• Overview - 2017/2018

    No doubt, the role of a Paramedic is one of the most rewarding and challenging careers around. When lives are at stake, you're the one who takes charge. It's also a career that demands a highly specialized and dynamic set of skills. If you're excited about being on the front line of medical care, the Paramedic program will give you the skills necessary to begin an adventurous and highly valued career.

    The program is specially designed to give you the best combination of an in-class and hands-on Paramedic education. Your classroom instruction will work alongside simulated training using Fanshawe's own ambulance and involvement with local emergency service providers. Plus, you'll participate in a full-time internship with a practicing Paramedic in the final semester. You'll dig deep into the study of anatomy, crisis prevention, patient care, and ambulance operations. You'll also have the opportunity to develop strategies to help promote your personal health and well-being in a career that is physically and mentally challenging.

    When you graduate, you'll be eligible to write the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Advanced Emergency Medical Assistant exam, and be ready to work as a Paramedic in emergency response service, industrial first aid and medical departments.

    Fanshawe's Paramedic program is also accredited by the Canadian Medical Association and is recognized as a Canadian Forces accredited program.

    Program coordinator:

    Brad McArthur BHSc., CCP
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x2933
    Email: bmcarthur@fanshawec.ca

  • Admission Requirements - 2017/2018


    This is a highly competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Post-secondary education may be required for successful admission to this program.
    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    - Mathematics ONE OF:
           - Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M) 
           - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
    - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
    - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
    (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    OR
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
    - Communications
    - Core Mathematics
    - Biology
    - Chemistry
    (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    OR
    Pre-Health Science Ontario College Certificate*
    (Note: minimum final average required is 3.0 GPA) AND:
    - minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
    OR
    General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate**
    (Note: minimum final average required is 3.0 GPA) AND:
    - minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
    OR
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH:
    - The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test results having a minimum average Standard Score of 520 AND:
    - Mathematics ONE OF: 
           - Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
           - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
    - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
    - Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
    (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
    OR
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 70 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 80 in listening, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Recommended Academic Preparation

    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
    • Grade 12 Science (M)
    • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)

    Important - Class 'F' Driver's Licence
    Students entering the Paramedic program must be in possession of a full Class 'F' driver's licence. In the first term of the Paramedic program, students are required to drive an ambulance and this requires the student to be in possession of a full Class 'F' licence. If a student's driver's licence is suspended at any time during the program, the student is responsible for notifying the Program Co-ordinator immediately. Loss of a student's driver's licence may result in delayed progression or inability to complete the program. Failure to notify the Program Co-ordinator of a suspended licence will result in dismissal from the program.

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
    Note:
    • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Science program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Paramedic program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Health Science program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Paramedic program. The Pre-Health Science program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Paramedic program.
    • Please be aware, beginning in 2018-2019 the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Paramedic program will be the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program, PHS2.
    • *Students who are currently registered in the Pre-Health Science program at Fanshawe College or at any Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology must successfully complete their Pre-Health Science Ontario College Certificate with a minimum 3.0 GPA by April 30, 2017 and meet the academic pre-requisite courses and grades for the Paramedic program in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year to the Paramedic program.
    • **Students who are currently registered in the General Arts and Science program at Fanshawe College or at any Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology must successfully complete their General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate with a minimum 3.0 GPA by April 30, 2017 and meet the academic pre-requisite courses and grades for the Paramedic program in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year to the Paramedic program.

    Post-Admission Requirements

    The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.

    • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) in accordance with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Canadian Guidelines for CPR
    • Evidence of Good Health
    • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
    • Placement Agreement
    • Possession of a full Class 'F' driver's licence
  • Courses

