Emergency Medical Personnel/Paramedic

Emergency medical personnel (Emergency Medical Attendant (EMS), Ambulance Attendant, Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Emergency Medical Technologist (EMT-P), Health Care Technologist, Medical Technologist, Paramedic, Paramedic Practitioner) administer pre-hospital emergency medical care to patients with injuries or medical illnesses and transport them to hospitals or other medical facilities for further medical care. They are employed by private ambulance services, hospitals, fire departments, government departments and agencies, manufacturing firms, mining companies and other private sector establishments. Paramedics who are supervisors are included in this unit group.


Essential Skills

(the number in brackets indicates the level of ES)


Language


Program Locations in Alberta

  • Medicine Hat College – Medicine Hat,  Brooks, AB
  • Portage College, Lac La Biche,  Bonnyville, Cold Lake, AB
  • Northern Lakes College – Grouard, Athabasca, Grande Prairie, High Level, High Prairie, Peace River,  Slave Lake, Smoky River, Wabasca,
  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) – Edmonton, AB
  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) – Calgary, AB
  • Keyano College – Fort MacMurray, AB

Program Contact

  • Medicine Hat Collegehttp://www.mhc.ab.ca | Toll-Free: + 1 (866) 282-8394
  • Portage College –  http://www.portagecollege.ca | Toll-Free: +1 (866) 623-5551
  • Northern Lakes College – http://www.northernlakescollege.ca | Toll-Free: +1 (866) 652-3456 |
    Business: +1 (780) 751-3200 | Fax: +1 (780) 751-3355
  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)  –  http://www.nait.ca | Toll-Free: +1 (877) 333-6248 |Business: +1 (780) 471-6248 | Fax: + (780) 471-8490
  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)   http://www.sait.ca |Toll-Free: +1 (877) 284-7248 | Business: +1 (403) 284-7248 | Fax: +1 (403) 284-7112
  • Keyano College –  http://www.keyano.ca | Toll-Free: +1 (800) 251-1408


Program Description


Program Length & Cost

(as indicated on Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website)

  • Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences (Paramedic) (Medicine Hat College) – a 4 year applied degree program –  $5,324.00 + $5,324.00 +$ $3,647.00 Books & Supplies+  $868.00 Mandatory Fees (Year One)
  • Paramedic Diploma (Medicine Hat College) – a 3-year diploma program –   – $5,324.00 +$ $3,647.00 Books & Supplies+  $868.00 Mandatory Fees (Year One)
  • Emergency Medical Responder (Portage College)  – a one year or less certificate program – $742.00 +$ $371.00 Books & Supplies +   $220.00 Mandatory Fees (Year One) http://www.portagecollege.ca/Documents/apply/DatesCosts_1617_Sept19.pdf
  • Emergency Medical Technician(Portage College)   a 2-year diploma program- $3,484.00 +$ 1100.00 Books & Supplies +   $570.00 Mandatory Fees (Year One) http://www.portagecollege.ca/Documents/apply/DatesCosts_1617_Sept19.pdf
  • Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic – Emergency Medical Technologist (Portage College)  a  3-year diploma program – $4,353.00$ +1,100.00Books & Supplies +   $570.00 Mandatory Fees (Year One) http://www.portagecollege.ca/Documents/apply/DatesCosts_1617_Sept19.pdf
  • Emergency Medical Responder (Northern Lakes College) a one year or less certificate program – $1,888.00 +  $375.00  Books & Supplies  + $45.00 Mandatory Fees (Year One)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (Northern Lakes College) a 2-year diploma program – $5,192.00+ $3,420.00 Books & Supplies  + $123.00 Mandatory Fees (Year One)
  • Emergency Medical Technologist – Paramedic (Northern Lakes College) a 3-year diploma program – $5,192.00+ $3,420.00 Books & Supplies  + $123.00 Mandatory Fees (Year One)
  • Emergency Medical Responder(NAIT) a one year or less certificate program $2,167 + $380.00 Books & Supplies  + $120.00 Mandatory Fees (Year One)
  • Emergency Management (NAIT)- a one year or less certificate program  -$2,167 + $380.00 Books & Supplies  + $120.00 Mandatory Fees (Year One)
  • Emergency Medical Technician –  Ambulance(NAIT)  – a one year certificate program – $2,085 +$747.00 Books & Supplies  + $120.00 Mandatory Fees (Year One)
  • Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic (NAIT) – a 2-year diploma program – $4,334.00  + $989.00  Books & Supplies  +  $120.00  Mandatory Fees (Year One)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (SAIT) – a 1 year certificate -$3,420.00  + 523 Books & Supplies  + $160.00 Mandatory Fees (Year One)
  • Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic( SAIT) – a 2-year diploma program – $5,945  + 523 Books & Supplies  + $160.00 Mandatory Fees (Year One)
  • Emergency Medical Technician Ambulance (Keyano College)   – a certificate program – one year or less – $2,720.00 + $1,670.00 Books & Supplies  + $389.00 Mandatory Fees (Year One)


Occupation Outlook

  • Above average is the expected occupational growth in Alberta. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions. EMRs work for provincial, private and industrial ambulance services. Some firefighters are qualified EMRs. Advancement to the second and third tiers of Alberta’s system of emergency medical services requires additional training. EMTs work for ambulance services and related industrial and emergency services. EMT-Ps are employed in emergency service departments, ambulance services and other health care related environments. Industries such as the oil and gas industry may employ EMT-Ps to provide emergency medical aid on large job sites. With additional education, EMT-Ps may move into related health care occupations. All three tiers of emergency medical personnel are included in the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 3234: Ambulance Attendants and Other Paramedical Occupations. In Alberta, 78% of people employed in this classification work in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry. The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry), location in Alberta, employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions), occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before), size of the occupation. Over 5,600 Albertans are employed in the Ambulance Attendants and Other Paramedical Occupations occupational group which is expected to have an annual above average growth of 3.0% from 2013 to 2017 in Alberta. It is forecasted that about 168 new positions will be created each year in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Since emergency medical personnel form only a part of the larger occupational group on which this forecast is based, only a portion of the new positions created will be for emergency medical personnel. Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.


Compensation

  • Average Salary: $ 48,233.00 | Average Wage: $27.84

Resources – ALIS profile, NOC, IAF


Other

  • Under Alberta’s Health Disciplines Act and Emergency Medical Technicians Regulation, only registered members of the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) (www.collegeofparamedics.org) may call themselves an emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician or emergency medical technologist – paramedic. Registered members provide health services listed in the Regulation. Registration requires successful completion of: (1) an approved program of studies and (2) an approved examination. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the ACP website or contact the ACP. Emergency medical personnel who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered practitioners in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. To find more information on the certification process for internationally educated emergency medical personnel, see Emergency Medical Personnel Registration Process on the AlbertaCanada.com website.
  • Alberta College of Paramedics
  • www.collegeofparamedics.org


Career Info

NOC link: 3234
Offered Online? Northern Lakes College - distance delivery/ Emergency Medical Technologist - Paramedic - blended | Portage College -Emergency Medical Responder- distance delivery | NAIT – Emergency Management - distance delivery
Last Updated: Jan 11, 2017



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