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

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 in the program, 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. Important information about how applicants are ranked for entry into this program can be found on the Admission Procedures page.

Field/Clinical Placements

Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to clinical placement. You are responsible for the associated costs.

  • First Aid
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) BCLS Level C/AED
  • N95 Mask Fit Testing
  • Employer requirement for up-to-date CLEAR POLICE CLEARANCE (vulnerable sector screening)
    • MUST be obtained by you, the student.
    • Obtain the Police Clearance by the first week of your first semester
  • Clinical placements may be on day, afternoon or weekend shifts ANYWHERE within Ontario.
  • You are responsible for travel and accommodation costs.

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.

Health Requirements

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

Your Investment

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

2019-2020 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.

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.

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