Paramedic
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Centre of Applied Health Sciences, Windsor
  • Program Length:
  • Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
  • Starts:
  • September

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

To all NEW (entering) and RETURNING students:

The clinical clearance process has changed this year and will be handled in-house at St. Clair College. Click here for details. If you have any questions please contact the nursing office at South Campus at 519-972-2727 Ex 4227, Thames Campus at 519-354-9100 Ex 3244, or the Chair of the School of Nursing, Linda O'Halloran, at either campus Ex. 3233.

Health/Clinical Placement Requirements

INSTRUCTIONS FOR OBTAINING YOUR CLINICAL CLEARANCE

All new and returning students need to be cleared for attendance in the clinical setting. This clearance involves meeting both medical and non-medical requirements. Please click "Medical & Non-Medical Clinical Placement Requirements" for the list of items required for each type of clearance depending on your program and semester. Your medical and non-medical documents will be reviewed to ensure you meet the requirements to attend clinical at our placement sites. Please note that these requirements are not St. Clair College requirements but requirements of our placement agencies that allow us to come for clinical experience. Each program and semester will have DIFFERENT dates for clinical clearance to avoid lineups.

Collaborative BScN Program:

First semester - October 31st - November 25th, 2016
Third semester - August 1st - August 26th, 2016

Practical Nursing Program:

First Semester - September 6th - 23rd, 2016
Third Semester - August 1st - August 26th, 2016

Personal Support Worker Program:

First Semester - September 19th - October 14th, 2016

Section A: Medical clearance will be done at our Health Centres at both South Campus and Thames Campus. Please call 519-972-2380 to make an appointment, in your date range, to have this clearance completed. You will find the medical form when you click here "Medical & Non-Medical Clinical Placement Requirements" and look under 'MANDATORY MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS - SECTION A'. You can have your health care provider complete the form with you or you can have one of our health nurses complete it with you. If your own health care provider completes the form you will still need to make an appointment with the Health Centre to have your documents examined to ensure the clinical requirements have been met. Every student entering clinical placement must have had an appointment with our Health Centre to have their health requirements cleared and documented. No health documents should be provided to anyone except the health nurse.

Section B: Non-medical clearance will be done in the following way. Please place the ORIGINALS of all your documents, which are required for non-medical clearance, in a large brown envelope and label the outside with your name, student number and your program. You will find a "Non-medical Clinical Requirement Checklist" when you click "Medical & Non-Medical Clinical Placement Requirements" and look under 'MANDATORY NON-MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS - SECTION B'. Print that checklist off, fill it in and go over the documents you are placing in the envelope to ensure you are not missing anything, then place the checklist in your envelope with your ORIGINAL documents. Your original documents will be returned to you after your clinical clearance has been completed. It is strongly advised that you take a photocopy of all your documents and keep that photocopy for your records until your original documents are returned. Bring your ORIGINAL documents and the checklist in the envelope to our nursing office.

  • At our South Campus our nursing office is located in the Centre for Applied Health Sciences building room 3314.
  • At our Thames Campus in Chatham our nursing office is located on the second floor of the main campus building in room 201

At the nursing office our staff will open your envelope in your presence and ensure all your ORIGINAL documents are present and accounted for. Both you and our staff will sign off that your ORIGINALS are there. Your documents will then be forwarded to our trained staff to examine and ensure you have met all the non-medical clinical requirements. Your documents will be kept strictly confidential. Your clinical clearance status will be documented on our secure system. Your ORIGINAL documents will be returned to you in the envelope after the clinical clearance has been completed. You can pick up your sealed envelopes from the coordinator of your program.

We are very happy to welcome you to the school of nursing. This clinical clearance may seem onerous but it is critical to you being permitted to attend clinical in your program. I want to thank you for your attention to these details. If you have any questions please contact me at:

Linda O'Halloran, Chair School of Nursing
Chatham 519-354-9100 Ex. 3233
Windsor 519-972-2727 Ex. 3233
lohalloran@stclaircollege.ca

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:
  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U with 60% or better
  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U) with 60% or better
  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U) with 60% or better
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U) with 60% or better
  • Valid Ontario Driver's License required
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Important information about how applicants are ranked for entry into this program can be found here.

