An Extraordinary Career Demands
 Extraordinary Training

With more than 70% of all new Winnipeg EMS hires being Criti Care grads, greater than   half of Winnipeg EMS Paramedics (WFPS-WEMS) are now Criti Care alumni.  In fact, Criti Care graduates can be found working in every health region in Manitoba.  Criti Care EMS serves a pivotal role in the delivery of Emergency Medical Services training and education in Manitoba.  As an industry leading elite training facility, we bring together industry knowledge delivered by emergency services professionals working in the field and intense practical training, graduating career prepared individuals most sought after by municipal emergency services in Winnipeg and Manitoba.

As professionals in the field, our staff at Criti Care understand the high level of training paramedics require in order to meet the challenges they face in a fast paced and demanding environment. That is why, when it comes to the quality of training we provide there is no room for compromise. Our comprehensive and world class training gets the very best out of our students and we have over 25 years of history producing some of the very best paramedics in the province to prove it.

We are proud to offer some of the most experienced and highly trained instructors in the region. All of our instructors are practicing professionals with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic service and Regional Health Authorities. We also employ practicing professionals in the areas of law and medicine, having lawyers and physicians lend their expertise to specific areas of program instruction. All of our faculty at Criti Care EMS have strong academic backgrounds in science, pre hospital medicine and real life, extensive clinical experience.

The Criti Care Difference:

  • Highest employment rate of any academy in the region
  • Criti Care graduates account for more Paramedics in Winnipeg EMS system (WEMS) than from all other colleges combined
  • Criti Care graduates are immediately eligible to receive University credit for their training in pursuit of more advanced education opportunities (Diploma in Health Administration, Bachelor of Health Sciences)
  • Jointly articulated university-based Paramedicine Diploma program (starting 2016) leading to further advanced education and degree programs
  • Most advanced training technology utilizing high-fidelity simulation training
  • Outstanding success rates on National COPR Exams
  • Criti Care’s Primary Care Paramedic program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association
  • Full time (day) classes are offered throughout the year

Do you have what it takes?

Paramedic Characteristics 

The Paramedic must be a confident leader who can accept the challenge and high degree of responsibility entailed in the position. The Paramedic must have excellent judgement,be able to prioritize decisions,act quickly in the best interest of the patient be self disciplined, develop patient rapport, interview challenging patients and maintain safety. The Paramedic must be able to recognize and utilize communication unique to diverse multicultural groups and ages within those groups as well as being able to function independently at an optimum level in a non-structured environment that is constantly changing. Generally, the Paramedic is part of a two-person team; Paramedics, depending on training and jurisdiction, are often responsible for safe and therapeutic administration of drugs including narcotics. Therefore, the Paramedic must not only be knowledgeable about medications but must also be able to apply this knowledge in a practical sense. For ACP’s (Advanced Care Paramedics) and CCP’s (Critical Care Paramedics) knowledge and practical application of medications is extensive. Knowledge and understanding of the general propertiesfor all types of drugs including analgesics, anesthetics, anti-anxiety drugs, sedatives and hypnotics, anti-convulsants, central nervous stimulants, psychotherapeutics which include antidepressants, and other anti-psychotics, anticholerginics, cholergenics, muscle relaxants, anti-dysrythmics, anti-hypertensives, anticoagulants, diuretics, bronchodilators, opthalmics, pituitary drugs, gastro-intestinal drugs, hormones, antibiotics, antifungals, antiinflammatories, serums, vaccines, anti-parasitics, and others is a must. The Paramedic is personally, legally, ethically, and morally responsible for knowing their scope of practice and treatment protocols when drugs are administered. The Paramedic must use correct precautions and techniques, including observing and documenting the effects of the drugs administered. All Paramedics must be able to perform Basic Life Support, including providing oxygen, maintaining an airway, controlling hemorrhage, immobilizing fractures, etc. ACP’s and CCP’s must also be capable of providing advanced life support emergency medical services to patients including conducting and interpreting electrocardiograms (EKGs), electrical interventions to support the cardiac functions, performing advanced endotracheal intubations in airway management and relief of pneumothorax as well as administering appropriate intravenous fluids and drugs. The Paramedic is a person who must not only remain calm while working in difficult and stressful circumstances, but must also be capable of staying focused while assuming the leadership role inherent in carrying out the functions of the position. Good judgement along with advanced knowledge and technical skills are essential in directing other team members to assist as needed. The Paramedic must be able to provide top quality care, concurrently handle high levels of stress, and be willing to take on the personal responsibility required of the position. This includes not only all legal ramifications for precise documentation, but also the responsibility for using the knowledge and skills acquired in real life threatening emergency situations. The Paramedic must be able to deal with adverse and often dangerous situations which include responding to calls in districts known to have high crime and mortality rates. Self-confidence is critical, as is a desire to work with people, solid emotional stability, a tolerance for high stress, and the ability to meet the physical, intellectual, and cognitive requirements demanded by this position.

