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Paramedic (PMED)

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

Meet the people inside the ambulance. Paramedics are often the first people on the scene in 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
  • Emergency response team members
  • Private ambulance transfer service members
  • Health and safety educators in industrial settings
  • Technical assistants in hospital emergency departments or health centres

Professional certification is required to become a Primary Care Paramedic in Ontario:

  • 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 exams for international accreditation in ITLS and ITLS International Trauma Life Support
  • Emergency training received in the program is also an asset when applying to a fire department, police service or RCMP, particularly in a remote area
  • Average starting salaries in Ontario are $45,000 to $49,999 (Employment Profile 2014 Provincial Report, MTCU)

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 Southern Ontario that offers a two-year Paramedic diploma through part-time, weekend studies, with 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
  • Practise skills that emphasize personal safety on the job and effective communication with families and other emergency and medical professionals

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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