Course Listing For Primary Care Paramedicine
PEI Occupational Health and Safety
An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.
Course Code: SAFE-1005
Anatomy and Physiology
An understanding of anatomy and physiology is essential for the pre-hospital practitioner. This course allows for the introductory study of structure and function of the body in the normal state. It serves as the basis for understanding pathophysiology and altered body states caused by illness. The focus for the Primary Care Paramedicine student will be the individual body organ systems, their components and processes, and how they interrelate.
Course Code: PCP-1005
Clinical Practice A
This course has two sub sections. The first includes the pathophysiology, diagnostics and therapeutics for illness and injuries to the cardiovascular system. The second section includes infectious related illnesses, immune system conditions and integumentary system disorders as a group. The focus in each section is the underlying pathology assessment, and management of conditions within the scope of practice for the Primary Care Paramedic. Each section includes a review of the anatomy and physiology of the related system, interpretation of signs and symptoms, and management considerations. The knowledge gained in these sections will assist the Primary Care Paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions. All components of Basic Cardiac Life Support will be covered. Traumatic injuries related to the systems in this course will be introduced but covered in more detail in the Traumatology course.
Course Code: PCP-1015
Clinical Practice B
This course has two sub sections. The first section includes the pathophysiology, diagnostics and therapeutics for illness and injuries to the respiratory system and the second section the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and endocrine systems. The focus in each is the underlying pathology, assessment and management considerations within the scope of practice for the Primary Care Paramedic. Topics will include a review of the anatomy and physiology of each system, as well as interpretation of signs and symptoms. The knowledge gained in these sections will assist the Primary Care Paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions. Traumatic injuries related to the systems in this course will be introduced but covered in more detail in the Traumatology course.
Course Code: PCP-1025
Clinical Practice C
This course has two sub sections. The first section explores the pathophysiology, assessment and management of neurological, psychiatric, and geriatric illness. The second section is a study of environmentally related conditions and injuries and how environmental factors influence patient condition and management. The focus in each section is the underlying pathology, assessment, and management. The knowledge gained in this course will assist the paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions. Traumatic injuries related to the systems in this course will be introduced but covered in more detail in the Traumatology course.
Course Code: PCP-1035
Clinical Practice D
This course has three sub sections. The first sub section covers the pathophysiology, diagnostics, and therapeutics for illness and injuries related to toxicology and multi-system disorders. The second sub section covers the pathophysiology, assessment and management of gynecological and obstetrical emergencies. The third section covers child development, pediatric specific diseases and clinical management. Traumatic injuries related to the systems in this course will be introduced but revisited later in the Traumatology course.
Course Code: PCP-1045
This course provides on the job experience for the Primary Care Paramedic student in hospital clinical environments and has an observational rotation with a working paramedic team as a subcomponent. This rotation is designed to place the student with a clinical preceptor for developmental mentoring and contact exposure in various health related environments. The Paramedicine student will have exposure to the hospital and Paramedicine work environment with the aim of exposing them to patients who have entered the health delivery system, as well as gain an appreciation for the roles of the different health related professions providing care. Rotation areas include shifts in Labor and Delivery, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Respiratory Therapy, Pathology Lab for autopsy observation, the various areas involved with graduated care in the Emergency Department, exposure to children in a daycare setting and to community services that provide transportation for persons with special needs. The students are exposed to paramedicine shift work on an observational status totaling 144 hrs. They will be expected to perform effectively as a paramedic team member in a limited role and exhibit professional conduct at the work place and while involved with patients and other health professionals.
Course Code: PCP-1055
Communications in Paramedicine Practice
This course is designed to enhance the learner's understanding of a variety of aspects of both verbal and written communication. The focus will be on developing stronger listening skills, recognizing non-verbal messages, and the impact of personal non-verbal behavior. In addition, there will be a focus on collaborative learning activities. Learners will also cover topics on sensitivity to ensure that approaches to conversation result in positive outcomes.
