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Course

Descriptions

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

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Judge Gavel

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PCP 101 | Foundations

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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PCP 105 | Operations

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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PCP 107 | Therapeutics

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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PCP 112 | Human Essentials I

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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PCP 113 | Lab Theory

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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PCP 114 | Medical I

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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PCP 116 | Lab Skills I

 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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PCP | 117 | Lab I

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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PCP 119 | Trauma I

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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PCP 11PT | Physical Training I

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 | Professional Prep. 

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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PCP 108 | Special Considerations

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 | Human Essentials II

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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PCP 124 | Medical II

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 II

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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PCP 127 | Lab II

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.

Running Group

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PCP 12PT | Physical Training II

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.  

Pediatrician

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PCP 102 | Ambulance Preceptorship 

PCP-102, Ambulance Preceptorship, takes place in the community and in-hospital as the Paramedic student works 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 affords 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. 

*Some travel may be required to access the preceptorship site.

Hospital Corridors

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PCP 103 | Clinical Practicum 

PCP-103, Clinical Practicum, takes 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 affords 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 aids 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. 

*Some travel may be required to access the clinical site.