Practical First Aid

A 52 Hour Course, within our 920 Hour Program!


Scot Taylor
Phil Foster
Samuel Yates
Krista Gooderham

Course Description:

This hands on course serves as an addition to the various first aid certificates students receive through the program. Class will offer students scenario based opportunities to practice first aid in realistic conditions. Students will learn the basics of primary care, as well as problem shooting when under pressure. The focus of the course is on good decision making in the field and on keeping injured clients stable and comfortable.


  • Scene assessments
  • Primary care
  • Triage
  • Evacuations
  • Group management in emergency situations

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Effectively administer Basic Life Support (A – B – C – D – S)
  • Learn how and when to activate services such as EMS (9-1-1), RCC, Poison control, etc., in urban, remote and wilderness locations
  • Build effective communication links at the scene and with other services
  • Effectively complete a physical examination to determine the nature and extent of an illness, condition or injury
  • Assess and record the condition of a casualty from a deterioration – stabilization – improvement perspective
  • Manage effectively soft and hard tissue injuries to promote healing and recovery
  • Recognize and prevent environmental stressors from creating secondary complications and exacerbating existing conditions at the scene
  • Recognize and understand common medical conditions and treat appropriately
  • Become knowledgeable of first aid supplies and related equipment, use them appropriately, and learn how to improvise with the resources available
  • Learn how to deal with emergencies as a leader, manager, follower, and bystander, and recognize these roles and their effects on casualties and responders
  • Learn how to extract, evacuate and transport a casualty by land and water
  • Engage in real time scenarios that may involve multiple casualties and / or multiple responders, observers, bystanders and difficult people
  • Experience emergencies in the dark, near or on the water and on difficult terrain
  • Discover methods of communication when language, sight, hearing, mental disabilities or other potential barriers are present
  • Develop a sense of empathy for others at the scene for both short and long term planning of the situation
  • Effectively apply emergency response practices in a variety of situations


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