FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS PAPRF-DP Paramedicine - Primary Care Paramedicine

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Overview

  • Twenty (20) month Diploma
  • August entry date
  • Final CASPer test sitting: For Fall 2022 start date – April 5, 2022
  • Final CASPer Snapshot sitting: For Fall 2022 start date – April 15, 2022
  • Annual application deadline: April 15
  • 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
  • Offered at the Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Clinical work experience and field practicum
  • Nationally accredited by Accreditation Canada EQual™.
  • Recognized by the Canadian Forces
  • Graduates are eligible to challenge the Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) national licensing Entry-to-Practice Exam for Primary 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 runs for 20 months, in which the first year consists of 30 weeks of theory at the College. Year 2 consists of 15 weeks of Theory at the College and another 15 weeks of work-integrated learning, clinical and field practicum rotations.  

The academic component of this program will be delivered online with some in class/lab activities at Notre Dame Campus in Winnipeg. 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 for Paramedicine - Primary Care Paramedicine and will support employment opportunities in Manitoba.

This program has been recognized by the Canadian Forces. Visit http://www.cafcod.forces.gc.ca/en/index for recognition information.

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.

DOCUMENT SUBMISSION METHODS

Upload Through Your Future Student Account (preferred method)

  • Scan your document(s) and save the file. Ensure you keep your original documents as the College may request to see them at any time.
  • Go to www.rrc.ca/apply and log in.
  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

Mail or In-Person: Student Service Centre Click here for address and hours of service

E-mail: register@rrc.ca

Fax: 204-697-0584

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.

Before applying:

  • Carefully review the admission requirements 
  • Successfully complete admission requirements 1 through 6 to ensure you can submit proof of completion within 30 days of applying.
    • Your application will be cancelled without a refund of the non-refundable/non-transferable application fee if you cannot submit proof within 30 days of applying.
    • We require verification of your complete academic history including any public or private high school, college, university, or technical institutions you have attended.
    • Post-secondary transcripts must have been issued within 6 months prior to your application date, and submitted in a sealed envelope 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 Regular Admission Requirement 4 for more information.

Apply:

After applying:

  • Submit proof of meeting admission requirements 1 to 6
  • Submit an Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form (admission requirement 7)
  • Complete the mandatory CASPer Test (admission requirement 8)
  • Complete the mandatory CASPer Snapshot (admission requirement 8).

Print out this handy Admission Requirements Checklist

This is a special selection program. Offers of admittance will be made based on CASPer results in descending order until all available seats are filled. Therefore, not all applicants who meet admission requirements will be offered a seat. Applicants who meet admission requirements but do not receive an offer of admittance may reapply for a future academic year by submitting a new application and application fee.

Annual application deadline: April 15

Admission Requirements

  1. Grade 12
    • Submit proof of graduation from Grade 12. You must have completed one credit in each of the following courses with a minimum grade of 65% or 'C+':
      • Grade 12 English
      • Grade 12 Applied Math or Pre-Calculus Math (Essential Math and Consumer Math do not meet this requirement)
      • Grade 12 Chemistry or Physics
      • As of December 18, 2020, successful completion of Grade 11 or 12 Biology is no longer an admission requirement
        and
  2. Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-credits)
    • Submit proof of successful completion of 6-credits of acceptable Human Anatomy and Physiology (A & P) courses. 
    • View RRC's list of recommended A & P courses
    • 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 five years of your application date. For example:
      • If you apply to RRC on January 15, 2022 your course must have been completed on or after January 15, 2017
        and
  3. Medical Terminology (3-credits)
    • Submit proof of successful completion of 3-credits of Medical Terminology
    • 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(s) within five years of your application date. For example: If you apply to RRC on January 15, 2022 your course must have been completed on or after January 15, 2017
      and
  4. English Language Assessment or Degrees of Reading Power Assessment
    • ALL applicants must complete either an English Language Assessment or the Degrees of Reading Power Assessment
    • We strongly advise you complete the assessment before submitting your application to ensure you meet required levels
    • Assessment results must be dated no more than two years prior to your application date
    • Before applying, determine which assessment is appropriate for your situation by answering this question: 
      Have I successfully completed three years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an English language requirement (ELR) exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
      • If YES:
        • Before applying, register for and successfully complete the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) assessment. The minimum DRP level required for this program is 71.
        • 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
    • Driver's Licence
      • Submit proof of a complete full stage driver’s licence valid in Manitoba
        • Class Stage of 5F
          or
        • Class Stage of 5I with a Date Code of C indicating Stage F is in effect (indicated on Manitoba Graduated Driver's Licences)
        • Learner and Intermediate level licences are not acceptable
    • First Aid Course
      • Submit proof of current certification in the appropriate First Aid course.  To confirm which course you need to complete for this program click here
        and
    • Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
    • CASPer Assessment
      • Successfully complete each of the following:
        • CASPer Test - an online situational judgement test that assesses personal competencies including non-academic attributes and people skills
        • CASPer Snapshot - a short video response tool  
      • Visit RRC's CASPer webpage for additional information and a list of CASPer assessment dates
      • Results will be used to select applicants with the highest potential for success
      • Offers of admission will be made based on CASPer results in descending order until all available seats are filled
      • You may complete the CASPer assessment once per admission cycle (April to March annually)
      • Your results will be valid for all applicable RRC programs applied to during the admissions cycle
      • You are responsible for the cost of both the Test and Snapshot
      • Your CASPer results will be submitted directly to RRC (you do no need to submit your results)
      • Recommended assessment preparation:

