Advanced Care Paramedic

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The Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) Advanced Diploma Program responds to the continuing growth and evolution of today’s healthcare needs.

The ACP Program trains students to think critically, solve problems, and function as leaders while providing the highest possible standards of patient care.

Program courses focus on the following themes:

  • Clinician Skills
    critical thinker, problem solver, leader, effective communicator
     
  • Inter-professional Collaboration
    working collaboratively with other health professionals in the patient’s best interest
  • Leadership
    taking a leadership role in the workplace, practice and the community
  • Life-Long Learning
    continuously seeking and embracing knowledge
  • Community-Based Emergency Health
    understanding differing health care environments
  • Science & Delivery of EMS
    research methodology

This program meets or exceeds the National Occupational Competencies as established by the Paramedic Association of Canada, and is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association.

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Program Offerings

The JIBC offers one ACP Program a year starting each Fall at the New Westminster Campus. In addition a regional cohort is offered starting on alternate years in either Victoria or Kelowna.

The regional cohort runs parallel to the New Westminster program with some components being delivered via webcast. In addition, regional students are required to attend approximately 3-4 weeks of classes at the New Westminster campus, over the course of the 20-month program, for face-to-face sessions with specialist faculty.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Advanced Care Paramedic Program is competitive based on availability of seats, completion of admission criteria, and applicant ranking as determined by a process of selective admission evaluation.

Phase 1 Requirements:

  • Grade 12 Graduation (or equivalent) or mature student (25 years or older)
  • English 12 / English 12 First Peoples (minimum grade of C) or equivalent

Phase 2 Requirements:

  • PCP Certification with minimum of one year PCP work experience at time of application deadline
  • IV Insertion License Endorsement or Training Certificate
  • Current BLS for Healthcare Provider (CPR C) certification
  • The following four prerequisite courses:
    • JIBC ENGL-1100 Academic Writing (formerly ENGL100) (3 credits) or equivalent (prerequisite for ENGL-1100 is English 12/ English 12 First Peoples 'C')
    • JIBC BIOL-2203 Human Anatomy & Physiology (formerly BIOL203) (3 credits) or equivalent (prerequisite for BIOL-2203 is Biology 11 or 12 'C+' and PCP CS200 or PARA100 or PARA-1100 Anatomy & Physiology)
    • JIBC HLSC-2214 Pathophysiology (formerly PATH214) (3 credits) or equivalent (prerequisite for HLSC-2214 is Biology 11 or 12 'C+' and PCP CS200 or PARA100 or PARA-1100 Anatomy & Physiology)
    • JIBC HLSC-2215 Principles of Pharmacology (formerly PHARM215) (3 credits) or equivalent (prerequisite for HLSC-2215 is Biology 11 or 12 'C+' and PCP CS200 or PARA100 or PARA-1100 Anatomy & Physiology)

Phase 3 Requirements - Upon acceptance to the program you will be required to provide the following:

We recommend that you have completed or are registered for a minimum of two prerequisite courses at time of application. All four courses must be completed by the start of the program.

Applicants who have successfully completed equivalent courses may apply for a review of those courses to meet the prerequisite requirements for entry into the ACP Program. Please contact acp@jibc.ca.

Application Process

  1. Prepare your prerequisites.
  2. Check for program application deadline dates.
  3. Submit the JIBC Online Program Application Form
  4. Contact the Admissions Officer on 604.528.5590 or toll-free 1.877.528.5591 to pay the $75 application fee.
  5. Submit your Phase 1 Requirements documents by mail, email or in person to:

    Justice Institute of British Columbia
    Admissions Office (Student Services Centre)
    715 McBride Boulevard
    New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4

    Email: admissions@jibc.ca

  6. Submit your Phase 2 Requirements by completing the ACP Program Document Submission Form and submit with supporting documents in person or by mail, email or fax to:

    JIBC - Health Sciences Division
    Advanced Care Paramedic Program
    715 McBride Boulevard
    New Westminster, BC, V3L 5T4

    Fax Number: 604.528.5715
    Email: acp@jibc.ca

International Students please contact international@jibc.ca for an international application package.

View the application package for the EMA Education Fund Award and information on other financial assistance.

Selection Process

Candidates who have met admission requirements will be required to complete two assessment elements:

  • Medical Knowledge Test
  • Panel Interview

Medical Knowledge Test

This online test will assess a candidate's level of knowledge relative to the Primary Care Paramedic knowledge needed for entering the ACP Program. You will be provided with access to the Candidate Assessment Online Campus which also contains some practice quizzes to help you prepare.

Panel Interview

Selected candidates will be invited to attend an on-site interview session. The panel interviewers will ask behavioural and case study questions that focus on the selection criteria identified as relating to success in the ACP Program: learning motivation, work standards, communication, initiative, interpersonal skill, planning and organization, and stress tolerance.

The results from each component will be compiled to produce an overall candidate score. This score is then used to create a rank ordering of candidates. ACP Program seats are filled by working from the top of the rank order list down.