Physical Demands

Aptitudes required for work of this nature are; good physical stamina, endurance, and body condition that would not be adversely affected by frequently having to walk, stand, lift, carry, and balance at times, in excess of 125 pounds. Motor coordination is necessary because in the event of uneven terrain, the patient’s, Paramedic’s, and other workers’ well being must not be jeopardized. Click here to see Physical Fitness Assesment Outline The Paramedic provides pre-hospital care and typically works for municipal, civic, regional or private ambulance services. Response times and the duration of the EMS call for service are dependent upon the nature of call. For example, on one call the Paramedic may transport a stabilized patient from one hospital to a different unit at another hospital; on the next call, the Paramedic may respond to a 911 call for a stabbing in a district known to have high crime rates. Thus, the particular stresses inherent in the role of the Paramedic can vary, depending on the nature of the call, as well as the place and type of employment. However, in general, the Paramedic must be flexible to meet the demands of the ever-changing emergency scene. When medical or traumatic emergencies arise, the situation can be complex and care of the patient must be started immediately. In essence, the Paramedic in the EMS system uses advanced training and equipment to extend emergency physician services to the ill or injured in the pre-hospital environment of the ambulance. The Paramedic must be able to make accurate independent judgements while following oral or written directives. The ability to perform duties in a timely manner is essential, as it could mean the difference between life and death for the patient. Use of cellular telephone or radio dispatch for coordination of prompt emergency services is required, as is a pager, depending on place of employment. Accurately discerning street names through map reading, and correctly distinguishing house numbers or business addresses are essential to task completion in the most expedient manner. Concisely and accurately describing orally to dispatcher and other concerned staff one’s impression of patient’s condition, is critical as the Paramedic works in emergency conditions where there may not be time for deliberation. The Paramedic must also be able to accurately report orally and in writing, all relevant patient data. At times, reporting may require a detailed narrative on extenuating circumstances or conditions that go beyond what is required on a prescribed form. In some instances, the Paramedic must enter data on a computer in the ambulance. Superior verbal and reasoning skills are used extensively by paramedics.

The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Successfully completed a recognized training program in emergency patient care and transportation. EMR’s are part of the foundation upon which Canadian emergency medical systems are built. They are often associated with volunteer emergency services organizations in rural and remote areas, and may be the sole provider of emergency services in some communities. EMR’s may be responsible for initial assessments, the provision of safe and prudent care, and the transport of a patient to the most appropriate health care facility. EMR’s will learn the skills to provide basic cardiac life support, airway management, patient assessment including vital signs, management of medical & traumatic emergencies  and  emergency child delivery & neonatal care.

EMR Application: Go

The Primary Care Paramedic (PCP)

Successfully completed a recognized educational program in paramedicine at the primary care level. PCP’s are career paramedics associated with urban, suburban, rural, remote, industrial, air ambulance and / or military services. PCPs constitute the largest group of paramedic practitioners in Canada. They are expected to demonstrate excellent decision-making skills, based on sound knowledge and principles. Controlled or delegated medical acts identified in the PCP competency profile include defibrillation and the administration of certain medications.

