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Primary Care Paramedicine


We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year


Start Date: September


Location: Prince of Wales Campus


Length: 2 Years


Credential: Diploma, Primary Care Paramedic


Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term


Canadian Applicants
Open

International Applicants
Open

Start your career in healthcare

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. 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.

Student prepares to transport patient during training

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).  Students have various opportunities within the program to learn skills to support their psychological well-being.

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 on the Prince of Wales Campus. Take a virtual tour.

Industry Recognition and Certifications

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

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. 

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.

DEGREE PATHWAYS


This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, P.E.I. Bachelor of Science (Paramedicine) Graduates with a 70% average receive two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Science (Paramedicine) degree. For more information about the B.Sc. in Paramedicine program, visit the program page on the UPEI website.
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic biology or chemistry and English, minimum of 70%
  • Grade 11 academic math, minimum of 65%
  • Valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) Stage 3(G) driver’s license
  • Standard First Aid
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider. Must be from Heart and Stroke. BLS is valid for 1 year and will need to be updated annually.
  • 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.

NOTES:

  • 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. 
  • Valid Class 4 drivers license is required at the beginning of Year 2, Semester 3 of 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.
  • Don’t have the courses you need to get into this program? Upgrade, earn high school credits, or get your GED in Adult Ed. It’s free!
  • If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

Note for NS Applicants: As of 2023, Residents of Nova Scotia may be eligible for the PRIMARY CARE PARAMEDIC Tuition Bursary Program. Learn more

 

1st Year

Canadian

International

Tuition $6,470 $11,570
Fees 2,927 $3,677
Other Costs $3,700 $3,700
Total $13,097 $18,947
 

2nd Year

Canadian

International

Tuition $7,121 $12,121
Fees $2,927 $3,927
Other Costs $1,600 $1,600
Total $10,298 $16,048
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Canadian Cost Breakdown

 

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition $6,470 $7,121
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $445 $445
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
NCPR Course $80 $80
Lab Fee $2,150 $700
Graduation Fee - $100
     Total payable to Holland College $9,397 $8,698
     
1st installment due September 5 $6,042 $5,538
2nd installment due January 8 $3,355 $3,160
     

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, exams, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $1,000 $600
Materials/Supplies $300 -
Equipment/Uniforms/Teaching Aids $2,400 $250
Exam - $750
     Total $3,700 $1,600
     
Grand Total $13,097 10,298

 

International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition* $11,570 $12,121
Student Union $172 $172
Health Insurance Fee $1,195 $1,195
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
NCPR Course $80 $80
Lab Fee $2,150 $700
Graduation Fee - $100
     Total payable to Holland College $15,247 $14,448
     
1st installment due September 5 $ 11,892 $ 11,288
2nd installment due January 8 $ 3,355 $ 3,160
     

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $1,000 $600
Materials/Supplies $300 -
Equipment/Uniforms/Teaching Aids $2,400 $250
Exam - $750
     Total $3,700 $1,600
     
Grand Total $18,947 $16,048

*Includes the International Student Fee.

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

DEGREE PATHWAYS

Many Holland College programs have degree pathway agreements with other post-secondary institutions. You can receive credit for your Holland College diploma toward a university degree or other post-graduate credential, saving you time and money! Find out more on the Degree Pathways page.

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values


Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:ANAT-1000

Anatomy and Physiology

An introduction to the structure and function of the body in its normal, healthy state. It serves as the basis for understanding pathophysiology and altered body states caused by illness. Students examine individual body organ systems, their components and processes, and how they interrelate.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:COMM-1050

Paramedic Communications

Addresses various aspects of oral and written communication. Students develop stronger listening skills, recognize non-verbal messages, and examine impacts of non-verbal behavior. In a collaborative learning environment, topics on sensitivity and approaches to conversation are explored.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:HLTH-1100

Paramedic Wellness 1

Students learn and practice the concepts of wellness, active living, and fitness to develop a healthy lifestyle in preparation for the physically and mentally demanding work in the paramedic field. Achieving and maintaining physical fitness, improving nutrition and managing the effects of shift work and stress are addressed. This course aids in preparation for the Paramedic Physical Abilities Test.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:HLTH-2100

