Paramedic Care

Paramedic Care (181.A0)

PROGRAM PLANNER FOR FALL 2019 OR LATER The following planner indicates all the courses needed and the usual path to complete your DEC in this program.

  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in PHEC.
ENGLISH | 603-101-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete four (4) English courses to obtain their DEC. Courses 603-102 and 603-103 may be taken in either order only after successfully completing 603-101. Course 603-200-MQ is the 4th and last English course required. Click here for courses list.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-101-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ.Click here for courses list.

FRENCH | 602-1XX-MQ

Every student needs one of each of the Block “A” and Block “B” courses in order to complete their DEC. For each block, there are four levels of courses: Level 1 , Level 2 , Level 3 and Level 4.
Placement in the appropriate level of French is determined by the students’ high school marks. The French Department reserves the right to change the placement of a student upon written notice. Students take the Block “B” course at the same level as the Block “A” course.
If placement determines that students do not have a college level of proficiency in French, students may be required to take remedial courses to upgrade their knowledge of the language. Click here for courses list. 

Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 | 101-107-AB

Human Anatomy and Physiology is the first of four required Biology courses in the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Program. This course introduces the essential concepts of homeostasis, the organization and functioning of the human body. Students will study the organization of the human body at the chemical, cellular and tissue levels before beginning a detailed study of the Nervous, Endocrine, and Cardiovascular systems. This course is intended only for students in the Pre-Hospital Emergency Program.

Introduction to the Profession | 181-110-AB

In this course, students will learn to analyze the job function of a paramedic by referring to the organization of the health and social services network and by referring to the orientations of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux du Québec with respect to the occupation. They will become aware of the laws, regulations, standards and codes currently in effect which govern the characteristics of the occupation and its working conditions. They will get an accurate general definition of the occupation with clear distinction of the areas of intervention of paramedics. They will be able to define the working conditions and identify work environments related to pre-hospital emergency care. They will be made aware of the distinction of the roles of different emergency response agencies.

Emergency Patient Transportation | 181-111-AB

In this course, students will learn to move a variety of patients in various pre-hospital care settings, in emergency or non-emergency situations, using different modes of transport. They will learn to work in a team and in collaboration with other emergency response agencies. They will learn to choose methods and techniques for moving patients in both pre-hospital and hospital settings, while observing safety and ergonomic rules for methods and techniques selected for lifting, transferring and moving patients.

EMS Communication | 181-112-AB

Students will learn to communicate properly in the workplace by referring to the legislation governing confidentiality and access to personal information. This will be applied in various situations with colleagues, superiors, the care team and other emergency response workers. This will be done by using observation checklists and sample coaching reports while working collaboratively within a care team. They will be able to demonstrate attitudes and behaviours that promote a positive work climate through effective communication of information. They will also learn to collaborate in an interdisciplinary context through accurate identification of each person’s role and responsibilities.
Through the usage of radio codes, students will learn to communicate effectively the needs and expectations of a particular situation and information about a patient while maintaining respect for other people’s expertise. They should be able to effectively collaborate during problem-solving and decision-making in a variety of situations. They will learn to apply the correct use of health science terminology to interact in work situations where conflicts exist.

Emergency Cardiovascular Care | 181-113-AB

Students will learn to intervene with patients requiring first aid and resuscitation in a pre-hospital care setting. In doing so, they will refer to the legal framework governing the practice of the occupation in various situations involving medical and trauma resuscitation, with all types of patients. They will learn to apply these skills in a team and in collaboration with other emergency response workers, all the time using clinical intervention protocols, reference materials and administrative documents.

Ethnics and Socio-cultural Communities | 387-181-AB

As the urban and city areas become increasingly populated by individuals from various countries with different religious, social and cultural realities, it is necessary to develop a broader awareness of issues. As well, within the cities there are increasingly complex social-ethnic interactions which need to be addressed and understood. The purpose of this course will be to expose the First Responders to the diversity of their future clientele, ranging from ethnic groups, homeless, gang issues, trans-cultural differences, aging population, domestic issues and others, in order for them to develop coping skills, anticipate issues and enhance their skills. This course will utilize class lectures, scenarios and projects to develop the skill necessary to facilitate social, cultural and ethnic interactions when clients are under stress.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in PHEC.
ENGLISH | 603-1XX-MQ

After successfully completing their 603-101 course, students may choose to take either a 603-102 or a 603-103 course. Click here to view courses list. 