    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 for Check Documents 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
    • Paramedic Physical Fitness Assessment

    All Allied Health programs have CASPer® as part of their admissions process.

    WHAT IS CASPer?

    CASPer® is a selection tool used by academic programs to help assess applicants for non-academic attributes or people skills. The CASPer test is completed online.

    CASPer is a form of situational judgement test. Situational judgement tests are a type of psychological test which presents the test-taker with realistic, hypothetical scenarios and may ask the individual what they would do in the dilemma and why they would do it. Situational judgement tests tend to determine behavioral tendencies, assessing how an individual will behave in a certain situation, and knowledge instruction, which evaluates the effectiveness of possible responses.

    Red River College Polytechnic’s CASPer is made up of two parts:

    CASPer Test: The CASPer online test is approximately 90 minutes in length and is comprised of 12 sections. Test takers have 5 minutes to type their responses to questions.

    CASPer Snapshot: The CASPer Snapshot is 3 video questions. During the video questions, you have 2 minutes to answer the question verbally and record yourself on video. The CASPer Snapshot can be done at any time before or after your CASPer test. Instructions on how to complete this will be on your account on the CASPer website after you register for the CASPer.

    Once completed, the applicant is rated in predetermined areas using a rubric and rating scale. In the end, the scores from all questions are totaled for an overall score for each applicant. Your scores are sent to Red River College Polytechnic by CASPer. Applicants are then ranked accordingly and offered a seat in the program. Applicants who have applied to more than one AHS program will only participate in one CASPer test. Applicants are responsible for the cost of the CASPer test.

    The dates for the CASPer test in 2021-22 are (subject to change):

    Sep 23, 2021 - 5:00 PM EDT
    Oct 7, 2021 - 5:00 PM EDT
    Oct 14, 2021 - 8:00 PM EDT
    Oct 19, 2021 - 5:00 PM EDT
    Nov 23, 2021 - 5:00 PM EST
    Dec 9, 2021 - 5:00 PM EST
    Jan 5, 2022 - 8:00 PM EST
    Jan 27, 2022 - 5:00 PM EST
    Feb 17, 2022 - 8:00 PM EST
    Mar 6, 2022 - 1:00 PM EST
    Apr 5, 2022 - 5:00 PM EST

    For more information and to register for the CASPer test, please visit takecasper.com.

    Please note:

    An applicant requiring accommodation for a documented disability for the CASPer may apply through CASPer for accommodations.

    Red River College Polytechnic’s Assessment Services will offer optional Workshops / Information Sessions for CASPer. Please check their website for dates: https://www.rrc.ca/assessment/casper/

    NON-COGNITIVE QUALITIES OF A HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER

    Being a healthcare practitioner is a moral undertaking, and our admission process aims to admit students:

    Who will in their behaviors reflect the following attributes

    • Responsibility
    • Empathy
    • Integrity

    Who will in their professional relationships

    • Take responsibility for their actions
    • Act ethically
    • Act in a collegial and collaborative manner
    • Be reflective
    • Be reliable
    • Be trustworthy and honest
    • Demonstrate respect for others
    • Maintain confidences

    We aim to admit students who will

    • Be self-directed learners
    • Be an integral part of an interprofessional healthcare team
    • Be willing to self-assess
    • Be willing to work hard
    • Communicate effectively
    • Demonstrate ability to manage time
    • Demonstrate ability to tolerate stress
    • Demonstrate good judgement
    • Recognize and respect the roles of other healthcare disciplines

    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)
    RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The 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.

