It takes compassion, assertiveness, good health and being levelheaded to successfully perform the job of a paramedic. These essential medical care professionals are first responders at the time of an emergency or accident. When they arrive on the scene, paramedics must assess the patientís condition and determine whether he or she needs to be transferred to a hospital or be cared for in the ambulance, which features high-tech equipment and necessary medications. Once it is decided what must be done, paramedics start the necessary treatment, whether that means CPR or some other form of medical attention. At the same time, paramedics communicate with the police and fire department as well as the doctor at the hospital to make him or her aware of the patientís condition and what medical procedures have already been carried out. Lastly, paramedics also communicate with family members or the public to reassure them that the patient is in good hands.
At Centennial College, students can obtain Paramedic Training that prepares them for stress and challenges of the field in two years. However, in order to acquire admission into the Paramedic program, there are many requirements. Firstly, 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 doctorís 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 ďFĒ 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 Centennialís Paramedic Program admission page.
Once you are accepted, you will find that there is much hands-on training to cover emergency, medical, trauma and psychological situations. Paramedic program students also learn to use relevant theory, communication techniques, preventative and therapeutic patient management strategies, as well as ensure the operational safety of an ambulance and its equipment. This training occurs through courses that are taught by certified advanced care paramedics who are actively involved in the field. Paramedic courses include: Pre-Hospital Care, Therapeutic Communications and Crisis Intervention, Pharmacology for Allied Health, Alterations of Human Body Functions and more.
Graduates from the Centennialís 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.
Klaudia, the author of this piece, writes about the field in which paramedics work and the Paramedic Program
at Centennial College. She includes its admission requirements and learning outcomes.