The call to become a paramedic is answered by many for a variety of reasons. However, at the core is the desire to help those in distress. There are many skills required to do this successfully; ability to communicate, assessment, medical interventions, fitness and finally the right judgement on how to intervene.
AET's Primary Care Paramedic Program was built from the street up. We listened to paramedic preceptors, paramedics and graduates from other training programs to help identify skills that new paramedics really need to work as part of a team. With that long list, we incorporated those skills and their learning sequence that would offer a student the best opportunity for life long success as a primary care paramedic. With this framework in place, the Paramedic Association's NOCPs were referenced to tie the program together into functioning units for a PCP's scope of practice.
Your classroom sessions facilitate the core knowledge and skill sets. You are provided real world examples to examine and scenarios to practice your new skills within. When you are ready and demonstrate the skill set of a new pcp paramedic, you move to the clinical setting. Here you practice those skills under the supervision of a senior health care professional. Finally you ride with the incredible paramedics of BC Ambulance that serve our Province with dedication and professionalism to demonstrate you are ready to join the profession and be called a "Paramedic".
Next PCP Classes
The classroom is a safe and stress free teaching environment that allows students to learn about all the aspects of becoming an excellent paramedic. You will have opportunities to access multi-media, research case studies, practice pcp skills, perform patient assessments with appropriate medical interventions. There are evaluation points that help you check you are developing skills at the right pace for the program. These points help the educational team work with you to focus additional training on areas that need extra time and practice.
After you have completed your classroom sessions, you will spend time in some of our selected trauma centers. A clinician will help you polish your assessment and paramedic skills. You will have an opportunity to interact with real patients while being supervised by nurses, doctors and other health care professionals. Your goal will be to see a variety of patients, practice a diverse skill set and become proficient in intravenous therapy.
AET is launching the referral appreciation program to say thanks to the hundreds of graduates and paramedics who have referred students to us to take their PCP training.
How it works:
If a student lists your name as a referral on their application form and you have an EMALB license, AET will show our appreciation by giving you $150 when your referred student successfully completes their PCP program.
When you have successfully completed your classroom and clinical sessions, you will have an opportunity to work with paramedics in the field. These highly trained paramedics will work with you in a preceptorship role. They work to take the skills you have learned in the classroom, practiced in the hospital to now incorporate them into the scope of practice as a functioning member of a paramedic team in a primary response ambulance.
Your preceptor helps guide your practice so that you have opportunities to demonstrate the Primary Care Paramedic NOCPs expected by EMALB in British Columbia.
Once you have sufficiently demonstrated all the required competencies, your preceptor will recommend you for completion. AET will then review your file to confirm completion and issue you paramedic certification!