Primary Care Paramedic

Certificate

Program Overview

Being a paramedic is all about teamwork. There’s a sense of camaraderie you won’t find in many other jobs. But it takes a special kind of person. You have to want to help people, because you’ll be dealing with all ages in all kinds of crises. You have to work well under pressure, because you’ll be delivering pre-hospital emergency care in people’s homes, in the middle of busy streets, and/or at industrial sites.

It’s a rewarding career with an expanding range of job opportunities—and Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program will get you started.

Primary Care Paramedic is a one-year certificate program offered through Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus, and in partnership with regional colleges. Our program emphasizes authentic hands-on training in prehospital emergency care, with both hospital and ambulance practicums. You’ll focus on:

  • medical and trauma injuries
  • mental health issues
  • obstetrical emergencies
  • pharmacology
  • physical assessments of various body systems
  • cardiac and respiratory emergencies
  • certifications in:
    • International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)
    • Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP)

Industry Recognized

The program is fully accredited by the Canadian Medical Association. Your curriculum aligns with primary care paramedic roles and responsibilities outlined in the National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCP) for the Paramedic Practitioner of Canada. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to write the provincial licensing exam for registration with the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics.

Hands-on Learning

  • Lab and Simulation Training - The PCP program emphasizes hands-on learning. You’ll spend about one-third of your time in the classroom, one-third in practical labs and one-third in high-fidelity simulation. State-of-the-art simulation facilities use a wide range of scenarios to help you develop your critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Field Practicums - You’ll take the knowledge that you’ve learned in the classroom and put it to work with an emergency medical services (EMS) organization (usually ambulance service) to learn about policies, procedures and documentation; conduct independent patient assessments; and provide treatment using ambulance equipment.
  • Clinical Practicums - During your hospital-based practicum, you’ll conduct independent patient assessments and use hospital equipment to provide treatment. You’ll also learn about hospital policies, procedures and documentation.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

As a primary care paramedic, you’ll find your skills in demand by ambulance, air ambulance and fire protection services around the province. You’ll also find job opportunities in the military, at mine sites, and at industrial manufacturing, milling and processing sites.

For more information about career opportunities, contact Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you or check out the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics job postings.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Safety OfficerInspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety (2263)$45,800 - $115,100
Emergency Medical TechnicianParamedical Occupations (3234)$42,700 - $82,300
Firefighter*Firefighters (4312)$43,700 - $100,100

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Intake 1 - Spring Semester; Intake 2 - Fall Semester

Length: 48 weeks

Locations

  • Regina
  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 60% in the following four courses: English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, one of Biology 30 or Chemistry 30, and one of Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30 or Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30. (Previous Saskatchewan mathematics Math A30 will also be accepted).
  • Standard First Aid is required prior to the start of the program and must be current to the start of the program
  • CPR "C" AED or equivalent is required prior to the start of the program and must be current to the start of the program
  • Effective January 2020: Refer directly to the English Language Proficiency Requirements chart (Section 3, Primary Care Paramedic) for required evidence for this program. The language of instruction and assessment for this program is English. In addition to the general admission requirements, if your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt (Section 1), you must demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in English.

 

Note

  • Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search upon admission to the program. At the discretion of the practicum/clinical agency, you may be declined access to a clinical/practicum based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search. The cost of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search is your responsibility.
  • You must exhibit physical strength and fitness consistent with the requirements of professional practice. This will be evaluated within the program.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR®) certification upon admission into the program. The cost of TLR® certification is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide current immunization records and meet Saskatchewan Polytechnic immunization requirements prior to entry into the clinical/practicum
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of current N95 respirator mask testing prior to entry into the clinical practicum. The cost of N95 respirator mask testing is your responsibility.
  • Effective July 1, 2019: Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of 2015 WHMIS Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification upon admission into the program. Recertification will be required every three years to remain current. The cost of WHMIS certification is your responsibility.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 253 Reading
  • 247 Writing

