Paramedic | St. Clair College
Program Code: K940
Status: Waitlisted
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Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
Starts: September

Emergency Alternate Delivery Plan:
Winter 2024 Emergency Alternate Delivery

John Lassaline
519-972-2727 ext. 5613
Carolyn Ross
519-354-9714 ext. 3249

Program Overview

A paramedic is at the forefront of emergency health care services in times of accident or crisis. They provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation, defibrillation, cardiac monitoring, pulse oximetry, airway management, administration of life-saving drugs, control of severe bleeding along with immobilization of spine, neck and bone injuries. This program will appeal to students who are able to work under extremely stressful situations. They must be critical thinkers, able to problem solve and multi-task. They must be strong and in good physical condition without any restrictions from lifting heavy weights.

Program Highlights

  • Clinical hospital/ambulance field experience.
  • Hands-on training in well-equipped labs and simulation suites.
  • Graduates are eligible to apply to write the Ontario Ministry of Health Advanced EMCA (Primary Care Paramedic) examination.

Career Opportunities

Paramedics are employed by both public and private ambulance services. Graduates may also progress to the level of Advanced Care Paramedic and/or Flight Paramedic requiring additional years of education at various institutions throughout Ontario.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:

  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U with 60% or better
  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U) with 60% or better
  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U) with 60% or better
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U) with 60% or better


  • Equivalent courses from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program or the Academic and Career Entrance program.
  • Applicants must have a G2 Driver’s License when applying to the program. Once you have been accepted and registered into the program, you MUST obtain your G license by the end of your first semester, to continue in the program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

For more information, see the Admission Procedures document on the Registrar's Office page.

Important Information

This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.

Selection Procedure

For high school applicants, all of your Grade 11 courses and the first semester of your Grade 12 courses will be averaged and ranked in order to make the selection for acceptance into this program. When final grades are released applicants must meet the minimum requirement in mandatory courses.

Selection Process

Applicants who possess some of the following items may earn additional points in the selection process:

  • Senior Level Physics
  • CPR, First Aid, AED and other emergency training
  • Emergency responder, fire service
  • Post-secondary education from individual courses to diplomas or degrees
  • Instructor certifications in CPR, First Aid
  • Work experience in health care agencies
  • Class F driver's license

The questionnaire is a mandatory requirement for consideration into this program. Only applicants who return the questionnaire will be considered for admission.

    Employment Requirements

    Requirements under the Ontario Ambulance Act and Criminal Code of Canada must be met to be employed as a Paramedic in Ontario. If you have concerns regarding possible traffic violations, criminal records, or medical conditions that may affect your potential employment, contact the Program Coordinator. Applicants MUST possess a VALID Ontario Driver's license.


    The curriculum below is for incoming students:

    Semester 1
    Code Title Credits
    Choose 1 Elective Course
    Patient Care Theory I
    Patient Care Procedures I
    Medical Legal Aspects
    Anatomy And Physiology I (Paramedic)
    Physical Education I (Paramedics)
    Communication For Emergency Health Workers I
    Human Behaviour And Crisis Intervention
    Semester 2
    Code Title Credits
    Choose 1 Elective Course
    Patient Care Theory II
    Patient Care Procedures II
    Ambulance Operations
    Anatomy And Physiology II (Paramedic)
    Pre-Hospital Pharmacology
    Ambulance Field Experience I
    Physical Education II (Paramedic)
    Semester 3
    Code Title Credits
    Patient Care Theory III
    Patient Care Procedures III
    Choose 1 Elective Course
    Hospital Clinical
    Advanced Skills Theory
    Advanced Skills Procedures
    Ambulance Field Experience II
    Communication For Emergency Health Workers II
    Semester 4
    Code Title Credits
    Paramedic Comprehensive Review
    Ambulance Field Consolidation

    Synergy Placement Notice to Students

    Pre-Placement Requirements

    St. Clair College has partnered with Synergy Gateway Inc to provide you access to Verified - a platform that is used by students at other post-secondary institutions across Ontario for the purpose of digitally collecting placement requirements related to placement(s). Synergy Gateway Inc will provide support and clearance to help with your required documentation. You will be required to complete an Electronic Requirements Verification (ERV) Review through the Verified platform in order to receive clearance to begin your clinical placement. You will be provided access to "Verified" via a secure username and password. You will use Verified to:

    • Upload your pre-placement requirements documentation for review.
    • Book your Electronic Requirements Verification (ERV) service (this is a service that reviews the documents you have uploaded and provides you a status as to your eligibility to begin placements).
    • Track your ongoing requirements compliance.

    Each student will receive log-in credentials to access Verified that will be sent to your St. Clair College email account. Please check your inbox, spam and junk mail folders for an email from the "Synergy Help Desk". You will be required to create a new password upon logging in. Be sure to view the video user guides and student guidebook to learn how to use the Verified platform.

    Any associated fees for Synergy Gateway Inc to complete the pre-placement requirements are the sole responsibility of the students.

    It is mandatory that students complete their ERV service through Verified to be eligible for your upcoming clinical placement.

    Once your account has been set up with Verified, inquiries can be directed to Synergy Gateway Inc at You will need to submit a Help Desk ticket. Their Help Desk hours are Monday to Friday: 10 am - 3 pm, excluding holidays.

    ** Please note: If you are an International student completing a placement, you will require a valid COOP Work Permit.


    (Please refer to your Synergy communications for full details)

    This is to make you aware that, although a COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend St. Clair College, most of our placement sites are requiring students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be eligible to attend. Students who are not fully vaccinated cannot be provided with a placement for their program and, therefore, will not be able to complete their programs. Please be advised that COVID-19 booster shots and/or other requirements may become mandatory for placement, however, they are not currently required.

    • Student placements are assigned. Student personal requests for placement cannot be accommodated.

      • Windsor students may be placed anywhere in Windsor and Essex county
      • Chatham students may be placed anywhere in Chatham and Kent county
    • Students are responsible for their own travel and costs to placements
    • Students are responsible for the cost of scrub uniforms/footwear and equipment (such as a stethoscope, a watch with a second hand) and other incidentals as required
    • Placement schedules may include shifts on days, afternoons, weekends and holidays throughout the program based on placement need and agency availability

    Your Investment

    The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

    2023-2024 Tuition Fees  

    For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

    Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

    Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

    Smart Start Information

    Program Physical Demands Analysis

    Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

    Paramedic Program (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 51637)

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

    1. Communicate and interact effectively and appropriately with patients and others.
    2. Assess patients using relevant theory and practices and in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards, and best practice guidelines.
    3. Establish patients’ treatment and transport priorities based on assessment findings.
    4. Implement preventive and therapeutic patient management strategies to maintain and promote patients’ well-being in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards, and best practice guidelines.
    5. Integrate and perform delegated controlled medical acts in a simulated, clinical, and field setting.
    6. Evaluate in an ongoing manner the effectiveness of patient management strategies used and adapt or change strategies to provide optimal care for patients.
    7. Report and document patient information completely, accurately, and in a timely manner, in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards, and applicable policies and procedures in a simulated, clinical, and/or field setting.
    8. Ensure personal safety and contribute to the safety of partners, patients, and others.
    9. Ensure the operational safety and preparedness of an ambulance and its equipment and operate an ambulance-type vehicle in a simulated setting.
    10. Collaborate with a broad range of personnel such as first responders, paramedics, emergency services personnel, health care professionals, and other allied health care workers.
    11. Integrate and meet legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities while providing optimal care for patients.