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Advanced Care Paramedic

Open for Fall 2020

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Make a difference with a career as a paramedic through this extensive program that provides action-based learning in ambulances and hospitals. Courses cover anatomy, physiology, basic pharmacology and medical and traumatic emergency response.

This program was formerly known as Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $8,345
Year 2: $6,080
Year 1 (International): $28,275
Year 2 (International): $19,948

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

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.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 are accepted Oct. 2, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

  • 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 2020 Sept. 8, 2020

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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.

In the program, the student will become extensively familiar with human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, as well as a wide variety of pharmacological and other therapies.

Program Details

Program description

This program was formerly known as Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic.

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

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

Your career

Graduates will be prepared for positions in the emergency medical services field, including ambulance services, the oil and gas industry and various international opportunities.

  • Graduates of the Advanced Care Paramedic program have a 100% employment rate.

Student success

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

  • Students who experience success in this program have effective communications skills in English.

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

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

  • 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

    • Perform CPR for 2 min

Credentials and accreditation

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.

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. 

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications are accepted Oct. 2, 2019, to March 31, 2020
  • This program does not accept international students effective Fall 2020 intake. There are many program options for international applicants – find out more!

Admission requirements

  • Completion of the Primary Care Paramedic or an Emergency Medical Technician certificate program, or equivalent. Proof of completion must be submitted by Aug. 1.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

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.

  • Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) must be submitted prior to March 31, 2020, to be included in the selection.
  • Applicants who have graduated from Primary Care Paramedic with a program GPA of 3.85 or higher will be offered admission on a first-qualified, first-offered basis. Once the program is full, qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist. 
  • All other applicants will be placed in selection
  • The first round of selection will start in October and will be done on a continuous basis. 

Selection Criteria

  • In the selection process, applicants will be expected to write the Health Occupation Aptitude Exam (HOAE) within three weeks of being placed in selection. Not completing this step within the timeline will result in you being declined from the program.
  • Applicants will have one attempt to complete the HOAE 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. 
  • The HOAE is considered valid by SAIT for a one-year period from the date the test was taken. If you have taken the HOAE within the last 12 months for a SAIT program and your score qualifies an offer will be extended if seats are available. 
  • Applicants can write this exam at the SAIT Testing Services Centre — email testing@sait.ca to make an appointment. There is a $60 fee to write this exam at SAIT.
  • Applicants can also arrange to write the HOAE at another educational testing centre approved by the program. Testing arrangements and any additional costs will be the responsibility of the prospective student.
  • 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 42 seats offered for the fall intake. 
  • The program will forward a selection package by email to those that meet the minimum admission requirements. 

Applicants will be ranked based on their HOAE score:

  • Applicants that meet and exceed the threshold HOAE score set by the program will be offered a seat in the program until the program is full.
  • Once the program is full, applicants will be waitlisted based on their HOAE score.
  • Successful candidates must sign a practicum agreement contract prior to final acceptance. This includes acknowledging you may be placed at any of our practicum sites to complete the practicum components, 

Step 4: Apply to the Advanced Care Paramedic program and submit your transcripts.

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 package that is emailed to you.

  • The selection package will provide information about writing your HOAE, a career investigation form and program-specific consent forms.

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 must be valid for the duration of your practicum. SAIT offers the above CPR course on a continuous basis (CPRS 001 BLS Provider (Level C) CPR). Please note that only the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada CPR certification will be accepted.

  • Updated immunization records: Most practicum sites require students to demonstrate updated immunization status prior to attending practicum. The receiving practicum site has the right to refuse students who cannot prove they have met all the required immunizations.

  • Security clearance: According to the Protection for Persons in Care Act, our practica sites require that students obtain a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check, prior to going on practicum. Any criminal code offence for which a pardon has not been received may be a deterrent to a student's entry into practicum, and therefore will result in an uncompleted program or non-graduating status. Successful candidates will be asked to provide a clear Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check record to the School of Health and Public Safety main office by orientation day. Please review the security clearance process document for specific details. Be aware that record must be dated no earlier than 90 days prior to your program orientation day (typically orientation day is held the week prior to the first day of class).

  • N95 respiratory mask: Fit testing is done to determine which make and model of N95 respirator mask should be used by an individual. In compliance with Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009, students are fit-tested for respiratory masks prior to their practicum. Occupational Health and Safety Bulletin, Respiratory Protective Equipment: An Employer's Guide states the effectiveness of the respiratory protective equipment depends on an effective facepiece seal to the skin of the face. The mask must be tight enough so that the person is breathing only air which has been filtered. The seal is dependent on facial differences (shape or size) or facial hair. Facial hair must be removed where the mask contacts the face for the test. Failure to adequately fit an N95 mask may result in a restricted practicum and\or limited employment. Additionally, a student may need to be tested again in two years or if there are changes to the face which impact the ability of the respirator to form an effective seal (e.g. Weight gain/loss, the growth of facial hair, dental surgery, or facial scarring). 

  • Health and wellness status: Due to the demanding nature of the work in the health care field and Occupational Health and Safety requirements, the health care field has a strong focus on health and wellness. Students with a medical condition or disability that may impact them in a practicum setting are strongly advised to discuss concerns with the program academic chair and/or SAIT Accessibility Services as soon as possible upon acceptance into the program. Please review the attached document for guidance on entering an allied health program with a medical condition or disability. 

More details on the practica requirements per program are outlined on a pre-orientation website for successful candidates.

Courses

Program outline

View additional Advanced Care Paramedic (formerly Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic) program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

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.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $7,360 $462 $288 $235 $8,345
2 $5,096 $462 $288 $235 $6,080

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees SAITSA fees Health & Dental Plan 2019/20 total
1 $27,066 $462 $288 $460 $28,275
2 $18,738 $462 $288 $460 $19,948

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $302 - Check eligibility here 

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.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $460
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • CPRS 001 BLS Provider (Level C) CPR course. Annual update required (CPRS 002 BLS Renewal [Level C] CPR). Call SAIT Life Support Training at 403.210.4009 for further information.
  • 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 are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practicum including relocation costs to practicum sites outside of Calgary.
  • 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.
  • Books, uniforms and professional supplies cost approximately $1,500 - $2,000 for each of the two years.
  • Students are required to have access to a personal computer, printer and Internet. Computers must meet the specifications listed in fees and expenses.
  • Students require a tablet (Apple or Android) to support the CompTracker system. The tablet only needs to have wi-fi ability. The size of the tablet is at the discretion of the student. Keyboards are advisable but not mandatory. Smartphones are not acceptable devices for CompTracker.
  • There is a $75 CompTracker user fee per semester.
  • 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.

Contact 

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

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