FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS PARAF-PG Paramedicine - Advanced Care

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Overview

  • Twenty (28) month Post-Graduate Diploma.
  • Standard January entry date (Please note that for 2023 the entry date will be in May)
  • Annual application deadline: (TBD)
  • Residency: Due to high demand, this funded program is open to Manitoba residents only. Applications received from non-Manitoba residents for this program will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded
  • Clinical work experience and field practicum
  • Graduates are eligible to challenge the Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) national licensing Entry-to-Practice Exam for Advance Care Paramedic
If you have a criminal record, you may not be able to complete this program. If you are listed on a Child Abuse Registry or Adult Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete this program. See Program Progression Requirements for more info.

Description

This program provides you with the academic and clinical experience to work in the exciting and challenging field of emergency medical services. The program consists of fifteen (17) courses taken over seven (7) academic terms. In Term 7, students will complete two work-integrated learning courses including a Field Practicum course, as well as a Community Paramedic Clinical Rotation. 
 
The program is designed to allow the practicing Primary Care Paramedic the opportunity to complete most of their Advanced Care Paramedic studies in a distance delivery format.

The academic component of this program has components of online and in person activities for blended delivery. Clinical and Field practicum experience will be conducted in rural Manitoba and in Winnipeg.

This program will be based on the national occupational competency profile (NOCP) for Paramedicine – Advance Care Paramedicine, and the College of Paramedics of Manitoba (NOCP Variances) and will support employment opportunities in Manitoba.





Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.

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Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

However, if you apply within 6 weeks of the program start date, admission requirements are due within 5 days of applying.

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Paramedicine Education
    • Submit proof of successful completion of:
      • Primary Care Paramedic Certificate from a Canadian Medical Association accredited training program.
    • Post-secondary transcripts must have been issued within 6 months prior to your application date, and submitted directly from the post-secondary institution.
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
      and
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
      Have I successfully completed 3 years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
      • If YES:
        • You meet English language requirements 
        • After applying, submit your transcripts* for review
          or
      • If NO:
        • Before applying, successfully complete an approved English language assessment (ELA) at the required levels
        • After applying, submit your ELA results. Once we confirm you meet this program's English language requirements, we will request submission of your transcripts* for review.
    • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewed.
      and
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-credits)
      • Submit proof of successful completion of 6-credits of acceptable Human Anatomy and Physiology courses.  For a list of recommended courses, click here
      • Courses must include a lab component
      • A minimum grade of C+ is required in each course. However, grades of Pass, Complete or Satisfied will be accepted for courses completed in Winter 2020, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 only.
      • You must have completed the course(s) within the last five academic years of your application date. For example: If you apply to RRC Polytech for the Fall 2023 start date your course(s) must have been completed in the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 academic year or later
      • If you completed the 6-credits within or for admission into an accredited Primary Care Paramedicine program, but outside of the 5-year limit, please contact ahsadmissions@rrc.ca for approval.
        • and
    • Medical Terminology (3-credits)
      • Submit proof of successful completion of 3-credits of Medical Terminology
      • View RRC's list of recommended Medical Terminology courses
        *Please note: Canadian Red Cross Medical Terminology course will be accepted for the Winter and Fall 2023 start date only
      • A minimum grade of C+ is required. However, grades of Pass, Complete or Satisfied will be accepted for courses completed in Winter 2020, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 only.
      • You must have completed the course within five years of your application date. For example: If you apply to RRC on January 15, 2023 your course must have been completed on or after January 15, 2018
      • If you completed the 3-credits within or for admission into an accredited Primary Care Paramedicine program, but outside of the 5-year limit, please contact ahsadmissions@rrc.ca for approval.
    • Primary Care Paramedicine Work Experience
    • Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form

    Program Progression Requirements
    Program progression requirements are not due within 30 days of applying and should be submitted after you start classes.

    • Criminal Record and Adult and Child Abuse Checks
      • This program requires students to submit current original/official versions of one or more of the following checks:
        • Criminal Record Check (CRC)
        • Provincial Child Abuse Registry Check (CAR)
        • Adult Abuse Registry Check (AAR)
      • If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete the program
      • If you are listed on an Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete the program
      • For details on this program's requirements, when to obtain and submit the documents, review the Applicant Declaration Form
      • These documents have expiration dates and should not be obtained prior to timeline indicated on the Applicant Declaration for Check Documents form
      • For general information on why RRC requires these checks and for links to check providers such as the Winnipeg Police, visit our Criminal Record Checks webpage
      • Submit your check documents to the RRC program contact listed on the Contact Information section of your program
        and
    • Immunizations and Testing

    English Language Assessments

    English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
    L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
    CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
    70707070
    CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
    The Official CanTEST was discontinued in 2021, and as of October 20, 2021 the RRC CanTEST is no longer offered at RRC Polytechnic. CanTEST results dated within 2 years of your application date will still be accepted to meet English language proficiency requirements. Please note the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program requires the Official CanTEST (The RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
    4.54.54.54.5
    Communication for Health Professions (RRC Pathway)
    Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
    8888
    Communication for Internationally Educ Health Prof (RRC Pathway)
    Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
    8888
    Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)

    * MINIMUM OVERAL SCORE OF 115 REQUIRED.

