Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Paramedic Training Provides You With Critical Knowledge for the Field

In order to be hired as a paramedic, you must possess a few important abilities. First and foremost, you must be able to communicate and interact effectively and appropriately with patients and others. You will deal with many patients who are disoriented and you must be able to obtain important information from them. At the same time, you’ll have to assess patients using relevant theory and practices, and establish patients’ treatment and transport priorities based on assessment finding. Another important skill is the ability to implement preventive and therapeutic patient management strategies to maintain and promote patients’ well-being as well as integrate and perform delegated controlled medical acts in a simulated, clinical and field setting. Lastly, you’ll have ensure the operational safety and preparedness of an ambulance and its equipment, and operate an ambulance-type vehicle. All of these skills can be learned through paramedic training at Centennial College’s Paramedic Program.

Centennial College ensures that student performance and confidence is enhanced through courses that provide an equal balance between classroom, clinical, field and practical learning in emergency simulations. The paramedic training covers emergency, medical, trauma and psychological situations. This training is facilitated through courses such as: Therapeutic Communications and Crisis Intervention (focuses on the utilization of effective communication tools when dealing with persons in crisis); Alterations of Human Body Function (provides knowledge of the various alternations in human body function from a variety of pathophysiological topics); Medical Directed Theraputics Paramedic Responsibilities (Students will apply concepts and principles from pharmacology, pathophysiology and pre-hospital care to make decisions and implementation of controlled or delegated medical acts); and more. In addition to in-school courses, students participate in a field placement during which they obtain hands-on experience.

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.

In order to apply, Centennial College expects students to 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 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. For complete details on the requirements of this undertaking, visit Centennial’s Paramedic program admission page.

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