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Critical Care Paramedic Program

We are excited to launch the Critical Care Paramedic Program!  This exceptional course prepares Advanced Care Paramedics (ACPs) to work in a variety of critical care settings and upon completion, seek licensure from the College of Paramedics of Nova Scotia (CPNS) as a Critical Care Paramedic (CCP). The Critical Care Paramedic Program (CCPP) will stretch your understanding of critical care theoretical concepts and best practice guidelines.

By gaining a broader insight of factors which influence safe care and by increasing sensitivity in relation to interprofessional team work and patient & family centered care, you will become more proficient in providing high quality, safe and effective, person centered care in critical care practice environments.

This competency based educational program uses conceptual learning strategies and includes self-directed web-based modules supported by a high-level of interactive e-learning learning using our online platform Brightspace. Discussion boards and case studies mirror the uniqueness of critical care paramedic practice. A study schedule and regular communication with faculty will keep you on track with your studies.  

Group discussion, either face-to-face or via web conferencing, along with skills and simulation sessions are woven throughout the program. This clinical learning, lasting approximately 168 hours, is provided in both pre-hospital and hospital based critical care environments of practice in Nova Scotia. You will be matched with a designated preceptor who will supervise the clinical experience under the guidance of the CCPP faculty.

The Critical Care Paramedic Program (16 weeks)

  • September 20, 2021 – January 21, 2022; In Session

This program delivery model includes both full-time and part-time study aimed at ensuring the paramedic achieves the knowledge, skills and abilities required to meet the program competencies.  The program will be aligned with a transition to practice approach that will support the paramedic in transferring program competencies into their critical care practice. As this is a sponsored program, interested candidates should apply to the expression of interest job posting with the employer, only those with confirmed clinical seats from the employer should register for the program.

Interested applicants should apply to the expression of interest (EOI) posted as part of a sponsorship model through employers. This program is not offered externally at this time.  Successful sponsored applicants will be directed to register for the program by their employer.

Program Requirements

Paramedics interested in the CCPP should have a minimum of five years of recent experience and hold active-practicing ACP licensure with the College of Paramedics of Nova Scotia (CPNS). 

Clinical Placement Requirements

  1. Basic Life Support (BLS):  Learners in any RNPDC program which has clinical components require active BLS status. RNPDC follows the CDHA CC 90-015 District Code Blue Umbrella Policy, which requires healthcare providers be recertified in BLS every 2 years.  

    The course can be readily obtained from St. John Ambulance, Canadian Red Cross or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. RNPDC requires a copy of your most recent certification on file.  You will be provided with directions on how to submit documentation with your acceptance/welcome letters.

    If your BLS is going to expire during the program, faculty recommends you recertify PRIOR to entering the program. 
     
  2. Criminal Record Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Search may be required before clinical placement. Please check with the program admin if you are unsure if a CRC is required for your clinical placement. 
     
  3. Provincial SLP Immunizations and Infections Disease Screening may be required before your clinical placement. Please check with the program admin if you are unsure if required for your clinical placement.
     
  4. NS Health e-Learning Modules - All learners participating in clinical experiences are required to submit evidence of completion of required NS Health e-Learning modules.  Details can be found by clicking on the REGISTER NOW button.

Program Fees

Academic Fees This is a sponsored program covered by the employer.

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