    Paramedic-2017/2018

    Level 1Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    LAWS-1003Medico-Legal Aspects of Emergencies2
    This course is designed to provide the student with the ability to apply relevant legislation and regulations enacted by Provincial and Federal Governments to the practice of Paramedicine. The course will also present various legal issues, concepts of accountability, responsibility, confidentiality and consent to treatment as they apply to the provision of services by Paramedics.
    BSCI-1013Crisis Intervention for Paramedics 13
    The student will develop the ability to intervene in conflict/crisis situations. Problem solving, communication skills and non-violent intervention strategies will be identified and explored. There will be an emphasis on the safety of the paramedic and recognition of behavior patterns which may have the potential for violent encounters.
    COMM-1015Professional Comm. for Paramedics 12
    This course is designed to introduce students to the formats and principles of effective communication in the field of paramedicine. Strong emphasis is placed on written communication, including professional format, correct and clear writing, and competent reporting. Presentations are used to polish oral communication and develop teaching skills. Academic research skills are also an important course component.
    PARA-1001Patient Care 14
    This course will present the introductory theory of emergency care as it relates to the assessment and management of a person suffering from selected illness or injury. Applying pathophysiological concepts, students will begin to develop the theoretical rationale to explain alterations in patients' conditions and predict expected changes in assessment findings. Concepts of how to prepare an ambulance for service will also be incorporated into the course.
    PARA-1002Anatomy & Physiology3
    PARA1002 is the first of a two-part course incorporating introductory aspects of anatomy and physiology, in order to introduce the study of 'normal' structure and function, to facilitate the recognition and interpretation of various homeostatic imbalances.
    PARA-1003Patient Care Procedures 12
    This course is a hands-on laboratory sessions designed to prepare students with the introductory skills needed to provide basic emergency care to a pre-hospital patient of an accident or illness and to provide care and protection against further injury during transport.
    FLDP-1005Paramedic Practice 11.6
    This is an introductory field practice course designed to provide the student with exposure to Paramedic Services and the role of a Paramedic. Under the direct supervision of a Paramedic crew, the student will observe and participate in patient care in the pre-hospital environment. Students will expand on patient assessment, communication, and self-evaluation skills introduced in the simulated environment.
    PHRE-1003Physical Education2
    This course is designed to develop physical fitness (cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscular strength and muscular endurance) through interaction with individual training programs and group athletic activities. Students will demonstrate and practice lifting and transferring of patients, utilizing proper posture and safe lifting techniques thus ensuring healthy back care.

    Level 2Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    PARA-1010Ambulance Operations2.75
    This course will utilize classroom, simulated situations and hands-on driving experience on a closed course, skid pad and public roads to allow the student to acquire the skills to maintain an emergency vehicle, drive defensively avoiding hazards and to control skids. Students will also develop the ability to: utilize current electronic and traditional mapping systems, interact with Air Ambulance, utilize two-way radios, and document using MOHLTC Emergency Health Services forms.
    BSCI-3003Crisis Intervention for Paramedics 23
    This course is a continuation of the foundations established in BSCI-1013: Crisis Intervention for Paramedics 1. Student will continue to develop the ability to intervene in conflict/crisis situations. Problem solving, communication skills and non-violent intervention strategies will be further explored. There will be an increased emphasis on the safety of the paramedic and recognition of behavior patterns which may have the potential for violent encounters.
    PARA-3001Patient Care 24
    This course is a continuation of Patient Care Theory I. 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.
    PARA-3002Anatomy & Physiology3
    This is a continuation from Anatomy and Physiology I of the study of the structure and function of the human body as an integrated whole. The content provides a continuing overview of human body systems. It provides the basis for subsequent study of pathophysiology and patient care procedures.
    PARA-3003Patient Care Procedures 22
    This course is a continuation of PARA-1003. Throughout the course, students will continue to develop their critical thinking, decision making and prioritization skills as they assess and manage increasingly complex situations during fidelity patient simulations. Students will also develop the ability to safely deliver medications and non-synchronized electrical therapy as part of patient treatment.
    PARA-1006Paramedic Practice 24.5
    Practical experience will be provided in a number of hospital and community settings. Students will apply theoretical content of previous courses through observation and participation in various selected hospital departments, long term care facilities and mental health facilities. Students will gain an understanding of the role of long term care, mental health and hospital staff in the continuing care of patients.
    PHRE-1006Physical Education2
    This course is designed to further develop physical fitness through training and group athletic activities. Using previously learned techniques, students will further enhance their ability to lift and transfer patients in simulated settings. Leadership and presentation skills will be developed through scenarios and teaching situations.
    HLTH-1101Research Principles: Intro3
    This is an introductory course into the process and principles of research. Topics will include the purpose of research in health care, the research process, research paradigms, systematic review, reporting research, knowledge translation, and ethics in research. The student will learn about the components and theories of research, how the theories have changed over time, and through scientific methods, how research can impact their life and practice. This course will also discuss the importance of health care administration; relating to financial concerns of health care, such as public funding, health insurance and managing hospital practice in accordance with a budget. Topics such as assuring compliance with national and provincial regulations and delivery of high quality patient care will also be discussed. Delivery will include large and small group discussion; article critiquing, literature reviews and presentations of scientific articles.