For more information, see the Admission Procedures document on the Registrar's Office page.

SELECTION PROCEDURE
For high school applicants, all of your Grade 11 courses and the first semester of your Grade 12 courses will be averaged and ranked in order to make the selection for acceptance into this program. When final grades are released applicants must meet the minimum requirement in mandatory courses.

SELECTION PROCESS
Applicants who possess some of the following items may earn additional points in the selection process:
  • Senior Level Physics
  • CPR, First Aid, AED and other emergency training
  • Emergency responder, fire service
  • Post secondary education from individual courses to diplomas or degrees
  • Instructor certifications in CPR, First Aid
  • Work experience in health care agencies
  • Class F driver's license
The questionnaire is a mandatory requirement for consideration into this program. Only applicants who return the questionnaire will be considered for admission.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
A paramedic is at the forefront of emergency health care services in times of accident or crisis. They provide cardio pulmonary resuscitation, defibrillation, cardiac monitoring, pulse oximetry, airway management, administration of life saving drugs, control of severe bleeding along with immobilization of spine, neck and bone injuries. This program will appeal to students who are able to work under extremely stressful situations. They must be critical thinkers, able to problem solve and multi-task. They must be strong and in good physical condition. They also need to be compassionate with a good attitude and a desire to serve the public. It's also important to be able to work well with others and be part of a team.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Clinical hospital/ambulance field experience
  • Hands on training in well-equipped labs and simulation suites
  • Graduates are eligible to apply to write the Ontario Ministry of Health Advanced EMCA (Primary Care Paramedic) examination
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Paramedics are employed by both public and private ambulance services. Graduates may also progress to the level of Advanced Care Paramedic and/or Flight Paramedic requiring additional years of education at various institutions throughout Ontario.

EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS
Requirements under the Ontario Ambulance Act and Criminal Code of Canada must be met to be employed as a Paramedic in Ontario. If you have concerns regarding possible traffic violations, criminal records, or medical conditions that may affect your potential employment, contact the program Coordinator. Applicants MUST possess a VALID Ontario Driver's license.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
CLINICAL PLACEMENTS
Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to clinical placement. You are responsible for the associated costs.
  • First Aid
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) BCLS Level C/AED
  • NIOSH N95 Respirator Fit Test | Thames Campus Info
  • Employer requirement for up-to-date CLEAR POLICE CLEARANCE (vulnerable sector screening)
    • MUST be obtained by you, the student.
    • Obtain the Police Clearance by the first week of your first semester
    • Clinical placements may be on day, afternoon or weekend shifts ANYWHERE within Ontario.
    • You are responsible for travel and accommodation costs.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR INVESTMENT
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2016-2017 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
PARA100
4
Patient Care Theory I
PARA102
4
Patient Care Procedures I
PARA104
2
Medical Legal Aspects
PARA106
3
Anatomy & Physiology I
PARA110
2
Physical Education
PARA112
2

Communication Emergency
Health Worker I
PARA207
2
Human Behaviour & Crisis Intervention

Semester 2
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
PARA200
4
Patient Care Theory II
PARA220
4
Patient Care Procedures II
PARA204
3
Ambulance Operations
PARA206
3
Anatomy & Physiology II
PARA118
2
Pre-Hospital Pharmacology
PARA213
2
Ambulance Field Experience I
PARA210
2
Physical Education II

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 3
PARA300
4
Patient Care Theory III
PARA320
3
Patient Care Procedures III
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
PARA305
3
Hospital Clinical
PARA306
2
Advanced Skills Theory
PARA308
2
Advanced Skills Procedures
PARA313
6
Ambulance Field Experience II
PARA312
2

Communication Emergency
Health Worker II

Semester 4
PARA402
2
Paramedic Comprehensive Review
PARA412
27
Ambulance Field Consolidation