COMPLEMENTARY COURSE

Complementary courses provide an opportunity for students to explore subjects outside their field of concentration and are offered in six different areas. Except for Liberal Arts, Arts & Sciences and Double DEC programs, students must take two (2) complementary courses as part of their General Education requirement.
Students are encouraged to select courses from subjects that are outside their program of study;
Students can take a course from each ensemble of the same domain;
Or
Students can take a course from either ensemble of two different domains;
Or
Students can take a course from the same ensemble of two different domains;
Domain 1, Domain 2, Domain 3 , Domain 4 , Domain 5 and Domain 6

Click here to view courses list. 

HUMANITIES | 345-1XX-MQ

Students need three (3) Humanities courses to complete their DEC. Courses 345-101-MQ and 345-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 345-21_-AB. Click here to view courses list. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-102-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ. Click here to view courses list. 

Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 | 101-108-AB

This course continues the study of the human body focusing on the Muscular, Respiratory, Digestive, and Urinary Systems. In each System, students will study the gross anatomy and histology and will concentrate on the role of the System in the maintenance of homeostasis. This course is intended only for students in the Pre-Hospital Emergency Program.

Communication Skills | 350-184-AB

This course will provide the paramedic student with the verbal and nonverbal skills pertinent to establishing helping communication between the patient and their entourage in a pre-hospital setting. The student will learn how to solicit information about the patient’s health complaint, as well as their values and demographics so as to foster a trusting and helping relationship. They will additionally learn how to discuss the patient’s state of health with the patient and their entourage as well as to inform them of the possible treatment options. the student will also learn how to support the patient and/or their entourage in their treatment decision. How best to provide support for the patient’s entourage in the case of sudden death of the patient will also be addressed. To establish a successful helping relationship, the use of respectful and caring verbal and nonverbal communication is important across all these communication roles.

Clinical Evaluation 1 | 181-211-AB

This is the first of two courses where students will learn clinical and functional assessment methods in a pre-hospital emergency care setting. It will apply to all types of patients based on various medical and trauma situations indoors and outdoors. Students will learn to use the necessary devices and tools to perform patient assessment while using the Québec clinical intervention protocols.

Pharmacology 1 | 181-212-AB
The goal of this course is to establish a relationship between drug administration and pre-hospital clinical situations. Students will learn the different drug classifications, proper use and administration of medications; related signs associated with the use of medications. They will determine what medication to use and the administration conditions according to the pre-hospital clinical situations in accordance with the Québec clinical intervention protocols.
Ethico-Legal Principles | 181-213-AB

Students will learn to behave professionally in accordance with the occupation’s code of ethics. They will apply this behaviour in situations with patients and members of their family, superiors, colleagues, the care team and other emergency response workers. They will become familiar with the values of the occupation and assume responsibility for their actions and decisions in accordance with decisions attributed to Paramedics. They will use ethical judgment in work-related situations and become committed to maintaining and improving the quality of pre-hospital care.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in PHEC.
FRENCH | 602-2XX-AB

Every student needs one of each of the Block “A” and Block “B” courses in order to complete their DEC. For each block, there are four levels of courses: Level 1 , Level 2 , Level 3 and Level 4.
Placement in the appropriate level of French is determined by the students’ high school marks. The French Department reserves the right to change the placement of a student upon written notice. Students take the Block “B” course at the same level as the Block “A” course.
If placement determines that students do not have a college level of proficiency in French, students may be required to take remedial courses to upgrade their knowledge of the language. Click here to view courses list.

HUMANITIES | 345-1XX-MQ

Students need three (3) Humanities courses to complete their DEC. Courses 345-101-MQ and 345-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 345-21_-AB. Click here to view courses list.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION | 109-103-MQ

Students are required to successfully complete three (3) Physical Education courses to complete their DEC. Courses 109-101-MQ and 109-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 109-103-MQ. Click here to view courses list.

Self-Defense | 109-515-AB

The goal of this course is to teach students how to interpret reactions and behaviours and assess the potential for danger in a situation where a patient is exhibiting various behavioural problems or other mental health problems (e.g. schizophrenia, paranoia, bipolar psychosis). They will learn to recognize the precursors of violence towards self and others and react in a dangerous situation while following intervention protocols.

