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Primary Care Paramedicine

The Primary Care Paramedicine program will prepare you to be an integral part of the health care team working in the field of pre-hospital care. You’ll spend extensive time in our on-site labs. Upon completion of this program, you will understand human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology as it relates to medical and traumatic emergencies.; You will also be able to perform a complete patient assessment including physical exam and history taking, identify and perform appropriate life support procedures, and communicate effectively using oral and written methods for documenting patient care.

This program not only addresses the operational/procedural skills of a Primary Care Paramedic but also the skills required to perform with confidence in a variety of situations, effectively interact with others and maintain professional decorum whether in minor or complex situations.  Paramedics need to be physically fit for a variety of employment opportunities, you’ll learn how to take care of yourself, as well as others.

You will participate in one hospital clinical placement and two on the job placements (the first ambulance observation and the second ambulance practicum). Since sites may be located off-Island, you should budget for additional travel and accommodation expenses.

This program is certified by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), signifying the program meets national standards and is relevant to current clinical practice.

As a graduate of this program, you will meet the competency standards reflected in the Paramedic Association of Canada’s National Occupational Competency Profile (www.cma.ca/accredit). Having this credential makes it easier for you to take employment in other provinces and get accepted to future advanced training programs. You are also eligible to write the National Exam for Paramedics in Canada, which is required for Paramedic Registration in many provinces including Prince Edward Island.

Graduates of the PCP program receive advanced standing as a Medical Technician in the Canadian Forces. They are also eligible to receive a salary (with benefits), and support to offset tuition and materials if enrolled through the Canadian Forces Non-Commissioned Member – Subsidized Education Plan.

Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine
The University of Prince Edward Island is offering a degree pathway to a Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine for graduates of Holland College’s paramedicine programs or any other two-year paramedicine program accredited by the Canadian Medical Association.

The pathway, which reduces the duration of the B.Sc. program from four years to two, is designed for paramedics interested in enhancing their scientific knowledge and their research and communication skills in order to access post-graduate opportunities, research experiences, or business opportunities to advance their careers.

For more information about the B.Sc. in Paramedicine program, visit the program page on the UPEI website.

Program Facts

Start: September
Length: 2 years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Primary Care Paramedic
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic science and English, minimum of 70%
  • Grade 11 academic math, minimum of 65%
  • Completion of two reference forms, work related
  • Criminal Records Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt
  • Valid Class 4 driver’s license
  • Completion of a Holland College Medical Form
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR Trainer.
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) certificate
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form  (required after acceptance)
  • Résumé 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.

Note: Experience in health care or related field would be an asset

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Ambulance
  • Industrial First Aid
  • Recreation and sports facilities
  • Emergency medical education
  • Medical supply sales
  • Emergency departments

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.

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

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If you have any questions concerning the Primary Care Paramedicine program, contact:

Degree Pathways

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

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