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Advanced Care Paramedic

Open 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 for the Winter 2021 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. Learn more

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 SAIT Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) program is a five-semester, full-time program offered 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.

The program commences each year in the fall and consists of three semesters in the first year and two semesters in the second year. Students spend their fall, winter and spring semesters of the 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.

Students return to SAIT in the fall of year two where they begin their clinical and ambulance practica placements. In the winter semester, students also learn about precepting and professional practice as well as prepare for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics as an ACP.

Students may have to travel anywhere in Alberta to complete their practica based on practicum spot availability.

Is this the right fit for me?

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks and effective communication skills in English usually experience greater success in SAIT’s programs.

Health care practitioners are detail-oriented in the care they provide and enjoy working in a team environment.

Due to the physical nature of the work required in emergency medical services, the Advanced Care Paramedic Paramedic program has a strong focus on physical fitness and wellness.

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

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: $9,097
Year 2: $6,674

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

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

This is a competitive program. If applicants meet the admission requirements they will be assessed based on additional criteria. Applicants will be offered admission to this program if they’re qualified through the competitive process and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2021 are accepted Oct. 7, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
  • This program does not accept international students effective Fall 2020 intake. There are many program options for international applicants –  find out more.
Term Program start
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021

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
  • This program does not accept international students effective Fall 2020 intake. There are many program options for international applicants –  find out more.

Admission requirements

Competitive entry: seven-step process

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

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines.

Step 4: Apply to the Advanced Care Paramedic program and submit your transcripts. Applications and proof of the admission requirements must be submitted prior to March 31, 2021, to be included in the selection. Selection is done on a continuous basis. 

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "in selection." 

Step 6: Complete the selection process.

  • Applicants will have one attempt to complete the selection process for this program. If you're not offered admission, you can re-apply for the next intake and you will be required to complete the selection process again.

Selection Process

  • Applicants will be sent program selection information via email if they meet the admission requirements. This email will include information about writing your profession specific knowledge & aptitude exam, CASPer test and program-specific consent forms.
  • These documents must be completed and returned within one week of the initial email date. The date for the knowledge and aptitude exam must be booked within the first week as well. 
  • We recommend you add Diane Roberts and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages. It is not recommended to use a Microsoft email account such as @hotmail.com or @live.com as there have been some issues in the past in receiving SAIT communications using these types of account.

There are two phases in the selection process. 

Phase 1- Profession Knowledge and Aptitude Exam

In phase 1 of the selection process, applicants will be expected to write a profession specific knowledge and aptitude exam. This is an online exam with a fee. Access information for this exam will be provided to you in the initial email from the program regarding selection. You will be expected to complete this exam within two weeks of being placed in selection. Not completing this step within the timeline will result in you being declined from the program.

  • Scores from this exam are used to determine which individuals move to Phase 2 of the selection process. The program administrators try to mark this exam within one week of the submission date.
  • If scores are above the program benchmark score, applicants will move to phase 2. If the applicant’s score is 10 below or lower than the program benchmark, the applicant will be declined in selection.

Phase 2 - CASPer

Applicants progressing to Phase 2 will be notified by email and will be required to complete the undergraduate Health Sciences CASPer test. The test can be accessed through their website- https://takecasper.com/. Please complete this test within two weeks of receiving the phase 2 notification email. Applicants will be offered a seat in the program if their CASPer score is above the program benchmark.

  • Please note that program benchmarks for both knowledge & aptitude test as well as CASPer are determined annually and may vary from the previous years.
  • Applicants who apply after the program has been filled will be required to complete the selection process and will be placed on a waitlist. 
  • There will be a minimum of 40 seats offered for the fall intake. 
  • Once the program is full, applicants will be waitlisted based on the average of their knowledge & aptitude exam

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

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

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection 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. 

Paramedicine National Competency Profile

Students are strongly encouraged to refer to the Paramedicine National Competency Profile and Alberta Health Services' 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 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 of 18 kg (40 lbs)
  • Repetitively kneel, crouch, bend, reach, carry, push and pull
  • Perform CPR for two minutes

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 Health Care Provider Level (C) CPR
  • Updated immunization records
  • Security clearance
  • N95 respiratory mask fitting
  • Health and wellness status

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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 1 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 2 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 3 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
First year total 39.0

Second year

Semester 4 - Fall

Course code Course name Credit
PRCT-302 Clinical Practicum 1 3.0
PRCT-210 Ambulance Practicum 1  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 2 3.0
PRCT-351 Ambulance Practicum 2 6.0
PROF-350 Professional Preparation 1.5
Semester 5 total 12.0
Second year total 21.0
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

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • Medicine Hat College
  • NAIT
  • Thompson Rivers University

To learn more, visit transfer options.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $7,875 $462 $288 $235 $9,097
2 $5,452 $462 $288 $235 $6,674

*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: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $110
  • Dental Plan: $125
  • 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.
  • 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 $50 charge to review vaccine history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges.

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.

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

✅ 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 2020

Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 2, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

Delivery

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block 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 purchase prior to Orientation Day, and worn to Orientation (when orientation is in person).

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. Safety glasses and black steel-toed boots may be purchased where available.

Uniforms
Uniforms

Other requirements

  • Class 5 Driver's license is required for the program. Upon graduation, class 4 license will be required to be employed as an ACP.
  • CPRS 001 BLS Provider (Level C) CPR course. 
  • N95 Mask-fit testing
  • Safety Check 
  • Immunizations 
  • Health and Wellness status 

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices and SAFE 165: Safety at SAIT. 

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

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

Academic chair

Meena Kumar, Academic Chair
Email: meena.kumar@sait.ca

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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