Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS)

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This program builds upon the Primary Care Paramedic certificate and offers a foundation of liberal studies and health sciences that will ensure graduates are prepared to lead Emergency Medical Services (EMS) into the future.

The diploma has three components:

  1. Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Certificate
  2. Academic Foundation of liberal studies, advanced health science studies, and professional practice courses
  3. Diploma Completion project

Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS) which they may use as a basis for further studies in Health Sciences in the future.

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Who Should Take This Diploma Program

The Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS) is designed for a diverse audience, including:

  • Secondary school graduates seeking careers in health sciences and emergency medical services
  • Provincial and national paramedics seeking an academic credential
  • Existing PCP (or equivalent) graduates seeking pre-requisites for the JIBC ACP program
  • Existing PCP (or equivalent) graduates planning future degree studies
  • Allied health professionals seeking to enhance their skill base with training in emergency medical services

Note: Learners can complete the PCP certification component of the program and begin working part-time while completing the diploma.

Individual courses within the Diploma Program are available for enrollment subject to meeting prerequisites.

Learning Objectives

The Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS) will provide learners with depth and breadth of knowledge and a skill base that will enable them to assume roles in EMS or other health care professions.

Upon completion of the diploma graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professionalism and teamwork within the health care system
  • Provide paramedic practice based on the concepts of evidence-based approaches to EMS
  • Provide patient care at a Primary Care Paramedic level
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate critical and analytical thinking
  • Demonstrate leadership

Program Format

  • The Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Certificate component consists of 8 courses comprising lectures, hands-on simulation practice and a practicum component. This component is typically completed in full-time studies over six months and is offered at four regional sites across BC.
  • The Academic Foundation component comprises 4 liberal studies and 4 advanced health science courses, which are all offered online.
  • The Diploma Completion component comprises 3 courses offered in an on-line and a blended-learning format with a focus on communications and conflict resolution in EMS, professional practice, and a Diploma Capstone project. The capstone project is focused on a patient profile case and learner portfolio.

Courses

Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Certificate Component (30 transferable credits)*

Course Name 

Course Code

Credits

Hours

Clinical Sciences

PARA-1100

3.0

42

Fundamentals of  Paramedical Care 1

PARA-1200

6.0

84

Fundamentals of Paramedical Care 2

PARA-1220

6.0

84

Classic Medical Cases 1

PARA-1250

3.0

42

Classic Medical Cases 2

PARA-1251

6.0

84

Trauma Cases

PARA-1252

3.0

42

Complex Cases

PARA-1260

6.0

84

Clinical Applications

PARA-1290

12.5

207

 

Liberal Studies/Health Sciences Component (24 credits)

Course Name

Course Code

Credits

Hours

Academic Writing

ENGL-1100

3.0

42

Statistics

STAT-1100

3.0

42

Research Methods

RESM-2100

3.0

42

Applied Ethics

ETHS-1100

3.0

42

Introduction to Psychology

PSYC-1100

3.0

42

Human Anatomy & Physiology

BIOL-2203

3.0

42

Pathophysiology

HLSC-2214

3.0

42

Pharmacology

HLSC-2215

3.0

42

 

Diploma Completion Component (6 credits)

Course Name

Course Code

Credits

Hours

Professional Practice: Evidence-based Practice

HLSC-2216

1.5

21

Theoretical Foundations of Dispute Resolution

CRES-1150

1.5

21

Capstone Project

HLSC-2299

3.0

42

*30 of the PCP certificate program credits are transferable towards completion of the EMS Diploma.

Learners who have already completed the PCP Certificate component are only required to complete the Academic Foundation (liberal studies and health sciences courses) and Diploma completion components.

Individual courses within the Diploma Program are available for enrollment subject to meeting prerequisites.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning

Transfer Credits

Applicants may apply to receive transfer credit towards the EMS Diploma requirements through assessment of their previous post-secondary transcripts and supporting course outlines for courses which they believe may be equivalent to courses within the diploma.

