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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.

Hours: 0
Course Code: SAFE-1005



Anatomy and Physiology

An introduction to the structure and function of the body in its normal, healthy state. It serves as the basis for understanding pathophysiology and altered body states caused by illness. Students examine individual body organ systems, their components and processes, and how they interrelate.

Hours: 45
Course Code: ANAT-1000



Paramedic Communications

Addresses various aspects of oral and written communication. Students develop stronger listening skills, recognize non-verbal messages, and examine impacts of non-verbal behavior. In a collaborative learning environment, topics on sensitivity and approaches to conversation are explored.

Hours: 30
Course Code: COMM-1050



Paramedic Wellness 1

Students learn and practice the concepts of wellness, active living, and fitness to develop a healthy lifestyle in preparation for the physically and mentally demanding work in the paramedic field. Achieving and maintaining physical fitness, improving nutrition and managing the effects of shift work and stress are addressed. This course aids in preparation for the Paramedic Physical Abilities Test.

Hours: 45
Course Code: HLTH-1100



Paramedic Wellness 2

Students continue to practice the concepts of wellness, active living, and fitness learned in HLTH-1100. Through practical experience and self-evaluation, students will address wellness, physical fitness, back health and the importance of achieving a level of fitness to meet the vigorous demands on the job. Students will develop strategies to plan, design and implement an effective personal fitness program to meet the physical testing requirements and lift requirements for paramedics. This course aids in preparation for the Paramedic Physical Abilities Test.

Hours: 45
Course Code: HLTH-2100



Paramedic Physical Abilities Test

Paramedicine is a physically demanding profession and physical fitness underlies the Paramedic's ability to perform many job tasks. Successful completion of the Paramedic Physical Abilities Test (PPAT) is required for participation in clinical and practicum courses in the Primary Care Paramedicine program at Holland College and for employment as a Primary Care Paramedic. PPAT certification expires after six months and may need to be passed more than once throughout the program.

Hours: 0
Course Code: NCPR-1045



Paramedic Physical Abilities Test B

Paramedicine is a physically demanding profession and physical fitness underlies the Paramedic's ability to perform many job tasks. Successful completion of the Paramedic Physical Abilities Test (PPAT) is required for participation in clinical and practicum courses in the Primary Care Paramedicine program at Holland College and for employment as a Primary Care Paramedic. PPAT certification expires after six months and may need to be passed more than once throughout the program.

Hours: 0
Course Code: NCPR-1046



Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)

The goal of the Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) course is to improve outcomes of pediatric patients by preparing healthcare providers with techniques in assessment, early recognition, prompt communication, and initial intervention in young patients with respiratory emergencies, shock, and cardiopulmonary arrest. This skill-based course relies on high-performance team dynamics.

Hours: 8
Course Code: NCPR-1080



International Trauma Life Support

An introduction to the kinematics of trauma, traumatic pathophysiology, and related diagnostics and therapeutics for these injuries. Students gain pre-hospital assessment and management techniques.

Hours: 0
Course Code: NCPR-1108



Ambulance Maneuvering Skills

Students will learn to maneuver an ambulance in various situations, including reversing, serpentine driving, judging spatial distance and communicating with other squad members. They will also learn to operate various systems within the vehicle.

Hours: 0
Course Code: NCPR-2045



Professional Practice

An overview of various topics related to Health Systems Design and Delivery and professional responsibility for Paramedics. In addition, the course addresses the structure of the Canadian legal system and legal issues related to the delivery of pre-hospital care, interacting with special population groups and an introduction to medical literature and research.

Hours: 42
Course Code: PARA-1000



Lab Theory

Provides the knowledge to support competencies in performing thorough and concise patient assessment, integrated with communication skills, and building a foundation for pre-hospital care. Students are introducted to the skills related to vital signs, airway management, ECG monitoring, Basic Cardiac Life Support, automatic external defibrillation (AED), and intravenous therapy.

Hours: 42
Course Code: PARA-1010



Paramedic Lab 1

Through individual and small group instruction and practice opportunities in scheduled lab sessions students gain the confidence and skills integration essential to Paramedicine practice. Primary Care Paramedics in practice gather patient information, assess patient condition and initiate necessary medical interventions in a fluid, integrated, timely manner. The team approach to application of skills is an important theme in this course.

Hours: 84
Course Code: PARA-1020



Cardiology

Exploration of the pathophysiology, diagnostics and therapeutics for illnesses involving the cardiovascular system with a focus on the underlying pathology assessment and management of conditions within the scope of practice for the Primary Care Paramedic. Students will learn to interpret signs and symptoms and management considerations. Students develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions. All components of Basic Cardiac Life Support will be covered.

