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Paramedic (PMED)

Available as a two-year program delivered through part-time 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 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.” - 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
  • Learn to administer care in a moving ambulance – and to drive one
  • Prepare to respond to emergencies and provide life support measures in situations ranging from cardiac arrest to gunshot wounds to childbirth
  • 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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