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Joint Primary Care Paramedic

University College of the North (UCN)offers a Joint Primary Care Paramedic (JPCP) Certificate program in September 2020, in The Pas, Manitoba, in partnership with the Criti Care EMS Academy. 
 

This certificate program is designed to instruct a student to the level of a Primary Care Paramedic, who serves as a vital link in the chain of the health care team.  It is recognized that the majority of prehospital emergency medical care in Manitoba will be provided by the Primary Care Paramedic. This includes all academic knowledge and skills necessary for the individual to provide emergency medical care at a PCP level based on the National Occupational Competency Profile developed by the Profession, as well as additional skills and knowledge as established by the provincial regulatory body. The program outcomes are as follows: 

The Graduate will be able to:

  • Recognize the nature and seriousness of the patient’s condition or extent of injuries to assess requirements for emergency medical care as outlined in the Paramedic Association of Canada’s (PAC) National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) objectives in the area Assessment and Diagnostics.
  • Administer appropriate emergency medical care based on assessment findings of the patient’s condition as outlined in the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) objectives in the area Therapeutics and Integration.
  • Lift, move, position, transport and otherwise handle the patient to minimize discomfort and prevent further injury as outlined in the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) objectives in the area Health and Safety and Transportation.
  • Perform safely and effectively the expectations of the job description as outlined in the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) objectives in the area Health and Safety and Integration.
  • Promote professional qualities and attributes that advance EMS as a profession as outlined in the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) objectives in the area Professional Responsibilities and Communications.
  • Provide enhanced skills and therapeutic interventions as permitted by the regulatory body and medical treatment protocols.
  • Identify individuals that may benefit from additional resources in the community and liaise with other health care and social service agencies to make specific resources available to improve healthcare outcomes.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 graduate or equivalency
  • English 30S or 40S, and
  • Math 30S or 40S, and
  • Biology 30S or 40S
A minimum of 60% is required in each of the Math, English and Science courses, however a higher grade is recommended as admission is competitive.
 
Transfer from other Programs
Transfer requests from other institutions/programs will be assessed upon an individual basis.
 
Non-Academic Admission Requirements
All students must meet the Non-Academic Requirements prior to the posted application deadline. Any costs associated with the Non-Academic Admission Requirements are the responsibility of the student.
 
Child Abuse Registry Check
Applicants must provide a Child Abuse Registry check prior to the posted application deadline.  It can take up to 120 days to obtain this document, it is recommended that applicants apply for the Child Abuse Registry Check early. Any applicant on the Child Abuse Registry will be denied admission.
 
Adult Abuse Registry Check
Applicants must provide an Adult Abuse Registry check prior to the posted application deadline. As it can take up to 120 days to obtain this document, it is recommended that applicants apply for the Adult Abuse Registry Check early. Any applicant on the Adult Abuse Registry will be denied admission.
 
Criminal Record
Applicants must provide a Criminal Record Search Certificate, including Vulnerable Persons Search, prior to the posted application deadline. As it can take up to 120 days to obtain these documents, it is recommended that applicants apply for the Criminal Record Search certificate and Vulnerable Persons Search early. A criminal conviction will not necessarily result in denial of admission to the program. However, criminal offences will be reviewed by Academic Admissions Committee to determine program placement status. 
 
Immunization
Applicants must submit their immunization record prior to the posted application deadline. As it may take a number of months to complete the immunization requirements, it is recommended that all applicants start their immunizations in November, prior to application, in order to meet the application deadline.
 
CPR Certification
CPR (BLS) is the requirement for admission. Certification should be obtained no earlier than July of the year of application, as it must be valid for the entire academic year. It must be submitted by the application deadline.
 
Manitoba Class 4 Driver’s License
The applicant must possess a valid Manitoba Class 4 Driver’s License at time of application to the program or be capable of obtaining a Class 4 Driver’s License. 
 
Tablet/Computing Electronic Requirements
 An iPad or Tablet is a requirement is for electronic competency tracking in the program. All students are required to have an Apple iPad mini (recommended) with iOS 5.1.1 or above (the latest version is recommended);
or
Android Tablet currently supporting Android Operating Systems Lollipop (5.0-5.1.1), Marshmallow (6.0-6.1), or Nougat (7.0-7.1.1) for the duration of the program.
In addition, students are requirement to have an internet connect either via WiFi or High-speed cellular.
 
Physical Requirements 
Aptitudes required for work of this nature are; good physical stamina, endurance, and body condition that would not be adversely affected by frequently having to walk, stand, lift, carry, and balance at times, in excess of 125 pounds. Motor coordination is necessary because in the event of uneven terrain, the patient’s, Paramedics, and other workers’ well-being must not be jeopardized.
 
Physical Fitness Assessment and Counseling
Once you have been admitted into the Joint Primary Care Paramedic Certificate program, you will be required to complete a physical fitness assessment. Note, this assessment will be scheduled AFTER you are accepted into the Program.
 
Requirements with respect to clinical practicum
Students may be required to attend clinical practicum in rural or southern Manitoba and are recommended to budget up to approximately $2,800.00 towards personal expenses associated with their field ambulance clinical practicum (travel, meals, lodging where required). Costs associated with travel and accommodations during field placements will be the responsibility of the student.
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Form and Links

Occurrence/Incident Report Form and the Non Medication Unusual Occurrence Incident Report Form (Students are to complete a form as soon as possible following an incident or occurrence that has taken place during a clinical rotation, whether it is a near miss or an actual error.)

Immunization: click on this link to access a copy of the UCN Nursing Programs Immunization form

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