About the program
Students will take Standard First Aid (includes CPR), Emergency Response Fundamentals (EMERG 001) and Advanced First Aid Response or Emergency First Aid with options to challenge Advanced First Aid/MFR (EMERG 002). There is e-learning through D2L, as well as, theory and lab components. The program focuses on entry-level training required for working in the field of emergency pre-hospital care. Topics covered include emergency medical services, patient assessment, basic life support, therapies, trauma and medical emergencies, emergency childbirth, geriatrics, environmental emergencies, special situations, anatomy and physiology and professionalism. Students will do Standard First Aid over the course of the first two weeks of classes. Even if the student has already done Standard First Aid, student will need to participate again over the first two weeks of classes. There is expected online reading outside of class time.
Course time & location
- Single semester, Monday to Wednesday from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
- February to June
- Classes are held on SAIT campus.
- Be at least 16 years of age.
- Complete the HCS3000 prior to applying for the program.
- Be on track to complete Bio 30 or Science 30, English 31-1 or 30-2, Math 20-1 or 20-2.
- Have a valid Class 5 Drivers' Licence.
This program was designed for any student interested in a healthcare field or is progressing to a Paramedic program. Students will receive an Advanced First Aid Certificate and earn high school credits. Once students complete the Foundation in Emergency Care program, students can apply to get into the International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) class. It is offered at SAIT but also through other providers. Once a student has their ITLS, students can challenge the exam for Medical First Responder (MFR), which if successful, results in students having their MFR certificate. This is necessary in order to continue to move through to other levels of becoming a paramedic. If a student does not want to challenge the exam for MFR, they can also apply to get into the EMR program, though most of what is covered in EMR they would have done through the Foundations in Emergency Care program. NOTE: EMR students must be 18 years old and must possess a valid class 5 driver’s lesson with their GDL removed. Once students have their Medical First Responder certificate, they can apply to Primary Care Paramedic (formerly EMT). They need to work in Primary Care Paramedicine for one year before applying to Advanced Care Paramedic.
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