Graduates of Cambrian College's advanced care paramedic training program, the first of its kind in Northern Ontario, were honoured recently by members of a unique community partnership.
Seven paramedics with Sudbury's Emergency Medical Service have received certification to perform advanced medical procedures that can save lives and alleviate suffering during the crucial moments of pre-hospital emergency care.
The advanced care paramedic training program is a co-operative community initiative launched last February. Cambrian College delivers the program, the city provides tuition and operating support, and the Sudbury Base Hospital paramedic program at the Hopital regional de Sudbury Regional Hospital provides the clinical certification.
Cambrian College provides flexible scheduling so that paramedics can attend the one-year program on personal time, while maintaining full-time employment with the city's EMS.
"We're proud to partner with Cambrian College and the Sudbury Base Hospital Paramedic Program to enhance the level of patient care provided by our Emergency Medical Service," said Tim Beadman, acting general manager of emergency services for Sudbury.
"The program gives our paramedics an affordable, quality education in the supportive environment of their home community. That's a big selling point for recruitment and retention of our skilled personnel, both of which are essential to achieve our five-year goal of one advanced care paramedic for every ambulance."
Cambrian College president Sylvia Barnard said the program is an excellent example of Cambrian's continuing commitment to quality education and to partnerships that further economic, education, and health care development.
"We are pleased to have been able to develop a program that meets the educational needs of our College partners, that serves to enhance the skills of the health care professionals in this community, and that plays an important role in furthering the level of health care in this province," Barnard said.
"Our ability to provide high-quality programs, that certify paramedics in advanced life support, has proven to be extremely valuable to our health care system here in Sudbury and in the region," said Dr. Rob Lepage, Medical Director of the Sudbury Base Hospital Paramedic Program.
The Base Hospital paramedic program certifies the competence of paramedics upon completion of Cambrian's advanced care paramedic program.
The program combines 280 hours of classroom instruction with 280 hours of clinical practice in hospital emergency departments, operating rooms and intensive care units.
Students integrate their paramedic knowledge with real-life situations in a 400-hour on-the-job placement on Greater Sudbury Emergency Medical Service ambulances under the supervision of certified advanced care paramedics.
To become an advanced care paramedic, an individual must first be certified as a primary care paramedic by completing a two-year accredited emergency medical care or paramedic program offered at a number of Ontario community colleges, including Cambrian College.
A primary care paramedic with three years of ambulance work experience is eligible to apply to the program.
Cambrian College is the only Northern Ontario college designated to offer the advanced care paramedic program. With the introduction of this program at Cambrian, individuals seeking advanced training are able to study locally instead of travelling elsewhere.
The City of Greater Sudbury's Emergency Medical Service operates a fleet of 26 emergency vehicles on a 24/7 schedule, responding to approximately 33,000 calls a year.
In response to demand from the community, Lambton College will offer its new Bachelor of Applied Technology, Instrumentation and Control, on a part-time evening basis starting September 2003.
The Bachelor of Applied Technology, Environmental Health and Safety and Bachelor of Applied Technology, Instrumentation and Control are tentatively planned to start full-time in September 2004.
These unique programs, recently approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, will provide graduates who will contribute on par with graduates from university.
The Bachelor of Applied Technology, Instrumentation and Control will be offered as an extension of the Lambton College's successful Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technology three-year co-op program. Its graduates find careers in measurement and control of large automated industrial processes and in engineering companies.
The new Bachelor of Applied Technology, Environmental Health and Safety program is unique because of its broad scope with a focus on the impact of industries, on the workforce and municipalities.
This program will provide students with the skills to meet the increased provincial and national legislative standards in the area of Environmental Health and Safety.
To find out more about these two new programs at Lambton College please call 519-542-7751 ext. 2403.
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