Course Code: PCP-1065
Medical Terminology for Allied Health Providers
This medical terminology course is a self-directed study unit designed to ensure mastery of the medical language. The course enables the learner to use and understand the medical terminology common to most allied health personnel. This is accomplished by categorizing related terms into easily learned units and introducing the student to the structure of medical language. By learning prefixes, suffixes, and word roots, the learner will be able to build, use, and spell medical words that relate to body systems and body organization. Common abbreviations and symbols are also included. The completion of this course will equip the learner with an understanding of the terms included in the course text, as well as provide a foundation for recognizing and understanding new and unfamiliar terms introduced in other Paramedicine courses and clinical/practical settings.
Course Code: PCP-1075
This course provides the learner the opportunity to integrate knowledge with application. The expectation for the learner is to gain competencies in performing thorough and concise patient assessment, integrated with communication skills, and resulting in building a foundation for pre-hospital care. This course will include an introduction to the skills related to vital signs, airway management, ECG monitoring, Basic Cardiac Life Support, automatic external defibrillation (AED), and intravenous therapy.
Course Code: PCP-1085
Introduction to Pharmacology
This course is designed as an introduction of Pharmacology for Paramedicine Practice. The student will explore general classes of medications commonly used in the Canadian Health Care System with particular focus on medications used in the pre-hospital field of medicine. Students will gain knowledge in drug nomenclature, legal issues, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, medication administration, metric system and dosage calculation.
Course Code: PCP-1095
This course provides on the job experience for the Primary Care Paramedic student. This rotation is designed to place the student with a qualified Paramedic preceptor in the pre-hospital workplace for developmental mentoring and assessment of skills and integration of knowledge at the entry to practice level of competency. The Paramedicine student will have exposure to the Paramedicine work environment and provide supervised care to obtain the confidence and skills integration essential to paramedic practice. The Primary Care Paramedic in their practicum rotation will be able to gather patient information, assess the patient's condition and initiate necessary medical interventions in a fluid, integrated and timely manner. They will be expected to perform effectively as a paramedic team member and exhibit professional conduct at the work place and while involved with patients and other health professionals.
Course Code: PCP-1105
Professional Practice A
This course will cover a diverse group of topics related to Health Systems Design and Delivery and the professional and legal responsibilities of a paramedic. The Emergency Health Services system (EHS) is a comprehensive array of people, resources, and equipment that are integrated simultaneously to achieve clinical excellence, response time reliability, customer satisfaction and economic efficiency. As an essential component of the EHS system, paramedics need to be aware of all aspects of service design and delivery including identifying system components, medical oversight, and continuous quality improvement. Pre-hospital practitioners will, throughout their career, be faced with issues that require the paramedic to maintain a professional approach as well as have knowledge of the legal system in Canada and how paramedicine is affected by it. This course will address the structure of the Canadian legal system, the Criminal Code, testifying in court, negligence, patient rights, wills, and crime scene awareness, as well as legal issues related to the delivery of pre-hospital care. Understanding these issues helps the paramedic to understand their role and responsibilities as a pre-hospital provider.
Course Code: PCP-1115
Professional Practice B
This course introduces a variety of topics including vehicle rescue and extrication, mass casualty incidents, disaster planning and special population groups. The integration of pre-hospital health care delivery with the activities of the other emergency responders such as firefighters, security forces, police etc will be a focus in each of the sections. The Emergency Health System in a multiple casualty incident will test the students? ability to function in several roles with varying responsibilities as they learn about triage of patients and the prioritization of those injured for transport. An additional area of study will introduce the Paramedic to medical literature including research.
Course Code: PCP-1125
Skills and Scenarios
This course provides the student, with individual, small group instruction and practice opportunities, in scheduled lab sessions, to gain the confidence and skills integration essential to Paramedicine practice. The instructional aspect of the course provides demonstrations and applications of equipment, procedures and a variety of scenarios to illustrate a broad range of incidents that a paramedic may encounter. Primary Care Paramedics in practice will be able to gather patient information, assess the patient's condition and initiate necessary medical interventions in a fluid, integrated, timely manner. The team approach to application of skills will be covered, practiced and evaluated.
Course Code: PCP-1135
This course is designed to introduce students to the kinematics of trauma, traumatic pathophysiology, related diagnostics and therapeutics. Students will gain current and up to date pre-hospital assessment techniques and management.
Course Code: PCP-1145