    Due to closures related to COVID-19, RRC is temporarily allowing applicants to provide Duolingo English Test results to meet RRC's English language requirements.

    Red River College will accept Duolingo assessments up to December 30, 2021. Beginning December 31, 2021 we will no longer accept Duolingo assessments to meet English language requirements.

    0*0*0*0*
    IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
    7.07.07.07.0
    PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
    65656565
    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.
    24232427

    Who Should Enrol?

    Interested applicants with the following attributes would find the career of a Primary Care Paramedic very rewarding:
    • Possess 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 Aug 29, 2022 Apply Now

    Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

    Program/Student Fees
    Year 1
    $4,133.00
    Books and Supplies
    Year 1
    $1,000.00
    Other Fees
    Year 1
    $1,500.001
    1Uniforms

    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 eighteen (18) courses taken over three (3) academic terms.
    • In Term 4, students will complete two (2) Work-integrated learning - clinical placement courses.
    • Full-time students will receive a diploma in twenty (20) months if all program requirements are met in consecutive terms.
    • The program may also be completed on a part-time basis due to its flexible, course- based design.
    • Program includes three (3) and six (6) credit hour course offerings delivered to full- time students over 21-hour academic weeks in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3.
    • Program includes the “Communication Strategies” course to meet RRC’s communication learning goals.
    • This program meets the standards of the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) for Primary 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 Primary 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-4001Primary Care Paramedicine Clinical Rotation
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    In this course, students will apply the concepts of Primary Care Paramedicine to clinical practice in a hospital or health care environment. Students will be placed with a clinical preceptor for developmental mentoring and contact exposure in various health related settings while rotating through several specialties within a hospital.

    Students will gain clinical experience being exposed to patients who have entered the health delivery system and also gain an appreciation for the various roles of health care providers. 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 being involved with patients and other health professionals.

    Prerequisites:
    COMM-1173Communication Strategies
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    Everyone communicates, but are they doing it well? Communicative competence takes practice and self-awareness. By developing their communication skills, the student will improve their interpersonal ability, intercultural competence, and digital fluency to prepare the student for success in the workplace. In Communication Strategies, the student will learn through discovery and project-based activities to practice approaching situations critically and collaboratively. The strategies the student will gain in this course will be useful throughout their program and in their chosen industry.

    MEDL-1048Foundations in Healthcare 1
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    Allied Health Professionals are an integral part of the healthcare system, providing a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and support services. In this course, students will be introduced to critical topics, and skills in which all allied-health professionals must demonstrate competency. Students will explore legal, technical and theoretical topics related to the provision of healthcare. In addition, application type activities will enable students to develop skills such as Infection control techniques, proper use of body mechanics and assessing vital signs.

    MEDL-2048Foundations in Healthcare 2
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    In this course, students will continue to explore important topics relevant to Allied Health professionals. In addition, students will develop interdisciplinary partnerships and team-building skills through collaboration, consultation and discussions.

    Prerequisites:
    MEDL-3048Seminars in Healthcare
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    In this course, students will explore healthcare content and concepts through participating in various interactive workshops and attending seminars with guest speakers on topics of interest. Students will be offered a wide variety of interdisciplinary healthcare topics in addition to program specific topics related to their chosen field of either Medical Radiologic Technology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Diagnostic Medical Sonography or Primary Care Paramedicine. Throughout this course, students will reflect upon and document their learning journey and present evidence of achieving the learning outcomes.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-1050Patient Assessment
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    A thorough and concise patient assessment, integrated with communication skills, provides the foundation for all medical care. In this course, students will learn how to perform a comprehensive patient assessment including on those with complicating factors. In addition, students will be introduced to the theory related to vital signs and the tools, methods and assessment techniques needed to perform as a Primary Care Paramedic.

    PARA-1051Concepts in Paramedicine
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    In this course, students will gain a better understanding of paramedic communication, and begin to develop specific communication skills required of a Primary Care Paramedic. Students will explore a diverse group of topics relating to paramedic systems design, delivery and the professional and legal responsibilities of a paramedic.

    PARA-1052Pharmacology
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    Pharmacology is the branch of medicine concerned with the uses, effects, and modes of action of drugs. In this course, students will be introduced to the theoretical concepts of pharmacology and the principles of drug legislation as it applies to a Primary Care Paramedic. Students will learn about categories / classifications of drugs, drug indications, adverse reactions, interactions and toxicity. Throughout this course, students will gain important theoretical knowledge that will assist in the process of integrating pharmacological interventions with a patients' existing medication regime.

