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Primary Care Paramedic

The Primary Care Paramedic Program is designed to give students the educational and hands-on training needed to become proficient in this challenging position to deliver pre-hospital care.  Particular emphasis is placed upon balanced training to enable graduates to meet a variety of physical, intellectual, emotional and medical needs of pre-hospital patients.  Training includes all major aspects of medical care; the Primary Care Paramedic Program at Keyin College meets or exceeds the standards established by the Paramedic Association of Canada in its guidelines for the National Occupational Competencies Profiles for paramedics.  Students will get extensive classroom training as well as field and clinical learning.

Paramedics are highly skilled health care professionals who function in the realm of EMS, initiating medical treatment for individuals in crisis situations.  Based on sound technical knowledge, paramedics demonstrate rational problem-solving abilities and excellent decision-making skills.  The paramedic profession demands universal integrity, exemplary behaviour, and dedication to the service of humanity.  Paramedics adhere to the standards of ethical behaviour, and their professional activities are characterized by honesty, empathy, conscientiousness and reliability.

Clinical and Field Benefits

Students will be expected to travel and incur costs associated with placements in various hospital and ambulance departments (private and hospital-based). These clinical/field placements are limited and students will be placed based on availability. Sites may include Eastern, Central, Western and Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authorities, which includes St. John’s, Carbonear, Freshwater, Placentia Bay, Clarenville, Burin, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Lewisporte, Deer Lake, Corner Brook, Stephenville, Port Aux Basques and St. Anthony. Other sites may be available as they are developed.

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