Whether it is a car accident, a woman going onto labour on the side of the highway, a boating accident, or a range of other emergency situations, professionals with Paramedic program training are the first responders when someone calls 9-11. As such, they must be prepared for a variety of situations and retain a vast amount of knowledge. Among the abilities possessed by Paramedics who have attended a respected Paramedic program are: communicating and interacting effectively and appropriately with patients and others; assessing patients using relevant theory and practices; establishing patients’ treatment and transport priorities based on assessment findings implement preventive and therapeutic patient management strategies to maintain and promote patients’ well-being; integrating and performing delegated controlled medical acts in a simulated, clinical and field setting; evaluating in an ongoing manner the effectiveness of patient management strategies used and adapt or change strategies to provide optimal care for patients; ensuring the operational safety and preparedness of an ambulance and its equipment; operating an ambulance-type vehicle in a simulated setting; and more.
All of these skills are taught through a two-year period at Centennial College’s Paramedic program, which includes hands-on training that covers emergency, medical, trauma and psychological situations in state-of-the-art lab facilities located in the institution’s most technologically advanced campus. To apply, there are strict requirements. Applicants must present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. The applicant must also possess compulsory English 12C or U or equivalent, math 11M or U, or 12C or U or equivalent, Biology 11C or U, or 12 U or equivalent; and one of the following sciences: chemistry 11U, or 12C or U or physics 11U or 12C or U. There are also medical requirements for the Paramedic program such as a medical doctor’s statement, certifying a standard of health that is acceptable to Centennial College, clinical and affiliated EMS agencies. Applicants must also not have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude (clear vulnerable persons police background record searches are completed throughout the program); hold a Class “F” license, which is required for employment in Ontario (but not for program admission); complete a CPR Level HCP course (Health Care Provider) and standard first aid certification.
Guided by paramedics who are actively working in the field, students experience a variety of teaching tools that are designed to ensure they are ready for the field directly upon gradation. From theory and simulations to clinical and field experience, this Paramedic program has it all. Specific courses include: Principles of Psychology, Pre-hospital Care 1: Theory and Lab, Anatomy, Pharmacology for Allied Health, Alterations of Human Body Functions, EMS Research Methods and more. Rounding out on-campus Paramedic training is extensive on-the-job learning with working professionals in emergency, medical trauma and psychological situations
Graduates from the Centennial’s Paramedic training program are eligible and prepared to take the Ministry of Health exam for Advanced EMCA. They have consistently scored above the provincial average on the Advanced EMCA certification exam. Ministry regulations require this certification for employment as a paramedic in Ontario. The Paramedic program also has an outstanding graduate employment rate. Over the past several years a high percentage of the school’s graduates were employed as Primary Care Paramedics.
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Jason writes that applying what they learning in their Paramedic training to a clinical real world experience prior to graduation ensures that students of Centennial College are prepared for the field.
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