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 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.

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 2020/2021. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

First-year international students pay an additional $4,000 CAD student fee, second-year international students pay an additional $3,250 CAD student fee (2020/2021 only).
International Health Fee is an additional $750 per year.
International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 6,711 $ 6,711
Student Union $ 168 $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 420 $ 420
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80
NCPR Course $ 80 $ 80
Lab Fee $ 735 $ 700
Graduation Fee $- $ 100
Total $ 8,194 $ 8,259
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 5,184 $ 5,263
2ndinstallment due January 6 $ 3,010 $ 2,996
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $ 700 $ 0
Materials/Supplies $ 300 $ 0
Equipment/Uniforms/Teaching Aids $ 2,000 $ 0
Total $ 3,000 $ 0

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 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 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

Having this credential makes it easier for you to take employment in other provinces and get accepted into advanced training programs. You will also be 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.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


Practical Nursing - Prince of Wales Campus

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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