Advanced Care Paramedic

Program: PARM
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Internship
Length: 3 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


This one year program is designed to provide paramedics with advanced knowledge and skills for practicing emergency health care and to prepare them to function as a leader in emergency situations. Graduates of the program will have demonstrated the ability to safely and competently care for patients of all ages and administer advanced medical treatment measures. The program is comprised of classroom instruction, skills and patient simulation labs, clinical placement and field placement.

Career Opportunities

Graduates who already possess provincial certification at the Emergency Medical Care Assistant (E.M.C.A.) level, will, after successful completion of the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) Program, be eligible to write the Ontario ACP certification exam and gain employment as ACPs with ambulance services throughout the province or across Canada.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • interact professionally with patients and others, adhering to relevant provincial and federal legislation and codes of conduct;
  • collaborate with a broad range of personnel such as employers, Primary Care Paramedics, Critical Care Paramedics, Communications Officers, firefighters, police officers, physicians, allied health professionals and others;
  • lead an inter-disciplinary team to ensure optimal patient care;
  • provide complete and accurate reports, in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards and established policies and procedures;
  • analyze patient assessment findings critically, and infer a provisional diagnosis, using relevant theory and practices and complying with current legislation, regulations, standards, best practices and established policies and procedures;
  • evaluate patient condition continuously, anticipating changes and adapting interventions to provide safe and optimal care;
  • justify an intervention plan in accordance with ACP Medical Directives, best practices, evidence-based medicine and clinical findings;
  • perform basic and advanced life support skills safely and competently, including controlled medical acts, in accordance with established standards and Medical Directives;
  • employ preventative and therapeutic interventions, while maintaining safety of self and others, to promote optimal well-being of the patient, in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards and established policies and procedures;
  • formulate strategies for self-evaluation and for improving proficiency in the practice of paramedicine.

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: Summer 2018


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

  • Two-year Ontario College Primary Care Paramedic diploma, and a current Advanced Emergency Medical Care Attendant (A-EMCA) license or equivalent
  • A minimum 2,000 hours or 1 year experience in an urban EMS setting, or equivalent, is required.

Selection Process

Applicants will be selected based on EMS experience, resumé, reference letter(s) and selection testing in Primary Care Paramedic Theory:

  • Resume containing information about your academic background, related work experience, volunteer experience and extracurricular activities, etc., including detailed EMS experience.
  • Reference letter from a Base Hospital and/or Medical Director
  • Selection testing in primary care paramedic theory will be done at this time;
  • If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy.

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

A current advanced care EMCA licence is required to work as a Paramedic in Ontario. International applicants are required to complete the Ontario equivalency process. Please contact the Ministry of Health and Longterm Care for information regarding the equivalency process.

Completion of college immunization record is required for field placements.

In order to provide quality practicum placements, students will be placed in a variety of agencies or services in the region serviced by the campus. 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.

Graduation Requirements

8 Mandatory Courses
1 Internship

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.


Mandatory Courses
PARM 1000Advanced Pharmacology
PARM 1001Advanced Patient Care Theory 1
PARM 1002Advanced Care Paramedic Skills
PARM 1003Advanced Patient Care Theory 2
PARM 1004Advanced Professional Practice
PARM 1005Advanced Patient Care Simulation
PARM 1006Unifying Concepts in Paramedicine
PARM 1007Clinical Practice
PARM 1008Field Internship

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.