Community & Health

Community Paramedicine Extension Certificate - NEW

 

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Important Notice

Effective April 1, 2020, the Community Paramedicine Extension Certificate program will be suspended.

Current students will have the opportunity to complete the required courses from April 2020 until December 2021. After December 2021, these courses will no longer be scheduled. If you have any questions, please contact us at cehealth@mtroyal.ca or 403.440.6867.

 

Register at least five business days in advance of the course start date to secure your spot in the course.

Questions?

403.440.6867 or 1.888.392.3655
cehealth@mtroyal.ca

This program builds on current paramedic training and experience by preparing you with the knowledge and attitudes necessary to manage a broad range of medical services for at risk patients in the community.

Developed in collaboration with Alberta Health Service's EMS Mobile Integrated Healthcare (Community Paramedics Program), the content focuses on application of primary health care strategies within inter-professional environments. You will be prepared to provide care at the community level in collaboration with the patient, their family members, and the medical team.

Benefits

  • The program offers professional development opportunities for advanced care paramedics and currently practicing community paramedics
  • Gain in-depth theoretical knowledge and extensive experience in a variety of health care settings
  • Become an integral part of the solution to Canada's growing health care concerns through developing professional strategies for response to health care issues, ethics, and inter-professional communication challenges
  • Apply your knowledge beyond the traditional emergency response role into the community setting, such as: assisted living sites, long term care homes, private residences, etc.
  • Further develop inter-professional collaborative skills to manage continuity of care and resource allocation for patients with complex conditions
  • Create care programs for patients to allow for continued independent living

Program details

Format: Online, Practicum/Field Experience

Duration: Complete the 7 online required courses (225 hours) and 2 practicum components (150 hours). Total 375 hours.

Textbooks: Textbook required per course: visit the Cougars Campus Store and search by Term and Department (XCMP).

Funding

Eligible AHS employees can apply to be partially compensated for these courses through AHS.

 

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Each course (excluding practica) in the Community Paramedicine Extension Certificate is approved for 60 continuing education credits with the Alberta College of Paramedics.

For more information, visit https://abparamedics.com/.

  • Core Online Courses: Must be currently certified as an Advanced Care Paramedic
  • Practicums: Must be currently certified as an Advanced Care Paramedic, be currently registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics, and have a minimum of two years of Advanced Care Paramedic work-related experience. Practicums are eligible for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Contact us for more information
  • MRU English Language Proficiency Requirement. Applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency for the purpose of admission if their primary or first language (meaning main language learned and used as a child) is not English. Please see MRU English Language Proficiency Requirement
Required courses Fall
(Aug. - Dec.)
Winter
(Jan. - Apr.)
Spring
(May - July)
Community Paramedicine Overview
Advanced Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology
Diversity, Communications and Ethics
Seniors' Health
Advanced Topics in Mental Health and Addiction
Team Approaches to Chronic Disease Management
A Palliative Approach for Individuals and Families
Professional Practice in Community Paramedicine I
Professional Practice in Community Paramedicine II

To be updated shortly

The above scheduled is subject to change. Courses start on various dates within each semester.

Fall schedule and registration available second Monday in June. Winter schedule and registration available second Monday in November. Spring/Summer schedule and registration available second Monday in March.

Current students: please refer to the Google Doc for a schedule of course dates for April 2020 - June 2021 or contact us at cehealth@mtroyal.ca .


Community Paramedicine Overview

In this course the student will explore the value of the Community Paramedic role, in acting as a physician extender, providing medical services for at risk patients in the community. Students will examine strategies associated with the role of the Community Paramedic in addressing health inequities, positively influencing health, and promoting change through awareness of family, social, political, cultural and economic impacts on health.

Subject (for registration): Community Paramedicine

Subject code: XCMP 10001 35 Hours. Fee: $799 See Google Doc for schedule of courses.

