Paramedic

Courses

Paramedic-2022/2023

Level 1
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 introduces students to the formats and principles of effective communication in professional environments and paramedicine. Strong emphasis is placed on written communication, including professional format, correct and clear writing, and competent objective reporting. Group presentations help develop oral communication skills, collaboration, and professional presence. Cultural competence in medicine is one focus. Self-evaluation and reflexive practice are also covered. Academic research using reputable sources and correct citation is emphasized and required.
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 2
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 3
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 strengthens and refines paramedic students' presentation and writing skills. Students will present the results of their primary research both in class and to members of the paramedic community. This course also emphasizes research writing for academic publication, and a draft of the primary research article is completed. In addition, getting job ready is a significant outcome, and several professional employment texts are prepared.
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 4
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-5024Paramedic 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

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