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Advanced Care Paramedic

Closed for Fall 2021

Closed for Fall 2021 (International)

Length: 2 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Blended

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
Learn more about our course delivery options

Overview

Make a difference with a career as a paramedic through action-based learning in ambulances and hospitals. Gain knowledge and experience in anatomy, physiology, basic pharmacology and medical and traumatic emergency response.

The Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) program provides education and training to those who wish to extend their professional training and credentials to work as paramedics. In the ACP program, students become extensively familiar with human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, as well as a wide variety of pharmacological and other therapies.

Students in this program spend their first year acquiring a strong theoretical framework in areas such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, treatments for various medical and traumatic emergencies, adult advanced life support, neonatal resuscitation protocol, and assessment skills. Opportunities to practice these skills and integrate theory into practice are provided through simulation laboratory classes.

In the second year, students begin their clinical and ambulance practica placements while simultaneously learning about precepting and professional practice. Students will also prepare for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics as an ACP.

Note: Students may have to travel anywhere in Alberta,  and in some circumstances outside Alberta,  to complete their practica based on practicum spot availability.

Is this the right fit for me?

This program is fast-paced, and requires a significant contribution of time and energy. Students who experience success in this program and profession:

  • have higher secondary or post-secondary grades, and may have previously completed a post-secondary program
  • possess effective communication skills in both written and spoken English
  • are self-directed, detail-oriented, highly motivated, and well organized
  • are disciplined for learning in classroom, online, and professional settings, as well as through self-study required of all courses
  • enjoy working in a team environment
  • place focus on physical fitness and personal wellness
  • anticipate the emotional toll that the role can have on the paramedic professional, and actively pursue strategies to bolster personal resilience and preserve mental health

Students are strongly encouraged to refer to the Paramedicine  National Competency Profile and  Alberta Health Service’s F.A.R.E. Paramedic requirements to ensure that they are able to successfully demonstrate the functional ability required to achieve all the competency-based objectives and bona fide occupational requirements for the program and profession. Some examples include:

  • lift a stretcher with a 95.5 kg (210 lbs)  patient with a partner from a lower level to the load position and back down
  • lift and carry a long spine board with 95.5 kg (210 lbs) and ascend and descend 10 stairs with a partner
  • push a stair chair 10 m with 95.5 kg (210 lbs) and ascend and descend 20 stairs with a partner
  • lift a bilateral side carry of 9 kg (20 lbs) of weight in each hand
  • front carry 18 kg (40 lbs)
  • repetitively kneel, crouch, bend, reach, carry, push and pull
  • perform CPR for 2 minutes

Students with post-secondary degrees or experience usually experience greater success in SAIT’s programs.

Accreditation

The Advanced Care Paramedic program delivered by SAIT is accredited by Accreditation Canada at the Advanced Care Paramedic level and meets the Alberta College of Paramedics' core competency requirements.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Advanced Care Paramedic diploma.

Other certificates received are Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Advanced and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).

All graduates are eligible to register with Alberta College of Paramedics and work in Alberta as an advanced care paramedic.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a paramedic in: 

  • ambulance services 
  • oil and gas 
  • emergency medical organizations  

Related careers include: 

  • medical technologist 
  • health care technologist 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $9,760
Year 2: $7,167

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and achieve at least 50% on the scoring rubric for the School of Health and Public Safety’s Entrance Testing Process. Admission is offered on a first-qualified, first offered basis, until the program is full.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2021 are accepted Oct. 7, 2020 to March 1, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 June 30, 2022*

*Students completed their second year of study will finish classes April 29, 2022.

How to apply

Make a difference with a career as a paramedic

Advanced Care Paramedic is a two-year full-time program offered to students currently registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) as Emergency Medical Technicians who wish to extend their professional training and credentials to work as paramedics.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection*

  • Fall 2021 start: applications are accepted Oct. 7, 2020, to March 31, 2021
  • Fall 2022 start: application are accepted Oct 6, 2021 to March 1, 2022

*This program does not accept international students

Admission requirements

        Entrance testing process

NOTE: Anticipated final grades will not be accepted for the School of Health and Public Safety Entrance Testing Process

Admission is offered on a first-qualifed, first-offered basis, until the program is full.

Direct entry: five-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Review the information related to the necessary components of the School of Health and Public Safety Entrance Testing Process

Step 3:  Complete the School of Health and Public Safety Entrance Testing Process non-academic admission requirement. Ensure that you meet all of the academic admission requirements listed above.

Step 4: Apply to the Advanced Care Paramedic program and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. Find out how to monitor your application status.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades for the admission pre-requisites will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the admission process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add  hps.info@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages. 

Practicum requirements

The School of Health and Public Safety has many practica partners located within Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited and students may be required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum.

Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regards to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practica such as entrance requirements, relocation and travel costs. 

In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:

  • Current Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS Provider course
  • Updated immunization records
  • Security clearance
  • N95 respiratory mask fitting
  • Health and wellness status

Please Note: If a practicum student cannot obtain a tight facial seal due to the presence of facial hair and has refused to shave for religious reasons, the ACP practicum student is considered unfit by AHS standards and will not be allowed on an ambulance practicum.

