Frequently Asked Questions for Paramedic
How can I get in to the Paramedic program? What increases my chances?
Subject specific requirements:
English Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
Mathematics Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent).
Biology Grade 11 or 12.
Chemistry Grade 11 or 12
The application and selection process for the Paramedic program is as follows:
Ensure eligibility by a thorough understanding
of program requirements and deadlines.
Apply before the deadline February 1st in the year that you wish to start (Fall intake only).
Arrange and complete testing with the Test Center:
Selection is based on your test score plus points awarded for a University degree; College diploma; Pre-Health Sciences or Pre-Nursing certificate; Pre-Service Firefighter certificate (note – maximum points are awarded to candidates with a University degree)
You will receive a conditional acceptance if you are one of the top 60 candidates.
You must submit proof of all prerequisites for the Paramedic program by deadlines indicated. Info sheet can be found at:
How can I be successful in the Paramedic program?
The program is intensive in nature. Minimum passing grade is B– (70%) in theory and A– (80%) in lab. If you work part-time or do not have secure finances you will find it difficult to be successful. Excellent study skills and time management are key.
How has the Paramedic profession changed?
The profession has grown dramatically in the last decade. Academic knowledge and skills sets have increased exponentially to the extent that graduates
are extensively trained in critical decision making providing sound clinical judgement in diagnosis and patient management.
Is there a waitlist for the Paramedic program?
Yes. After the 1st of August, candidates who have submitted proof of all program prerequisites may be contacted to replace canadidates who have failed to meet the requirements.
Will taking the General Arts and Science Pre-Health Sciences assist with my acceptance into the program?
Students without a University degree or College diploma should apply to the General Arts and Science Pre-Health Sciences or Pre-Nursing
programs. There is an agreement in place that the top 2 or 3 candidates in these programs will be given a conditional seat in the Paramedic program.
Is there a fitness test?
There is no fitness test on entry, however there are fitness standards in strength, cardio, and flexibility that must be met at the end of the first semester. Students should be in excellent physical condition.
Will I need to purchase a computer?
This is a mobile learning program and you are required to supply and use a laptop or mobile learning device that meets or exceeds the recom- mended hardware requirements as designated by the program. Specifications are outlined at:
How do I obtain a Class F license?
Class F license is obtained through the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Candidates must have a Class G license to apply for a Class F. Algonquin College offers courses in obtaining the Class F license through the Centre for Continuing and On-line Learning. Visit the CCOL webpage: http://www.algonquincollege.com/CCOL/