Holland College | Primary Care Paramedicine

Primary Care Paramedicine

Start Date: September
Length: 2 Years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Primary Care Paramedic
  • 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
  • Valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) Stage 3(G) driver’s license
  • Completion of a Holland College Medical Assessment Form (This is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR provider (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) certificate
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form  (required after acceptance) (This is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • 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.


  • If you are accepted to this program, you can book your immunizations and medical assessment through our Health Clinic. To book an appointment, please email npclinic@hollandcollege.com or call 902-566-9392. You will need your health card and your vaccination record. 

  • Experience in health care or related field would be an asset.

  • Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check: Before attending any practicum or clinical portions of the program, a student must submit a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check. If the check indicates that a record exists, the student may not be able to complete portions of their program that are required for graduation. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student.

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2022-2023. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Click here to see International Tuition and Fees

Domestic Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 6,981 $ 6,981
Student Union $ 172 $ 172
Health Insurance Fee $ 420 $ 420
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80
NCPR Course $ 80 $ 80
Lab Fee $ 760 $ 700
Graduation Fee - $ 100
Total $ 8,493 $ 8,533
1stinstallment due September 6 $ 5,365 $ 5,429
2ndinstallment due January 9 $ 3,128 $ 3,104
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $ 1,000 $ 600
Materials/Supplies $ 300 -
Equipment/Uniforms/Teaching Aids $ 2,400 $ 250
Exam $ 750 -
Total $ 4,450 $ 850


International Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 11,981 $ 11,381
International $ 5,000 $ 4,400
Student Union $ 172 $ 172
Health Insurance Fee $ 1,170 $ 1,170
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80
NCPR Course $ 80 $ 80
Lab Fee $ 760 $ 700
Graduation Fee - $ 100
Total $ 14,243 $ 13,683
1stinstallment due September 6 $ 11,115 $ 10,579
2ndinstallment due January 9 $ 3,128 $ 3,104
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $ 1,000 $ 600
Materials/Supplies $ 300 -
Equipment/Uniforms/Teaching Aids $ 2,400 $ 250
Exam $ 750 -
Total $ 4,450 $ 850

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

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

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

Program Overview

The Primary Care Paramedicine program will prepare you to be an integral part of the health care team working in the field of prehospital care. 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 a physical examination and history taking, identifying and performing appropriate life support procedures, and communicating effectively using oral and written methods for documenting patient care.

The 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 and psychologically fit for a variety of employment opportunities. Program components include the successful completion of the Paramedic Physical Abilities Test (PPAT) and have various opportunities within the program to learn skills to support your psychological well-being. Check out the National Occupational Competency Profile here.

You will complete one clinical practicum rotation and two ambulance practicum rotations. All clinical placement sites are at various sites on P.E.I. Practicum sites are located in P.E.I., N.B., N.S., or N.L. There is no guarantee students will be placed at their location of choice. Depending on availability, you may be required to go out of province and to several different sites within a province. Practicum and clinical placements may also be completed in separate provinces. All clinical and practicum costs are the responsibility of the student (including, but not limited to, travel costs, rental costs, lease breaks, uniform costs, safety kit/PPE.

This program is located in the Centre for Applied Science and Technology. Take a virtual tour of the CAST building here.

The Primary Care Paramedicine program delivered by Holland College is accredited by Accreditation Canada. www.accreditation.ca

Graduates from accredited paramedicine programs have met competency standards as reflected in the Paramedic Association of Canada’s National Occupational Competency Profile and are eligible to write the National Exam for Paramedics in Canada (COPR). Successful completion of the exam is required for paramedic registration in many provinces in Canada, including Prince Edward Island. For more information about the COPR National Exam click here

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 Accreditation Canada.

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.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


Practical Nursing - Prince of Wales Campus September

As a practical nurse, you will provide routine care under the supervision of a registered nurse or a medical doctor to disabled, injured or sick patients. Courses in anatomy and physiology, fundamentals of nursing, and pharmacology are supported through extensive clinical placements. At the end of this two-year program, you will complete 160 hours of practicum in a clinical site with a licensed practical nurse as your preceptor, giving you real-world experience and important exposure to a potential employer. This program is offered on the Prince of Wales Campus in Charlottetown and on the Summerside Waterfront Campus.


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