulated setting. You will integrate care following Saskatchewan emergency treatment protocols. You will also think critically while interpreting patient history and physical assessment as it relates to a patient presentation.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 38.0

Prerequisites: APHY 164, APHY 165, COMM 107, SFTY 135, PHAR 169, PHAR 170, EMER 100, EMER 151, EMER 101, EMER 102, EMER 103, EMER 104, EMER 170, EMER 171, EMER 198

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab

3
EMER 170

Trauma Management

You will integrate care for common traumatic injuries. You will learn assessment and management of shock, burns, fractures and soft tissue injuries. You will also learn the skills necessary to assess and manage head and facial, thoracic, abdominal and spinal injuries. You will be introduced to advanced life support therapies relevant to trauma (including indications for chest tubes and needle thoracostomy). Upon completion of this course you will receive certification in International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) at the basic level.


Credit Units: 5

Course Hours: 72.0

Prerequisites: APHY 164(concurrent), APHY 165(concurrent)

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab

5
EMER 171

Medical Care 1

You will describe and integrate care for common medical disorders (including gastrointestinal, genitourinary and eye, ear, nose and throat disorders). You will also learn how to describe and integrate care for a patient experiencing disorders as a result of adverse environments.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 50.0

Prerequisites: APHY 164(concurrent), APHY 165(concurrent)

Learning Methods: Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab

3
EMER 198

Medical Care 2

You will describe and integrate care for common medical disorders (including neurological, behavioral and psychiatric, endocrine and toxicological disorders).


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 47.0

Prerequisites: APHY 164(concurrent), APHY 165(concurrent)

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

3
PHAR 169

Pharmacology and Prehospital Medications

You will focus on the principles of pharmacology and medication administration techniques. You will study the fundamentals of pharmacology (including terminology, legislation) and medication classifications. You will perform mathematical calculations (including general math calculations, metric conversions and drug dose and intravenous rate calculations). Your studies will include medications within a Primary Care Paramedic’s scope of practice in Saskatchewan. You will also participate in labs that will help you develop the skills necessary for responsible and safe medication administration.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 45.0

Learning Methods: Online, Lecture/Lab

3
PHAR 170

Fluid Therapy

You will study the principles of fluid therapy and intravenous access. Your studies will include how to locate intravenous access sites and how to prepare intravenous equipment. You will perform intravenous cannulation.


Credit Units: 1

Course Hours: 15.0

Learning Methods: Online, Lecture/Lab

1
SFTY 135

Health and Safety

You will learn strategies for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Your studies will focus on personal wellness, maintaining a safe work environment, using infection control techniques and integration of the proper lifting and moving principles. You will also learn how to manage scenes that pose a risk to paramedics (including crime scenes, hazardous materials, potential terrorist actions and mass casualty incidents). Upon completion of the course you will receive certification in Transfer, Lift and Reposition (TLR), Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive (CBRNE) Basic.


Credit Units: 3

Course Hours: 40.0

Learning Methods: Lecture/Lab

3

Semester 3

CodeCourse Name/DescriptionCredits
PRAC 106

Clinical Practicum

You will participate in a clinical practicum placement at a Saskatchewan Health Region facility with an assigned practicing registered nurse. This placement includes participation in a hospital orientation, review of relevant policies and procedures, and completions of and compliance with required legal documentation. You will conduct independent patient assessments, use treatment modalities while using hospital equipment. You will demonstrate the various roles and responsibilities of the Primary Care Paramedic as outlined within the National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCP) for the Paramedic Practitioner of Canada.


Credit Units: 7

Course Hours: 110.0

Prerequisites: EMER 155

Learning Methods: Clinical/Practicum-Individual

7
PRAC 107

Field Practicum

You will participate in a field practicum placement at a Saskatchewan Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organization with an assigned practicing paramedic preceptor. This placement includes participation in EMS orientations, review of relevant policies and procedures, and completions of and compliance with required legal documentation. You will conduct independent patient assessments and use treatment modalities while using ambulance equipment. You will demonstrate and meet lifting requirements. You will demonstrate the various roles and responsibilities of the Primary Care Paramedic as outlined within the National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCP) for the Paramedic Practitioner of Canada.


Credit Units: 18

Course Hours: 276.0

Prerequisites: EMER 155

Learning Methods: Clinical/Practicum-Individual

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