    There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

    Only Duolingo English Test scores that have been verified through the Duolingo English Test Portal will be accepted.

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    IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
    7.07.07.07.0
    PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
    65656565
    Password Skills (Do you need to take a language test to meet ELRs? If yes, you can take the assessment offered by RRC Polytech, which is the Password Skills English language assessment. This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writin)
    This in-person, computer-based test is composed of four test modules: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The test takes 3 hours and 5 minutes to complete and is conducted in two parts. The first part assesses reading, listening, and writing, and the second part assesses speaking in a separate room. Password Skills costs $135 to take through RRC Polytech. Password Skills is hosted by the RRC Polytech Testing and Assessment Centre: E440, Manitou a bi Bii Daziigae building, on the fourth floor. If you wish to do Password Skills remotely (not in-person), you can do Password Skills Plus on your computer at home or an alternative location. RRC Polytech does not offer Password Skills Plus, but we do accept the results for entry into program.
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    Password Skills Plus ()
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    TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
    To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.
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    Who Should Enrol?

    Interested applicants with the following attributes would find the career of an Advance Care Paramedic very rewarding:
    • A Primary Care Paramedic who possesses empathy and the desire to work as a health care professional to care for others
    • Have an ability to critically think, make swift decisions be resourceful and stay calm under pressure
    • The ability to act as a professional, demonstrate integrity and have strong communication skills
    • Be able to work alone or as a contributing member of a team
    • Be in good physical and mental health
    • Enjoys variety and is adaptable to various situations

    Locations, Dates and Fees

    Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

    Location Start Date Apply Link
    Notre Dame Campus May 01, 2023 Apply Now

    Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

    Program/Student Fees
    Year 1
    $7,584.00
    Books and Supplies
    Year 1
    $2,500.001
    1Includes estimated amounts for textbooks $1000 and uniforms $1500

    Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

    Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

    Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

    Program Outline

    • Program consists of seventeen (17) courses taken over seven (7) academic terms.
    • In terms 3, 6 and 7 students will apply theory in hands-on Simulation Lab courses, as well as Work-Integrated Clinical Rotations, and Field Practicum experiences.
    • Part-time students will receive a post-graduate diploma in twenty (28) months if all program requirements are met in consecutive terms.
    • The program offers the flexibility to allow students up to five years to complete all courses due to its course-based design.
    • Program includes three (3) and six (6) credit hour course offerings delivered to students in no more than a 12-hour academic week 
    • This program meets the standards of the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) for Advance Care Paramedics developed by the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC).
    • Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to challenge the Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) national licensing Entry-to-Practice Exam for Advance Care Paramedic.
    • This program complies with the requirements as set out by Accreditation Canada EQual™.

    Courses and Descriptions

    (Click the course name to view the description of the course)
    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
    In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
    CLIN-4002Advanced Care Paramedicine Clinical Rotation 1
    More Information

    In this course, students will apply the concepts of Advanced Care Paramedicine to clinical practice in a hospital or acute care clinical setting. With direct supervision from approved clinical educators, doctors, nurses and allied health professionals students will gain contact exposure in various health related settings while rotating through several specialties within a hospital including the operating room, medical outpatient clinic, emergency department, respiratory therapy and critical care units. Students will be given the opportunity to perform competencies and will be evaluated on their ability to perform effectively as a paramedic team member in a limited role.

    Prerequisites:
    CLIN-5002Advanced Care Paramedicine Clinical Rotation 2
    More Information

    In this course, students will apply the concepts of Advanced Care Paramedicine to clinical practice in a hospital or acute care clinical setting. With direct supervision from approved clinical educators, doctors, nurses and allied health professionals students will gain contact exposure in various health related settings while rotating through several specialties within a hospital including anesthesia, medical out patient clinic, emergency department, obstetrics, pediatrics and critical care units. Students will be given the opportunity to perform competencies and will be evaluated on their ability to perform effectively as a paramedic team member in a limited role.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-2011Advanced Pharmacology
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    In this course, students will explore advanced theoretical concepts of pharmacology, toxicology and the principles of drug legislation that apply to an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP). Throughout this course, students will gain important theoretical knowledge on the medications an ACP will be responsible for administering in the pre-hospital field of medicine, including how to accurately calculate dosage, prepare and administer. Students will also gain a greater understanding of commonly prescribed medications, and the process of integrating pharmacological interventions with a patients' existing medication regimen.