Advanced Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology

In this course students will focus on examining advanced human anatomy and physiology in relation to some common disorders of different body systems and correlate this knowledge with the etiology and pathophysiology of these disorders. Students will build knowledge in developing appropriate assessment and procedural skill for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The topic of pharmacology; including pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic characteristics, clinical uses, indications and contraindications, potential drug interactions, and therapeutic dosage of commonly used medications will be examined.

Subject (for registration): Community Paramedicine

Subject code: XCMP 10002 40 hours. Fee: $849 See Google Doc for schedule of courses.

Diversity, Communication and Ethics

Students will explore the impact of effective communication techniques in developing rapport, trust, and ethical therapeutic relationships with patients, families, and caregivers. Strategies for accurate collection and disbursement of relevant information will be developed to build professional communication skills. Examination of diverse populations and health care will allow students to critically analyze and monitor personal bias.

Subject (for registration): Community Paramedicine

Subject code: XCMP 10003 30 hours. Fee: $749 See Google Doc for schedule of courses.

Seniors' Health

In this course students will explore primary health care, health promotion, and health strategies for the diverse senior population. Consideration will be given to community and family centered approaches, inter-professional partnerships, and complex care situations.

Subject (for registration): Community Paramedicine

Subject code: XCMP 10004 30 hours. Fee: $749 See Google Doc for schedule of courses.

Advanced Topics in Mental Health and Addiction

In this course students will explore primary health care, health promotion, and health strategies for the diverse mental health and addiction populations. Consideration will be given to understanding addiction, mental health and concurrent disorders, and the various approaches to mental health and addiction interventions within the context of community settings.

Subject (for registration): Community Paramedicine

Subject code: XCMP 10006 30 hours. Fee: $749
CRN 50300 Online April 20 - May 31

Team Approaches to Chronic Disease Management

In this course, students will explore chronic disease using knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology, determinants of health and the community paramedic model of care. Students will develop collaborative management plans for diverse populations experiencing chronic illness, and will appraise and justify their roles as health care providers within the interdisciplinary team.

Subject (for registration): Community Paramedicine

Subject code: XCMP 10008 30 hours. Fee: $749 See Google Doc for schedule of courses.

A Palliative Approach for Individuals and Families

In this course, students will focus on the process of dying and the impact it has on a palliative patient's family. Students will build knowledge, attitudes, and skills for paramedical practice by exploring the principles, tools, and strategies for a palliative approach to care. Within the context of community paramedicine, alongside collaborative practice, inter-professional partnerships, and compassionate communities models of care, students will explore assessment, treatment, support, and referral practices for palliative care.

Instructor: Sonya L. Jakubec, RN

Subject (for registration): Community Paramedicine

Subject code: XCMP 10009 30 hours. Fee: $749 See Google Doc for schedule of courses.

Professional Practice in Community Paramedicine I

Under the supervision of a Preceptor, this practicum course will begin socializing students into the community paramedicine profession. Students will experience being part of a community paramedicine team that integrates inter-professional health care strategies to address the needs of individual patients.

Students must be currently registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics to register for this course. If a suitable practice site is not available within the students own community they will be required to complete the practicum in Calgary.

This course is eligible for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Contact us for more information.

Prerequisite: Previous 7 courses

Subject (for registration): Community Paramedicine

Subject code: XCMP 10011 50 hours. Fee: $899 See Google Doc for schedule of courses.

Professional Practice in Community Paramedicine II

In this capstone practicum course, students will incorporate all aspects of the community paramedicine theory to demonstrate the integration of knowledge and practice. Students will utilize critical thinking skills to implement inter-professional strategies for providing assessment, diagnostics, treatments, and follow-up care plans for varied populations.

Students must be currently registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics to register for this course. If a suitable practice site is not available within the students own community they will be required to complete the practicum in Calgary.

This course is eligible for Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Contact us for more information.

Prerequisite: Professional Practice in Community Paramedicine I

Subject (for registration): Community Paramedicine

Subject code: XCMP 10010 100 hours. Fee: $999 See Google Doc for schedule of courses.