2014/15 Program

Paramedic

Our Program

Humber’s Paramedic diploma program gives you a solid grounding in the knowledge and skills needed for this intense, fast-paced profession. Learn how to effectively deal with medical and traumatic emergencies through practical courses in paramedical science; human anatomy, physiology and psychology; pharmacology; patient lifting and transfer techniques, and rescue procedures. Your in-depth paramedic training will also include instruction in the communication skills needed to interact with patients and to collaborate with colleagues in a health-care team. As a student in this program, you will enter semester one with a high degree of physical fitness and strength as this a very physically demanding profession.

Learn about the various contexts in which paramedics work and put classroom concepts to use through a clinical practice course, which will expose you to the role of paramedics in hospital departments such as acute and emergency care. Two field internships will give you first-hand work experience on an ambulance service as you evaluate and treat patients under the supervision of a paramedic preceptor.

Note: Out-of-province and/or international applicants are not considered for the Paramedic program.

Your Career

Be on the front lines of emergency and critical situations, where you can use your medical expertise, compassionate nature and ability to think on your feet to respond to emergencies and save lives.

As a vital health-care professional, you are a first-responder at the scenes of accidents, medical emergencies and other incidents who assesses patients and uses specialized techniques, equipment and medicine to provide aid. As a paramedic, you are well-prepared to address a variety of medical conditions and prepare patients for further care at the hospital. Your lifesaving capabilities extend to your ability to communicate effectively with doctors and nurses in emergency departments to ensure the safe transition of patients.

As a graduate of Humber’s Paramedic diploma program, and upon successfully completing the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA) examination, you can find part-time or full-time employment in Ontario’s ambulance system. You can also pursue work on emergency response teams, with transfer services and in sports injury management services, with potential to progress into advanced paramedical services and management.

Work Placement

Students graduate with more than 550 hours combined experience in both the ambulance services and acute-care hospital settings. Beginning in semester two, students may spend blocks of time or single days in these settings, depending on the placement.

For further information, visit healthsciences. humber.ca/resources/pre-placement-requirements/fieldclinical-placement.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

The Ontario Ambulance Act requires the successful completion of this program before applying for the provincial paramedic examination.

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondaryinstitutions. For detailed information, visit humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U), or equivalent
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C or SCH4U) or equivalent
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U)
  • Completion of admission testing for senior-level biology, chemistry, writing skills, and arithmetic (fee $35)
  • Submission of documented proof of current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) -C for Health Care Provider (HCP) and Standard First Aid certificates
  • Submission of documented proof of completion of current full Class G or G2 driver’s licence

Selection into this program is based upon the results of the admission testing. Previous high school and/or postsecondary grades are not considered.

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Additional Requirements
  • Complete immunization record including immunization against Hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), chickenpox, influenza and test negative on the Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Test
  • Police Record Check: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a police record check. Refer to the Admission Information section in this publication. Humber reserves the right to deny admission to this program based on an unpardoned criminal record that would be relevant to the academic or placement requirements of the program. Paramedic students are not required to submit a police record check until the second semester of the program. The police record check may have to be renewed every three to six months thereafter. For further information and application instructions regarding the police record check, visit healthsciences.humber.ca/field-clinical-placement/prc.

Physical Fitness Requirements

At the end of semester one, students must successfully pass a fitness test including a shuttle run, push-ups, abdominal crunches and flexibility. Students who are unsuccessful in the fitness test will not be allowed to advance to semester two.

Fees/Scholarships

The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is

  • domestic $3,644.56.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.

Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

$800 for uniforms, medical supplies and infection control equipment; $600 for books; $600 driver education fee (Year 2).

Curriculum

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
ANAT 100 Basic Human Anatomy
WRIT 100 College Reading and Writing Skills
GNED 101 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences
PCPM 115 Paramedical Science 1
PCPM 101 Legal And Professional Issues
PCPM 116 Paramedic Skills 1
PCPM 103 Fitness Appreciation

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
PHYS 150 Basic Human Physiology
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
PCPM 155 Paramedical Science 2
PCPM 156 Paramedic Skills 2
PCPM 150 Field Internship 1
PSYC 221 Psychology Applied 1 Paramedic

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
WRIT 209 Professional Communications: Paramedics
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
PCPM 301 Paramedical Science 3
PCPM 217 Pharmacology
PCPM 216 Paramedic Skills 3
PCPM 218 Rescue Procedures
PCPM 260 Clinical Practice
PSYC 222 Psychology Applied 2 Paramedic

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
PCPM 213 Ethics: Paramedic
PCPM 255 Paramedical Science 4
PCPM 252 Advanced Concepts in Paramedicine
PCPM 256 Paramedic Skills 4
PCPM 254 Driver Education
PCPM 250 Field Internship 2