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Course

Outlines

OLS Academy students learn through a variety of in-class lectures, procedural skill labs, low to high fidelity simulations, an ambulance preceptorship, and a clinical practicum.

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Program Overview:

TERM 1

TERM 2

TERM 3

(168 hours)
 

(480 hours)
 

BLOCK 1

BLOCK 1

BLOCK 2

Graduation

PCP100     PCP127
PCP108      PCP12PT
PCP122       PCP126 
PCP124       

 

PCP102
 

PCP103
 

BLOCK 2

PCP100     PCP127
PCP108      PCP12PT
PCP122       PCP126 
PCP124       

 

Mid-Terms:
(October)

Mid-Terms:
(February)

Christmas Break
(2-weeks)

Spring Break
(1-week)

PCP101      PCP114
PCP105      PCP116
PCP107      PCP117
PCP112       PCP11PT
PCP113

 

PCP101      PCP114
PCP105      PCP116
PCP107      PCP117
PCP112       PCP11PT
PCP119

 

Program Begins:
(August)

Term 1 Finals:
(December)

Term 2 Finals:
(April)

Program Ends:
(August)

Judge Gavel

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In Foundations, we introduce students to the Paramedic’s most fundamental roles and responsibilities to patient and to self as well as their ethical and legal obligations. 

Specific topics include: EMS systems, roles & responsibilities, the well being of the Paramedic, illness & injury prevention, medicolegal issues, ethical issues, human development, and patient communication.

Inside an Ambulance

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In Operations, we introduce students to industry standard operational procedures. The student receives a generic representation of industry-accepted practices for safely operating an ambulance, managing mass casualty incidents, managing terrorist threats and attacks, participating in rescue operations, managing hazardous materials incidents & working in and around crime scenes.  

 

Specific topics include: Orientation to land ambulance and associated equipment, emergency vehicle operations, ambulance staffing and deployment models, medical incident command systems, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, general rescue scene procedures, hazardous materials incident response, and crime scene awareness.

Flu Shot

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In Therapeutics, we introduce students to patient treatment modalities. Students learn about protocols and safe effective procedures for medication administration, intravenous initiation and fluid therapy.  

 

Specific topics include: Drug approval process and regulation of pharmaceuticals in Canada, General properties and forms of medications, classes of medications, routes of medication administration, pharmacokinetics & pharmacodynamics, drugs affecting the various systems of the body, medication administration techniques, medication calculations, vitamins & minerals, antidotes and overdoses, fluid & electrolytes, IV fluid composition, IV techniques and fluid administration, IV fluid administration calculations, and complications in medication & IV fluid administration. 

Anatomical Model

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In Human Essentials 1, we introduce students to the anatomy & physiology of the human body. The curriculum is designed to be supportive of the core paramedic courses in that, it provides foundational knowledge of normal structure and function, facilitating the recognition of abnormal structure and function. 

 

Specific topics include: Major structures and function of the systems of the human body, neuromuscular connection and physiology, internal and external respiration, lung volumes and capacities, physiology of the blood, components of an ECG tracing, DNA, special sensory systems, and proper nutrition.

Medical Professional

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In Lab Theory, we introduce students to the concepts practiced in the practical lab setting. The curriculum is designed to be supportive of the students’ lab sessions in that, it is during this class that the week’s lab plan will be introduced, expectations will be outlined and foundation knowledge regarding the week’s lab focus will be discussed. 

 

Specific topics include: Scene assessment, patient history taking, patient assessments, physical exams, clinical decision-making, communication and documentation, radio operations.

Vasculature of the Heart

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In Medical 1, we present the student with specific information regarding the recognition and management of chronic and acute medical conditions with which they may be faced when responding to emergencies. 

 

Specific topics include: Overview of human body systems and anatomical positions, Basic chemistry, cells and tissues, Acid-base balance in the body, hypoperfusion, the body’s self-defense mechanisms, Respiratory emergencies and focused respiratory assessments, respiratory pharmacology, cardiovascular emergencies and focused assessments, cardiovascular pharmacology, emergencies involving coronary artery disease (assessment and management), emergencies involving congestive heart failure (assessment and management), emergencies involving cardiac tamponade (assessment and management), emergencies involving cardiogenic shock (assessment and management), aortic emergencies (assessment and management), hypertensive emergencies (assessment and management), introduction to ECG monitoring, 3 lead ECG interpretation, Cardiac arrest management, 12 lead ECG acquisition and interpretation, neurologic emergencies (assessment and management), endocrine emergencies (assessment and management), and allergic reactions (assessment and management).  

Paramedic

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 In Lab Skills 1, we introduce students to the essential paramedic skills that are practiced and honed during lab time. 

 

Specific topics include: Rapid trauma survey, detailed physical exam, patient handling, airway maneuvers & basic adjuncts, respiratory diagnostics, oxygenation and ventilation skills, foreign body airway obstruction, laryngoscopy & Magill forceps, suctioning the airway, capnography, advanced airway insertion, extubation, enteral & parenteral medication administration, drawing up medication from an ampule and vial, intravenous cannulation, and fluid administration. 

Emergency Vehicles

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In Lab 1, students have the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills to which they were introduced during the classroom lectures and lab support classes (Lab skills 1 & Lab Theory). 

 

Specific topics include: 40-hour First Responder certification course, patient handling, scenario etiquette, structure, expectations, & grading, general assessments, focused medical and trauma assessments, airway maneuvers & basic adjuncts, advanced airways, management of foreign body airway obstruction, cardiac arrest, oxygenation and ventilation support, patients requiring multiple interventions.