    PARA-1053Primary Care Paramedicine Simulation Lab 1
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    A Primary Care Paramedic in practice should be able to gather patient information, assess a patient's condition and initiate necessary medical interventions in a fluid, integrated and timely manner.

    In this practical application course, under direct supervision and with assistance from an Instructor, students will begin to gain hands on experience, building confidence and learning skills essential to paramedic practice. In a dynamic, simulated field environment students will 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-1050, PARA-1051 and PARA-1052 are corequisites
    PARA-2007Cardiovascular Emergency Management
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    The cardiovascular system delivers vital oxygen and nutrients to cells and organs in the body. In this course, students will explore theoretical concepts related to the management of illness and injuries of the cardiovascular system. Students will learn how diseases of the heart manifest and the functional changes associated with or resulting from disease or injury to the heart. In addition, students will examine patient assessment, and prehospital management of cardiac conditions relevant to a Primary Care Paramedic. The Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Life Support course recertification is also included with this course.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-1050, PARA-1051, PARA-1052 (minimum grade of C+ required) and PARA-1053
    PARA-2008Respiratory Emergency Management
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    The respiratory system is responsible for ensuring that the human body acquires the oxygen it needs to sustain itself. In this course, students will explore theoretical concepts related to the interpretation of signs and symptoms that a patient would present as well as management of disease, illness and injuries to the respiratory System. Students will receive a brief review of the anatomy and physiology of the lungs and associated structures. Students will then examine how diseases of the respiratory system manifest and the functional changes associated with or resulting from disease or injury. In addition, students will examine patient assessment, and prehospital management of respiratory conditions relevant to a Primary Care Paramedic.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-1050, PARA-1051, PARA-1052 (minimum grade of C+ required) and PARA-1053
    PARA-2009Musculoskeletal Emergency Management
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    This course will introduce students to the kinematics of trauma, traumatic pathophysiology, related diagnostics and therapeutics. Students will also examine the current didactical components of prehospital assessment techniques and management of a Trauma patient.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-1050, PARA-1051, PARA-1052 (minimum grade of C+ required) and PARA-1053
    PARA-2010Multiorgan Emergency Management 1
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    In this course, students will explore theoretical concepts related to the interpretation of signs and symptoms that a patient would present as well as management of diseases, illness and injuries to various organs and systems within the human body. Students will receive a brief review of the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary and endocrine systems. Students will then examine how diseases of these systems manifest and the functional changes associated with or resulting from disease or injury. In addition, students will examine patient assessment, and prehospital management of various conditions relevant to a Primary Care Paramedic.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-1050, PARA-1051, PARA-1052 (minimum grade of C+ required) and PARA-1053
    PARA-2053Primary Care Paramedicine Simulation Lab 2
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    A Primary Care Paramedic in practice will be able to gather patient information, assess a patient's condition and initiate necessary medical interventions in a fluid, integrated and timely manner. 

