Available as a two-year program, primarily weekend and evening studies
- Program Code
Two-year Ontario College Diploma
- Start Date
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 2013 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.”
Chief, Hastings-Quinte EMS
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
- First Year - Semester One
- ANAT1002 Anatomy and Physiology
- This course is an introductory study of the structure and function of the human body as an integrated whole. The content includes an overview of basic body chemistry, cell structure, and human body systems. This gives students the basis for the subsequent study of patho-physiology and patient-care procedures.
- PMED1002 Emergency Patient Care 1
- This course covers the responsibilities of the student in assessing, managing, and transporting patients in stabilized conditions. The assessment, patho-physiological processes, and management of various medical and traumatic problems that may afflict pre-hospital patients are learned. Students demonstrate their ability to lift, transfer, position and transport patients in the pre-hospital setting.
- PMED1001 Human Behaviour and Crisis Intervention
- The students gain an understanding of the changes in physical and psychological development from infancy to late maturity (elderly). The course includes the concepts of cumulative and critical-incident stress as they apply to self and/or colleagues and family.
- PMED1000 Medico-Legal Aspects
- This course helps students develop the ability to apply relevant legislation and regulations. Students gain an understanding of their role as advocates for the patients' rights to dignity, privacy, confidentiality and consent, or non-consent, to treatment.
- First Year - Semester Two
- PMED2000 Advanced Skills for Primary Care Paramedics
This course covers the use of the current pre-hospital defibrillators and the current standards and protocols required by the MOH. It also includes ECG lead II rhythm interpretation.
- PMED3003 Advanced Skills for Primary Care Paramedics 2
Students gain a working knowledge enabling them to deliver the Ministry of Health EHSB protocols for Symptom Relief (administration of medication) and Intravenous Therapy (starting and monitoring an IV). Students also become familiar with equipment and drugs used by advanced-care paramedics and over-the-counter prescription medications.
- COMM2008 Communications for Emergency Health Care Workers 1
- Students learn medical terminology, the principles of accurate report writing, and practise effective listening and communication skills.
- PMED2005 Crisis Intervention 2
Provides theoretical and practical concepts necessary for intervening in crisis situations involving a variety of psycho-social behavioural outcomes.
- PMED2003 Emergency Vehicle Maintenance and Operations
- Techniques to ensure driver and vehicle readiness for emergency service. Students acquire skills to maintain emergency vehicles, prepare and operate emergency vehicles, and drive defensively, avoiding hazards and control skids.
- PMED2001 Hospital Clinical 1
Through observation and supervised participation in various hospital departments and simulated pre-hospital care situations, the students are given the opportunity to apply the theoretical content learned in previous courses. They gain an understanding of the role of hospital staff in the continuing care of pre-hospital patients.
- PMED2004 Professional Issues, Research and Leadership
- Students develop critical thinking skills in identifying issues surrounding the application of skills, professionalism and the development of technology that are relevant to the field of pre-hospital care. This encompasses the development and use of strategies to be able to locate, select and discriminate pertinent information.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Three
- PMED2002 Ambulance Field Experience
Ambulance Field Experience
This course provides the opportunity to receive practical experience in emergency health services in emergency patient-care situations in the community. Under the supervision of a paramedic crew, the student reviews, participates and analyzes emergency situations which form a basis for professional practice in the future.
- PMED3001 Emergency Patient Care 2
- Emphasis is on the responsibilities of the paramedic in caring for patients in stable conditions, emergency situations and situations that may become emergencies; and providing suitable patient management where accurate and justifiable decisions are made based on patient assessment. Main areas of focus are medical emergencies, pediatrics, emergency-rescue techniques, traumatic emergencies and environmental emergencies. Laboratory work relates theory to skill development. The student also applies the patho-physiological processes associated with varying conditions.
- PMED3004 Hospital Clinical 2
- Observation and supervised participation in various hospital departments and simulated pre-hospital care situations are used as a basis for applying theoretical content of previous courses. Students gain an understanding of the role of hospital staff in the continuing care of pre-hospital patients.
- PMED3002 Patho-Physiology Alteration in a Normal Function
- Designed to familiarize students with the groundwork and understanding of patho-physiological processes that lead to varying medical and traumatic conditions they are taught to manage in Emergency Patient Care.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Four
- COMM3001 Communications for Emergency Health Workers 2
- Students continue to learn the principles of accurate report writing and practise effective listening and communication skills. The emphasis is on job search and résumé writing.
- PMED3005 Paramedic Comprehensive Review
- Students consolidate key concepts of pre-hospital care. Course participants relate and integrate theoretical concepts previously learned with clinical situations. Challenges of the student-to-paramedic transition will be thoroughly discussed. Students receive feedback following a comprehensive evaluation of their theoretical and practical skills.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
Turn your diploma into a degree
Many universities across Canada and abroad will provide credit recognition for your diploma studies at Loyalist. The following is a list of agreements that are currently in place. There are many more options, and new agreements are added annually. Contact your university of choice to make individual arrangements.
- Algoma University — B.A.; B.B.A.; B.Sc.; Bach. Computer Science
- Brock University — various*
- Davenport University – B.A. Health Services Administration or Public Safety and Security Management
- Lakehead University — various*
- Laurentian University — various*
- Laurier Brantford – any honours program
- Nipissing University — various*
- Seneca College — Bach. Interdisciplinary Studies
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology – Bach. Allied Health Science (Honours); B.A. Adult Education and Digital Technology
- University of Waterloo — various
- Wilfrid Laurier University — various*
- York University — various*
*Various potential degree pathways. Please confirm details with the receiving institution.
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2014-15)
- Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $5,332 (Year One - three semesters); $3,077 (Year Two - two semesters)
- Consumables fee: $823
- Books and supplies: $1,550 (Year One)
- Students must provide an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone meeting minimum College requirements
- Additional costs, such as travel and parking, may be incurred during placements
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, AND
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
- Grade 11 or 12 Biology; Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) Level "D" accepted
Additional requirements (must be completed prior to first class)
- Up-to-date immunization including influenza and Hepatitis B inoculations are required as part of the registration process
- “Fair” rating on the Canadian Physical Activity, Fitness and Leisure Assessment (CPAFLA)
- Standard First Aid and Level “C” CPR certification
- Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check
- Clear Driver Abstract
- Paramedicine is a physically demanding profession. It is strongly recommended that all applicants have a high level of fitness. Students will be required to successfully complete comprehensive lifting evaluations in the first and second year to continue in the program
- A detailed résumé of practical experience is required, i.e. number of ride-out hours, other applied experience and associated qualifications
- At the discretion of the College/faculty, entrance to the program may be based on the applicant's successful completion of an interview process
- Current, valid class "G" driver's licence; a class "F" is preferred and is required on or before graduation for employment as a Paramedic in the province of Ontario
Before taking this program, students should be aware that under the provisions of the Ambulance Act, employment as an EMCA is prohibited to any individual who:
- In the past year has received six or more demerit points on his or her driving record;
- Has had a driving licence suspended in the previous two years;
- Has been prohibited from driving under the Criminal Code of Canada within the past three years; or
- Has been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude for which he or she has not been pardoned
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
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