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2019/20 Academic Year

Semester 1 - $6,090
Semester 2, 3, and 4 - $5,330

Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
APHY 164
Anatomy and Physiology 1
3
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You will be introduced to the anatomical structure and physiological function of the human body. Your studies will focus on the basic organization of the body concentrating on the respiratory system, cardiovascular system and nervous system.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): APHY 164CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
APHY 165
Anatomy and Physiology 2
3
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You will study of the structure and function of the normal human body. Your studies will include the endocrine, immune, urinary, reproductive and digestive systems. You will also study the integumentary, skeletal and muscular system.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): APHY 165CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EMER 107
Professionalism, Leadership, and Communications
3
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Your studies will help you to develop qualities that are important for paramedic practice (professionalism, leadership, reflection and communication). You will gain knowledge of legal and ethical aspects of paramedic practice, develop your communication skills (including conflict management) and learn the principles of critical thinking. You will also evaluate the importance of participation in continuing education and professional development. You will gain knowledge regarding ethical conduct for research involving humans and will receive the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Course on Research Ethics (TCPS 2: CORE) certification upon completion of the course.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 107
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EMER 108
Health and Safety
3
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You will learn how to develop strategies for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Your studies will focus on personal wellness, maintaining a safe work environment, using infection control techniques and practicing proper lifting and moving techniques. You will also learn how to manage a variety of situations, including crime scenes, hazardous materials, and potential terrorist actions.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): SFTY 135
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EMER 109
Patient Assessment, Transport, and Diverse Populations
4
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You will learn how to perform a scene assessment, obtain a patient history, acquire vital signs, perform a physical examination and incorporate this knowledge into a complete patient assessment. You will describe common challenges associated with bariatric and culturally diverse patients. You will be introduced to the principles of road ambulance and aeromedical transport. You will also be required to operate an ambulance on a public roadway. Upon completion of the course, you will receive certification from the Saskatchewan Safety Council for Professional Driver Improvement.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PHAR 100
Pharmacology and Fluid Therapy
3
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You will focus on the principles of pharmacology, medication administration, and fluid therapy, including intravenous access and initiation. You will study the fundamentals of pharmacology, including terminology, legislation, and medication classifications. You will perform mathematical calculations, including general calculations, metric conversions, drug dose calculations and intravenous rate calculations. Your studies will focus on medications within a Primary Care Paramedic’s scope of practice in Saskatchewan including the administration of blood and blood products. You will also participate in labs that will help you develop the skills necessary for responsible and safe medication administration.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
EMER 110
Cardiac and Respiratory Theory
3
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You will learn the pathophysiology of common cardiac and respiratory disorders. Your learning activities will include 3-lead electrocardiogram interpretation, 12-lead electrocardiogram placement, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), and end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 164, APHY 165, EMER 109, PHAR 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EMER 111
Cardiac Care
3
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You will provide care for common cardiac disorders, including vascular diseases, cardiac inflammatory disorders, acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, cardiac conduction disorders and cardiac arrest. You will integrate cardiac assessment, electrocardiograms (ECG) interpretation, and manual defibrillation into patient care. You also will be introduced to advanced cardiac therapies (including transcutaneous pacing and cardioversion). Upon completion of this course you will receive Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider’s certification from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): EMER 110
Equivalent Course(s): EMER 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EMER 112
Respiratory Care
3
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You will provide care for common respiratory disorders, including asthma, anaphylaxis, pneumonia and respiratory failure. Your learning activities will include oxygen delivery, maintaining upper airway patency and manual ventilation techniques. You will be introduced to advanced respiratory support therapies, including advanced airway management and ventilation techniques.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): EMER 110
Equivalent Course(s): EMER 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EMER 113
Trauma Management 1
3
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You will be introduced to the assessment and management of shock, burns, fractures and soft tissue injuries. You will also be introduced to the skills necessary in assessing and managing head and facial, thoracic, abdominal and spinal injuries. You will learn the principles of extrication and rescue as well as how to integrate triage and multiple patient management into paramedic practice.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 164, APHY 165, EMER 109, PHAR 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EMER 114
