Course Description


Ambulance Operations

This course emphasizes techniques to ensure driver and vehicle readiness for emergency services. Utilizing both classroom and in vehicle situations students will acquire the skills required to maintain emergency vehicles, prepare and safely operate an emergency vehicle, drive defensively, avoid hazards and control skids. In addition to these skills, students will also develop the ability to extricate victims from scenes, interact with emergency response aircraft and respond to hazardous material and multi-casualty situations. The techniques required to work effectively with other emergency response personnel will be emphasized throughout the course.


Anatomy & Physiology II

The second of two courses which examines the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the human body, with applications for the paramedic field. The topics covered include an in depth study of the following: muscular, digestive, urinary, nervous, sensory, endocrine, and reproductive systems, as well as the biology of aging. The concepts of homeostasis, adaptation, and medical terminology are reinforced.


Human Behavior & Crisis Intervention

This course focuses on developing an understanding of behavioral dynamics and crisis intervention skills. It will provide the student with the theoretical and practical concepts necessary for intervening in crisis situations involving a variety of psychosocial behavior outcomes. Therapeutic interpersonal relations (communication skills) and maintaining one’s own and others coping mechanisms, will serve as an existing thread throughout this course.

 
Patient Care Procedures II

This course is a continuation of studies undertaken in Patient Care Procedures I. In this course, the student will acquire the skills necessary to perform specific assessments and pre-hospital care interventions to victims of trauma or to the critically ill. He/she will also learn how to recognize complications and minimize them, either at the scene or during transport by ambulance. The student will apply those selected laboratory skills for the provision of basic pre-hospital emergency care in various simulated laboratory settings. At the end of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate his/her ability to lift, transfer, position and transport patients (along with appropriate equipment) in the pre-hospital setting (patients weighing up to 86 kg).

 
Patient Care Theory II

This course is a continuation of studies undertaken in PARA 100. The major emphasis of this course is placed on the responsibilities of the student in assessing, managing and transporting patients in stabilized conditions, emergency situations and situations that may become emergencies. Students will learn the assessment, pathophysiological processes and management of various medical and traumatic problems that may afflict pre-hospital patients.


Physical Education II (Paramedic)

The continuation of the job related course specific to the demands of becoming a paramedic, essential elements of health, physical fitness, and paramedic ergonomics are reinforced. Students will continue with their individual exercise program developed in response to their personalized assessment and goal setting, and also based on specific fitness needs related to the paramedic field. The practical component of this course will continue and expand the emphasis on lifting techniques and preventive back care exercises, and introduce exercises for special needs. The theoretical component will focus on nutrition, weight control, and becoming a wise consumer of fitness products and services.


Paramedic Comprehensive Review

As the concluding component of the program, this course assists students in assimilating key concepts of pre-hospital care. This course utilizes group dynamics and an introduction into partnership based learning/working environments. Students will relate and integrate case study based scenarios with theoretical concepts that were previously learned. Students will be expected to research all aspects of pre-hospital emergency care which will be comprehensively evaluated throughout the course. Through case study presentation, students will be involved in an overall review of the entire program in preparation for the A-EMCA.


Ambulance Field Consolidation

This course provides the opportunity for students to receive continuing practical experience in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in actual emergency patient care situations within the community. 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. Students will gain experience in the administration of advanced life support procedures applied to patients. Students will also gain experience working with Advanced Care Paramedics. During this consolidation period students will further develop and refine the skill and knowledge base required for professional practice in the field as a paramedic.


Patient Care Theory III

This course is a continuation of the studies undertaken in PARA 200. The major emphasis of this course is placed on the responsibilities of the student in assessing, managing and transporting patients in stabilized conditions, emergency situations and situations that may become emergencies. Students will learn the assessment, pathophysiological processes and management of various medical and traumatic problems that may afflict pre-hospital patients.


Patient Care Procedures III

This course is a continuation of studies undertaken in Patient Care Procedures II. In this course, the student will acquire the skills necessary to perform specific assessments and pre-hospital care interventions to victims of trauma or to the critically ill. He/she will also learn how to recognize complications and minimize them, either at the scene or during transport by ambulance. The student will apply those selected laboratory skills for the provision of basic pre-hospital emergency care in various simulated patient care settings.


Professional Issues, Resolution & Leadership

This course is designed to develop the students’ critical thinking skills in identifying issues surrounding the application of skills, professionalism, the development of technology, to name a few, that are relevant to the field of pre-hospital care. This will encompass the development and use of strategies to be able to locate, select and discriminate pertinent information, to support decisions and assist in the growth of their personal and professional role as a Paramedic. Ultimately, the students will appreciate their responsibility as leaders and/or agents of change in the future of pre-hospital care.


Hospital Clinical

Practical Experience will be provided in a number of hospital settings. Students apply theoretical content of previous courses through observation and experiences in various selected hospital departments.


Advanced Skills Theory 

This course examines the Advanced Life Support Skills required for applications in the paramedic field. The topics covered include an in depth study of the following. Symptom Relief Drug Administration, Semi-Automatic Defibrillation, Intravenous Maintenance/Initiation, Medical math, an introductions into ALS Drugs, EKG Recognition, and Introductions into 12 Lead EKG. The concept of working in a split crew and teamwork are introduced

 
Advanced Skills Procedures

In this course, the student will acquire the skills necessary to perform specific delegated medical acts to victims of trauma or to the critically ill. The student will apply those selected laboratory skills for the provision of basic pre-hospital emergency care in a simulated laboratory setting. At the end of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate his/her ability to administer symptom relief drugs, defibrillate initiate and maintain an I.V., recognize EKG’s, apply and monitor Pulse Oximetry Devices, and assist an Advance Care Paramedic with their skills.


Ambulance Field Experience II

This course provides the opportunity for students to receive continuing practical experience in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in actual emergency patient care situations within the community. 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. Students will gain experience in the administration of advanced life support procedures applied to patients. Students will also gain experience working with Advance Care Paramedics.


Communication for Emergency Health Workers II

In this course, students will further develop their oral and written communication skills. Students will learn medical terminology, the principles of accurate report writing and practice effective listening and communication skills. Students will develop advanced documentation skills specific to Advanced Life Support Procedures.



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