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Paramedic (PMED)

Available as a two-year program, primarily weekend and evening studies

Paramedics are often the first people on the scene of an emergency. They balance compassion with critical decision-making skills and the ability to take command in a crisis. Train for a career as a first responder and help save lives.
  • Program Code


  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

  • Start Date

    August entry

Find your career

Graduates will find opportunities working as:

• Primary Care Paramedics in the ambulance system in Ontario, nationally or abroad.
• Emergency medical responders with municipal fire departments.
• Private ambulance transfer-service members.
• Health and safety educators in industrial settings.
• Grads are qualified to write the Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA) exam offered by the Ministry of Health.
• Loyalist offers a unique opportunity for certification with ITLS International, with ITLS exams for international accreditation.
• ITLS International Trauma Life Support Emergency training offered in the program is also an asset when applying to a fire department, police service or RCMP.
• Average starting salaries in Ontario range between $50,000 and $54,999.*

*Source: Employment Profile 2014 Provincial Report, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Paramedic, City of Toronto
  • Firefighter, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services
  • Paramedic, Ministry of Health
  • Manager, Radiation Protection, Ontario Power Generation
  • Paramedic, Hastings-Quinte EMS 

Is it for you?

Have you got what it takes? You may be well suited to a career as a paramedic if you:

  • Are seeking a challenge
  • Can think on your feet
  • Want a career where you can make a difference
  • Have a clean driving record

What employers say

“We have hired many Loyalist graduates who work at Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Service in full-time and part-time positions. Loyalist’s high standards result in graduates entering the paramedic field as quality medics.”
John O’Donnell 
Chief, Hastings-Quinte EMS

Experiential learning

Loyalist is the only College in Southeastern Ontario that offers a two-year Paramedic diploma through alternative delivery, including a combination of online and weekend studies, with a blend of practical, clinical and classroom instruction.
• Classes begin in August and are held at the Bancroft campus Friday evenings, Saturdays and/or Sundays on an average of three weekends per month.
• Participate in live lectures through online delivery, weekday evenings and weekends, and interact with professors and classmates from the comfort of your home.
• Prepare to respond to emergencies and provide life support measures in situations ranging from cardiac arrest to gunshot wounds to childbirth.
• Learn to administer care in a moving ambulance – and to drive one.
• Experience the job first-hand during 448 hours of supervised ride-out in an ambulance.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • The up-to-the-minute curriculum is continuously enhanced by instructors who work full time in the field as Critical Care and Emergency Nurses, Primary, Advanced and Critical Care Paramedics
  • Real-world emergency scenarios come to life in the classroom as faculty relate their experiences on the job to that week’s lesson
  • Professors work with Toronto, Durham, Hastings and Northumberland Emergency Medical Services, including one of just 14 Critical Care Paramedics with Toronto EMS

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