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Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

Cambrian’s experienced faculty will train you to safely and efficiently handle the rigors of this fast-paced and often very intense profession that is also extremely rewarding.

Courses focus on basic and advanced patient care, with supporting subjects in high acuity pathologies, biological sciences, humanities, and EMS services. Clinical practice, planned concurrently with classes, emphasizes emergency care procedures. You will learn how to prevent or reduce complications in the care of the sick and injured during the pre-hospital and transport phase of patient care. In addition to providing emergency medical care, you will be trained to identify and correct potential health and safety hazards.

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

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters
  • 2 clinical rotations
  • 1 preceptorship (450 hours)
  • Extensive hands-on training in the safe transport of ill and injured patients through simulated drills and a clinical placement at a hospital or with an ambulance service
  • Cambrian’s PET Test will ensure your physical fitness level meets professional standards


You will have a rotation of clinical placement in area hospitals and in-town and out-of-town ambulance services. You must be prepared to cover the cost incurred in clinical and preceptorship. You may be required to be educationally certified by a provincial Medical Direction prior to preceptorship based upon service requirements. You will be required to cover this cost.

Registration to Practice

Upon completion of this program, you must be successful in a theoretical examination set by the Ministry of Health, Emergency Health Services Branch, Ontario in order to be certified as a Paramedic and thus, to be eligible to work in an ambulance service in Ontario. The cost for the examination process is the responsibility of the graduate.


The paramedic program’s accreditation status is honoured by Accreditation Canada

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

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 (C) or (U) or grade 12 biology (U)
  • Any grade 11 (U) or grade 12 chemistry (C) or (U)

Please note: A minimum of 60% is required in each prerequisite course.


  • Cambrian College's Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees (PHPG) program is the designed preferred preparatory program for admission to Cambrian College's limited enrolment Health Sciences programs. Limited enrolment programs are identified within the detailed program descriptions. The minimum GPA and grades required for successful admission will be determined by the quality and quantity of the applicant pool.

Additional Requirements

  • Current Standard First Aid Certificate
  • Current CPR (BLS level)
  • Must obtain a valid Ontario Class "G" driver's license prior to December 31 of the enrolled year (F class preferred and required for career employment)
  • Criminal record check (Vulnerable Sector Screening included) to satisfy the requirements of the Ambulance Act (prior to Dec. 31 of enrolled year).
  • Hepatitis B immunization and immunization status current
  • Students are required to attend an information session prior to receiving final admission into the program. Although attendance is required, this session is not a pass/fail component. This session includes participation in fitness exercises, which will be at a reasonable additional cost to the student
  • Applicants should have a good level of physical fitness, flexibility, and lifting strength. Physical fitness testing will be ongoing throughout the program. Students must meet the College's minimum requirements to graduate.

Additional Information

Upon completion of this program, graduates must be successful in a theoretical examination set by the Ministry of Health, Emergency Health Services Branch, Ontario in order to be certified as a Paramedic and thus, to be eligible to work in an ambulance service in Ontario. The cost for the examination process is the responsibility of the graduate.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023

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

Program of Study for 2021-22 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
BIO 1107 Anatomy & Physiology I 3
PAR 1002 Patient Care Procedures I 4
PAR 1100 Medico - Legal Aspects 2
PAR 1141 Patient Care Theory I 4
PAR 1242 Ambulance Operations 2
PSY 1106 Interpersonal & Tactical Response 3
FIT 1101 Physical Fitness and Wellness 2
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 2
BIO 1207 Anatomy & Physiology II 3
ENG 1121 Research & Writing/Health Sciences 3
FIT 1201 Physical Fitness and Wellness 2
PAR 1003 Patient Care Procedures II 4
PAR 1006 Clinical Experience 2
PAR 1241 Patient Care Theory II 4
PAR 1251 Principles of Pharmacology 2
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 3
ENG 1215 College Writing II 3
PAR 1004 Adv. Skills/Primary Care Para 5
PAR 1005 Patient Care Procedures III 4
PAR 1007 Ambulance Field and Clinical 3
PAR 1301 Independent Fitness & Evaluation 1
PAR 1320 Adv Skills/Primary Care Para Theory 2
PAR 1335 Prof. Issues, Research & Leadership 2
PAR 1341 Patient Care Theory III 4
PAR 1345 Lifting Competency Evaluation 1
One General Education course. 1 3
Semester 4
PAR 1008 Ambulance Field Consolidation 11
PAR 1405 Paramedic Comprehensive Review 2
PAR 1410 Independent Study 3
 Total Credits90


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 & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,900. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Certified Paramedics may find appropriate employment in an ambulance service in Ontario, other provinces in Canada, or internationally.

Other Opportunities

Graduates from Cambrian (who have successfully completed provincial certification) may also choose to apply directly into Cambrian's Advanced Care Paramedic Program.  Please refer to APPD for requirements.

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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