professional programs:
Primary Care Paramedic

Course Overview

Primary Care Paramedic Certificate

One-Year Program
Receive a biblical/theological foundation from Prairie with credentialed faith-integrated emergency medical services training from Professional Medical Associates.

Graduates receive:

  • Certificate in Ministry from Prairie
  • Emergency Medical Responder Certification from Professional Medical Associates
  • Primary Care Paramedic Certification from Professional Medical Associates

This comprehensive 1-year program will challenge you academically and spiritually as you prepare for service in a demanding and rewarding career.

  • Tuition & Fees Additional costs outlined in PCP: In-Depth on this page.

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PCP: In Depth

Program Overview

This program combines a biblical/theological foundation from Prairie with credentialed faith-integrated emergency medical services training from Professional Medical Associates delivered in a seamless holistic experience.

Students complete all of the classroom courses and labs on Prairie’s campus. This allows for a unique student experience that includes chapel, spiritual life conferences, service opportunities, small groups, sports and other co-curricular activities. Students are required to successfully complete the biblical/theological courses in the Fall semester in order to enter the EMR course beginning in January.

Successful completion of the EMR course, a practical scenario as well as a selection exam/interview process is required to enter the PCP course. The PCP course includes material in Section 12(1) of the Health Disciplines Act, as well as the Alberta Competency Profile from the ACP and the National Occupational Competency Profile of the Paramedic Association of Canada at the PCP level.

The classroom component of the PCP course will be completed by the end of June. Students will then be involved in a hospital component as well as an ambulance practicum which takes place at a supervised emergency ambulance service in Alberta.

Schedule

Fall Semester - Term 1

  • ST 100 The Christian Life (3 cr)
  • OT 112 Reading the Torah (3 cr)
  • HF 110 Written Composition (1.5 cr)

Fall Semester - Term 2

  • NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts (3 cr)
  • TH 105 Theology in Vocation (3 cr)
  • HF 110 Written Composition (1.5 cr)

For course descriptions, see catalogue here.

Winter Semester - Term 1

  • Emergency Medical Responder Course

Winter Semester - Term 2

  • Primary Care Paramedic Course

Practicum (July - September)

We cannot guarantee that practicum sites will be available in the Three Hills vicinity. Practicum length varies depending on the call volume and student aptitude. Practicum completion is based on competency, not merely fulfilling a prescribed amount of hours.

Accreditation

Professional Medical Associates has approval through the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) and the Health Disciplines Board of Alberta. The EMR/PCP program is accredited as a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program. Accreditation of the program by the Canadian Medical Association allows for national mobility and recognition. Successful completion of the EMR and PCP courses provides eligibility to write the ACP exams. Successfully completing these exams provides eligibility for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics.

Program Outcomes

Program Outcomes

A graduate of the PCP program will be able to:

  1. Assess, diagnose, and treat patients in a variety of medical and trauma emergencies. 
  2. Demonstrate professional character in fulfilling responsibilities through effective communication and interpersonal skills within multidisciplinary environments. 
  3. Demonstrate the skills necessary to maintain a safe work and operational environment.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of applying ethical standards, maintaining personal well being, and developing on-going professional development. 

PCP: Admissions Requirements

Academic Admission Requirements

High School Diploma with a 60% average in five Grade 12 subjects including English.

Non-Academic Admission Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Up-to-date immunizations. For detailed information, please review the immunization requirements
  • CPR Health Care Provider Level Certificate must be updated every 12 months
  • Criminal Record Check (CRC) with a Vulnerable Sector Search. Students are responsible for informing faculty of any changes to their PIC's. The Police Information Check must be dated no earlier than ninety (90) days prior to the start of the PCP program.
  • Free of any medical condition that would interfere with your performance in emergency medical care such as infectious disease, a physical condition that would prevent you from lifting and carrying a stretcher of an adult patient, and/or uncontrolled epilepsy or other convulsive disorders.

Additional Costs

  • Costs associated with a practicum such as travel, food and lodging
  • Criminal Record Check (CRC) with vulnerable sector selected
  • Textbooks for any courses other than EMR/PCP specific courses
  • Stethoscope (Approximately $105 for the correct type)
  • Uniforms are provided during the PCP program (one pair of pants, one shirt). Additional uniforms may be purchased.
  • Recommended at the PCP level but not provided are a uniform style belt (not a belt carrier) and uniform black CSA approved boots.
  • ACP EMR exam
  • ACP PCP exam
  • ACP EMR Registration Fee
  • ACP PCP Registration

Fee Refunds 
There is no tuition refund for the EMR or PCP course after beginning the specific course. All course refunds will follow refund policies as outlined in the Academic Guide. 

Government Loans
Applicants should be aware that it is not possible to get a Provincial student loan to help cover the cost of the one year PCP program. 

Part-time Canada student loans may be available for the PCP portion of the program but not the Bible (fall) portion. It is advisable that you not rely on these part-time loans to fund your schooling.

Many of our students in PCP obtain a Student Line of Credit from their bank to help pay for the program.

Please contact our Financial Aid department if you have questions (403-443-3042)

James Medford  Program Coordinator

I am passionate about preparing students for a rewarding and challenging career. I love seeing our students leave here with confidence in their abilities and clarity in their mission to be competent, professional and caring Primary Care Paramedics.

Biblical Studies 1
Reading from the Bible itself is a great way to learn about the foundation that we are strengthening here.
Hayden
PCP Student
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It is a fantastic college. It has a great community, which allows you to meet many people and make a lot of friends. The courses here challenge your faith and allow you to grow in your faith and help develop your own foundation in Christ.
Chance
PCP Student
Biblical Studies 1
It is a welcoming environment, very engaging and everyone wants to see you excel in your classes and will help you every step of the way with your walk with God.
Patrick
PCP Student
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Prairie is such a welcoming place to be. You will have many friends and many great memories when you leave.
Justin
PCP Student
Hayden
Chance
Patrick
Justin

Career Opportunities

 

This training equips you for a rewarding and challenging career as a Primary Care Paramedic. 

 

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I look back on my time at Prairie and think: "If only I went there now; the campus is so alive these days." Then I remember that my Prairie experience, like anything in our faith life, really is as good as you allow it to be. For me, it was a safe haven in uncertain times, a source of refinement and my best friend forever factory. It was the place where Jesus met me often through the professors, my coaches, and the people within the town of Three Hills itself. I love where Prairie has come, and where it is going. As a mother, I am confident that anyone who attends is being well equipped to impact my son's world with the love of Jesus! 
Tara Williams
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