Location: Prince of Wales Campus, Distance Learning
Length: 2 Years
Credential: Post-Graduate Certificate, Advanced Care Paramedic
The Advanced Care Paramedicine distributed learning model offers practicing Primary Care Paramedics the opportunity to complete most of their Advanced Care Paramedic studies in a distance delivery format. The program mirrors the one-year Advanced Care Paramedicine on-site program but spreads the program over two years.
Build on your expertise as a primary care paramedic and prepare to play an expanded role as a first responder. Your training covers everything from operational and procedural skills to the skills you need to make critical decisions in an emergency. You will enhance your verbal and written communications skills, interpersonal skills, and leadership skills.
Paramedics need to be physically and psychologically fit for a variety of employment opportunities. Students in the Advanced Care Paramedicine Distributed Learning program will successfully complete the Paramedic Physical Abilities Test (PPAT) and have various opportunities to learn skills to support their psychological well-being.
Complete one semester of online learning (January to April)
Attend an onsite three-week lab component (May to June)
Complete another semester of online learning (September to December)
Complete a semester mixed with an online course plus an onsite three-week lab component (January to April)
Complete a six-week clinical rotation (May to June)
Complete a 15-week practicum rotation (September to December).
Throughout the program, students are required to attend two three-week lab practice and testing sessions on-site in Charlottetown and prescribed hospital clinical and ambulance practicum shifts. All clinical and practicum placements are in P.E.I., N.B., N.S., or N.L. There is no guarantee students will be placed at their location of choice. Depending on availability, you may be required to go out of province and to several different sites within a province. Practicum and clinical placements may also be completed in separate provinces. All clinical and practicum costs are the responsibility of the student, including, but not limited to, travel costs, rental costs, lease breaks, uniform costs, and safety kit/PPE.
The Advanced Care Paramedicine Distributed Learning program delivered by Holland College is accredited by Accreditation Canada.
Graduates from accredited paramedicine programs have met competency standards as reflected in the Paramedic Association of Canada’s National Occupational Competency Profile and are eligible to write the National Exam for Paramedics in Canada (COPR). Successful completion of the exam is required for paramedic registration in many provinces in Canada, including Prince Edward Island.
Valid Class 4 (taxi, ambulance or small bus) driver’s license
Résumé 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.
If you are accepted to this program, you can book your immunizations and medical assessment through our Health Clinic. To book an appointment, please email email@example.com or call 902-566-9392. You will need your health card and your vaccination record.
Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check: Before attending any practicum or clinical portions of the program, a student must submit a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check. If the check indicates that a record exists, the student may not be able to complete portions of their program that are required for graduation. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student.
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.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
The course is designed to give students the opportunity to practice and demonstrate proficiency in the following skills used in resuscitation: systematic approach, high-quality BLS, airway management, rhythm recognition, defibrillation, intravenous (IV)/intraosseous (IO) access, use of medications, cardioversion, transcutaneous pacing, and team dynamics.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Provider course enables healthcare professionals to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to better recognize and treat critically ill infants and children. The course materials are scenario-based, and a team approach is used to teach emergency management of pediatric patients approaching or already in respiratory or cardiac arrest, from the early minutes through patient stabilization and/or the transport phases of a pediatric emergency, in or out of the hospital.
Paramedic Evidence Based Practice
Students develop a clinical query based on an approved topic of interest, conduct a literature search, select relevant articles, and perform a critique. The course is composed of a series of components, each including a lecture and/or large group exercise, followed by a worksheet and individual work, with the aid of course facilitators. To complete the course, students will compose a Critically Appraised Topic (CAT).
Paramedic Physical Abilities Test C
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 the practicum course(s) in the Paramedicine program at Holland College. This assessment is also a current requirement for employment in most Atlantic province's EMS services. PPAT certification expires after six months and may need to be passed more than once throughout the program.
ACP Theory and Professional Practice
Course Description: A close examination of various topics related to professional development as a paramedic and promotion of the paramedic profession. In addition, the course addresses special topics pertinent to the paramedic role such as airway management, advanced assessment techniques, aspects of cardiac care, laboratory data interpretation, CBRNE, and medical research.
ACP Pharmacology and Toxicology
Elaborating on the basic pharmacological principles from primary care paramedicine, this course extends into pharmacology related to advanced care paramedicine. In addition, students learn the management of patients exposed to toxins or overdose and the administration of blood and blood products.
This course focuses on the diagnostic tools and procedures required for the management of patients experiencing cardiovascular and endocrine complications. Students also learn the management of patients experiencing external hemorrhage and trauma and their relation to the cardiovascular system.
An exploration of the pathophysiology, assessment, and management of respiratory, neurological, and psychiatric illness. In addition to medical illness, topics include all aspects of airway management and trauma related injuries involving the above systems.
An exploration of the disorders affecting the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and endocrine systems. Students will also explore human development throughout the lifespan. Students will gain skills and knowledge in the diagnosis and management of illness and injury to these systems.
An exploration of the disorders affecting the integumentary, musculoskeletal, ears, eyes, nose and throat, and immunological systems. Students gain skills and knowledge in the diagnosis and management of illness and injury to these systems.
Through individual and small group instruction and practice opportunities in scheduled lab sessions students gain the confidence and skills integration essential to Advanced Care Paramedicine practice. ACPs 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.
A practical experience for the Advanced Care Paramedic student in a clinical environment. Students are exposed to various health care environments, are expected to perform effectively as a team member, and exhibit professional conduct in the work place.
An on the job experience for Advanced 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 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 in the work place and while involved with patients and other health professionals.