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Ontario College Graduate Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne

Add to your Primary Care Paramedic training to advance your career and increase your salary while making a difference in the health of your community. You will undertake advanced training delivered through a combination of classroom, simulation, clinical, and preceptorship environments. You will also complete preceptorship through a combination of Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) land and ACP flight (ACP(F)) exposure.

This is a full-time program and, in some instances, you may be able to continue working as a Primary Care Paramedic during your studies.

This program is based on the Ministry of Health Paramedic Syllabus and the National Occupational Competencies for Paramedicine.

Program Highlights

  • 1 year - 2 semesters
  • 2 placements
  • Opportunity to complete a combination of ACP land/ACP-flight preceptorship
  • Possibility to work while you learn
  • Successful completion of this program qualifies candidates to write the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Advanced Care Paramedic Theory Examination

Limited Enrolment

Please note that possession of the requirements does not guarantee admission. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available in the program, the College reserves the right to select from among those applicants. All students applying by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Preference will be given to Ontario residents. Please see the Limited Enrolment F.A.Q.'s on our website under "How to Apply" for further details.

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How to Apply

Health Sciences, Nursing, and Emergency Services

Admission Requirements

Graduate of a Primary Care Paramedic program or equivalent. Students must possess an Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA) certificate, issued by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, prior to program commencement.

Additional Requirements

  • Complete an entrance exam in order to be considered for acceptance

  • Criminal record check including vulnerable sector screening – this must not show evidence of a crime of moral turpitude
  • CPR (Health Care Practitioner level) and Standard First Aid which must be valid through the duration of the program
  • Class F driver’s license
  • Current immunization status as outlined by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Emergency Health Services Branch
  • N95 and P100 Mask Fit Testing, to be completed prior to program commencement, students are responsible for the fee
  • A lift test may be required for those students completing field placement at select EMS services

Additional Information

Upon completion of this program, graduates must be successful in the Advanced Care Paramedic Theory Examination set by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Emergency Health Services Branch, in order to be eligible to work in an ambulance service in Ontario. To be eligible to work as an Advanced Care Paramedic (Flight), the student must also complete an Aeromedical course and be successful in the Aeromedical Exam which is set by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Emergency Health Services Branch.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule posted on our website.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
APG 1002Advanced Pharmacology and Laboratory Tests 2
APG 1004Clinical Experience 8
APG 1005Adv. Assessment Treatment 12
APG 7100Professional Responsibilities 2
APG 7111Physiology and Pathophysiology 4
 Term Credits: 28
Semester 2
APG 1000ACP Review Evaluation 1
APG 1007ACP Field Experience 8
 Term Credits: 9
 Total Credits: 37


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books and Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,400. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

The need for Advanced Care Paramedics is growing. The employment growth rate is average to above average because of the aging population, increased coverage of health care plans, and new technological advancements. You may find employment with:

  • Municipal and regional emergency medical services
  • Health care services
  • Flight transfer services (such as ORNGE, formerly Ontario Air Ambulance)
  • Emergency medical services in other provinces or countries

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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