Students in the top-rated Paramedic program at Algonquin College receive a premium education in all aspects of pre-hospital emergency medicine. Graduates are well equipped for success in the field, and have had a 100% pass rate on Provincial exams over the past ten years.

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Ontario College Diploma
2 Year(s)

Program Code: 0620X01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program is a demanding program of study that trains students in all aspects of pre-hospital emergency medicine. Students develop the clinical reasoning skills necessary to deal effectively with medical and traumatic emergencies, and develop the ability to communicate effectively with patients, family members and healthcare professionals.

Program excellence centres on professionalism, where demonstration of leadership, commitment, dedication, compassion and integrity are considered required learning outcomes. The curriculum includes in-class, online learning, practical/laboratory, high fidelity simulation, hospital clinicals and paramedic practicums.

The authority to practise as a primary care paramedic student (PCP) is contingent upon certification by a medical director.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at . Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:
  • Are high academic achievers with proven postsecondary success.
  • Are mature individuals with excellent communication skills.
  • Possess strong leadership and multi-tasking skills.
  • Are looking for a professional career that is both dynamic and challenging.
  • Thrive in dynamic and challenging environments and are able to work effectively under stressful situations.

Your Career

Graduates are eligible to write the provincially administered Advanced Emergency Medical Care Attendant (A-EMCA) examination. Experience and further training may lead to opportunities as advanced and critical care paramedics. In addition, the Paramedic diploma has proved valuable to those seeking employment as firefighters and police officers.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Communicate and interact effectively and appropriately with patients and others.
  2. Assess patients using relevant theory and practices and in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards, and best practice guidelines.
  3. Establish patients` treatment and transport priorities based on assessment findings.
  4. Implement preventive and therapeutic patient management strategies to maintain and promote patients` well-being in compliance with current
    legislation, regulations, standards, and best practice guidelines.
  5. Integrate and perform delegated controlled medical acts in a simulated, clinical, and field setting.
  6. Evaluate in an ongoing manner the effectiveness of patient management strategies used and adapt or change strategies to provide optimal care for patients.
  7. Report and document patient information completely, accurately, and in a timely manner, in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards, and applicable policies and procedures in a simulated, clinical, and/or field setting.
  8. Ensure personal safety and contribute to the safety of partners, patients, and others.
  9. Ensure the operational safety and preparedness of an ambulance and its equipment and operate an ambulance-type vehicle in a simulated setting.
  10. Collaborate with a broad range of personnel such as first responders, paramedics, emergency services personnel, health care professionals and other allied health care workers.
  11. Integrate and meet legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities while providing optimal care for patients.
  12. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ENL1413T Communication in Healthcare I Focus is on the acquisition of medical terminology. Students learn a system for analyzing and building medical words by using Latin and Greek prefixes, suffixes and word roots. Students are required to use self-directed learning outside of class to learn the terminology. Class time is dedicated to review, pronunciation and practise of the vocabulary in context. Evaluation is based on group work, weekly tests, a mid-term and a final exam. 30.0
FIT4603 Physical Education Students are provided with a general and job specific level of fitness. Emphasis is placed on a strength component focusing on safe lifting practices. Cardiovascular fitness and flexibility are also stressed. In addition, students benefit from the development, implementation and monitoring of a personal training program. Other components include the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, highlighting nutrition and stress management through sports and physical activity. 30.0
PAR3607 Patient Care Laboratory I Students apply selected assessment and intervention skills for the provision of pre-hospital emergency care in simulated laboratory settings. The focus is on CPR for paramedics, vital signs, aseptic technique, bandaging and splinting, spinal immobilization, lifting (patients weighing up to 70 kg. in Level 01 and 86 kg. in Level 02), primary and secondary patient assessments and other basic skills. Students also apply selected practical skills in various simulated laboratory settings. They integrate skills, recognize complications and minimize them, and provide comprehensive and accurate reports following simulated scenarios. 45.0
PAR3611 Theory of Patient Care I The student learns selected theory behind the assessment and intervention skills required for the provision of pre-hospital emergency care. The student also learns the theoretical basis of equipment used in the pre-hospital environment. Specifically, students cover the history of trauma, kinematics of blunt and penetrating traumatic injury, the vital signs, aseptic technique, hand-washing and gloving, wound assessment, wound cleaning, haemorrhage control, wound dressings, orthopaedic assessment and management principles. 30.0
PAR3614 Anatomy and Physiology The student develops essential knowledge of the structure, function and physiology of the human body. Interrelated body systems are explored through the connections between form and function. An emphasis on developing reasoning of physiological processes is integrated throughout. The basis for an understanding of pathological conditions, is provided. 120.0
PSY4705 Psychopathology The scientific discipline of psychopathology begins in the 20th century and provides a framework for classifying and treating mental disorders. Historical, theoretical and ethical components explore the foundations, ethical issues, competing theories and treatment strategies for mental disorders. Students also gain knowledge of crisis theory, intervention models and local resources. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
ENL1423T Communication in Healthcare II Students learn effective communication skills, as well as documentation including protocols and industry standards for documentation including charting, ambulance call reports and incident reports. Students learn to apply medical-legal legislation, regulations and policies created by federal, provincial and municipal governments to the emergency healthcare industry. In addition skills for testifying at inquests and trials are developed. Students also learn how research plays an integral role in advancing patient outcomes and prehospital care in general.