Primary Care Paramedic Application: Go

The Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)

Successfully completed a recognized educational program in paramedicine at the advanced care level. Such programs often require prior certification at the PCP level (or equivalent). ACP’s are most often employed by urban, suburban, air ambulance and / or military services. Currently relatively few ACP’s are found in rural areas. ACP’s are expected to build upon the foundation of PCP competencies, and apply their added knowledge and skills to provide enhanced levels of assessment and care. This includes the added responsibilities and expectations related to an increased number of controlled or delegated medical acts available. Controlled or delegated medical acts identified in the ACP competency profile include advanced techniques to manage life-threatening problems affecting patient airway, breathing, and circulation. ACPs may implement treatment measures that are invasive and / or pharmacological in nature.

Regulation of Paramedic Practice and Approval 
of Training Programs

The practice of paramedicine in Canada is regulated by each province or, in the case of federal jurisdictions such as the military, by an appropriate federal authority.

Each regulator is free to determine the scope of practice and practitioner classification system that applies in its jurisdiction. Similarly the regulator may approve training program(s) that are a prerequisite to employment. A number of regulators are aligning their practitioner classifications with PAC’s (Paramedic Association of Canada) NOCP levels.

In addition to complying with local regulatory requirements, many training programs across the country have elected to participate in the voluntary national accreditation process for paramedic training administered by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). CMA issues Requirements for Accreditation that include an expectation that a program ensures that its graduates possess the competencies determined by the national professional association.

CMA accredits paramedic programs at the PCP, ACP and CCP levels. In order to be eligible for CMA accreditation, programs must identify the level that applies to them and must demonstrate that their graduates meet (or exceed) every specific competency listed in corresponding profile contained in this document. The profiles include requirements related to the physical skills of lifting patients and performing certain other physical acts.

In Manitoba on graduation from an EMR, PCP or ACP program a graduate may apply for licensing through Manitoba Health Emergency Health Services at the Technician Level (EMR), Technician – Paramedic Level (PCP) or Technician – Advanced Paramedic Level (ACP). In Manitoba to work for an ambulance service you must hold a provincial license at one of the three aforementioned licensing levels.

Criti Care EMS Primary Care Paramedic Program

Program at a glance

  • Commitment: 10 months (including classroom didactic, simulation and clinical practicum)
  • Accredited by the Canadian Medical Association, approved by Manitoba Health for licensure
  • Passing grade: 80%
  • Upon certification, candidates are eligible to write the National COPR exam for licensing
Credits Course Section
Semester 1
3 Introduction to Emergency Care & Professionalism Introduction to Emergency Care & Professionalism
6 Anatomy & Physiology Anatomy & Physiology
2 Medical Legal & Ethical Issues Medical Legal & Ethical Issues
3 Paramedic Skills 1 Lifting and Moving
Communication
Documentation
3 History Taking & Vital Signs History Taking & Vital Signs
3 Airway Management & BCLS Airway Management Management Theory
Airway Management Skills Lab
Basic Cardiac Life Support
Basic Cardiac Life Support Skills Lab
3 Patient Assessement Scene Evaluation
Patient Assessment
6 Paramedic Skills 2 Defibrillation Theory
Defibrillation Skills Lab
EKG Arrhythmias and 12 Lead EKG Theory
EKG Arrhythmias and 12 Lead EKG Skills Lab
Semester 2
3 Pharmacology Pharmacology
3 Paramedic Skills 3 Intravenous Therapy
Maintenance of Indwelling Catheters & NG Tubes
Medication Administration
6 Medical Emergencies Respiratory Emergencies
Cardiovascular Emergencies
Endocrinology
Allergic Reactions
Toxicology
Neurology
Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Emergencies
Environmental Emergencies
Behavioral Emergencies
3 GYN/OBS./Neo. Gynecology
Obstetrics
Neonatal Resuscitation
6 Trauma Management Mechanisms of Trauma
Soft Tissue Injuries
Hemorrhage and Shock
Thoracic Trauma
Burns
Musculoskeletal Trauma
Head Trauma
Spinal Trauma
3 Special Patient Groups Multisystem Diseases & Injuries / Terminal Illness
Pediatrics
Geriatrics & Special Populations
6 Ambulance Operations Emergency Vehicle Operations
Multiple Casualty Incident & CBRNE Incident
Semester 3
5 Clinical Practicum (Hospital)
20 Ambulance Practicum

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Application Process

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Primary Care Paramedic Application: Go