Hours: 27
Course Code: PARA-1030



Respirology

A thorough exploration of the pathophysiology, diagnostics and therapeutics for illnesses of the respiratory system with a focus on the underlying pathology, assessment and management considerations within the scope of practice for the Primary Care Paramedic. The knowledge gained in this course will assist the Primary Care Paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions.

Hours: 27
Course Code: PARA-1040



Traumatology

An introduction to the kinematics of trauma, traumatic pathophysiology of different body systems and related diagnostics and therapeutics for these injuries. Students gain pre-hospital assessment and management techniques.

Hours: 45
Course Code: PARA-1050



Pathology 1

An exploration of the pathophysiology, assessment and management of neurological and psychiatric illness. The knowledge gained in this course will assist in developing a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions within the Primary Care Paramedic scope.

Hours: 24
Course Code: PARA-1060



Paramedic Lab 2

Through individual and small group instruction and practice opportunities in scheduled lab sessions students gain the confidence and skills integration essential to Paramedicine practice. Students gather patient information, assess patient condition and initiate necessary medical interventions in a fluid, integrated, timely manner. The team approach to application of skills will be practiced and evaluated.

Hours: 90
Course Code: PARA-1070



Medical Terminology

Comprehensive overview of medical terminology, abbreviations, and symbols common to most allied health personnel. A foundation for recognizing and understanding medical language used throughout the health care community is also included.

Hours: 42
Course Code: PARA-1080



Pathology 2

Examination of the pathophysiology, assessment and management of gynecological and obstetrical emergencies, child development, pediatric specific diseases and clinical management as well as geriatric specific diseases and clinical management. The knowledge gained in this course will assist in developing a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions in these areas within the Primary Care Paramedic scope.

Hours: 36
Course Code: PARA-2000



Pathology 3

An overview of environmentally related conditions and how environmental factors influence patient condition and management, including the pathophysiology, diagnostics, and therapeutics for illness related to toxicology. The knowledge gained in this course will assist the paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions within the Primary Care Paramedic scope of practice.

Hours: 36
Course Code: PARA-2010



Pathology 4

Examination of infectious illnesses, immune system conditions and integumentary system disorders as a group as well as 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. 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.

Hours: 36
Course Code: PARA-2020



Paramedic Lab 3

Through individual and small group instruction and practice opportunities in scheduled lab sessions students gain the confidence and skills integration essential to Paramedicine practice. 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.

Hours: 72
Course Code: PARA-2030



Introduction to ALS and Acute Care

An overview of various Advanced Life Support skills/procedures that may be encountered when working with an ALS provider in the field. It will give students a basic understanding of the skills/procedures so they may be better prepared to assist an ALS provider in the care of a patient. The course will also introduce different roles that Paramedics are taking on in the healthcare system.

Hours: 24
Course Code: PARA-2040



Paramedic Employment Practices

Preparation to aid the transition from the role of student to practitioner. Students have the opportunity to identify their strengths and weaknesses through the use of practical and theoretical evaluative methods, in preparation for certification testing. As well, students present a case study from their practicum experience, write a resume and prepare for employment interviews.

Hours: 30
Course Code: PARA-2050



Introduction to Pre-Hospital Pharmacology

An introduction to pharmacology for Paramedicine practice. Students 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 gain knowledge in drug nomenclature, legal issues, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, medication administration, metric system and dosage calculation.

Hours: 36
Course Code: PHAR-1000



Ambulance Practicum 1

Students are placed 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. This provides exposure to the Paramedicine work environment and supervised care to obtain the confidence and skills integration essential to paramedic practice. Students gather patient information and assess the patient condition in a fluid, integrated and timely manner. They are 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.

Hours: 192
Course Code: PRAC-1050



Paramedic Clinical

A practical experience for the Primary Care Paramedic student in a clinical environment. Students are exposured to various health care environments, are expected to perform effectively as a team member, and exhibit professional conduct in the work place.

Hours: 150
Course Code: PRAC-2040



Ambulance Practicum 2

An on the job experience for Primary Care Paramedic students where they are placed 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. Students are exposed to the Paramedicine work environment and provide supervised care to obtain the confidence and skills integration essential to paramedic practice. They will gather patient information, assess patient condition and initiate necessary medical interventions in a fluid, integrated and timely manner. They are 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.

Hours: 450
Course Code: PRAC-2050