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Primary Care Paramedicine

The Primary Care Paramedicine program will prepare you to be an integral part of the health care team working in the field of pre-hospital care.

On any given day you may be responding to an accident or a medical emergency, or transporting a patient to a medical facility. You’ll use your knowledge of life support procedures and your communication skills to collaborate with your colleagues on the health-care team, and interact with patients.

Upon completion of this program, you will understand human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology as it relates to medical and traumatic emergencies; and be able to perform a complete patient assessment including physical exam and history taking; identify and perform appropriate life support procedures; and communicate effectively using oral and written methods for documenting patient care.

This program not only addresses the operational/procedural skills of a Primary Care Paramedic but also the skills required to perform with confidence in a variety of situations, effectively interact with others and maintain professional decorum whether in minor or complex situations.  Paramedics need to be physically fit for a variety of employment opportunities, you’ll learn how to take care of yourself, as well as others.

You will participate in one hospital clinical placement and two on the job placements (the first ambulance observation and the second ambulance practicum). Since sites may be located off-Island, you should budget for additional travel and accommodation expenses.

This program is certified by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), signifying the program meets national standards and is relevant to current clinical practice.

As a graduate of this program, you will meet the competency standards reflected in the Paramedic Association of Canada’s National Occupational Competency Profile (www.cma.ca/accredit). Having this credential makes it easier for you to take employment in other provinces and get accepted to future advanced training programs. You are also eligible to write the National Exam for Paramedics in Canada, which is required for Paramedic Registration in many provinces including Prince Edward Island.

Graduates of the PCP program receive advanced standing as a Medical Technician in the Canadian Forces. They are also eligible to receive a salary (with benefits), and support to offset tuition and materials if enrolled through the Canadian Forces Non-Commissioned Member – Subsidized Education Plan.

Program Facts

Start Date: September
Length: 2 years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential Issued: Diploma, Primary Care Paramedic
Minimum passing grade per course:
70%

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic science and English, minimum of 70%
  • Grade 11 academic math, minimum of 65%
  • Completion of two reference forms, work related
  • Criminal Records Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV) with no findings of guilt
  • Valid Class 4 Driver’s License
  • Completion of Holland College medical form
  • Current CPR – Basic Rescuer Level C and a Standard First Aid certificate from a recognized First Aid/CPR Trainer.
  • Current WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems) certificate
  • Immunization Form  This completed form is not required until after an applicant has been accepted. (Keep a copy of your completed immunization form for your records.)
  • Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

Note: Experience in health care or related field would be an asset

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Ambulance
  • Industrial First Aid
  • Recreation and sports facilities
  • Emergency medical education
  • Medical supply sales
  • Emergency departments

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 3234.

Open Academic Studies program

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Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

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If you have any questions concerning the Primary Care Paramedicine program, contact:

140 Weymouth Street  •  Charlottetown, PE  •  Canada  •  C1A 4Z1  •  info@hollandcollege.com  •  1-800-446-5265