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Primary Care Paramedic

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Program Description

Emergency Medical Services is a dynamic industry that offers an exciting and rewarding career for individuals looking to make a positive impact in the lives of others. The Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program is a full-time program composed of independent study, online lectures, and mandatory face-to-face, onsite lab seminars. Students will gain hands-on experience through labs and scenario-based training. Students will develop critical-thinking skills that will allow them to develop an appropriate differential diagnosis and treatment pathway for their patients. Communications, personal wellness, safety, and professionalism are stressed throughout the program. The program delivery model, offers students the flexibility to participate in a majority of the program activities from home. The onsite lab seminars and practicum placements require students to be prepared and able to travel and stay away from home for periods of time, in order to complete mandatory program requirements. This one year certificate program is accredited by Accreditation Canada ensuring graduates are skilled in all competencies relevant to the National Occupational Competency Profile (2011) for Primary Care Paramedics. The theory and lab seminars are delivered over approximately 32 weeks and are followed by a hospital practicum and an ambulance practicum. Students are responsible for costs related to travel, including accommodations for the onsite sessions and practicums. Students must have reliable, high speed Internet access and a mobile device compatible with the College technology requirements, to effectively participate in the online portions of the program. Students are required to have an iPad with a minimum nine-inch screen that is compatible with Comptracker Software for competency tracking.

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Program Delivery



Sep 01, 2020 - Jun 25, 2021 - Blended - Slave Lake

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Program Length

38 weeks

Academic Requirements

Credits in the following courses:

 Biology 30 (60%) or credit in ANPY 1000 (50%) or Bio 0190(60%) or an assessed Biology equivalency.
 English 30-1 or equivalent (60%) or English 30-2 or equivalent (70%) or ENGL 0190 (60%) or an assessed English equivalency.
 Math 20-1 or equivalent (50%) or Math 20-2 or equivalent (60%) or MATH 0190 (60%) an assessed Math equivalency.
 Students must submit all official post-secondary transcripts upon application.


For those interested in pursuing a career as a Advanced Care Paramedic, PCP certification is a prerequisite for acceptance into Alberta Advanced Care Paramedic programs.

Other Requirements

 Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of program completion.
 Proof of valid Alberta Class 5 Driver's License or equivalent.

 Copy of current CPR card, current CPR is required for access to the program practicums.
 A Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check obtained within 90 days of providing proof to the program. The presence of an unclear CRC or Vulnerable Sector Check may disqualify a student from accessing a practicum placements required for program completion or from securing employment after graduation.
 Immunization Record completed in full, by a qualified health professional, showing immunization status required for entry into practicum placements. Students who do not meet the immunization requirements for practicum placement are required to sign an Immunization Waiver to acknowledge that the lack of certain immunizations, may impact the student's ability to attend a practicum placement required to complete the program requirements.
 Core Computer Skills (word processing, spreadsheets, internet, and email).
 Students are required to have an Apple IPad, with a screen no smaller than 9", compatible with Comptracker competency tracking software.
 In addition, students must have reliable, high speed Internet access and a mobile device compatible with the College technology requirements.

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