Introduction to Pathophysiology | 101-110-AB

This course is designed to study the etiology, progress and treatment of selected diseases that are frequently encountered by Paramedics in the pre-hospital care setting. Special emphasis is given to how these diseases disrupt homeostasis.

Hopital Clinical Rotation | 181-310-AB

This course will give the student the opportunity to observe and practice some of the previously learned skills related to the pre-hospital setting. Clinical areas will be visited to allow the student to integrate knowledge from theory and lab skills. Possible sites include emergency/triage, ICU/CCU, physiotherapy, respiratory therapy, obstetrics (labour and delivery), paediatrics and geriatrics. The student must submit a written report and maintain a diary of their daily tasks and interventions respecting established protocols.

Clinical Evaluation 2 | 181-311-AB

This course is the second of two dealing with proper patient assessment methods in a pre-hospital care setting. It will apply to all types of patients based on various medical or trauma situations indoors and outdoors, in various locations and weather conditions and in collaboration with various emergency response workers. They will be using the necessary devices and equipment to perform patient assessments all the while using clinical intervention protocols, reference materials and patient assessment tools and referring to scientific evidence.

Pharmacology 2 | 181-312-AB

In this course, students will apply relationships between pharmacology or drug use and clinical situations while referring to the legal framework governing the practice of the occupation. This will apply to all types of patients based on data gathered during the patient assessment, including medical prescriptions. This will be applied by using clinical intervention protocols and reference materials. Students will apply their knowledge in a clinical situation involving correct identification of classes of medication, the use or administration of medication and be able to relate clinical signs to the use of medication. They will also determine the medication(s) to administer and the conditions for administering medication in a pre-hospital care setting.

Stress Management | 350-185-AB

The professional life of a paramedic can be harsh and very demanding, so the aim of this course is to help students identify situations and/or factors that will trigger emotional or stressful reactions in the workplace. This course will consider stress, stages of crisis, awareness of safety and intervention associated with crisis response protocol and critical incident stress.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in PHEC.
ENGLISH | 603-1XX-MQ

After successfully completing their 603-101 course, students may choose to take either a 603-102 or a 603-103 course. Click here to view courses list.

HUMANITIES | 345-2XX-AB

Students need three (3) Humanities courses to complete their DEC. Courses 345-101-MQ and 345-102-MQ may be taken in either order, but both must be successfully completed before registering in 345-21_-AB. Click here to view courses list. 

Psychosocial Intervention | 181-410-AB

The goal of this course is to teach students how to intervene with patients exhibiting various behavioural problems (substance abuse) or other mental health problems (e.g. schizophrenia, paranoia, bipolar psychosis). They will learn to assess the situation as a whole, establish contact with the patient, and interpret the patient’s reactions and behaviours and assess the potential for danger in a situation while maintaining one’s psychological and physical integrity.

Simulation of Paramedic Pratice | 181-411-AB

In this course, students will experience high acuity, low frequency emergencies in a high fidelity simulated setting. Simulation provides an opportunity for realistic and practical care in a controlled environment where learners can make, detect, and correct errors without adverse consequences to them or the patient. Through simulated scenarios, learners will demonstrate clinical reasoning and apply treatment protocols for patients with various health emergencies throughout the life span.

Traumatology 1 | 181-412-AB
This is the first of two courses where students will learn to intervene with patients in various trauma situations like falls, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, physical assault. The focus of this course will be scene safety, selection of proper equipment and materials, clinical evaluation, care and transport of trauma patients.
Medical Emergencies 1 | 181-413-AB

This is the first of three courses in dealing with various situations where patients require medical care in a pre-hospital setting (e.g. cardiac, respiratory, neurological problems). They will learn to work as a team or in collaboration with other emergency response workers while using clinical intervention protocols, reference materials and administrative documents. They will also be using equipment and materials used in pre-hospital settings.

Psychopathology | 350-182-AB

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the various types of mental disorders and learn appropriate means of interacting with a person who is displaying symptoms of psychopathology. They will learn to identify and monitor signs and symptoms linked to an increased risk of aggressive or self-injurious behaviour. This course will enable students to adapt their approach towards these individuals to optimize the success of their intervention.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in PHEC.
ENGLISH | 603-200-AB

After successfully completing their 603-101 course, students may choose to take either a 603-102 or a 603-103 course. Click here to view courses list. 

