Available as a two-year program
Two-year Ontario College Diploma
- Start Date
September entry (Alternate Delivery)September entry (Belleville)
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.
Our grads get great jobs
- Paramedic, City of Toronto
- Firefighter, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services
- Paramedic, Ministry of Health
- 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 Ontario that offers a two-year Paramedic diploma through alternative delivery, through a combination of practical, clinical and classroom instruction.
- Alternate Delivery classes are held on alternate weekends (Saturdays and Sundays).
- Participate in live lectures through online delivery, weekday evenings and weekends on campus, and interact with professors and classmates from the comfort of your home.
Leveraging the best practices of paramedicine established from our Alternate Delivery offering, the Belleville campus is excited to offer a traditional Monday through Friday delivery model utilizing our state-of-the-art, interprofessional simulation centres and experienced faculty to deliver more options to the Belleville community and its future first responders.
- Enhance your learning and engage in 'real-life’ clinical situations with a variety of technology solutions.
- Access all of the resources and facilities available through a main campus experience.
Both programs offer the opportunity to be a part of immersive, experiential learning environments:
- Prepare to respond to emergencies and provide life support measures in simulated and clinical placement situations ranging from urgent to emergent care situations.
- Learn to administer care in a variety of environments associated with paramedicine, in the field or in a moving ambulance.
- Learn to drive an ambulance through simulated technology as well as actual, supervised road time.
- Experience the job first hand during 450 hours of supervised ride-out in an ambulance.
Outstanding faculty make the difference
- Curriculum is continuously reviewed and enhanced by instructors who work full time in the field as members of the allied health care team and are experts in their field of study, including basic, 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 come from across the province and have a depth of experience, bringing the real world of paramedicine into the classroom.
- First Year - Semester One
- ANAT1006 Anatomy & Physiology
- This course provides the student with essential knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. This knowledge will allow the student to understand the mechanisms of various physiological conditions and to comprehend the principles underlying medical interventions devoted to maintaining or improving a patient’s condition.
- PMED1015 Crisis Intervention
- In the course, the student will be introduced to the various principles of human behaviour through a study of good mental health, stress and coping behaviours, through theoretical and practical concepts necessary for intervening in crisis situations and psycho-social behavioural outcomes. Special emphasis will be on crisis intervention, burn out and suicide, including the dynamics of anger and hostility.
- PMED1007 Emergency Patient Care 1
This course focuses on cognitive skills and the problem solving approach to providing quality pre-hospital patient care. The course also focuses on the components of primary and secondary assessment, application of patient care; based on priorities, which in turn is based on interpretation of assessment findings. The development of skills related to airway, breathing, bleeding and management of fractures and the use of efficient body mechanics for safe lifting is also an important aspect of Emergency Patient Care 1.
Co-requisite: FITN 1006
- FITN1006 Fitness 1
This course provides the student with essential knowledge of physical fitness, wellness and nutrition. Principles of fitness training are introduced and practised through group and individual activity. Special emphasis is placed on occupation-specific lifting devices, safe lifting techniques and proper lifting ergonomics.
Co-requisite: PMED 1007
- PMED1014 Medical Ethical Issues
- This course is designed to help the student better understand the various complex aspects of the legal and ethical implications of performing pre-hospital care. This course is focused on the Acts applicable to the paramedic in the performance of their duty and the associated governing sections of those Acts as they apply to the pre-hospital setting. Legal implications of patient care, as it applies to the pre-hospital setting, will be discussed and explored in the context of ethical decision making.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- First Year - Semester Two
- PMED1008 Advanced Skills for Primary Care Paramedics 1
The emphasis of this course is on critical thinking related to advanced cardiac assessment, interpretation of assessment findings and their implications for patient management. The student will understand and deliver the Ministry of Health EHSB protocols (ALSPCS) for Semi-Automatic External Defibrillation, the use of current pre-hospital defibrillators, and lead II rhythm interpretation.
Prerequisite: ANAT 1006, PMED 1007
Co-requisite: PMED 1011
- PMED1011 Emergency Patient Care 2
This course provides the knowledge and skill to establish the priorities of assessment and treatment for those patients in crisis due to the effects of illness/trauma. The resulting pathophysiological manifestations are assessed to identify the degree of crisis/life threat and appropriate interventions per the paramedic scope of practice are implemented and evaluated for effectiveness of care provision.
Prerequisite: PMED 1007
Co-requisite: PMED 1008
- PMED1009 Emergency Vehicle Maintenance & Operations
- In this course, students learn 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 controlling skids.
- FITN1007 Fitness 2
Students continue to develop physical fitness and lifestyle management strategies in preparation for a career in the paramedic field. Principles of fitness training, with an emphasis on cardiovascular, muscular strength/endurance, and flexibility are emphasized. Students engage in a variety of fitness, nutrition and stress management activities designed to enhance overall wellness. Lifting mechanics and proper patient transfer techniques are assessed.
Prerequisite: FITN 1006
- PMED1010 Pathophysiology
This course is designed to familiarize students with the groundwork and understanding of pathophysiological processes that lead to the varying medical and traumatic conditions which students are taught to manage in Emergency Patient Care.
Prerequisite: ANAT 1006
Co-requisite: PMED 1008
- PHAR1005 Pharmacology
This course focuses on basic pharmacology with a special emphasis on drugs used in the treatment and management of pre-hospital care.
Prerequisite: ANAT 1006
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Three
- PMED2022 Advanced Skills Primary Care Paramedics 3
This course is a further exploration of the foundational skills and abilities developed in Advanced Skills 2 with an emphasis on critical thinking, clinical judgment and decision making, and utilizing best practices in relation to airway assessment and management as outlined in the Ministry of Health protocols (ALSPCS). Further acquisition of knowledge and understanding specific to personal protection and patient-led treatment plans in the evolving field of paramedicine will be a focus.