    PARA-2012Advanced Trauma Studies
    More Information

    In this course, students will explore advanced theoretical concepts related to the prehospital assessment and management of traumatic injuries with a focus on prehospital trauma life support and interventions within the scope of practice for the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP). Additionally, this course will include an overview of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) emergencies. The knowledge gained in this course will allow the Advanced Care Paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions related to various types of traumatic injury.

    PARA-2015Community Paramedicine 1
    More Information

    In this course, students will be introduced to ways in which paramedics can provide primary, preventative and/or specialized healthcare to vulnerable patient populations as a means of improving equity in healthcare access. The course will cover topics such as understanding the role of community paramedicine, interprofessional collaboration in healthcare, and providing care for geriatric populations. The knowledge gained in this course will allow the paramedic to use their mobile care response skills to bring services to members of the community who may not be able to access available services otherwise.

    PARA-3015Community Paramedicine 2
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    In this course, students will continue to explore ways in which paramedics can provide primary, preventative and/or specialized healthcare to communities. This course will expand on topics covered in Community Paramedicine 1 and will include topics such as indigenous health, care for those with chronic health conditions, and wound care management. The knowledge gained in this course will allow the paramedic to expand their roles to bring services to communities who may not be able to access available services otherwise.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-3016Advanced Respiratory Studies
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    In this course, students will explore advanced theoretical concepts related to the assessment and management of disease, illness and injuries of the respiratory system with a focus on interventions within the scope of practice for the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP).  The knowledge gained in this course will allow the Advanced Care Paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions related to the airway and respiratory system.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-3017Advanced Cardiovascular Studies
    More Information

    In this course, students will explore advanced theoretical concepts related to the assessment and management of disease, illness and injuries of the Cardiovascular System with a focus on interventions within the scope of practice for the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP). The knowledge gained in this course will allow the Advanced Care Paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions related to cardiovascular compromise.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-3018Advanced Neurologic Studies
    More Information

    In this course, students will explore advanced theoretical concepts related to the assessment and management of disease, illness and injuries of the central nervous system with a focus on interventions within the scope of practice for the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP). The knowledge gained in this course will allow the Advanced Care Paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions related to neurologic compromise.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-3019Advanced Gynecological and Obstetrical Studies
    More Information

    In this course, students will explore advanced theoretical concepts related to the assessment and management of disease, illness and injuries of the reproductive system with a focus on interventions within the scope of practice for the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP). The knowledge gained in this course will allow the Advanced Care Paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions related to the gynecological, obstetrical and reproductive systems.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-3020Advanced Neonate and Pediatric Studies
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    In this course, students will explore advanced theoretical concepts related to the assessment and management of disease, illness and injuries to the neonatal and pediatric populations with a focus on interventions within the scope of practice for the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP). The knowledge gained in this course will allow the Advanced Care Paramedic to assess and interpret signs and symptoms and develop a working differential diagnosis in order to initiate approved management techniques in neonatal and pediatric patients. In addition, this course will include instruction on neonatal resuscitation and Pediatric Advanced Life Support techniques.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-3021Advanced Multi-Organ Studies
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    In this course, students will explore advanced theoretical concepts related to the assessment and management of a wide variety of diseases and illness with a focus on interventions within the scope of practice for the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP). Many systems will be covered in this course such as the Integumentary, Immune and Lymphatic Systems as well as non-traumatic illnesses to the musculoskeletal system, and EENT (Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat). The knowledge gained in this course will allow the Advanced Care Paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management and treatment of a wide variety of patient conditions.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-3022Advanced Digestive Studies
    More Information

    In this course, students will explore advanced theoretical concepts related to the assessment and management of disease, illness and injuries of the digestive and endocrine systems with a focus on interventions within the scope of practice for the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP). The knowledge gained in this course will allow the Advanced Care Paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions related to digestive and/or endocrine system compromise.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-4014Advanced Simulation Laboratory 1
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    In this practical application course, under direct supervision and with guidance from a lab facilitator, students will gain hands on experience, building confidence, developing leadership skills, and learning techniques essential to an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP). In a dynamic lab, simulated field environment students will apply theoretical knowledge that was introduced in pre-requisite courses, watch scenario based procedural demonstrations and then work both individually and in small groups, integrating best practice methods for application of skills, patient interactions and professional practice.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-5014Advanced Simulation Laboratory 2
    More Information

    In this practical application course, under direct supervision and with guidance from a lab facilitator, students will gain hands on experience, building confidence, developing leadership skills and learning techniques essential to an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP). In a dynamic lab, simulated field environment students will apply theoretical knowledge that was introduced in pre-requisite courses, watch scenario based procedural demonstrations and then work both individually and in small groups, integrating best practice methods for application of skills, patient interactions and professional practice.

