Plan of Study

Part-time Critical Care Paramedic Program

This plan of study uses conceptual learning strategies and includes self-directed online modules supported by interactive e-learning. Discussion boards and case studies mirror the uniqueness of critical care paramedic practice. A study schedule and regular communication with faculty will keep you on track with your studies. Group discussion, either face-to-face or via web conferencing, along with skills and simulation sessions are woven throughout the program. Clinical learning will be supported by a designated preceptor who will supervise the clinical experience under the guidance of the CCPP faculty.

Learners will spend two weeks in the learning environment, including approximately 2 to 3 hours per day reading, along with other synchronous and asynchronous learning activities. The following two weeks will be in the learner's sponsored practice environment (Nova Scotia Health Emergency Department or EHS LifeFlight). There is an expectation that learners will continue to read and participate asynchronously when they are scheduled for their two weeks of practice. During the two weeks of learning, travel to Halifax will be required for classroom, skills, and simulation sessions. While every effort is made to provide required clinical learning experiences at the site closest to the learner’s home, travel may be required. 


Learners will be required to be self-starters and disciplined in preparing for in-person sessions. This represents a general timeline for the program. The exact delivery model may vary between offerings.

  • Week 1–6: Oxygenation and ventilation concepts, including deliberate practice in airway management.
  • Week 9–21: Integration of previous oxygenation and ventilation concepts and exploring more in-depth cardiac pumping and perfusion concepts, including but not limited to hemodynamic monitoring.
  • Week 25–48: The remaining time is dedicated to exploring emergency concepts as they relate to the practice of a Critical Care Paramedic. Knowledge is introduced through required readings of textbooks or applicable research articles, then concepts are explore more as the cohort comes together in person.

The program is spread over two terms, with two high-stakes examinations per term. Learners will gain knowledge and develop practical expertise in various procedural skills through practice opportunities such as task trainers, skills labs, and cadaveric sessions.

Learners are required to participate in clinical rotations where both critical care concepts and critical care paramedic practice can be mentored.

The Nova Scotia Health Learning Institute for Health Care Providers offers education programming designed to meet the needs of learners across the province and strengthen our health care system. We are committed to delivering high-quality, evidence-informed programming that enables providers to develop and maintain foundational and specialty competencies.