    Level 3Credits
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    COMM-3009Professional Comm. for Paramedics 22
    This course is designed to strengthen and refine students' skills in communicating effectively, in both oral and written format, in the field of paramedicine. This course emphasizes researching and academic writing, technological communication, career development, professionalism, group skills and leadership. Students can expect both individual and group work, a significant portion of which will occur outside the context of the classroom.
    PARA-3004Patient Care 35
    This course is a continuation of Patient Care Theory 2. The major emphasis of this course is placed on the responsibilities of the student in assessing, applying the pathophysiological processes, managing and transporting patients in stabilized conditions, emergency situations and situations that may become emergencies. Students will learn the assessment and management of various medical and traumatic problems that may afflict pre-hospital patients.
    PARA-3005Pharmacology for Paramedics2
    This course is designed to introduce pharmacologic principles along with the most common classes of drugs encountered by the Paramedic. Basic principles such as sources of drugs, routes of administration, drug action, and drug interaction will be covered as well the pharmacological* activity of a select group of pharmacologic agents seen in both medical and nonmedical settings by the practicing Paramedic. (*Pharmacological activity refers to the indications, contraindications, mechanism of action, and adverse effects of a drug.)
    PARA-3006Professional Issues2
    This course is designed to develop the student's critical thinking skills in identifying issues surrounding patient care, professionalism, ethics, and others that are relevant to the field of pre-hospital care. This course will also encompass the development of strategies to enable the student to grow in their personal and professional role as a Paramedic. Students will appreciate their responsibility as leaders and agents of change in the practice of Paramedicine. Additionally students will complete a research project investigating an issue relevant to the practice of Paramedicine and will publicly present their findings.
    PARA-5001Patient Care Procedures 32.5
    This course is a continuation of PARA-3003. Throughout the course, students will develop their critical thinking, decision making and prioritization skills as they assess and manage increasingly complex situations in patient simulation scenarios. Students will also develop the ability to deliver medications and defibrillation, initiate and maintain I.V. therapy as per industry and best practice standards.
    FLDP-3001Paramedic Practice 33.2
    In this course, the student will expand on previous experience observing and participating in patient care in the pre-hospital environment. Under the direct supervision of a paramedic crew, the student will assist in the provision of patient care, interact with patients and other health care personnel, and continue to develop their critical thinking, decision making, and assessment skills.
    PARA-5007Physical Education 32
    The primary purpose of this course is to ensure that students possess sufficient lifting capacity to safely lift and move patients and adequate physical fitness levels to respond to calls. This course will allow students to maintain and further improve their physical fitness and lifting capacity previously developed in Physical Education II and Patient Care Procedures II. Some areas of nutrition as related to Paramedics and shift work will be explored in the student-centered assignments.The effects of nutrition on the health of the Paramedic shift worker will be explored in student centered assignments. Self defense strategies will be identified. Utilizing independent goal setting, self monitoring and self assessment skills, students will develop the positive lifestyle habits necessary for a successful career as a Paramedic.

    Level 4Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    PARA-5009Comprehensive Review4
    As the concluding component of the Paramedic Program, students will consolidate key concepts of Paramedic care. Utilizing a student centered approach, course participants will relate and integrate theoretical concepts previously learned with field situations. Challenges of the 'student to Paramedic' transition will be thoroughly discussed. Students will receive individualized feedback following a comprehensive evaluation of their theoretical knowledge.
    FLDP-5008Paramedic Practice 410.4
    This concentrated period of field placement will utilize the preceptor model to allow the student to apply their critical thinking, decision making and psychomotor skills to assess and manage patients in the pre-hospital environment. With the guidance and direction of a preceptor, students will develop an increasing level of independence as they progress through this course.

