Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology's 3-semester Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training-to-Paramedic Bridging program is designed primarily for graduates of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program to bridge or ladder into the College's 'Paramedic program and obtain an additional Primary Care Paramedic diploma in just three semesters.' The Paramedic program will equip students with 'the skills and knowledge needed to provide emergency care in the pre-hospital setting.' Students will be exposed to a 'theoretical basis for the interventions required to deal with pre-hospital medical or trauma emergencies,' with an emphasis 'on the ability to communicate effectively with patients and to function well as part of the health care team.' Mandatory laboratory practice sessions will reinforce and advance the theoretical aspects of the Program.
Participants will also have the opportunity to apply, practice, and enhance what they learn in the classroom and laboratory through the practical 'assessment and the provision of a primary level of care.' Therefore, in addition to having Firefighting knowledge and skills, graduates of the bridging Program will possess the abilities to assist in various pre-hospital medical and trauma emergencies such as at dangerous goods accidents, fires, motor vehicle accidents, and search and rescue missions. Before graduates will 'be certified as' Paramedics, they 'must be successful in theoretical examinations set by the Ministry of Health, Emergency Health Services Branch, Ontario.' The cost of this examination will be the responsibility of the student.
Career-wise, graduates will have acquired the qualifications that will allow them to be candidates for various professional, full time employment with federal, municipal, and provincial government agencies, ambulance services, emergency response units, fire departments, hospitals emergency services, and by industrial establishments that have internal Firefighting services, among many others.
To be eligible for the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training-to-Paramedic Bridging program, applicants should 'be a graduate of a Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training program. Applicants who did not graduate from the aforementioned program but who possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, are still eligible for admission. However, the latter who graduated via the old OS: IS curriculum must have successfully completed 'secondary school senior level Biology and Chemistry (Grade 11 or 12), MAT4G (or equivalent)' while those who graduated through the new OSS curriculum must have successfully completed senior level Biology and Chemistry (Grade 11 or 12) and MAP 4C (or equivalent).' In addition, applicants from either the OS:IS or OSS systems must have completed Computer Applications I or BTT10-Highschool, Computer Credit, Communications I, Crisis Intervention I, Crisis Intervention II (or Psychology I), Focus on Fitness I and II, and Human Behaviour.
Students should note that to qualify for participation in 'clinical training students must not have been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude for which that person has not been pardoned (as outlined in the Ambulance Act of Ontario).' Students with 'an unpardoned criminal record' will be disqualified from partaking in the work experience placement and thus will be unable to graduate. Students will also need to be immunized against diphtheria, Hepatitis B, influenza, poliomyelitis, and tetanus and 'a valid CPR, Basic Rescuer and Standard First Aid Certificate' before being eligible for the work experience placement. Additionally, although not required for admission, students 'will be to perform heavy lifting in varying conditions throughout the program,' and thus learners are encouraged to acquire and maintain a level of physical fitness that will allow them to perform these tasks.