Bonus Points

Additional points in the selective entry process may be granted for the following:

  • Completion of prerequisite courses
  • Completion of JIBC Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS) or an equivalent level of post-secondary education
  • PCP experience/patient contacts
  • Volunteer experience within the last 2 years (must be supported by a reference letter from the organization)

Program Format

Locations

  • New Westminster, BC, Canada
  • Kelowna, BC, Canada
  • Victoria, BC, Canada

Cohorts are held in Victoria and Kelowna starting on alternate years.

Program Length

20 months / 3 terms

Teaching and Learning Methodologies

The blended delivery approach includes:

  • Guided online learning activities
  • Facilitated discussions
  • Guided independent study
  • Classroom sessions
  • Labs
  • Practical workshops
  • High-fidelity simulations

Practice Education

Students will have practice education placements each term which includes hospitals and on-ambulance rotations which will take place in major centres around the province.

All ambulance practice education shifts take place on BCAS Advanced Life Support units with ACP Preceptors. This provides a valuable opportunity to learn and work within the BCAS targeted response model.

Faculty

The Advanced Care Paramedic courses are taught by senior practitioners who combine academic theory with current experience in the field. Most of these instructors have graduate degrees or equivalent credentials in a related field (e.g. ACP, RN or MD), while others have completed an Emergency Services Instructor Training (ESIT) program. Many have completed additional certification in adult education, such as the Provincial Instructor Diploma.

Learning Objectives

ACP graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the ACP competencies and the entry-to-practice requirements as an Advanced Care Paramedic
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes in areas such as use of advanced technology, pre-hospital care clinical decision-making, current treatment methodologies and pharmacology
  • Work collaboratively in interprofessional environments
  • Function as leaders by utilizing effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Act as patient advocates while maintaining the highest possible standards in patient care

Courses

Advanced Care Paramedic - Term 1

Course Name 

Course Code

Credits

Hours

Health and Wellness

PARA-3313

3.0

47

Professional Practice

PARA-3314

1.5

30

Foundations of Paramedic Practice

PARA-3321

6.0

111

Classic Cases - Respiratory & Cardiovascular

PARA-3352

6.0

116

Clinical Practice Education I

PARA-3391

23.5

332

Advanced Care Paramedic - Term 2

Course Name 

Course Code

Credits

Hours

Classic Cases - Trauma

PARA-3353

3.0

60

Health Care in Communities

PARA-3413

3.0

42

Classic ACP Cases II

PARA-3451

9.0

148

Clinical Practice Education II

PARA-3491

22.5

320

Advanced Care Paramedic - Term 3

Course Name 

Course Code

Credits

Hours

Complex ACP Cases

PARA-3452

9.0

168

Clinical Practice Education III

PARA-3492

27.5

388

Cost - Tuition

Tuition is $15,204.26 plus $288.75 Learner Services Fee.

This amount is payable in instalments over the three terms as follows:

Term 1  
   Deposit $500.00
   Tuition $6,256.97
   Learner Service Fee $123.75
Term 2  
   Tuition $5,068.82
   Learner Service Fee $99.00
Term 3  
   Tuition $3,378.47
   Learner Service Fee $66.00

Note: All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Refunds

Application fees & program deposit ($500) are non-refundable and non-transferable in any circumstances.

If a student withdraws prior to the start of an ACP Program term they receive a 100% refund less deposit of that terms tuition.

If a student withdraws within the first two weeks of an ACP Program term they will be eligible for 80% refund less deposit of that terms tuition.

After the first two weeks in any term there is no refund of tuition paid for that term.

Financial Assistance

StudentAid BC may be available to supplement your own financial resources to help you reach your educational goals.

Students may also be eligible for other forms of assistance, such as the Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) Education Fund Award and the JIBC General Student Bursary, and we encourage all students to apply.

For more information please visit Student Services or contact the Financial Aid & Student Awards Advisor at financialaid@jibc.ca or 604.528.5762 (toll-free 1.877.528.5591).

Cost - Books, Supplies, Other

Textbooks & Uniform

Once you have been accepted to the program, you will be given information about purchasing uniforms and textbooks.

Apple iPad Tablet

Throughout the ACP Program you will be documenting skills, simulations and patient contacts on electronic Patient Care Records in both the classroom and practice education environments. The program will be evaluating student competency and performance through the use of CompTracker, our competency management system. Students are required to have an Apple iPad tablet during the program to support the use of this system.

Practice Education

There may be times when students will need to travel outside their region for practice education shifts. Students must be prepared to accept the financial cost of travel and living expenses associated with attendance at these shifts.

Exam Retest Fees

If a student does not demonstrate that they have met an acceptable standard in a program exam component, they may be provided an opportunity to retest. An examination fee of $150 will be charged for each practical exam and Capstone exam retest and $75 for each OSCE retest. There is no charge for a written exam retest. Only one retest per each exam component is allowed.

Policy and Procedures


Last updated September 28, 2016