Prerequisites: ENL1413T

Co-requisites: PAR3601
PAR3600 Pharmacology Drug sources, drug categories and classifications, drug indications and adverse reaction, interactions and toxicity are examined. Drug dosage calculations and routes administration are included. The principles of drug legislation, paramedic responsibilities, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are covered. Intravenous therapy and maintenance are also taught. 60.0
PAR3601 Emergency Medicine I The focus is on the epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiological processes, resulting clinical features, complications, and patient management of pediatric, adult, and geriatric diseases and injuries commonly seen in emergency medicine. Emphasis is placed on developing critical-thinking skills associated with the provision of a differential diagnosis based on patient assessment findings and focused incident and past histories. Units covered include Immunology and Oncology, Integumentary and Musculoskeletal, EEENT, Acid-Base Imbalances and Respiratory and Cardiovascular.

Prerequisites: ENL1413T and FIT4603 and PAR3607 and PAR3611 and PAR3614

Co-requisites: ENL1423T and PAR3600 and PAR3620 and PAR3622
PAR3620 Theory of Patient Care II Foundational knowledge supporting the practical labs, focusing on patient assessment and intervention techniques for management and treatment is provided. Specific areas include; orthopaedic spinal assessment and management; oxygen therapy and delivery systems, 02 sat and end-tidal CO2 monitoring, gas laws, regulators and flowmeters; airway management, adjunct airway management devices suctioning procedures; and manual and mechanical ventilation, as well as indications and care for chest tubes gastric intubation, urinary catheterization and ostomy drainage. Also incorporated: Multiple Casualty Incident; Helicopter utilization; Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale (CTAS).

Co-requisites: PAR3601
PAR3622 Patient Care Laboratory II The student continues to apply selected assessment and intervention skills for the provision of pre-hospital emergency care in simulated laboratory settings. Focus is on primary assessment and intervention, oxygen therapy and ventilation, focused history and investigation of chief complaint, secondary patient assessment and intervention, spinal immobilization, lifting techniques and patient monitoring and reporting. In simulated scenarios, emphasis is placed on the ability to competently problem-solve practical skills in the provision of emergency care, along with demonstrating both leadership and effective communication skills.

Prerequisites: PAR3611

Co-requisites: PAR3601
PAR3638 Professional Development Professions are complicated far beyond the skills needed to "do the work". It is imperative to comprehend labour relations, legislation, ethics, continuing education and confidentiality. Students consider the demand within a profession to be critical thinkers, new technology specialists, researchers, even client advocates. They also address the importance of inter-professional, inter-agency relations and strive to envision their role as leaders and agents of change in their chosen career field. Guest speakers, inter-professional online group activities and projects and self-directed research lead to broader considerations of the scope of their chosen profession.

Co-requisites: PAR3601
Level: 03 Hours
MVM4626 Emergency Vehicle Operation Both theory and in-vehicle driving sessions emphasize driver communications, perceptions, effective vehicle operation, hazard avoidance and skid control. Emphasis is placed on defensive and safe driving techniques.

