Education and Training

Paramedics around the world are highly trained medical professionals with many different skills. The requirements of training and education change from country to country and province to province. The following requirements apply only to Ontario and if you need any additional information about becoming a paramedic in your area, please contact us so we can help you!

Becoming A Primary Care Paramedic In Ontario

In order to become a paramedic in Ontario, there a specific set of step you must follow.

A candidate must graduate high school and finish a course at a designated college in Ontario. In order to get in to many of these colleges there are a list of pre-requisites:

  • Grade 12 Biology

  • Grade 11/12 average over 75%

  • OSSD (Graduation Diploma)

  • Current certification in Standard First Aid and CPR level C

  • Free of communicable disease as well as all immunization requirements in the Ambulance Act ( Hep B, DTAP, MMR, Flu Shot, Varicella immunity)

  • Physically fit and able to lift equipment and patients efficiently

  • Fluent in English (reading and writing)

  • **Some require Class F license upon entry**

  • Over age 18 upon completion of the course

  • Clear criminal record check retired prior to placements**

Once accepted to the PCP program, the student will do over 500 hours of combined clinical and lab hours which will shape the student into an ideal candidate for a position with a paramedic service in Ontario.

After the completion of the program comes the A-EMCA, the Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant examination which is a provincial certification allowing the candidate to be a licensed professional. All services require this certification to work for them in accordance to the Ministry of Health, however many services offer a “pending A-EMCA” offer which allows candidates to be hired prior to finishing the exam.

Once hired by a service, the candidate will then become certified by a physician in the base hospital certification exam that is run by which ever base hospital oversees the practice of that service. This step is crucial as it is what allows paramedics to practice their skills on the road. Paramedics may only do delegated medical acts on the licence of a registered physician.

When all of these steps have been completed, the candidate is a working paramedic and will continue to rectify yearly through the base hospital as well as maintaining the Class F license and First Aid/CPR certifications.

Advanced Care Paramedics

Once you have completed the PCP program, the level of care is Advanced Care Paramedic. Paramedics at this level are able to work within a larger scope of practice and administer other medications as well as perform additional skills.

In order to attain certification at this level, the candidate must return to any college that offers the program and complete their schooling and consolidation that will give them the ACP diploma upon completion. Throughout this course, the candidate will spend time in lab setting practicing the new skills, as well as be completing clinical shifts at a local hospital. The candidates will be attempting to master skills such as intubation, cardioversion and IV line initiation to name a few. After they have been successful they must then write another provincial certification similar to the A-EMCA in order to be able to practice their new scope within Ontario.

Once they are fully registered though the province and have gained employment, they must again be certified through their base hospital physician as they are the ones who allow the ACP to perform the delegated medical acts within their protocol guidelines. After they have been certified and have displayed their complete understanding of the protocols and their treatments, the ACP is fully certified to practice their new skills in their daily shifts.

There are so many different courses and programs that paramedics can take to further their education, it would be impossible to tackle them all in a single list. There are different course that will focus on interests such as trauma, paediatric care, advanced cardiac care, etc.

There is also a lot of service specific training for the different kinds of paramedics offered through that service. For example, there are some services that have tactical medic teams as well as high angle rescue and water rescue medics.

For any additional information on courses in a specific area you would like more information on, please contact us and we will get back to you!

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