Trauma Management 2
3
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You will learn how to provide care for common traumatic injuries. You will demonstrate the assessment and management of shock, burns, fractures and soft tissue injuries. You will also learn to incorporate the skills necessary to assess and manage head, facial, thoracic, abdominal and spinal injuries. You will be introduced to advanced life support therapies relevant to trauma (including indications for chest tubes and needle thoracostomy). Upon completion of this course you will receive certification in International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) at the basic level.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): EMER 113
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EMER 115
Medical Care 1
3
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You will learn how to provide care for common medical disorders, including gastrointestinal, genitourinary, reproductive, gynecological and obstetrical disorders. You will also learn how to provide care for neonatal and pediatric patients. Upon completion of this course you will receive certification in Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professional (PEPP).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 164, APHY 165, EMER 109, PHAR 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EMER 198
Medical Care 2
3
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You will integrate care for common medical disorders, including, neurological, behavioral and psychiatric, endocrine and toxicological disorders.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 164(concurrent), APHY 165(concurrent), EMER 109, PHAR 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EMER 199
Medical Care 3
3
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You will study the pathophysiology and learn to integrate care for common medical disorders including eye, ear, nose and throat disorders. You will study the pathophysiology and integrate care for a patient experiencing disorders as a result of adverse environments. You will integrate care for common illnesses and injuries specific to the physically impaired and mentally impaired. Upon completion of this course you will receive certification in Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 164, APHY 165, EMER 109, PHAR 100
Equivalent Course(s): EMER 171
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
EMER 116
Foundations of Community Paramedicine
3
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You will study the collaborative role of the community paramedic and recognize the significance of utilizing community support agencies. You will be introduced to common laboratory procedures and diagnostic imaging and how to differentiate between normal and abnormal results. You will develop the skills required to provide non-urgent care to a home health patient (including catheter care and routine wound care) as well as integrate care for a palliative patient. You will also integrate care for common illnesses and injuries specific to geriatric population groups.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): APHY 164, APHY 165, EMER 109
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
EMER 155
Patient Management and Integration
3
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You will integrate communication, professionalism, leadership, knowledge of medicolegal, ethics and physical strength into paramedic practice. You will integrate approach, assessment, treatment and transport for a cardiovascular, trauma, medical and respiratory patient in a simulated setting. You will integrate care following Saskatchewan Paramedic Clinical Practice Protocols. You will also think critically while interpreting patient history and physical assessment as it relates to a patient presentation.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): EMER 107, EMER 108, EMER 111, EMER 112, EMER 114, EMER 115, EMER 116, EMER 198, EMER 199
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PRAC 116
Practicum 1
6
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Your placement will allow you to participate in a clinical and/or field practicum placement within the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA). You will be assigned a practicing registered nurse and/or paramedic preceptor. Your placement will include participation in an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and a hospital orientation, a review of relevant policies and procedures, and the completion of and compliance with required legal documentation. You will practice patient assessments, using treatment modalities while utilizing ambulance and hospital equipment. You will demonstrate and meet lifting requirements.
Credit Units: 6
Course Hours: 84.0
Prerequisites(s): EMER 155
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum

Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
PRAC 117
Practicum 2
18
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You will participate in a clinical and field practicum placement within the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) with assigned practicing registered nurse and paramedic preceptors. Your placement will include participation in a review of relevant policies, procedures, and the completion of and compliance with required legal documentation. You will conduct independent patient assessments, using treatment modalities while utilizing ambulance and hospital equipment. This final field practicum will allow you to apply all skills and knowledge gained in the previous three semesters at the primary care paramedic level. You will work with less direction and intervention from preceptors as you progress towards independent paramedic practice. You will demonstrate and meet lifting requirements. You will demonstrate the various roles and responsibilities of the Primary Care Paramedic as outlined within the National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCP) for the Paramedic Practitioner of Canada.
Credit Units: 18
Course Hours: 276.0
Prerequisites(s): PRAC 116
Potential Learning Method(s): Clinical/Practicum

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