    Gen Ed Requirement
    Take 6 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 1 and 3

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 21 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and Graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2017/2018

    Career Opportunities

    Successful completion of the program qualifies the graduate to write the Ontario Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (AEMCA) examination. Provincial AEMCA Certification is required for employment as a Paramedic in Ontario. Opportunities for graduates may also be found in industrial first-aid/medical departments, emergency services for major recreation and sports facilities and other emergency response services.
  • More Information - 2017/2018

    A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
    Program Code: PAR2
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at
    www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Contact

    School of Public Safety: 519-452-4207

    Program Description

    The practice of paramedicine requires high levels of accuracy, responsibility, and accountability and is founded on caring and compassion. Graduates of this program will have demonstrated the ability to integrate complex knowledge, skills, and attitudes in a variety of patient-related situations and practice settings. Since the profession is recognized as having a strong physical basis and as having a high-stress component, graduates will have developed plans to promote their personal health and well-being.

    Graduates of this program are eligible to write the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (AEMCA) exam. Graduates of this program are also eligible for employment as a Paramedic in the province of Ontario.

    The Paramedic program at Fanshawe College meets all Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities program standards and is also accredited by the Canadian Medical Association recognized as a Canadian Forces accredited program.

    Other Information

    • Certification: 
      Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to write the Ontario Ministry of Health's Advanced Emergency Care Assistant exam.
    • Due to the academic and clinical rigor required in the Paramedic program, applicants applying directly to this program from secondary school, without additional post-secondary education, are encouraged to consider applying to the Pre-Health Science program. The Pre-Health Science program is an excellent preparatory program for those considering a career as a health care professional. 
    • To develop and maintain adequate physical fitness, students will require access to a weight training facility. Costs associated with access to weight training facilities will be the responsibility of the student.
    • Applicants are alerted to the strenuous physical demands of Paramedic employment. Student Paramedics will be required to perform strenuous physical tasks and heavy lifting in a variety of situations throughout the program. Inability to demonstrate the ability to safely lift heavy patients (minimum weight 210 lbs.) in simulated settings will result in the student being denied access to  field clinical placement and progression to the following level will be denied.
    • Applicants should also be aware of the following qualifications for employment (as outlined by the Ambulance Act of Ontario):
      a) for a period of one year before the date he/she commences employment, has not had six or more demerit points on his/her records by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act
      b) for a period of two years immediately prior to the date he/she commences employment, has not had his/her driver's licence suspended under the Highway Traffic Act
      c) for a period of three years immediately prior to the date he/she commences employment, has not been prohibited under the Criminal Code of Canada, from driving a motor vehicle in Canada
      d) must be the holder of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the equivalent as set out by the Ministry of Education
    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

    1. communicate and interact effectively and appropriately with patients and others.

    2. assess patients using relevant theory and practices and in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards, and best practice guidelines.

    3. establish patients' treatment and transport priorities based on assessment findings.

    4. implement preventive and therapeutic patient management strategies to maintain and promote patients' well-being in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards, and best practice guidelines.

    5. integrate and perform delegated controlled medical acts in a simulated, clinical, and field setting.

    6. evaluate in an ongoing manner the effectiveness of patient management strategies used and adapt or change strategies to provide optimal care for patients.

    7. report and document patient information completely, accurately, and in a timely manner, in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards, and applicable policies and procedures in a simulated, clinical, and/or field setting.

    8. ensure personal safety and contribute to the safety of partners, patients, and others.

    9. ensure the operational safety and preparedness of an ambulance and its equipment and operate an ambulance-type vehicle in a simulated setting.

    10. collaborate with a broad range of personnel such as first responders, paramedics, emergency services personnel, health care professionals, and other allied health care workers.

    11. integrate and meet legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities while providing optimal care for patients.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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