    Prerequisites:
    PRAC-3030Community Paramedicine Practicum Rotation
    More Information

    In this course, students will apply the concepts of Community Paramedicine to clinical practice in a variety of community-based patient care facilities. With direct supervision from an approved clinical preceptor, students will further develop interprofessional collaborative skills to manage continuity of care and resource allocation for patients with complex conditions. Students will have the opportunity to conduct assessments, create care plans, and facilitate care for patients in the community including vulnerable persons, mental health patients, substance abuse patients and geriatric patients. Students will be expected to perform effectively as a community paramedic team member in a limited role and exhibit professional conduct in the clinical setting while being involved with patients and other healthcare professionals.

    Prerequisites:
    PRAC-6004Advanced Care Paramedicine Rotation
    More Information

    In this course students will apply the concepts of Advanced Care Paramedicine (ACP) to clinical practice during a field practicum. Students will be placed with a qualified ACP preceptor in the prehospital workplace for developmental mentoring, assessment of skills, and integration of knowledge at the entry to practice level of competency. Students will have exposure to the ACP work environment, spending hours on an ambulance responding to real emergency calls and under supervision, providing care to patients in order to build confidence and master skills required of an Advanced Care Paramedic. Students will be expected to perform effectively as an undergraduate Paramedic team member while exhibiting professional conduct at all times.

    Prerequisites:

    CO-OP/Practicum Information

    The Paramedicine – Advance Care Program arranges clinical practicum and field placements for each student. Students who will be entering their clinical and field practicums will be required to allocate the required time away from their work to allow for the completion of these components of the program. The clinical and field practicums are located in a variety of accredited facilities throughout Manitoba. Students are responsible for travel, accommodation arrangements and costs to, during and from their clinical experience. Students continue with their didactic studies thru on-line learning while on their clinical placement and reliable internet access is required.  

    Note: For clinical site assignment, students input their preferences for clinical placements; however, there is no guarantee that a student will receive a clinical assignment from their list of preferred sites.  Students must be prepared to attend their assigned placements at any of the approved sites in the province 

    The following facilities participate as current sites for the clinical placement. 

    Winnipeg hospitals: 
    • Children's Hospital, Winnipeg
    • Grace General Hospital, Winnipeg
    • Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg
    • Seven Oaks General Hospital
    • St. Boniface General Hospital
    • Victoria General Hospital
    • Concordia Hospital
    Hospitals outside of Winnipeg:
    • Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon
    • Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach
    • Boundary Trails Health Centre, Morden/Winkler
    • Dauphin Regional Health Centre, Dauphin
    • Portage General Hospital, Portage la Prairie
    • Selkirk and District General Hospital, Selkirk
    • Thompson and District General Hospital
    Field placements will include the following location: 
    • Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service

    Computer/Laptop Requirements

    • Laptop - Type A Device: Standard
    • High-speed wireless Internet connection (Wi-Fi 6 802.11 ax)
    • Webcam (built-in is recommended, external acceptable)
    • Built-in speakers and microphone

    NOTE: Chromebooks, iPads and other similar tablet-style devices are not recommended as a primary device as they do not offer enough capability to support all program and learning requirements.

    More information on Computer Requirements for students can be found at https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ 

    Recent Changes

    Red River College’s programs are routinely monitored for educational quality and improvements. Allied Health programs are also accredited by EQual, Accreditation Canada and provincial regulatory bodies to ensure educational standard for health programs are achieved. The Advance Care Paramedicine program has undergone recent changes to provide students with an enriched educational experience that exceeds required standards.  

    Details of these changes include:
    • Program redesign to support course-based registration
    • Revisions to courses  
    • Enhanced curriculum changes
    • Increased interprofessional education experiences
    • Standardized credit hours and units
    • Enhanced credential upon program completion
    • The creation of Community Paramedic curriculum

    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

    Graduation Requirements

    Part-time students will receive a post-graduate diploma in twenty-eight (28) months if all program requirements are met in consecutive terms. 

    Employment Potential

    Graduates are in high demand in Manitoba. Graduates will be eligible to challenge the provincial licensing exams for Advance Care Paramedic, which allows them to seek licensing anywhere in Canada under the Agreement on Internal Trade.

    Contact Information

    For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

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