As practicum is an essential component to graduate from the program, the student will not be able to successfully complete the Advanced Care Paramedic program.

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Courses

Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1 - Fall

Course code Course name Credit
ANPH-200 Physiology & Physical Assessment 3.0
EMRG-202 Paramedicine Laboratory I 3.0
EMRG-305 Neurological Emergencies 3.0
EMRG-320 Gastro-Urinary Emergencies 3.0
PHAR-207 Pharmacology 3.0
Semester 1 total 15.0

Semester 2 - Winter

Course code Course name Credit
EMED-216 OBGYN and Pediatrics 3.0
EMRG-200 Respiratory Emergencies 3.0
EMRG-252 Paramedicine Laboratory II 3.0
EMRG-254 Advanced Trauma Management 1.5
EMRG-270 Cardiac Emergencies 3.0
PROF-200 Paramedicine Practice 1.5
Semester 2 total 15.0

Semester 3 - Spring

Course code Course name Credit
EMED-223 Environmental and Aeromedical Emergencies 1.5
EMRG-204 Healthcare Specialties 1.5
EMRG-206 Paramedicine Laboratory III 1.5
EMRG-271 Wellness  1.5
EMRG-310 Special Population Groups 1.5
EMRG-330 Critical Care Paramedic 1.5
Semester 3 total 9.0

Second year

Semester 4 - Fall

Course code Course name Credit
PRCT-302 Clinical Practicum I 3.0
PRCT-210 Ambulance Practicum I 6.0
Semester 4 total 9.0

Semester 5 - Winter

Course Code Course Name Credit
EMRG-350 Preceptor Training 1.5
PRCT-352 Clinical Practicum II 3.0
PRCT-351 Ambulance Practicum II 6.0
PROF-350 Professional Preparation 1.5
Semester 5 total 12.0
Program total 60.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $8,427 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $9,760
2 $5,834 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $7,167

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

Books and supplies*

  • Books, uniforms and professional supplies cost approximately $1,500 - $2,000 for each of the two years.
  • There is a $75 CompTracker user fee per semester.
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider course is required prior to program commencement. Current CPR certification is required for the duration of the program.
  • Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practica (i.e. relocation costs if placed outside of Calgary, food, housing, transportation, etc.).
  • There is a fee associated with obtaining a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check, payable to the Police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • There is a fee for the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) provincial exam and an annual registration fee. Please contact ACP for more information.
  • Students must have their immunizations reviewed by the SAIT Health Clinic. There is a $75 charge to review vaccine history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges.
  • There is a fee, approximately $50-$100, associated with an Electronic Student Permit Checking submission which is required for clinical practicum placements, payable to Synergy Gateway through the Verified software platform.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

✅ Plan ahead ❗️

You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day. 

Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation.

Get started on pre-orientation requirements

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place on Sept.1. Watch your inbox for the time and location.
Learn more about our SAIT-wide orientation activities.

How to register for classes

You'll follow an open registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

You will be evaluated on your level of competency performance using a tracking system called CompTrackerYou will require a wi-fi enabled Apple tablet with the ability to run the most up to date operating system to support the CompTracker system.

  • Any size tablet is acceptable.
  • Keyboards are advisable but not mandatory.
  • Smartphones are not acceptable devices for CompTracker. 

There is a required user license fee billed on a per semester basis. Each program will have a different student fee depending on how the system is used within the program. More information will be shared at orientation.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

Uniforms and PPE are to be purchased prior to Orientation Day, and worn to Orientation.

Print and take the uniform order form to Trademark Workwear Inc. to order your SAIT uniforms. Refer to the form for details and ensure you order your uniform early. CSA approved safety glasses and CSA approved black steel-toed duty boots may be purchased where available.

Uniforms
Uniforms

Ballistic Vests: Ballistic vests are not required by the SAIT PCP or ACP programs. Currently, many practitioners have the option of being issued a ballistic vest by their employer as PPE.  This is an employee decision if they want the ballistic vest or not.  As best practice for scene safety, police deem the situation safe before EMS crews enter, and students are not first into any situation where this type of PPE is required.  If a student wishes to purchase their own ballistic vest for use on practicum they can do so through the AHS approved vendor ( Urban Tactical, Winnipeg) who has the required minimum specifications for a ballistic vest. If a student decides to purchase and wear the vest, they must ensure that their SAIT crest and student identification are clearly visible on the vest without compromising the integrity of the vest.

Please note: If a student has a ballistic vest from an employer, they are not allowed to wear that employer’s issue as part of the SAIT uniform.  If a student chooses to wear a ballistic vest during their program they must purchase a personal ballistic vest.  Ballistic vests are personally fitted, have a finite lifespan, and are not resalable as they do not provide the appropriate protection second hand. If a student chooses to wear a personal ballistic vest, they will be required to wear it for every call during their practicum rotations.

Other requirements

  • Class 4 Driver's license is required for employment as a PCP or ACP. You will need to check with the Alberta government for requirements. 
  • Heart and Stroke BLS Provider Course
  • N95 Mask-fit testing
  • Police Information Clearance (Criminal Records Check) with Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Up to date immunizations record
  • Health and Wellness Status

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.8481
Email: hps.info@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Health and Public Safety
403.284.8500
hps.info@sait.ca

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