There is a residency requirement for the program.  A student may receive transfer credit for courses taken at another post-secondary institution for up to 50% (ie: 30 credits) of the total program credits.

Applicants who have successfully completed the JIBC’s PCP Program will receive 30 credits towards the completion of the EMS Diploma requirements.

Applicants who are from another CMA accredited PCP program may receive block transfer credits towards the Diploma (total credits to be assessed on a case-by case basis).

Persons requesting transfer credit for individual courses must complete a Recognition of Prior Learning Request form. Check with program area if unsure whether courses have been previously articulated.

Cost

  • Full 2-year program: approx. $9,900 (+ fees & taxes)
    • PCP Program:  $4,357.80
    • Health Sciences/Liberal Studies:  Pricing per course varies from $312 to $630 each
  • If PCP level achieved:  approx. $5,500(+ fees and taxes)
  • A $75 non-refundable application fee will need to accompany the application package submission

Prices are current as of April 1, 2016. Prices are subject to change without notice and subject to applicable fees and taxes.

Books and Supplies

HLSC-2215 Pharmacology
Textbook Required: Lippincott's Illustrated Reviews: Pharmacology,6th Edition. Clark, Finkel, Rey and Whalen (2012). Students are responsible for purchasing the textbook for the course. It is available from the JIBC Bookstore, 604-528-5870, jistore@jibc.ca.

Also, Photo Atlas  is also required to be purchased – Lippincott’s Photo Atlas of Medication Administration, 5th Edition. 


BIOL-2203 Anatomy & Physiology
Textbook Required: Introduction to the Human Body (9th Edition); G. Tortora and B. Derrickson (John Wiley & Sons Inc) available through the JIBC Bookstore by calling 604-528-5870. 


HLSC-2214 Pathophysiology
Textbook Required:  S. Grossman & C. Porth. (2014). Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States (9th Edition). Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. ISBN 978-1-4511-4611-4.

Admission Requirements and Selection Process

Minimum Academic Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 graduation with specific courses and minimum grades as follows:
    • Biology 11 (or equivalent) with minimum grade of ‘C+’
    • Mathematics 11 (minimum grade of C) or equivalent
    • English 12/ English 12 First Peoples (minimum grade of C) or equivalent

OR

  • Mature Students
    Mature students will be accepted into the program based on the JIBC’s Mature Student Admissions guidelines and procedures.  Mature students are defined as those who:
    • Do not have BC Grade 12 or any of the equivalencies outlined in the JIBC Grade 12 equivalency procedures, and
    • Are at least 25 years of age, and meet all other requirements.

The Academic Admission requirements to be met by Mature Students are: 

  •  
    • Biology 11 (or equivalent) with minimum grade of ‘C+’
    • Mathematics 11 (minimum grade of C) or equivalent
    • English 12 (minimum grade of C) or equivalent

Other Entrance Requirements

  • Minimum age 17 years
  • Current EMR Certification (PCP, ACP, and ITT Practitioners must provide proof of completion of the higher level of certification in order to be exempt from this requirement)

Note: Applicants for the EMS Diploma, who have not already completed the PCP certificate must also meet the specific entrance requirements for the PCP certificate program, and submit a separate application for that program).

Application Process

The Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS) Program accepts applications on a continuous basis. Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Download a Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS) Application Guide.
  2. Complete prerequisites and photocopy required documentation.
  3. Complete Recognition of Prior Learning Request Form if applicable
  4. Complete the JIBC Online Program Application Form. Our Admissions Officer will contact you for the $75 application fee.
  5. Submit your documents in person, by mail or by fax to:

Admissions Officer
Registration Office
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC, V3L 5T4

Phone: 604.528.5590
or toll-free 1.877.528.5591

Fax: 604.528.5653
Email: register@jibc.ca

If you fax your application you must mail original transcripts to our office to support your application.


Last updated November 22, 2016