Programs & Courses

Paramedic

DIPLOMA / DEGREE

About this Program

People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds all require immediate medical attention. Paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility. The Bachelor of Applied Health Science – Paramedic degree program prepares learners to be an integral part of the health care team, primarily within the pre-hospital environment.

Our paramedic program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) which signifies that our paramedic program has met national standards and that the education provided is relevant to current clinical practice. Ensuring that paramedics have the required competencies for entry to practice is an important contribution to Canada’s health system.

Prospective students must be mature and highly motivated to deal with the stress of emergency care, critical care and shift work. Paramedics must think independently, exercise good judgment, communicate effectively with others and work well in multidisciplinary environments. The training provided not only addresses the necessary skills of a paramedic but also the skills required to perform with confidence in a variety of situations, effectively interact with others and maintain professional decorum whether in simple or complex situations. The program also addresses topics on physical fitness and healthy lifestyles, psychology, philosophy and interdisciplinary communication.

Our paramedic program enables you to move seamlessly through the various levels of preparation for careers in Emergency Medical Services, ultimately allowing you to attain the Paramedic Diploma or to continue on to the Paramedic Applied Degree.

The program is designed to prepare you with the National Occupational Competencies and the Alberta Occupational Competencies for Paramedic Practitioners. On successful completion of the diploma program, you are prepared to write the Alberta College of Paramedics provincial licensing examinations at the EMT-P level. You will have the additional benefit of enhanced transferability of various courses presented throughout your education.

High School

Overall average of at least 60% and a minimum mark of 50% in

  • ELA 30-1
  • Biology 30
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2
  • Grade 12 five credit subject (Chemistry 30 is recommended)

Transfer Route

Previous post-secondary coursework may be considered for admission. Successful completion of a PCP/EMT or EMR program may qualify you for consideration under this admission route.

English Language Proficiency

Students will also need to meet English Language Proficiency at a higher level than the general college standards. Students should obtain an IELTS of 7.0 with no band below 7.0”

For the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) students must have an overall band score of 7.0 with no band score less than 7.0.

Pre-Professional Requirements

After being admitted into the program, you must provide

  • Proof of current CPR with the Heart & Stroke Heartsaver AED (C) CPR certificates
  • Students will receive a health questionnaire and immunizations checklist that must be completed. In some cases, a chest x-ray may be required.
  • A recent Police Information Check (within two months) prior to the first day of classes. Periodic Police Information Checks may be required prior to practicum and work experience to maintain current status throughout the program and to comply with provincial laws. Students are obligated to inform the Program Coordinator immediately of any change in the status of their criminal record.

Applied Degree Continuation - Post Advanced Care Certification Entry

The Bachelor of Applied Health Science - Paramedic (BHSc-P) is designed to build on the previous knowledge and experience of practicing paramedics. Qualified candidates are able to obtain the BHSc-P by completing the nine courses offered in the program.

  • ELA 30-1
  • Current Advanced Care Paramedic license in the province you are located
  • Continued employment as an Advanced Care Paramedic
Please see the academic calendar or this year's program planning guide for an up-to-date set of courses related to Paramedic.
There is a high demand for paramedics who are employed by public and private ambulance services provincially, nationally and internationally. Paramedics also work in a variety of industrial and community-based emergency health settings.

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Practicum

You may be required to complete clinical and field experiences at sites throughout Alberta.  Clinical and field experiences may be scheduled days, evenings, nights, and weekends.  Participation in all activities related to practical experiences is mandatory. You are expected to make accommodation for commitments outside Medicine Hat to fit this scheduling.  Questionable performance and conduct at any time may result in dismissal from the practicum site and a failing grade in the course.

Notes

ACP Registration Exams
At various points within the program, students will be required to write Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) registration examinations. Students will be notified regarding the cost and date for each examination. Students unsuccessful at the initial examination, may apply to write only once more. All costs related to registration, travel, accommodation, and meals are the students responsibility. Further information is available on the ACP website. An ACP Preparation session may be offered in preparation for the EMT-PCP & EMT-P/ACP examinations at minimal cost.

Fitness Requirements
A career as a Paramedic requires a high level of physical and emotional well-being. Students are expected to participate in Physical Evaluation Testing in first year by a recognized fitness appraiser (e.g., Medicine Hat College Fitness Resource Centre). Further information including the PET test description, process, contacts and required forms can be found at the MHC Be Fit for Life Center. Any charges associated with the PET testing process are the responsibility of the student.

In the event of illness students must present a medical clearance certificate prior to returning to the program.

Professional Driving Improvement

Course Requirements
Students will be required to successfully complete the Professional Driving Improvement Course (PDIC). This course is offered through Continuing Education at Medicine Hat College. Students will be responsible for paying the cost associated with this course. The course must be successfully completed by the end of the first
semester of the program.

Uniforms
Students will be required to buy uniforms and appropriate foot wear. Uniforms will be ordered in the first semester of the program. Students will also be responsible for purchasing a pen light, stethoscope, trauma shears, trauma glasses, and an emergency vest.

Electronic Charting
Students are required to purchase a wifi enabled device for completing patient care reports and competency tracking during practicum.

Required Withdrawal
Students will be required to withdraw if they fail to obtain satisfactory standing in a second attempt at a PARA course that have failed. (Please refer to Medicine Hat College Academic Policies regarding further details related to probation and dismissal)

As a student in the paramedic program you are expected to exercise responsible conduct that reflects favorably on you, the program and the Medicine Hat College. Please refer to social guidelines for further details related to dismissal.

Fourth Year (Applied Degree Completion/Post Advanced Care Certification Entry Point

The Bachelor of Applied Science - Paramedic (BHSc-P) is designed to build on the previous knowledge and experience of practicing paramedics.  Qualified candidates are able to obtain the BHSc-P by completing the nine courses offered in the program.

Please refer to the ACADEMIC CALENDAR or speak with an ACADEMIC ADVISOR for more information.

Paramedic simulation lab
Paramedic simulation lab
 High Fidelity Simulation
Get hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art high fidelity patient simulation centres.
 In Class Demonstration
 Watch as the paramedic students demonstrate a standard ACS call in the simulation lab. View video