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Advanced Care Paramedicine Distributed Learning

The Advanced Care Paramedicine Distributed Learning program prepares Primary Care Paramedics with an advanced scope of practice to meet the needs of the health care system throughout Canada. The distributed learning model offers the practicing Primary Care Paramedic the opportunity to complete most of their Advanced Care Paramedic studies in a distance delivery format.

In the ever changing health care system, more is required and expected of the Advanced Care Paramedic, and there exists a growing need to offer practicing Primary Paramedics an opportunity to upgrade their skills without leaving their jobs. This program employs a blend of teaching methodologies to address the operational and procedural skills, as well as the skills required to make critical and sound decisions, confidence to manage a variety of situations, effective verbal and written communications skills, interpersonal skills, leadership skills and how to make healthy lifestyle decisions to maintain well-being.

The Distributed Learning program mirrors the 1-year Advanced Care Paramedicine on-site program, but redistributes the program over 2 years.  In the first year and a half of the program students will complete 3 semesters of internet-accessible learning modules via the Holland College Learning Management System, SAM.  During the first three semesters students will come to Charlottetown to our Prince of Wales Campus on 3 separate occasions to attend 2-week lab and lab testing sessions. In the final portion of the program, students complete prescribed hospital clinical and ambulance practicum shifts to gain experience that will confirm their readiness to perform as Advanced Care Paramedics.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO GUARANTEE STUDENTS WILL BE PLACED AT THEIR LOCATION OF CHOICE.  More information regarding clinical/practicum placements will be discussed at orientation during Lab 1.


Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia Newfoundland
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital
  • Prince County Hospital
  • Northern Zone
  • Western Zone
  • Eastern Zone
  • Central Zone
  • Western Health
  • Eastern Health
  • Central Health
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Nova Scotia
  • Newfoundland (St. John’s & Corner Brook)

The Advanced Care Paramedicine Distributed Learning program delivered by Holland College is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).  The CMA believes that relevant educational preparation is critical to ensuring competent health professionals who can contribute to effective and safe patient care as a member of the health care team. CMA accreditation signifies that the Advanced Care Paramedicine program has met national standards and that the education provided is relevant to current clinical practice. Ensuring that Paramedics have the required competencies for entry to practice is an important contribution to Canada’s health human resources. Graduates from accredited Paramedicine programs have met competency standards as reflected in the Paramedic Association of Canada’s National Occupational Competency Profile. Visit www.cma.ca/accredit.

Graduates from an accredited Paramedicine program are also eligible to write the National Exam for Paramedics in Canada.  Successful completing of the exam is required for Paramedic Registration in many Provinces in Canada including Prince Edward Island.


Program Facts

Start Date: January (Term 1, Jan.-April, Intersession, May-June, Summer Break, July-Aug., Term 2, Sept.-Dec.)
Length: 2 years
Location: Web Based and Prince of Wales Campus
Credential Issued: Post Graduate Certificate, Advanced Care Paramedic
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Ground Ambulance
  • Industrial First Aid
  • Recreation and sports facilities
  • Emergency medical education
  • Medical supply sales
  • Emergency departments
  • Air ambulance
  • Communication centres

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 3234.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from a CMA accredited 2-year Canadian Primary Care Paramedicine program or equivalent
  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt.  (Keep a copy of your criminal records check for your records.)
  • Completion of three reference forms, one from the ACP or PCP field
  • Completion of Holland College medical form
  • Current CPR – Basic Rescuer Level C certificate from a recognized First Aid/CPR Trainer
  • Immunization Form This completed form is not required until after an applicant has been accepted. (Keep a copy of your completed immunization form for your records.)
  • A Valid Class 4 Driver’s license
  • Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

    Tuition & Fees

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Degree Pathways

This program has degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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