Co-requisite: PMED 2008, PMED 2019
- PMED2008 Advanced Skills for Primary Care Paramedics 2
The emphasis of this course is on critical thinking related to advanced cardiac assessment including interpretation of 12 lead findings and the implications for patient management. In collaboration with the current Ministry of Health EHSB protocols (ALSPCS), the student will develop assessment strategies and demonstrate therapeutic interventions for a variety of medical conditions.
Prerequisite: PMED 1008
Co-requisite: PMED 2018
- PMED2006 Communication for Health Care Workers
- This course focuses on the paramedic's role in various long-term, chronic care, and specialty facilities and the socioeconomic impact on care these institutions represent. The importance of the paramedic's role in the team approach as well as the benefits these various institutions bring to the patient and health care system are explored.
- PMED2018 Emergency Patient Care 3
This course builds on the knowledge and skills from Emergency Patient Care 2 to further assess and treat a variety of patients experiencing an emergency. The resulting pathophysiological manifestations are assessed to identify the degree of crisis/life threat and appropriate interventions per the paramedic scope of practice are implemented and evaluated for effective care provisions. Topics include cardiac emergencies, respiratory emergencies and drug overdoses.
Prerequisite: PMED 1010, PMED 1011
Co-requisite: PMED 2008
- PMED2019 Emergency Patient Care 4
Emergency Patient Care 4 combines previous emergency patient care courses to consolidate all aspects of paramedic practice. Through both theory and lab simulation, students will examine clinical presentations, strengthen clinical decision making skills and provide patient care during dynamic high fidelity simulations. Students will apply established knowledge and skills in pathology, pharmacology and advanced skills to execute treatment and transportations plans while developing an awareness of the entire health care continuum.
Co-requisite: PMED 2018, PMED 2022
- PMED2021 Hospital Clincal
Through observation and supervised participation in various hospital departments including the Emergency Department and simulated pre-hospital care situations, students are given the opportunity to apply the theoretical content learned in previous courses while assessing and developing treatment plans for hospital patients in the acute care setting. They will gain an understanding of the role of hospital staff, paramedics and other allied agencies in the continuing care of pre-hospital patients. In addition they will have the opportunity to perform intravenous cannulation on patients in an Operating Room.
Prerequisite: ANAT 1006, FITN 1006, PMED 1007, PMED 1014, PMED 1015, FITN 1007, PHAR 1005, PMED 1008, PMED 1009, PMED 1010, PMED 1011
Co-requisite: PMED 2008, PMED 2018
- PMED2017 Research & Leadership
- Critical thinking skills are developed by researching and discussing issues relevant to the practice of paramedicine. Students will look at the importance of research, knowledge, theory and practice, and how evidence-based practice and the research process apply to ethics and clinical practice in the pre-hospital setting. This course will also encourage students to understand the professional role of paramedics to be leaders and/or agents in the advancement of their profession.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Four
- WKPL2038 Ambulance Field Experience 1
This course provides an overall review of the core concepts of paramedicine and pre-hospital care. It will correlate the concepts of clinical, field care and theory and its application to the patient.
Prerequisite: PMED 2006, PMED 2008, PMED 2017, PMED 2018, PMED 2019, PMED 2021, PMED 2022
Co-requisite: WKPL 2039
- WKPL2039 Ambulance Field Experience 2
This course is a continuation of Ambulance Field Placement 1 and will continue to provide an opportunity for students to apply the core concepts of paramedicine and pre-hospital care in a real-world setting. It will correlate the concepts of clinical, field care and theory and its application to the patient while working as part of a paramedic crew in an ambulance.
Prerequisite: PMED 2006, PMED 2008, PMED 2017, PMED 2018, PMED 2019, PMED 2022, PMED 2021
Co-requisite: PMED 2013, WKPL 2038
- PMED2013 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.
Co-requisite: WKPL 2038
*Courses subject to change.
Turn your diploma into a degree
Many universities across Canada and abroad will provide credit recognition for your diploma studies at Loyalist College. 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. Click here for more information about university transfer agreements.
- 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
- Ontario Tech University – 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 (2022 – 23)
- Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
- Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,462
- Total: $4,184.08
- Additional Program Costs: $1,550 (books for year one)
- Students must provide an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone (or Android) meeting minimum College requirements.
Additional costs, such as supplies, travel and parking, may be incurred during workplace visits, etc.
*Fees related to programs that are less than or greater than two semesters will be adjusted accordingly. Fees are subject to change. Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies.
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.
NOTE: This program is available to domestic students only.
Required academic preparation
OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level with:
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
- Grade 11 or 12 Biology AND
- Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry
- Recognized Ontario College Pre-Health program
- Mature applicant with Grade 11 or 12 Biology and Chemistry
Additional requirements upon entry
- Driver Abstract, Full Class G upon entry, Class F prior to graduation.
Additional requirements prior to first clinical
- Up-to-date tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.
- Standard First Aid and CPR HCP certification.
- Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check. (Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible).
- 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 and fitness evaluations in the first and second year to be successful in the program.
Upon completion of this program, graduates must be successful in a theoretical examination set by the Ministry of Health, Emergency Health Services Branch, Ontario in order to be certified as a paramedic and thus to be eligible to work in an ambulance service in Ontario. The cost for the examination process is the responsibility of the graduate.
Strongly recommended academic preparation
- Grade 11 or 12 Math (C) or equivalent
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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