PARPF-CT Paramedicine - Primary Care Paramedicine

Courses and Descriptions

Courses and Descriptions

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CLIN-1002Clinical Rotation
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This course provides clinical experience for students in a hospital or health care environment. The rotation is designed to place students with a clinical preceptor for developmental mentoring and contact exposure in various health related environments. Students will have exposure to the hospital and Paramedicine work environment with the aim of exposing students to patients who have entered the health delivery system, as well as to gain an appreciation for the roles of the different health related professions providing care. Rotation areas include shifts in labor and delivery, post-anaethesia care, respiratory therapy, pathology (for autopsy observation), mental health, ECG, and adult and pediatric emergency. Students will be expected to perform effectively as a paramedic team member in a limited role and exhibit professional conduct in the clinical setting while involved with patients and other health professionals.

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MEDL-1032Interprofessional Education
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A clear understanding of interprofessional relationships is necessary for effective patient care in the clinical setting. Interprofessional education will develop the learners’ understanding of their role and the role of other professions in the health care team. The course covers topics such as health sciences professions, collaboration, consultation, team-building, and developing partnerships through active presentations, discussion, and interaction between all students registered in programs of the department of Allied Health Sciences.

MEDL-1032Interprofessional Education
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A clear understanding of interprofessional relationships is necessary for effective patient care in the clinical setting. Interprofessional education will develop the learners’ understanding of their role and the role of other professions in the health care team. The course covers topics such as health sciences professions, collaboration, consultation, team-building, and developing partnerships through active presentations, discussion, and interaction between all students registered in programs of the department of Allied Health Sciences.

MEDT-1001Medical Terminology
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This course is a self-directed study unit designed to ensure mastery of the medical language. This course enables learners 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 students to the structure of medical language. By learning prefixes, suffixes, and word roots, learners 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 students with an understanding of the terms included in the course text and the basis for recognizing and understanding new and unfamiliar terms introduced in other Paramedicine courses and used in clinical and practical settings.

PARA-1014Patient Assessment Theory
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This course provides students the opportunity to gain the required knowledge to have the ability to perform a thorough and concise patient assessment, integrated with communication skills, providing the foundation for pre-hospital care. Assessments in both medical and traumatic situations, history taking, and documentation, both oral and written, are included in this course.

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PARA-1015Patient Assessment Laboratory
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This course will include an introduction to the skills related to vital signs, airway management, ECG monitoring, basic cardiac life support, and automated external defibrillation (AED). Primary Care Paramedics in practice will be able to gather patient information, assess the patient’s condition, and initiate medical interventions in a fluid, integrated, and timely manner. Students will have a series of labs for skills instruction to compliment the classroom theory.

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PARA-1016Paramedic Communication Theory
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This course is designed to enhance the learner’s understanding of communication, and to begin developing/enhancing both verbal and written communication skills. Areas addressed include professional behavior and presentation, listening skills, recognizing and interpreting non-verbal behavior, eliciting information through effective questioning, conflict resolution skills, and verbal and written reporting and documenting.  Learners will have a series of labs for skills instruction to complement the classroom theory.

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PARA-1018Paramedic Communication Lab
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This course provides the learner with the opportunity to apply the theoretical material from the Paramedic Communication Theory course. The use of role-play and scenarios will provide the opportunity to practice listening skills, recognize non-verbal messages, recognize the impact of personal non-verbal behavior (professional behavior and presentation), conflict resolution, effective questioning. In the area of effective verbal and written reporting and documentation, learners will be required to the complete Patient Care Report (PCR) forms and provide verbal reports in an accurate, concise and professional manner.

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PARA-1019Pharmacology Theory
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This course is designed to introduce pharmacology as it applies to a Primary Care Paramedic. Students will be introduced to the topics of drug nomenclature and profiling, legal issues, pharmaco-kinetics, pharmaco-dynamics, medication administration, and dosage calculation. Specific focus will be on medications a PCP will be responsible for administering in the pre-hospital field of medicine. Time will also be devoted to commonly prescribed medications which patients may be using. This knowledge will assist students in the process of integrating pharmacological interventions with the patients' existing medication regime. Students will have a series of labs for skills instruction to complement the classroom theory.

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PARA-1020Pharmacology Lab
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This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the theoretical material from the Pharmacology Theory course. Through practical application, students will learn to prepare and administer medications via intramuscular, sub-coetaneous, intra-nasal, sub-lingual, trans-dermal, oral, inhaled, and inter-venous routes. Students will have the opportunity to perform these procedures on mechanical devices as well as human subjects (other students) in a controlled and supervised environment. Through the use of scenario based opportunities, students will have the opportunity to apply the practical skills in simulated patient assessment and treatment.

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PARA-1021Pathophysiology Diagnostics and Therapeutics Geriatrics, Neuro, Psych, EENT, Enviro Theory
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This course has four areas of study. The first section introduces the pathophysiology, diagnostics, and therapeutics for illness and injuries to geriatric patients. The second section relates to neurological and psychiatric patients. Within the neuro/psych area of study, students will be introduced to the pathophysiology, assessment, and management of neurological injury/illness and psychological issues involving substance dependency, and maladaptive and pathological behavioral problems. The third section covers illness and injuries relating to eyes, ears, nose, and throat (EENT). The final section covered will be a study of environmentally related conditions and injuries and how these factors can influence patient condition and management. The focus in each section is the underlying pathology related to altered physiology, assessment, and management for conditions within the scope of practice for the Primary Care Paramedic. The knowledge gained in this course will assist the Paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis for the patient's presentation, and allow the initiation of approved management for that patient's condition.