    In this practical application course, under direct supervision and with assistance from an instructor, students will have the opportunity to further develop the skills essential to paramedic practice. In a dynamic, simulated field environment, students will 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 to a simulated medical or traumatic emergency situation.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-3010Multiorgan Emergency Management 2
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    In this course, students will explore theoretical concepts related to the interpretation of signs and symptoms that a patient would present as well as management of diseases, illness and injuries involving the eyes, ears, nose, and throat (EENT), the immune system and environmentally related conditions. Additionally, students will learn about the geriatric population and illness, diseases and management of conditions specific to them. Students will receive a brief review of related anatomy and physiology and then will examine how diseases within these areas manifest and the resulting functional changes. In addition, students will examine patient assessment, and prehospital management of various conditions relevant to a Primary Care Paramedic.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-2007, PARA-2008, PARA-2009, PARA-2010 (minimum grade of C+ required) and PARA-2053
    PARA-3011Neurologic Emergency Management
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    The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and specialized nerves and cells that transmit signals between different parts of the body. It plays a vital role in the control of most bodily functions. In this course, students will explore theoretical concepts related to the interpretation of signs and symptoms that a patient would present as well as management of disease, illness and injuries of the nervous system. Students will examine neurologic disorders as well as psychiatric and toxicological disorders and psychological issues involving substance dependency. Students will then examine how neurologic diseases manifest and the functional changes associated with or resulting from disease or injury. In addition, students will examine patient assessment, and prehospital management of neurologic, psychiatric, toxicological disorders and psychological issues involving substance dependency relevant to a Primary Care Paramedic.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-2007, PARA-2008, PARA-2009, PARA-2010 (minimum grade of C+ required) and PARA-2053
    PARA-3012Obstetrical and Pediatric Emergency Management
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    In this course, students will explore theoretical concepts related to the interpretation of signs and symptoms that a patient would present as well as management of diseases, illness and complications related to obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and neonates. Students will receive a brief review of the related anatomy and physiology and then will examine how complications and diseases manifest within these areas and the associated functional changes. In addition, students will examine patient assessment, and prehospital management of various conditions relevant to a Primary Care Paramedic.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-2007, PARA-2008, PARA-2009, PARA-2010 (minimum grade of C+ required) and PARA-2053
    PARA-3013Rescue Practices
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    Working within high stress situations will test the paramedic's adaptive and critical thinking abilities. This course will provide students with the knowledge and basic skills required to work in a high-risk environment while maintaining physical and mental wellbeing. Students will explore topics such as safe vehicle operations, basic extrication, hazardous materials emergency response and working within an incident command structure at multi-casualty incidents. The knowledge gained in this course can be applied to many rescue situations that students may encounter as a Primary Care Paramedic.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-2007, PARA-2008, PARA-2009, PARA-2010 (minimum grade of C+ required) and PARA-2053
    PARA-3053Primary Care Paramedicine Simulation Lab 3
    More Information

    A Primary Care Paramedic in practice will be able to gather patient information, assess a patient's condition and initiate necessary medical interventions in a fluid, integrated and timely manner.

    In this practical application course, under direct supervision and with assistance from an instructor, students will have the opportunity to master skills essential to paramedic practice. In a dynamic, simulated field environment students will 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 to a simulated medical, traumatic or multi-casualty emergency situation.

    Prerequisites:
    PARA-2007, PARA-2008, PARA-2009, PARA-2010 (minimum grade of C+ required) and PARA-2053
    PARA-3010, PARA-3011, PARA-3012, PARA-3013 and PARA-3053 are corequisites
    PRAC-4001Primary Care Paramedicine Practicum Rotation
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    In this course, students will apply the concepts of Primary Care Paramedicine to clinical practice during a field practicum. In this rotation, students will be placed with a qualified Paramedic preceptor 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, 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 a Primary 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 – Primary Care Program arranges clinical practicum and field placements for each student. Clinical practicum and field placements 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 may include the following locations: 
    • Portage La Prairie
    • Morden / Winkler
    • Steinbach
    • Oak Bluff
    • St. Anne
    • Ile Des Chenes
    • St. Pierre
    • Morris
    • Elie
    • Kinosota
    • Selkirk
    • Oakbank
    • Teulon
    • Ashern
    • Pine Falls
    • Gimi
    • Lac Du Bonnet
    • Pinawa
    • St. Laurent
    • Brandon
    • Neepawa
    • Russell
    • St. Rose
    • Dauphin
    • Swan River
    • The Pas
    • Flin Flon
    • Thompson

    Computer/Laptop Requirements

    Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

    1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

    2.  A high speed internet connection

    • Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
    • Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
    • Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

    Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

    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 Primary 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
    • Increased emphasis on research
    • Standardized credit hours and units
    • An additional term 
    • Enhanced credential upon program completion

    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.

    Graduate Employment Report

    Red River College Polytechnic surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College Polytechnic.

    Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

    Graduation Requirements

    Successful completion of all courses within Terms 1 – 4

    Employment Potential

    Graduates are in high demand in Manitoba. Graduates will be eligible to challenge the provincial licensing exams for Technician-Paramedic (Tech-P), which allows them to seek licensing anywhere in Canada under the Agreement on Internal Trade.

    Students enrolled in the program, who may also be considering a career in the Canadian Forces, are 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. Graduates who may be considering a career in the Canadian Forces will have accelerated career opportunities through advanced standing as a Medical Technician.

    Contact Information

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

    For detailed program information, contact:

    Philippe La Rivière
    Academic Coordinator, Paramedicine
    Red River College
    Room A227D - 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB  R3H 0J9
    204-632-2491

    College Support Services

    Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

    Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

    Academic Advising Service
    Our academic advising service can provide information about our full-time programs, explain program admission requirements, and help you select the right program to meet your career and academic goals. We can also connect you with helpful people, resources, and supports.
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