Co-requisites: PAR3602
PAR3602 Emergency Medicine II The focus is on the epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiological processes, resulting clinical features, complications, and patient management of pediatric, adult, and geriatric diseases and injuries commonly seen in emergency medicine. Emphasis is placed on developing critical-thinking skills associated with providing a differential diagnosis. Units covered include Abdominal-Renal, Endocrinology, Neurology, Environmental, Shock Physiology, Obstetrics and Pediatrics.

Prerequisites: ENL1423T and PAR3600 and PAR3601 and PAR3620 and PAR3622 and PAR3638

Co-requisites: MVM4626 and PAR3631 and PAR3634 and PAR3637 and PAR3640
PAR3630 Theory of Patient Care III Focus is on clinical reasoning skills that apply to patient assessment and development of a patient management plan. Using prioritization and differential diagnosis, students determine effective treatment plans based on the information available. Emphasis is placed on adapting treatment to meet the changing needs of patients.

Prerequisites: PAR3620

Co-requisites: PAR3602
PAR3631 Patient Care Laboratory III The student is presented with tutorial materials which require problem-solving skills. The learning is contingent on the students' input, which is derived from their clinical rotations in both hospital and ambulance, as well as other self-directed study. Case study presentations are based on a patient complaint-based approach. Topics include (but are not limited to) the unconscious patient, the patient with chest pain, the patient with dyspnoea, the patient with abdominal complaints, the multi-system trauma patient, the psychiatric and the violent patient.

Co-requisites: PAR3602
PAR3634 Paramedic Practicum I Valuable practical field experience is emphasized. Under direct supervision of a paramedic crew the student participates in the performance of basic patient assessment and intervention skills. The student is given an opportunity to improve and gain competence in patient communication skills, including a focused event history and past medical history; assessment and interpretation of vital signs; provision of safe lifting techniques; providing skills, such as oxygen therapy, splinting and bandaging, CPR and spinal immobilization. The student develops leadership and teamwork skills, demonstrates initiative and motivation. The student is also able to integrate their theoretical and laboratory experience into the practical setting. The student demonstrates professionalism through compliance with patient confidentiality, through dress and comportment, working under stress and taking responsibility for actions, adapting to shift work, by maintaining base knowledge, and through compliance with documentation and reporting.

Co-requisites: PAR3602
PAR3637 Medical Directives The student acquires the skills necessary to perform advanced assessment and intervention to both trauma patients and the critically ill. This includes: advanced airway management (LMAS, King LTs), starting and monitoring IVs; cardiac monitoring with arrhythmia and 12 lead ECG interpretation; Defibrillation; and administering medication including epinephrine, glucagon, ASA, nitroglycerine and Ventolin based on Ministry of Health protocols. The student also becomes familiar with the equipment used by advanced care paramedics.

Co-requisites: PAR3602
PAR3640 Hospital Clinical Practicum Practical clinical experience is provided such that students apply the knowledge and skills related to patient assessment, evaluation and management in a controlled and supervised environment. Rotations are done in both adult and pediatric emergency departments, obstetrics and other selected sites. In addition, students gain an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of other healthcare members in acute care settings, as well as the diagnostic and therapeutic procedures with the hospital setting. Students gain an understanding and appreciation for the continuity of care that is an essential aspect of emergency medicine. Students also develop important clinical reasoning skills, which aid in differential diagnosis of acute care patients.

Co-requisites: PAR3602
Level: 04 Hours
PAR3605 Paramedic Simulation Students are able to experience low frequency, high acuity emergency call types in a high-fidelity simulation setting. Students are provided with the opportunity to demonstrate: leadership as the attendant in charge of a health care team; critical thinking through differential diagnosis; sound judgement in patient management and treatment; adaptability in response to changes in presentation. Through scenarios, students explore assessment and treatment pathways for patients with various medical emergencies including cardiac, respiratory, shock, toxicology, altered mental states and multi-system trauma.