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PARA-1022Pathophysiology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics Geriatrics, Neuro, Psych, EENT, Enviro Lab
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This course has strong focus on the practical applications of the assessment of pathologies covered during lecture. It also focuses on basic diagnostic procedures within the Primary Care Paramedic scope of practice. It is delivered by lab, with mandatory student participation.

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PARA-1023Pathophysiology Diagnostics Therapeutics Cardiovascular Theory
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This course has two sections. The first section covers the pathophysiology, diagnostics, and therapeutics for illness and injuries related to the cardiovascular system. The second section includes immune and integumentary system conditions. The focus in each section is the underlying pathology related to altered physiology, assessment, and pre-hospital management for conditions within the scope of practice for the Primary Care Paramedic.  Topics will include a review of the anatomy and physiology of the system, and interpretation of signs and symptoms that the patient would present. The knowledge gained in this course will assist the paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis for the patient presentation and allow the initiation of approved management for that patient's condition. All components of basic cardiac life support will be covered.

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PARA-1024Pathophysiology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics Cardiovascular Laboratory
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This course has strong focus on the practical applications of the assessment of pathologies covered during lecture. It also focuses on basic diagnostic procedures within the Primary Care Paramedic scope of practice. It is delivered in labs, with mandatory student participation.

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PARA-1025Pathophysiology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics: Toxicology, Female, Pediatrics Lab
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This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the theoretical material from the Toxicology, Female, Pediatrics Theory course. Through the use of skill station learning, mannequin use, and scenario based opportunities, learners will have the opportunity to apply the practical skills in simulated patient assessment and treatment within the scope of practice for the Primary Care Paramedic.

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PARA-1026Pathophysiology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics: Toxicology, Female, Pediatrics Theory
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This course is designed to enhance the student's understanding of toxicological, female, and pediatric emergencies. The first part of the course encompasses toxicology and multi-system disorders. The second section covers the basic components of the female reproductive system - pathophysiology, assessment, and management. Topics include labor and delivery, complications of delivery and their management, and neonatal assessment and resuscitation. The third section provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively assess and treat the pediatric patient. Topics include child development, pediatric specific diseases and clinical conditions, and assessment and management. The focus on each section is assessment and management for conditions within the scope of practice for the Primary Care Paramedic. Students will have a series of labs for skills instruction to complement the classroom theory.

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PARA-1027Trauma Techniques Theory
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This course is designed to enhance students' understanding of trauma and to introduce students to the kinematics of trauma, traumatic pathophysiology, and related diagnostics and therapeutics. It will provide students with current pre-hospital assessment techniques and management of the trauma patient. Areas addressed include mechanism of injury, shock, soft tissue injury, burns, abdominal, thoracic, head and facial, spinal, and musculoskeletal trauma. Students will have a series of labs for skills instruction to complement the classroom theory.

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PARA-1028Trauma Techniques Lab
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This course provides students with the opportunity to apply the theoretical material from the Trauma Techniques Theory course. Students will be introduced to a variety of equipment used by Primary Care Paramedics to 'package' trauma patients. Students will also have, through the use of skill station learning, mannequin use, and scenario based opportunities, the opportunity to practice using that equipment as it is related to the management and transportation of a patient who has experienced a traumatic injury.

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PARA-1029Pathophysiology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics-Respiratory, GIGU. Renal, Endocrine Theory
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This course covers the pathophysiology, diagnostics, and therapeutics for illness and injuries related to the respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and endocrine systems. The focus is the understanding of the pathology related to altered physiology of each system. Topics will include a review of the anatomy and physiology of each system, the interpretation of signs and symptoms, developing a working differential diagnosis, and initiation of a management plan within the scope of practice for a Primary Care Paramedic.

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PARA-1030Pathophysiology, Diagnostics and Therapeutics-Respiratory, GIGU, Renal Endocrine Laboratory
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This course has strong focus on the practical applications of the assessment of pathologies covered during lecture. It also focuses on basic diagnostic procedures within the Primary Care Paramedic scope of practice. It is delivered in labs, with mandatory student participation.

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PRAT-1003Practicum Rotation
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This course provides field practicum experience for students. The rotation is designed to place students with qualified Paramedic preceptors in the pre-hospital 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 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 patients' conditions, 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.

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RESC-1003Rescue Practices
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This course introduces a variety of topics including vehicle rescue and extrication, mass casualty incidents, hazardous materials incidents including CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear), disaster planning, and special population groups. Students will explore the paramedic's role in many situations which will present challenges in paramedicine practice in a variety of environments. The integration of pre-hospital health care delivery with the activities of the other emergency responders such as police, firefighters, military, etc will be a focus in each of the sections. Working with special population groups will be an area which will test the paramedic's adaptability and critical thinking. The emergency health system in a multiple casualty incident will test the students' abilities to function in several roles with varying responsibilities as they learn about triage of patients and the prioritization of these injured for transport.

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SYST-1001Health Systems
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This course will cover a diverse group of topics relating 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, continuous quality improvement, and research. 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 paramedics understand their role and responsibilities as a pre-hospital provider.

ZOOL-1071Human Anatomy and Physiology
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This course focuses on normal human structure and function.  Topics include cells and tissues, support and movement, communication, and organ system control.  Unifying concepts of the relationship between structure and function, structural hierarchy, and organ system integration are emphasized.  Laboratory experiences reinforce these topics and concepts.  

ZOOL-1072Human Anatomy and Physiology
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A working knowledge of introductory anatomy and physiology is assumed.  The details of anatomy and physiology are organized around unifying concepts such as interrelationships of body organ systems, homeostasis, and the complementary nature of structure and function.  Presentation of the material reflects hierarchical levels of complexity that contribute to the organization of the body as a whole and the students' understanding of this organization.  Laboratory exercise are essential in adding students to apply theoretical concepts of anatomy and physiology.

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