Paramedic Wellness 2

Students continue to practice the concepts of wellness, active living, and fitness learned in HLTH-1100. Through practical experience and self-evaluation, students will address wellness, physical fitness, back health and the importance of achieving a level of fitness to meet the vigorous demands on the job. Students will develop strategies to plan, design and implement an effective personal fitness program to meet the physical testing requirements and lift requirements for paramedics. This course aids in preparation for the Paramedic Physical Abilities Test.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:NCPR-1045

Paramedic Physical Abilities Test A

Paramedicine is a physically demanding profession, and physical fitness underlies the paramedic's ability to perform many job tasks. Successful completion of the Paramedic Physical Abilities Test (PPAT) is required for participation in the practicum course(s) in the Paramedicine program at Holland College. This assessment is also a current requirement for employment in most Atlantic province's EMS services. PPAT certification expires after six months and may need to be passed more than once throughout the program.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:NCPR-1046

Paramedic Physical Abilities Test B

Paramedicine is a physically demanding profession, and physical fitness underlies the Paramedic's ability to perform many job tasks. Successful completion of the Paramedic Physical Abilities Test (PPAT) is required for participation in the practicum course(s) in the Paramedicine program at Holland College. This assessment is also a current requirement for employment in most Atlantic province's EMS services. PPAT certification expires after six months and may need to be passed more than once throughout the program.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:NCPR-1080

Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS)

The goal of the Pediatric Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization (PEARS) course is to improve outcomes of pediatric patients by preparing healthcare providers with techniques in assessment, early recognition, prompt communication, and initial intervention in young patients with respiratory emergencies, shock, and cardiopulmonary arrest. This skill-based course relies on high-performance team dynamics.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:NCPR-1108

International Trauma Life Support

An introduction to the kinematics of trauma, traumatic pathophysiology, and related diagnostics and therapeutics for these injuries. Students gain pre-hospital assessment and management techniques.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:NCPR-2045

Ambulance Maneuvering Skills

Students will learn to maneuver an ambulance in various situations, including reversing, serpentine driving, judging spatial distance and communicating with other squad members. They will also learn to operate various systems within the vehicle.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:PARA-1000

Professional Practice

An overview of various topics related to Health Systems Design and Delivery and professional responsibility for Paramedics. In addition, the course addresses the structure of the Canadian legal system and legal issues related to the delivery of pre-hospital care, interacting with special population groups and an introduction to medical literature and research.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PARA-1010

Lab Theory

Provides the knowledge to support competencies in performing thorough and concise patient assessment, integrated with communication skills, and building a foundation for pre-hospital care. Students are introducted to the skills related to vital signs, airway management, ECG monitoring, Basic Cardiac Life Support, automatic external defibrillation (AED), and intravenous therapy.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PARA-1020

Paramedic Lab 1

Through individual and small group instruction and practice opportunities in scheduled lab sessions students gain the confidence and skills integration essential to Paramedicine practice. Primary Care Paramedics in practice gather patient information, assess patient condition and initiate necessary medical interventions in a fluid, integrated, timely manner. The team approach to application of skills is an important theme in this course.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PARA-1030

Cardiology

Exploration of the pathophysiology, diagnostics and therapeutics for illnesses involving the cardiovascular system with a focus on the underlying pathology assessment and management of conditions within the scope of practice for the Primary Care Paramedic. Students will learn to interpret signs and symptoms and management considerations. Students develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions. All components of Basic Cardiac Life Support will be covered.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:PARA-1040

Respirology

A thorough exploration of the pathophysiology, diagnostics and therapeutics for illnesses of the respiratory system with a focus on the underlying pathology, assessment and management considerations within the scope of practice for the Primary Care Paramedic. The knowledge gained in this course will assist the Primary Care Paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:PARA-1050

Traumatology

An introduction to the kinematics of trauma, traumatic pathophysiology of different body systems and related diagnostics and therapeutics for these injuries. Students gain pre-hospital assessment and management techniques.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:PARA-1060

Pathology 1

An exploration of the pathophysiology, assessment and management of neurological and psychiatric illness. The knowledge gained in this course will assist in developing a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions within the Primary Care Paramedic scope.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:PARA-1070