Paramedics

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In Trauma 1, we present the student with specific information regarding the assessment and management of traumatic injuries with which they may be faced when responding to emergencies. 

 

Specific topics include: Airway management & ventilation, supplemental oxygen therapy, airway pharmacology, and trauma systems & mechanism of injury.

Man Doing Pushup

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Prior to the commencement of Physical Training 1, students undergo a physical abilities test. The test standards are the same as those used by industry for pre-employment hiring purposes. The results direct the structure of the physical fitness training plan in this course. All students participate in 4 workouts per week, 2 resistance training workouts.

Job Interview

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PCP-100 provides the necessary tools and coaching to help OLS Academy graduates become more employable by local industry. The students receive coaching in the areas of driving, interviewing in front of a panel, licensing exam writing and situational scenario testing. 

 

Specific topics include: CEVO – emergency vehicle operations, research methods, community Paramedicine, the hiring process, and licensing exam prep.

Newborn Baby with Mom

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Special Considerations presents the student with specific information regarding the recognition and management of conditions 

related to or affected by particular patient circumstances such as age, body composition, neglect etc. 

 

Specific topics include: neonatology, paediatrics, abuse, geriatrics, patients with special needs, and acute interventions for the chronic care patient.

Gym Workout

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PCP-122 guides the students in the utilization of tools to help them do a self-assessment, create a plan and put into motion strategies to help improve their own physical and mental well-being. 

 

Specific topics include: health benefits of physical activity and exercise, changing to a healthy lifestyle, preparing for physical activity and exercise, cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, nutrition, body composition, stress management, and making informed decisions.

Mobile Testing Site

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As a continuation of the curriculum covered in PCP-114 Medical 1, Medical 2 presents the student with specific information regarding the recognition and management of chronic and acute medical conditions with which they may be faced when responding to emergencies. 

 

Specific topics include: Gastrointestinal Emergencies, Renal & Urologic Emergencies, Substance Abuse & Poisoning, Hematologic Emergencies, Environmental Emergencies, Infectious & Communicable Diseases, Behavioural Emergencies, Gynecologic Emergencies, Obstetric Emergencies, Assessment Based Management, and Cardiac Life Support Fundamentals.

Drug and Syringe

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PCP-126 Lab Skills 2 is a continuation of PCP-116 Lab Skills 1 and as such continues to introduce students to the essential paramedic skills that are practiced and honed during lab time. 

 

Specific topics include: shock, bleeding control, motor function & sensory exams, restraining a patient, paediatric airway management and ventilation, child, infant, & newborn cardiac arrest management, child and infant immobilization, and mechanical ventilation.

Doctor's Appointment

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Lab 2 is a continuation of Lab 1 and therefore, in lab 2, students have continued opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills to which they were introduced during the classroom lectures and lab support classes (Lab skills 2 & Lab Theory). 

 

Specific topics include: Scenario structure and etiquette review, gastrointestinal, renal, & urologic complaints, shock management, toxicologic emergencies, soft tissue and burn injuries, head injuries, obstetric emergencies and childbirth, thoracic injuries, and musculoskeletal injuries.

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Trauma 2 is a continuation of the curriculum covered in PCP-119 Trauma 1. Trauma 2 will present the student with specific information regarding the assessment and management of traumatic injuries with which they may be faced when responding to emergencies.

 

Specific topics include: Bleeding & shock, soft tissue injuries, burns, head & face injuries, spinal injuries, thoracic injuries, abdominal injuries, and musculoskeletal injuries

Running Group

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Prior to the commencement of Physical Training 2, students undergo a physical abilities test to gauge their progress from PCP-11PT Physical Training 1 and to set expectations for PCP-12PT. The test standards are the same as those used by industry for pre-employment hiring purposes. All students participate in 4 resistance training workouts per week.  

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PCP-102, Ambulance Preceptorship, will take place in the community and in-hospital as the Paramedic student will work as a third member of land ambulance crew responding to medical and traumatic emergencies. The ambulance preceptorship experience is intended to reinforce the concepts and skills learned in terms 1 & 2 of the program.  This phase of the program will afford the learner the opportunity to integrate, refine and solidify decision-making and practical skills by applying them in a practical patient contact situation, receiving constructive feedback from an experienced, licensed Paramedic and making necessary adjustments to their practice.

 

OLS Academy has a learning agreement in place with Ambulance New Brunswick. As a note, preceptorship placements in Moncton are limited and students may be required to relocate outside of Moncton for this experience.

 

Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their preceptorship placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired preceptorship location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regard to assigning preceptorship placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with preceptorship such as entrance requirements, relocation, and travel costs.

*View Specific Requirements for the Ambulance Preceptorship

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PCP-103, Clinical Practicum, will take place in-hospital. The clinical practicum experience is intended to reinforce the concepts and skills learned in terms 1 & 2 of the program.  This phase of the program will afford the learner the opportunity to integrate, refine and solidify practical skills by applying them in a practical patient contact situation, receiving constructive feedback from an experienced healthcare practitioner, and making necessary adjustments to their practice.

 

The clinical practicum phase of training will aid the student in acquiring a broader appreciation for the various phases of the patient care continuum that generally occur outside of the land ambulance Paramedic’s purview. These insights will be acquired through observing and assisting clinical staff.

 

OLS Academy has a learning agreement in place with the Horizon Health Network. As a note, clinical practicum placements in Moncton may be limited and students may be required to relocate outside of Moncton for this experience.

 

Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their clinical practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired clinical practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regard to assigning clinical practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with the clinical practicum such as entrance requirements, relocation, and travel costs.

*View Specific Requirements for the Clinical Practicum