Emergency Response Fundamentals focuses on entry-level training required for working in the field of emergency prehospital care. Topics covered include: emergency medical services, patient assessment, basic life support, therapies, trauma and medical emergencies, emergency childbirth, geriatrics, environmental emergencies, special situations and professionalism.
The course combines online-managed self-study of theoretical concepts with mandatory classroom lab days which include lecture and practical components. You’ll be required to complete pre-course work online leading up to the first in-person lab.
Note: Registration for this course closes seven days prior to the course start date.
Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:
- Use appropriate medical terminology to describe the anatomy and physiology of the human body and explain anatomy and physiology of the following body systems: nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, integumentary system, gastrointestinal and genitourinary, and the endocrine system;
- Discuss common body responses to disease and the impact the disease may have on patients;
- Perform a primary and reassessment survey;
- Demonstrate the procedure used to obtain: an accurate pulse rate, an accurate respiratory rate and an accurate blood pressure;
- Assess a patient’s condition using skin condition characteristics, pupil characteristics, and using pulse oximetry;
- Obtain an accurate blood glucose level (BGL);
- Obtain a patient’s history using standard procedures;
- Demonstrate patient management skills;
- Manage a critical situation with appropriate intervention;
- Discuss the basic pharmacology behind the medications that may be encountered as a first responder;
- Manage the following: symptoms specific to a poisoning and overdose; common medical emergencies associated with the various body systems; common traumatic emergencies; conditions, illnesses and injuries specific to exposure to hot and cold environments; illnesses and injuries associated with the female reproductive system, pregnancy and childbirth; and illnesses and injuries to the geriatric patient;
- Utilize communication techniques to establish effective relationships with colleagues, patients and the general public;
- Apply the principles of a safe work environment when working as a medical first responder;
- Describe the interventions expected of a medical first responder in a multiple casualty incident (MCI);
- Compare the equipment, vehicles and vehicle operation associated with the transportation of patients in Alberta;
- Develop a strategy to maintain good mental and physical health as a prehospital care practitioner.
You’ll receive a completion card upon successfully completing the Heart & Stroke Basic Life Support Provider course. The completion card is valid for one year.To request a course outline, contact email@example.com
To register for EMRG-001, you must first email ConEdAdvising@sait.ca documented proof (legible scan of original transcripts, certificates, permits, etc.) that you meet the course requirements (listed below). We need your full documentation at least seven days before the start date of your selected course section to verify and register you into this course (and optionally, to immediately register you into EMRG-003 Advanced Emergency Response and EMRG-102 ITLS Basic Provider, as well.
Proof of completion with a minimum 50% passing grade for each of the following courses:
- English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2; AND,
- One of: Math 10C or Pure Math 10 or Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Applied Math 20; AND
- Biology 30; AND
There is also the expectation that you’re fluent and proficient in the English Language. For this non-credit EMR program, we’ll accept your completion of English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2 as proof of minimum English Proficiency. If you plan to continue on with SAIT’s PCP certificate program, take note of program admission requirements including higher-level Math and English Proficiency.
Note: There is no requirement to obtain a driver’s licence (Class 5 or other) or provide proof thereof for the EMR program. As you progress through your paramedic learning/employment journey, ensure you understand the driving requirements for your particular employment opportunities.
Contact ConEdAdvising@sait.ca for more clarification on high school prerequisites & equivalencies, or any other questions.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Emergency Medical Responder Certificate of Achievement : Required Courses