Paramedic Lab 2

Through individual and small group instruction and practice opportunities in scheduled lab sessions students gain the confidence and skills integration essential to Paramedicine practice. Students gather patient information, assess patient condition and initiate necessary medical interventions in a fluid, integrated, timely manner. The team approach to application of skills will be practiced and evaluated.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PARA-1080

Medical Terminology

Comprehensive overview of medical terminology, abbreviations, and symbols common to most allied health personnel. A foundation for recognizing and understanding medical language used throughout the health care community is also included.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PARA-2000

Pathology 2

Examination of the pathophysiology, assessment and management of gynecological and obstetrical emergencies, child development, pediatric specific diseases and clinical management as well as geriatric specific diseases and clinical management. The knowledge gained in this course will assist in developing a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions in these areas within the Primary Care Paramedic scope.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PARA-2010

Pathology 3

An overview of environmentally related conditions and how environmental factors influence patient condition and management, including the pathophysiology, diagnostics, and therapeutics for illness related to toxicology. The knowledge gained in this course will assist the paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions within the Primary Care Paramedic scope of practice.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PARA-2020

Pathology 4

Examination of infectious illnesses, immune system conditions and integumentary system disorders as a group as well as the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and endocrine systems. The focus in each is the underlying pathology, assessment and management considerations within the scope of practice for the Primary Care Paramedic. The knowledge gained in these sections will assist the Primary Care Paramedic to develop a working differential diagnosis to assist in the management of patient conditions.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PARA-2030

Paramedic Lab 3

Through individual and small group instruction and practice opportunities in scheduled lab sessions students gain the confidence and skills integration essential to Paramedicine practice. Primary Care Paramedics in practice will be able to gather patient information, assess the patient's condition and initiate necessary medical interventions in a fluid, integrated, timely manner. The team approach to application of skills will be covered, practiced and evaluated.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PARA-2040

Introduction to ALS and Acute Care

An overview of various Advanced Life Support skills/procedures that may be encountered when working with an ALS provider in the field. It will give students a basic understanding of the skills/procedures so they may be better prepared to assist an ALS provider in the care of a patient. The course will also introduce different roles that Paramedics are taking on in the healthcare system.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:PARA-2050

Paramedic Employment Practices

This course assists with the transition from the role of student to practitioner. Students have the opportunity to identify their strengths and weaknesses through the use of practical and theoretical evaluative methods, in preparation for certification testing. As well, students present a case study from their practicum experience, write a resume, evaluate factors in choosing a job, and prepare for employment interviews.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:PHAR-1000

Introduction to Pre-Hospital Pharmacology

An introduction to pharmacology for Paramedicine practice. Students explore general classes of medications commonly used in the Canadian Health Care System with particular focus on medications used in the pre-hospital field of medicine. Students gain knowledge in drug nomenclature, legal issues, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, medication administration, metric system and dosage calculation.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:PRAC-1050

Ambulance Practicum 1

Students are placed with a qualified Paramedic preceptor in the pre-hospital workplace for developmental mentoring and assessment of skills and integration of knowledge at the entry to practice level of competency. This provides exposure to the Paramedicine work environment and supervised care to obtain the confidence and skills integration essential to paramedic practice. Students gather patient information and assess the patient condition in a fluid, integrated and timely manner. They are expected to perform effectively as a paramedic team member and exhibit professional conduct at the work place and while involved with patients and other health professionals.

Credit Value:5


Course Code:PRAC-2040

Paramedic Clinical

A practical experience for the Primary Care Paramedic student in a clinical environment. Students are exposured to various health care environments, are expected to perform effectively as a team member, and exhibit professional conduct in the work place.

Credit Value:5


Course Code:PRAC-2050

Ambulance Practicum 2

An on the job experience for Primary Care Paramedic students where they are placed with a qualified Paramedic preceptor in the pre-hospital workplace for developmental mentoring and assessment of skills and integration of knowledge at the entry to practice level of competency. Students are exposed to the Paramedicine work environment and provide supervised care to obtain the confidence and skills integration essential to paramedic practice. They will gather patient information, assess patient condition and initiate necessary medical interventions in a fluid, integrated and timely manner. They are expected to perform effectively as a paramedic team member and exhibit professional conduct at the work place and while involved with patients and other health professionals.

Credit Value:12


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