Primary Care Paramedic

Job Description

Primary Care Paramedics (PCP) are an integral part of the health care team, and respond to life-threatening medical and trauma-related emergencies on a daily basis. PCPs create a treatment plan for their patients by performing an organized patient assessment and intervening in life-threatening injuries and conditions.

Role in the Community

Primary Care Paramedics respond to a wide variety of calls in many different environments within their communities. There is constant interaction with other health care professionals as well as Emergency Services such as police, fire and rescue personnel.

A Typical Day

As a Primary Care Paramedic, your typical day begins when you arrive at the station to relieve the last crew on shift. After discussing logistical issues, you and your partner complete an equipment inventory and vehicle checklist. As a PCP you can’t prepare for the calls you’ll receive during your shift, and have to be ready for any type of trauma or medical related calls. After a call or on down times you’ll often spend time building good working relationships within your community. Establishing a good rapport with hospital personnel as well as other public agencies enables the Primary Care Paramedic to be a respected professional in society.

Qualifications/Academic Requirements

For a complete list of admission requirements, please see the Primary Care Paramedic Program listing.

Physical Requirements

A paramedic’s work is physically and mentally demanding. The more physically fit you are, the better you will be able to handle the demands and stresses of the job. Lifting and moving equipment and patients in various environments are daily job functions. Fitness standards and physical assessments vary with different services. Some may require a mandatory fitness test as part of the employment prerequisites while other services may require a medical and physical assessment.

Program of Study

The PCP Program focuses on the skills required to assess and manage patients in a pre-hospital care environment. It delivers a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology to strengthen the decision-making and treatment actions necessary to care for the critically ill or injured in the pre-hospital setting. This tuition-based program is offered in both part-time and full-time formats,

Remuneration

Salary for Primary Care Paramedics can vary greatly depending on whether you work for an ambulance service or in industry.The average wage range for a PCP is approximately $20.00 - $30.00 per hour.

Employers & Job Prospects

PCP graduates work for provincial and private ambulance services. They also have opportunities to work in pre-hospital care in industry

More Information

Contact Registration at 604.528.5690 or toll-free 1.866.722.5690; studentservices@jibc.ca

Last updated January 20, 2015