• Overview - 2016/2017

    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:

    Dugg Steary
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x2933
    Email: dsteary@fanshawec.ca

  • Admission Requirements - 2016/2017

    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

    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.
    • *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, 2016 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, 2016 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-2016/2017

    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
    BSCI-1013Crisis Intervention for Paramedics 13
    COMM-1015Professional Comm. for Paramedics 12
    PARA-1001Patient Care 14
    PARA-1002Anatomy & Physiology3
    PARA-1003Patient Care Procedures 12
    FLDP-1005Paramedic Practice 11.6
    PHRE-1003Physical Education2
    SFTY-1056General Health & Safety-Field Placement0

    Level 2Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    PARA-1010Ambulance Operations2.75
    BSCI-3003Crisis Intervention for Paramedics 23
    PARA-3001Patient Care 24
    PARA-3002Anatomy & Physiology3
    PARA-3003Patient Care Procedures 22
    PARA-1006Paramedic Practice 24.5
    PHRE-1006Physical Education2
    HLTH-1101Research Principles: Intro3

    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
    PARA-3004Patient Care 35
    PARA-3005Pharmacology for Paramedics2
    PARA-3006Professional Issues2
    PARA-5001Patient Care Procedures 32.5
    FLDP-3001Paramedic Practice 33.2
    PARA-5007Physical Education 32

    Level 4Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    PARA-5009Comprehensive Review4
    FLDP-5008Paramedic Practice 410.4

    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



    BSCI-1013 -  Crisis Intervention for Paramedics 1
    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.

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    BSCI-3003 -  Crisis Intervention for Paramedics 2
    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.

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    COMM-1015 -  Professional Comm. for Paramedics 1
    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.

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    COMM-3009 -  Professional Comm. for Paramedics 2
    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.

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    FLDP-1005 -  Paramedic Practice 1
    This is an introductory field practice course designed to provide the student with 'hands-on' exposure to the Emergency Medical Service and to the role of the Paramedic. Under the supervision of a Paramedic crew, students will observe and/or participate in all aspects of a paramedic's duties within the student's scope of practice.

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    FLDP-3001 -  Paramedic Practice 3
    This course provides the opportunity for students to gain practical experience in Emergency Medical Services (E.M.S.) in true emergency patient care situations in 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.

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    FLDP-5008 -  Paramedic Practice 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.

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    HLTH-1101 -  Research Principles: Intro
    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.

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    LAWS-1003 -  Medico - Legal Aspects of Emergencies
    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.

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    PARA-1001 -  Patient Care 1
    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.

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    PARA-1002 -  Anatomy & Physiology
    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.

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    PARA-1003 -  Patient Care Procedures 1
    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.

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    PARA-1006 -  Paramedic Practice 2
    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.

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    PARA-1010 -  Ambulance Operations
    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.

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    PARA-3001 -  Patient Care 2
    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.

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    PARA-3002 -  Anatomy & Physiology
    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.

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    PARA-3003 -  Patient Care Procedures 2
    This course is a continuation of PARA-1003. 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 defibrillatory shocks as per Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care protocols.

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    PARA-3004 -  Patient Care 3
    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.

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    PARA-3005 -  Pharmacology for Paramedics
    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.)

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    PARA-3006 -  Professional Issues
    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.

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    PARA-5001 -  Patient Care Procedures 3
    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 care simulation scenarios. Students will also develop the ability to deliver medications through a variety of route, initiate and maintain intravenous therapy, apply electrical therapy, manage airway and respiratory emergencies through the use of advanced techniques and therapies for the treatment of pre-hospital patients.

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    PARA-5007 -  Physical Education 3
    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. 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.

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    PARA-5009 -  Comprehensive Review
    As the concluding component of the program, students will consolidate key concepts of pre-hospital care. Utilizing a student centered approach, course participants will relate and integrate theoretical concepts previously learned with clinical 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.

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    PHRE-1003 -  Physical Education
    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.

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    PHRE-1006 -  Physical Education
    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.

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    SFTY-1056 -  General Health & Safety-Field Placement
    Ontario Law requires all students who participate in unpaid placements in workplaces to complete the same mandatory training as paid employees. This course covers two of these mandatory topics; Workplace Hazardous Material Information Systems/Global Harmonized System and Worker Health and Safety Awareness.

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  • Careers - 2016/2017

    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 - 2016/2017

    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 捶⣶⣲ÀÜ杘Ч

    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

    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.

    Contact

    School of Public Safety: 519-452-4207
    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.

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