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Advanced Care Paramedic

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Program Description

Be a vital member of the health care team! The Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) program is an accredited, two-year diploma program. The program is designed to prepare graduates with entry-level knowledge, skills, and critical thinking to provide safe, competent, compassionate, and professional Advanced Life Support. Graduates will be able to perform the competencies identified in the National Occupational Competency Profile (2011) for Advanced Care Paramedics. Graduates will leave prepared to write the provincial licensure exam and to meet the public and employer expectations for competent, ethical, and professional practice.

The theory portion of the program is delivered online and prepares students for the mandatory onsite lab seminars and practicums. The face-to-face components provide the students with instruction and guidance in applying theory to skill development and simulated practice in preparation for the ACP role. There are 10 face-to-face onsite, lab seminars in the first year and four onsite lab seminars in the second year. There are three practicums over the course of the program; intermediate ambulance, hospital, and advanced ambulance. Practicums provide students the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learnt to the provision of patient care in the clinical practice-setting while under the supervision of an experienced preceptor. Students are responsible to ensure they are able to attend all mandatory onsite lab seminars and practicum rotations over the course of the two years. Students are responsible for costs related to travel, including accommodations for the onsite sessions and practicums. Students must have reliable, high speed Internet access and a mobile device compatible with the College technology requirements, to effectively participate in the online portions of the program. Students are required to have a mobile tablet device with a minimum nine-inch screen that is compatible with Comptracker Software for competency tracking.

Program Delivery



Sep 01, 2021 - Jun 23, 2023 - BLENDED - High Prairie
Sep 06, 2022 - Jun 25, 2024 - Blended - Slave Lake

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Program Length

68 weeks

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Academic Requirements

 PCP Certificate or current PCP registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics.
 Biology 30 (60%) or credit in ANPY1000 (50%) or BIOL0190 (60%) or the equivalent.
 English 30-1 (60%) or English 30-2 (70%) or ENGL0190 (60%) or an assessed English equivalency.
 Math 20-1 (50%) or Math 20-2 (60%) or MATH 0190 (60%) or the equivalent.
 Students must submit all official post-secondary transcripts upon application.



Other Requirements

Proof of PCP certificate and/or transcript from the training institution.
 Copy of current CPR card, current CPR is required for access to the program practicums.
 Proof of valid Alberta Class 1, 2 or 4 Driver's License or equivalent.
 A Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check obtained within 90 days of providing proof to the program. The presence of an unclear CRC or Vulnerable Sector Check may disqualify a student from accessing a practicum placements required for program completion or from securing employment after graduation.
 Immunization Record completed in full, by a qualified health professional, showing immunization status is required for entry into practicum placements. Students who do not meet the immunization requirements for practicum placement are required to sign an Immunization Waiver to acknowledge that the lack of certain immunizations, may impact the student's ability to attend a practicum placement required to complete the program requirements.
 Core Computer Skills (word processing, spreadsheets, internet, and email).
 Students need to be in good physical, emotional and mental health in order to meet the physical and psychological demands of the role. Students will demonstrate capacity to successfully meet the program standard in functional fitness, as part of the program completion requirements.
 Students are required to have a tablet device, with a screen no smaller than 9", compatible with CompTracker competency tracking software.
 In addition, students must have reliable, high speed Internet access and a mobile device compatible with the College technology requirements.

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