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November 16, 2012

Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program redesign

Students and stakeholders to benefit from updates to curriculum in response to evolving needs

JIBC’s nationally accredited Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program is undergoing a redesign, which will be completed and launched by August 2013.  The redesign will align the PCP program with the most current national standards and prepare graduates for success as professional paramedics with ambulance services, industrial companies, and hospitals across the country and internationally.  Additionally, it will enhance the development of transferable skills sought by employers in related allied health care, emergency services, educational, and management and leadership fields.

The redesign was initiated, in part, by the implementation of the 2011 National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP), established by the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC). This created an opportunity for us to also review the JIBC requirement for course-specific evaluation of students, replacing the current practice of summative evaluations across multiple courses.

The redesign process provided the School of Health Sciences (SOHS) with an opportunity to solicit and respond to student, faculty, preceptor, and stakeholder feedback, as well as to embed the JIBC Core Competencies (critical thinking, problem solving, oral and written communication, interpersonal relations, leadership, and inter-professional teamwork) throughout the program.   

Even the relatively minor proposed changes in the course sequencing, such as placing “Classic Medical Cases” prior to “Classic Trauma Cases” in the program, will significantly enhance students’ learning experience and outcomes.   The new course sequence will be as follows:





Clinical Sciences (Online)



Fundamentals of Paramedical Care 1



Fundamentals of Paramedical Care 2



Clinical Applications A



Classic Medical Cases 1



Classic Medical Cases 2



Clinical Applications B



Classic Trauma Cases



Complex Cases



Clinical Applications C              (A+B+C=)



Total Credits


According to Steven Mills, JIBC Primary Care Paramedic Program Manager, who will be leading the initiative, this change will allow students “to immediately apply the clinical decision making, communication, and teamwork skills they will learn in the first part of the program when subsequently assessing, managing, and caring for patients.”

In the redesigned program, students will spend four weeks learning online in PARA100 Clinical Sciences, followed by 16 weeks in the classroom, and up to 12 weeks (91 days) completing the PARA290 Clinical Applications course (i.e. hospital and ambulance placements), for a total of 45.5 credits, 30 of which are transferable as a block to the Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS).

Other enhancements will include:

  • The addition of a second mid-program Clinical Applications (hospital and care facility placements) component, PARA290B, to engage students in interprofessional practice;
  • An increase from 12 to 14 ambulance placements to allow for more time to integrate knowledge, skills and judgement in the field; and
  • The addition of a variety of weighted assignments and projects to provide students more opportunity to reflect on, apply and integrate what they are learning.

“I really look forward to supporting the learning of PCP students in the field during their preceptorships,” says Bob Cail, a veteran preceptor from BC Ambulance Service Vernon station #337.  “The redesigned program will go a long way towards enhancing the students’ ability to respond to the evolving demands of the profession.”

Applications for the first offerings of the redesigned program will be accepted between November 19 and December 28, 2012.

For more details, including how to apply to the program, go to the Primary Care Paramedic Program page, or attend one of our scheduled Information Sessions.

Tags: Paramedic Academy, PCP, Primary Care Paramedic, School of Health Sciences

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Last updated October 28, 2014