Co-requisites: PAR3641 and PAR3646
PAR3641 Paramedic Practicum II A concentrated period of field practical experience is provided. Students experience a wide variety of calls and demonstrate competence in working as an integral member of a team. Students also demonstrate competence in: scene management; patient interviewing techniques; physical assessments; critical thinking and clinical reasoning and patient management. They also demonstrate leadership, an ability to multi-task and delegate, an ability to adapt effectively to changing circumstances, as well as an ability to cope with stress through the nature of calls and the nature of shift work. Finally, competence in reporting and medical documentation is demonstrated.

Prerequisites: MVM4626 and PAR3602 and PAR3631 and PAR3634 and PAR3637 and PAR3640

Co-requisites: PAR3605 and PAR3646
PAR3646 Paramedic Consolidation Students relate and integrate theoretical concepts previously learned in clinical and field placements. Students are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). Students participate in interprofessional scenarios and workshops with other healthcare professionals. Through a complaint-based approach students are presented with multi-dimensional case studies. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and clinical reasoning in order to provide a sound management plan based on a provisional and differential diagnosis. Toxicology and comprehensive review in emergency medicine are the focus. Comprehensive theoretical evaluation is based on exams, and simulated practical scenario, which demonstrates leadership, multi-tasking, delegation, and sound clinical judgement and intervention.

Co-requisites: PAR3605 and PAR3641
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0620 General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2007 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED6022 or GED1896 or GED5009 or PSI0003 or GED5003

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $7,706.22. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $17,232.26. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit

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The certification fee for the A-EMCA examination set by the Ministry of Health is approximately $250. Textbooks, manuals, and printing cost approximately $2,000 in year one and $800 in year two. A uniform and supplies cost approximately $1200. Supplies can be purchased at the campus store. Visit for information about books.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.
  • Be advised that all candidates must meet BOTH College and Program eligibility.

Program Eligibility

  • English Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent).
  • Biology Grade 11 or 12.
  • Chemistry Grade 11 or 12.
  • Read, sign and return the Information Sheet.
  • All applicants must complete an assessment through the Test Centre, and will be required to pay the current fee of $50 (subject to change). Results from the health program assessment will be utilized to establish minimum eligibility and also ranked, with points added for post-secondary credentials. The highest ranked applicants will be given priority admission The health program assessment can only be written once per academic cycle. Recognition of post-secondary credentials is given during the selection process for this program. Applicants without a university degree or college diploma should take the Pre-Health Sciences program in General Arts and Science prior to taking the Paramedic Program.
  • Ontario Class `F` driver`s licence, or equivalent N.B. Applicants without a driver`s licence require a minimum of 20 months to obtain a Class F. Confirmation of the Ontario Class F driver`s licence must be submitted no later than August 1st.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:
    • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. OR
    • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each
      component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20

International Applicants

International applicants who meet the program eligibility requirements are required to complete preparatory courses (4-months in duration):
Introduction to Canadian Health Studies (ICHS). Students who successfully complete the introduction will then proceed to their original health program of choice. The ICHS requires applicants to submit an academic IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-Based (iBT)-overall 88 with a minimum in each component: Reading: 22, Listening: 22, Speaking:22, Writing: 22.  Please click this link for more information
First Aid Certificate and Current Basic Cardiac Life Support Certificate (C.P.R. - Level C).

Applicants must submit a Health Assessment Form and provide an Immunization certificate prior to entry into the program. In order to progress in the program, students will be required to pass a physical fitness test measuring aerobic capacity, strength, and flexibility.

Police Records Check Documentation:

Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Paramedic program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.

Clinical Placement Eligibility:

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a clear PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs.

Hospital and Field Practicums require Health and Safety, WHMIS and OWHSA training, an approved Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) course, as well as High Risk Personal Protective Equipment training prior to placements. There are costs associated with training that should anticipated by the students, which are not covered by tuition fees. Should you require further information, contact the Program Coordinator.

Application Information

PARAMEDIC Program Code 0620X01FWO
Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the
International Student Application Form at or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632

Additional Information

The Paramedic program is an intensive program of study delivered at the Woodroffe Campus in current facilities.

The Paramedic program is an integrated program of study, which builds on the base knowledge and skills of each previous term. Consequently, all courses in each level must be successfully completed in order to progress to the next level. A maximum of three years is allowed to complete the program.

For more information, contact Jim Whittle, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6047 or

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time