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Two Years, Ontario College Diploma
Program Code 0814
Welland Campus

The information on this page applies to the Fall 2015 intake term, unless otherwise noted.

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Admission Requirements
Sept. 2015 to May 2016

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, including the following required courses:

  • English - any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent
  • Biology - Grade 11 (C) or (U) or Grade 12 (U)
  • Chemistry - Grade 11 (U) or Grade 12 (C) or (U) OR
  • Physics - Grade 11 (U) or Grade 12 (C) or (U)

Additional Requirements for Admission:

Recommended Courses and/or Recommended Skills (Not Required for Admission):

  • Medical Technologies - Grade 12 (C)

Selection and Ranking Process:

For competitive programs (the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places), selection will be based on the most senior level final grade available at the time of ranking. Mid-term grades are not used for ranking purposes. Testing or other supplemental evaluation may be required.

This program has additional requirements .

Career Opportunities

This program will prepare you to respond to emergencies of many kinds. From gunshot wounds to severe burns to precipitous childbirth, primary care paramedics are trained to handle it all.

Graduates can work as primary care paramedics for Ontario ambulance services and are eligible to write their provincial examinations.

Qualifications gained in this program enhance applications to police and fire departments. Future opportunities include further training to become flight paramedics or advanced care paramedics.

The NC Difference

  • Niagara College has offered this program for more than 34 years 
  • Faculty members are active paramedics
  • Students receive up to 580 hours of clinical and field experience
  • Graduates have an abundance of employment opportunities 
  • For the past several years, Ministry of Health’s Provincial examination success rate among program graduates has been 100%
  • Program accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
  • Taught in accordance to the National Occupational Profiles in other provinces and internationally.
  • Unique inter-professional education experience
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After graduating from this program in the top five per cent of her class, Tina Monchalin went on to complete her Advanced Care Paramedic training and Flight Medic training. She currently works as an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) for Niagara Emergency Medical Service and as an ACP flight medic in Toronto.
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Degree Options

Niagara College maintains articulation/transfer agreements with other colleges and universities within Ontario, the rest of Canada, and Internationally. To see if there are any agreements available for this program, please visit the Articulation Agreement website. Credit Transfer Options

Some post-secondary credits can be transferred into any NC program.
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Additional Program Requirements

Criminal Reference Check (CRC):

  • Students must provide a certificate of a clear CRC with vulnerable sector screening prior to placement beginning in Term 2. According to the Ambulance Act, all employers require a CRC as a requirement for appropriate field placements and subsequent employment. Documentation for the CRC will be completed on orientation day by the program.
  • All costs associated with the certificate are the responsibility of the student.

Physical Fitness:

It is expected that students entering the program have a high level of physical fitness that enables them to complete the following testing in Term 1.

  • Physical Evaluation Test (PET) in a time not exceeding 3 minutes and 50 seconds
  • Lifting Test; Must successfully demonstrate the ability to lift a patient weighing 210 pounds plus the weight of equipment with a partner


Students are responsible for their own transportation in order to complete clinical placement requirements. Niagara College cannot guarantee placements that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.

Student Uniform:

Students are required to wear a student paramedic uniform; black steel toe and shank shoe/boots. The uniform will be purchased during Term 1.

Health Requirement:

  • The confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS) form must be completed and submitted to Niagara College Student Health Services prior to the start of the program. Please view the current CDS form and Checklist for requirements (vaccination documentation/proof of immunity measles, mumps, rubella, varicella,hepatitis B, tetanus diphtheria pertussis,and 2 step TB testing) at This program requires annual TB updates (1 step). Influenza vaccination is required annually for paramedic students.
  • In accordance with the Ambulance Act, all Emergency Medical Services(EMS) placement sites require current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at Level HCP (HealthCare Provider), Adult/Child/Infant one and two rescuer CPR with AED and first aid for choking including artificial resuscitation using both pocket mask and bag-valve mask. (This program is designed for those with specific health care responsibilities.) Students are responsible for maintaining annual CPR and First Aid certification throughout the program.
  • All costs associated with CPR/First Aid, vaccinations and/or verification, are the responsibility of the student.
  • All health requirements must be met at the start of the program or a placement will be denied.
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Term One (2015 Fall)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
CAPL1199Computer Applications3
COMM1016Professional Communications for Emergency Services3
EMRG1130Patient Care Assessment and Diagnostics l8
EMRG1242Patient Care Procedures I4
PHED1113Physical Fitness I2
Term Two (2016 Winter)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
COUN1031Introduction to the Counselling Process3
EMRG1230Patient Care Assessment and Diagnostics ll8
EMRG1243Medical and Legal Issues3
EMRG1265Ambulance Operations2
EMRG1267Patient Care Procedures II3
PRAC1149Field Placement I - Paramedic2

Completion of additional General Education elective (1 course required)

Term Three (2016 Fall)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
EMRG1300Advanced Skills Theory3
EMRG1302Advanced Skills Procedures2
EMRG1305Patient Care Theory III5
HLTH1020Introduction to Interprofessional Education and Practice3
PHED1213Physical Fitness II2
PRAC1249Field Placement II - Paramedic2
Term Four (2017 Winter)
Course CodeCourse NameUnits
EMRG1304Patient Care Procedures III3
EMRG1401Professional Issues, Research and Leadership3
EMRG1402Paramedic Comprehensive Review1
PRAC1349Field Placement III - Ambulance Field Consolidation9

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