Preparing students with the knowledge and skills to practise emergency out-of-hospital medical and trauma care. Featuring state-of-the-art learning technology and a nationally-recognized faculty.

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma
Work integrated learning
2 Field Placements

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie

Program description

Students are prepared with the knowledge and skills to practice emergency out-of-hospital medical/trauma care and to function as an integral member of the health care team in assisting victims of injury or illness. Graduates of the program will have demonstrated the ability to safely and competently care for a diverse population in emergency and non-emergency situations. They will also be expected to administer medical interventions, including controlled medical acts, and provide compassionate care. The program is comprised of classroom, laboratory, hospital clinical and field placement experience.


The Paramedic program follows the National Occupational Competency Profile for Paramedics as approved by the Paramedic Association of Canada and is accredited by EQual™ Accreditation Canada.

This program is highly competitive. Learn about admission requirements for highly competitive programs.


Career opportunities

Graduates of the program are eligible to write the Ontario Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant Examination (A.E.M.C.A.). If successful, graduates are eligible to seek employment with paramedic services and other agencies throughout Canada. Opportunities for graduates may also be found in the field of health and safety, event medical services and the military. Please note that employment in Ontario as a paramedic requires a current class 'F' license and it is the graduate's responsibility to acquire this license prior to seeking employment.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry or Physics (C or U)

All applicants must possess a minimum G2 driver's licence (applicants with demerit points may not be eligible for employment).

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Admission details

Before enrolling in this program, applicants should be aware that under the provisions of the Ambulance Act, employment as a paramedic is prohibited to any individual who, in the past year has:

  • Received six or more demerit points on his/ her driving record
  • Had his/ her driver’s license suspended in the previous two years
  • Been prohibited from driving under the Criminal Code of Canada within the past three years
  • OR has been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude for which she/ he has not been pardoned.

These regulations can be found under the Ambulance Act of Ontario.

Completion of college immunization record

Applicants must have up-to-date immunization records (Clinical Preparedness Permit) in compliance with the Public Hospitals A ct and the Ontario Ambulance Act. Completion and submission of this record is required prior to your first placement in order to ensure your placement in hospital clinical and field placements.
In order to provide quality practicum placements, students will be placed in a variety of agencies and services . While every effort is made to arrange placements in the planned sequence, placements are dependent upon availability and may need to be completed at a later date. Students are required to provide their own transportation.
Students must also have completed a current Health Care Provider Level CPR (HCP) and Standard First Aid (includes theory and practice in artificial respiration, one and two person CPR, infant and child CPR, bag-valve-mask ventilation and defibrillation with an automated external defibrillator (AED) and provide proof of certification. Online courses are NOT acceptable. All certifications must be renewed annually. Students must also complete a mask fit test during the first semester of classes and this is also to be renewed every year.


Program-specific Courses

  • BIOL 1023 - Anatomy and Physiology - Introduction
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • BIOL 1024 - Human Pathophysiology - Introduction
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • PARA 1002 - Paramedic Fitness Training
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PARA 1003 - Patient Care Theory 1
    (Semester 1 / 56 hours)
  • PARA 1005 - Medico Legal Aspects
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • PARA 1012 - Communication for Paramedic
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • PARA 1013 - Patient Care Procedures - Introduction
    (Semester 1 / 56 hours)
  • BIOL 1025 - Anatomy and Physiology - Advanced
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • BIOL 1026 - Human Pathophysiology - Advanced
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • PARA 1008 - Patient Care Theory 2
    (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • PARA 1009 - Patient Care Procedures - Intermediate
    (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • PARA 1014 - Crisis Intervention for Paramedic
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • PARA 1015 - Ambulance Operations - Theory
    (Semester 2 / 14 hours)
  • PARA 1016 - Ambulance Operations - Lab
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • PARA 1011 - Hospital Clinical 1
    (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • PARA 2000 - Patient Care Theory 3
    (Semester 3 / 56 hours)
  • PARA 2002 - Advanced Skills Theory
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PARA 2010 - Pharmacology
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • PARA 2011 - Patient Care Procedures - Advanced
    (Semester 3 / 56 hours)
  • PARA 2012 - Leadership and Professionalism
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • PARA 2005 - Hospital Clinical 2
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PARA 2006 - Ambulance Field Experience
    (Semester 3 / 84 hours)
  • PARA 2008 - Paramedic Review
    (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • PARA 2013 - Advanced Skills Lab
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PARA 2009 - Ambulance Field Consolidation
    (Semester 4 / 350 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 2)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 3)