COMPLEMENTARY COURSE

Complementary courses provide an opportunity for students to explore subjects outside their field of concentration and are offered in six different areas. Except for Liberal Arts, Arts & Sciences and Double DEC programs, students must take two (2) complementary courses as part of their General Education requirement.
Students are encouraged to select courses from subjects that are outside their program of study;
Students can take a course from each ensemble of the same domain;
Or
Students can take a course from either ensemble of two different domains;
Or
Students can take a course from the same ensemble of two different domains;
Domain 1, Domain 2, Domain 3 , Domain 4 , Domain 5 and Domain 6

Click here to view courses list. 

Microbiology & Immunology | 101-109-AB

A sound working knowledge of Microbiology and Immunology is important for any professional working in the Health Care Field. This course emphasizes medically important bacteria and viruses and focuses on the skills and knowledge required to identify and minimize the risk of transmission of infectious diseases. The student will be introduced to the role of micro-organisms in the development of diseases, the modes of transmission of micro-organisms, and the body’s defence mechanisms which help to ward off infectious diseases. Asepsis, disinfection, sterilization and the preventive measures needed for the safe practice of pre-hospital care are also studied.

Physical Skills | 109-504-AB

Content to be determined by the Physical Education department, in conjunction with Pre Hospital Emergency Care, to provide the student with the physical capabilities required to pass the hiring tests of the various ambulance companies.

Crisis Intervention | 181-510-AB

In this course, students will develop their knowledge and abilities to intervene on the scene of a disaster or an antisocial act or in various specific situations (e.g. automobile extrication; low-angle rescue; chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRNE) attacks; multiple-casualty incidents; industrial accidents with or without hazardous substances). Students will learn to assess the situation as a whole, approach the scene safely and proceed in collaboration with other emergency response workers and following proper protocols. Finally, they will reflect on their interventions and maintain an awareness of safety and intervention associated with crisis response protocols.

Paramedic Internship 1 | 181-511-AB

This first course of 45 hours is an initiation to the life of the paramedic in a Pre-Hospital Emergency Care setting. Students will have to integrate all previously learned knowledge and skills gained in the classroom and hospital in a field rotation under the direct supervision of a preceptor that is currently functioning in the role of a paramedic.

Traumatology 2 | 181-512-AB

Building on material learned in previous courses, students will learn to rapidly assess, extricate and treat victims of trauma in the field setting. Subjects covered will include the kinematics of trauma, rapid field assessment, hemorrhage control, rapid extrication, as well as the effects of trauma on various age groups. Specific traumas will be explored, including fractures, head and spinal injuries, and burns.

Medical Emergencies 2 | 181-513-AB

This is the second of three courses dealing with various situations where patients require medical care in a pre-hospital setting (e.g. cardiac, respiratory, neurological problems). They will continue to work as a team or in collaboration with other emergency response workers while using clinical intervention protocols, reference materials and administrative documents and continue using the equipment and materials used in pre-hospital settings.


  • Students who require a mise à niveau English or French course will be required to pass it before they can take their introductory course.
  • Students will be required to pass a Ministerial Exam of Language of Instruction and a Program Comprehensive Assessment in PHEC.
Integrating Seminar | 181-610-AB

This course is a consolidation of the material taught in the previous semesters of the program. The student will review the clinical manifestations, assessments and treatments of illnesses and injuries according to the Québec Clinical Intervention Protocols with a focus on preparing the student for final stage and provincial examinations. Course 181-611-AB Paramedic Internship 2 is a co-requisite, and both courses must be passed in the same semester in order to graduate. The Program Comprehensive Assessment is part of this course.

Paramedic Internship 2 | 181-611-AB

In this final 255-hour course, students will integrate and consolidate theory and skills gained in the classroom and hospital while working with a paramedic crew in the ambulance. A paramedic preceptor will guide the student through the daily professional practice of a paramedic. Course 181-610-AB Integrating Seminar is a co-requisite, and both courses must be passed in the same semester in order to graduate.

Emergency Vehicle Operation | 181-612-AB

In this course, students will acquire practical judgement and expertise needed to safely drive an emergency vehicle in conjuncture with the state of their patient, in order to provide optimal care. High levels of ethics and professionalism toward the population in general while safeguarding a corporate image are amongst the subjects that will be discussed.


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