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Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic

Open for Fall 2018

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.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $6,628
Year 2: $5,779
Year 1 (International): $22,115
Year 2 (International): $19,053

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

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a two-step process: an interview and quality of supporting documentation.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2018 are accepted Oct. 18, 2017 to May 30, 2018.
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

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The SAIT Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic (EMT-P) program 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 EMT-P program, the student will become extensively familiar with human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, as well as wide variety of pharmacological and other therapies.

Program Details

Program Description

The SAIT Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic (EMT-P) program 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 EMT-P program, the student will 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 5 semesters which include classroom and simulation learning, two field (ambulance) practica and two clinical (hospital) practica placements.

Students begin Semester 1 with nine weeks of class at the SAIT campus where they learn theory including anatomy, physiology and basic pharmacology. Six weeks of field practicum then follows to fine-tune basic care skills and develop familiarity with advanced procedures such as fluid resuscitation. The ambulance practicum continues in the winter semester, first year, until February.

Students return to SAIT in February for Semester 2 where they will spend nine weeks in class continuing their studies expanding on pharmacological therapies and treatments for various medical and traumatic emergencies. Assessment skills, critical thinking and integrating advanced therapies into basic care are emphasized.

Students will return in the fall for Semester 3 in late August for clinical practicum and then for seven weeks at SAIT for classroom and lab instruction including pediatric and adult advanced life support, rapid sequence induction and other advanced skills. Development of critical thinking and integration skills are key components.

Semester 4 begins in January of the second year with clinical practicum rotations in the pediatric emergency room and labour and delivery. Students will finish with their final ambulance practicum at the end of April.

Students return to SAIT for the spring semester-Semester 5-where they complete the classroom portion and prepare for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) as an EMT-P.

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 Emergency Medical Technology - 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 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 EMT-Paramedic program has a strong focus on physical fitness and wellness.

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Emergency Medical Technology - 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 EMT-Paramedic.

Accreditation

The EMT-Paramedic program delivered by SAIT is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association at the Advanced Care Paramedic level. This program exceeds the Alberta College of Paramedics EMT-Paramedic core competency requirements.

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2018 start: applications are accepted Oct. 18, 2017 until May 30, 2018.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in each of the following courses or equivalents:

  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2,
  • Biology 30, or Science 30, or SAIT's ANPH 209 
    Note: ANPH 209 can be found in SAIT's Continuing Education calendar.
  • All applicants must have successfully completed an accredited and approved Primary Care Paramedic or an Emergency Medical Technician certificate program. Proof of completion must be submitted by August 1. 
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

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) along with all supporting documents must be submitted by May 30 to be included in selection.
  • Selection will be done on a continuous basis starting in November.

Phase 1: Resumé

  • If you meet the admission requirements, the School of Health and Public Safety will send you an email asking you to complete some basic demographic information and upload your resumé and references.

Phase 2: Exam session

  • After you successfully complete Phase 1, the School of Health and Public Safety will contact you by email to schedule an invigilated, computerized examination session. 
  • During the session, you'll submit a written examination and questionnaire. 

Phase 3: Interview and practical exam

  • After you successfully complete Phase 2, the School of Health and Public Safety will contact you by email to schedule an in-person interview and practical examination. 

Applicants will be ranked using the following criteria and seats will be offered accordingly:

  • Written examination: 35%
  • Written questionnaire: 25%
  • Interview and practical exam: 35%
  • References: 5%

Step 4: Apply to Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic  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: Submit your resumé, schedule an exam session and attend an interview.

  • You will receive an email from the School of Health and Public Safety requesting this information.

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

Due to the numerous applications received for this program, we will be unable to identify to each candidate the reasons they were not selected for admission. The primary reason for most applicants is the lack of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) exposure and experience.

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 the 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 practicum such as 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 212 Health Care Provider). Please note that only 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. Successful candidates will be asked to provide an up-to-date immunization record to the SAIT Health Clinic as part of the program orientation. Failure to do so could jeopardize a student's ability to complete the practicum portion of his/her program. The receiving practicum site has the right to refuse students who cannot prove they have met all the required immunizations. Please review the immunization process document for specific details. It is advised to start the immunization process early as it can take some time to complete.

  • 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 respiratory 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 practica. Occupational Health and Safety Bulletin, Respiratory Protective Equipment: An Employer's Guide states the effectiveness of the respiratory protective equipment depends on an effective face piece 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, 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

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

First Year

Semester 1 - Fall

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ANPH-200 Physiology & Physical Assessment 3.0
EMRG-202 Paramedicine Lab 1 3.0
EMRG-305 Neurological Emergencies 1.5
EMRG-320 Gastro/Urinary Emergencies 1.5
PHAR-222 Pharmacology Basics 1.5
Semester 1 - 2 (Spans two semesters)
PRCT-210 Introductory Field ALS Practicum 6.0
Semester 1 Total 16.5

 

Semester 2 - Winter

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
EMRG-215 Advanced Airway Management 1.5
EMRG-270 Cardiac Emergencies 3.0
EMRG-273 Respiratory Emergencies 3.0
EMRG-252 Paramedicine Lab 2 3.0
EMRG-254 Advanced Trauma Management 3.0
PROF-200 Paramedic Practice 1 1.5
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 31.5

Second Year

Semester 3 - Fall

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
EMED-223 Environmental and Aeromedical Emergencies 1.5
EMRG-302 Paramedicine Lab 3 3.0
EMED-305 OBGYN & Pediatrics 1.5
EMRG-310 Special Population Groups 1.5
EMRG-330 Critical Care Paramedic 1.5
PROF-300 Paramedic Practice 2 1.5
PRCT-302 Clinical Practicum 1 1.5
Semester 3 Total 12.0

 

Semester 4 - Winter

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
EMRG-340 Industrial Paramedicine 1.5
EMRG-350 Preceptor Training 1.5
EMRG-365 Healthcare Specialties 3.0
PRCT-351 Advanced Field Advanced Life-Support Practicum 6.0
PRCT-352 Clinical Practicum 2 1.5
Semester 4 Total 13.5

Semester 5 - Spring

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
PROF-350 Paramedic Practice 3 1.5
Semester 5 Total 1.5
Second Year Total 27.0
Program Total 58.5

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*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $5,945 $160 $523 $6,628
2 $5,096 $160 $523 $5,779

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $21,432 $160 $523 $22,115
2 $18,370 $160 $523 $19,053

SAIT Fees

Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): This program doesn't meet eligibility requirements.

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • CPRS 212 Health Care Provider course in CPR. Annual update required (CPRS 222 Health Care Provider Renewal). All CPR courses must be from the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Call SAIT Life Support Training at 403.210.4009 for further information.
  • There is a fee for the Alberta College of Paremedics (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 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. Smart phones are not acceptable devices for CompTracker.
  • There is a $75 CompTracker user fee per semester.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

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