Program: PARA
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Field Placements
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


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.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • utilize the process and criteria provided for primary and secondary patient assessment to determine manifestations and priorities of treatment;
  • evaluate priorities of assessment and effectiveness of interventions selected in response to changes in assessment findings and or conditions;
  • practice effective and safe care by following established policies and procedures, current legislation, regulations and standards;
  •  integrate and perform controlled medical acts;
  • communicate with patients, utilizing therapeutic approaches;
  • communicate and work collaboratively as a member of an interprofessional team;
  • provide safe operation and necessary readiness checks of emergency vehicles and equipment;
  • maintain the level of physical fitness required by the profession;
  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  • apply basic social entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

External Recognition

This program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association and follows the National Occupational Competency Profile for Paramedics as approved by the Paramedic Association of Canada.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

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 (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:

Selection Process

All applicants must write an admission test (HOAE). Selection is based on admission requirements, academic grades and testing results.

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Additional Information

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.

Graduation Requirements

23 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

2 Field Placements

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
BIOL 1023Anatomy and Physiology - Introduction
BIOL 1024Human Pathophysiology - Introduction
BIOL 1025Anatomy and Physiology - Advanced
BIOL 1026Human Pathophysiology - Advanced
PARA 1002Paramedic Fitness Training
PARA 1003Patient Care Theory 1
PARA 1005Medico Legal Aspects
PARA 1008Patient Care Theory 2
PARA 1009Patient Care Procedures - Intermediate
PARA 1011Hospital Clinical 1
PARA 1012Communication for Paramedic
PARA 1013Patient Care Procedures - Introduction
PARA 1014Crisis Intervention for Paramedic
PARA 1015Ambulance Operations - Theory
PARA 1016Ambulance Operations - Lab
PARA 2000Patient Care Theory 3
PARA 2002Advanced Skills Theory
PARA 2005Hospital Clinical 2
PARA 2008Paramedic Review
PARA 2010Pharmacology
PARA 2011Patient Care Procedures - Advanced
PARA 2012Leadership and Professionalism
PARA 2013Advanced Skills Lab
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.
Field Placements
PARA 2006Ambulance Field Experience
PARA 2009Ambulance Field Consolidation

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.