Community & Health

  Community Paramedicine Extension Certificate - NEW

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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, skills and attitudes necessary to manage a broad range of medical services for at risk patients in the community. The community paramedicine educational experience will expand on practical experiences to build competencies in addressing complex social and mobility issues.

Developed in collaboration with Alberta Health Services, the program's content focuses on application of primary health care strategies within inter-professional environments for urgent and specialized medical treatment. You will be prepared to provide assessment, diagnostics, treatments and follow-up care plans 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 practice experience in a variety of health care settings to provide healthcare services in the community that typically require an acute care setting
  • Become an integral part of the solution to Canada’s growing healthcare concerns through developing professional strategies for response to health care issues, ethics, and inter-professional communication challenges
  • Apply your knowledge and skills beyond the traditional emergency response role into the community setting, such as: assisted living sites, long term care homes, private residences, etc.
  • Acquire 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 (205 hours) and 3 practicum components (170 hours). Total 375 hours. Can be completed in a minimum of 2 years up to a maximum of 6 years.

Funding

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

 

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  • 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
(Sept. – Dec.)
Winter
(Jan. – Apr.)
Spring
(May – June)
Community Paramedicine Overview    
Advanced Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology    
Diversity, Communications and Ethics                •  
Seniors' Health    
Professional Practice in Seniors' Health    
Advanced Topics in Mental Health and Addiction    
Professional Practice in Mental Health and Addiction    
Team Approaches to Chronic Disease Management                 •  
A Palliative Approach for Individuals and Families  •             
Professional Practice in Community Paramedicine    

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.

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 code: XCMP 10001 35 Hours. Fee: $875  Not offered this semester.

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 code: XCMP 10002 40 hours. Fee: $999  
CRN 90416 Online Oct. 21 - Dec. 15

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 code: XCMP 10003 20 hours. Fee: $499 Not offered this semester.

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 code: XCMP 10004 30 hours. Fee: $749  Not offered this semester.

Professional Practice in Seniors' Health

In this clinical practicum students will apply theory and practice within a senior care setting. Students will demonstrate evidence based, ethical, safe, and effective care reflecting critical thinking, clinical judgment and collaboration while incorporating community and family centered approaches.

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: Seniors Health

Subject code: XCMP 10005 40 hours. Fee: $599  Not offered this semester.

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 code: XCMP 10006 20 hours. Fee: $499  Not offered this semester.

Professional Practice in Mental Health and Addiction

In this clinical practicum, students will incorporate reflective critical thinking when applying health care strategies for populations experiencing acute and chronic mental health and/or addictions. Key elements for practice include establishment of a safe, respectful, and ethical environment while demonstrating professional communication and collaboration in health care management.

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: Advanced Topics in Mental Health and Addiction

Subject code: XCMP 10007 40 hours. Fee: $599   Not offered this semester.

Team Approaches to Chronic Disease Management

In this course students will explore chronic disease using knowledge of pharmacology, pathophysiology, determinants of health and relational healthcare practice. Students will develop collaborative management plans for diverse populations experiencing chronic illness, and will appraise and justify their roles as independent practitioners within the interdisciplinary team.

Subject code: XCMP 10008 30 hours. Fee: $749  Not offered this semester.

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 code: XCMP 10009 30 hours. Fee: $749  
CRN 90638 Online Sept. 3 - Oct. 15

Professional Practice in Community Paramedicine

In this capstone course students will incorporate all aspects of community paramedicine to demonstrate the integration of theory and practice. Students will implement inter-professional strategies for providing assessment, diagnostics, treatments and follow-up care plans for diverse 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: Previous 9 courses

Subject code: XCMP 10010 90 hours. Fee: $989 Not offered this semester.