Paramedic

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Program Code: 9101

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Morningside Campus

Email: wtavares@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8018

Centennial College's Paramedic program takes pride in its exceptional standards, high quality graduates and high employment rates.

You spend two years in Paramedic courses that cover emergency, medical, trauma and psychological situations through hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab facilities located at the College's Morningside campus. Besides physical care, you also learn to provide support to people in crisis, drawing on a unique combination of analytical and professional therapeutic skills. Your career advantage is furthered by the fact that paramedics who actively work in the field teach the courses.

Once you complete the Paramedic program, you will be eligible and well prepared to take the Ministry of Health exam for Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA). Graduates have consistently scored above the provincial average on the Advanced EMCA certification exam. Ministry regulations require this certification for employment as a paramedic in Ontario. As such, Paramedic graduates enjoy an excellent reputation in the field.

Please note: This program is also offered as a joint degree program with the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Please visit, UTSC.utoronto.ca and select Joint Programs.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
GNED-129 Principles of Psychology Morningside Campus
PARA-122 Prehospital Care 1: Theory and Lab Morningside Campus
PARA-126 Professional and Legal Issues, Research, Responsibilities and Leadership Morningside Campus
PARA-127 Therapeutic Communication and Crisis Intervention Morningside Campus
PARA-128 Anatomy Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus
PARA-130 Alterations of Human Body Functions 1 Morningside Campus
PARA-132 Prehospital Care 2: Theory, Clinical and Field Morningside Campus
PARA-136 Pharmacology for Allied Health Morningside Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-180 College Communications 3 Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
PARA-240 Alterations of Human Body Functions 2 Morningside Campus
PARA-242 Prehospital Care 3: Theory, Clinical and Field Morningside Campus
PARA-243 Medical Directed Therapeutics and Paramedic Responsibilities Morningside Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
PARA-255 Prehospital Care 4: Theory and Field Morningside Campus
PARA-256 PCP Integration and Critical Decision Making Morningside Campus
PARA-257 EMS Research Methods Morningside Campus

Program Highlights

  • You receive an equal balance of classroom and practical learning.
  • Labs at Morningside campus include advanced simulation facilities where you partake in mock disaster exercises.
  • A variety of Paramedic program experiences develops your expertise and enhances your confidence.
  • Instructors are leaders in the EMS community (certified and active advanced care paramedics) with more than 30 years teaching experience. They come from a variety of emergency medical services and backgrounds, which adds to the richness of your learning experience.
  • The Paramedic program offers extensive on-the-job learning with working professionals in emergency, medical trauma and psychological situations.
  • Strong community partnerships ensure that you have exceptional real life experiences.
  • Field placements take place with leading emergency medical services. Clinical placements, meanwhile, take place in a variety of hospitals including trauma centres.
  • There are opportunities for international exchange.
  • The diploma with which you graduate reflects high standards of learning.

As a Paramedic program graduate, you will have the know-how to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Communicate and interact effectively and appropriately with patients and others
  • Assess patients using relevant theory and practices
  • Establish patients' treatment and transport priorities based on assessment findings
  • Implement preventive and therapeutic patient management strategies to maintain and promote patients' well-being
  • Integrate and perform delegated controlled medical acts in simulated, clinical and field settings
  • Evaluate in an ongoing manner the effectiveness of patient management strategies used and adapt or change strategies to provide optimal care for patients
  • Ensure the operational safety and preparedness of an ambulance and its equipment

Educational Partners

You are able to earn a Paramedic diploma from Centennial while working on a four-year Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine from the University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC).

After applying through U of T, successful candidates spend Year 1 at UTSC, years 2 and 3 at both institutions and Year 4 at UTSC. You can graduate with a diploma and a degree.

Graduates of the diploma program can elect to apply to the U of T Paramedicine program. Successful applicants will require approximately two additional years of study for an Honours of Bachelor of Science degree.

Please visit, utsc.utoronto.ca and select Joint Programs.

Please note: The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body — not by Centennial College. In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.

Career Outlook

  • Primary care paramedic
  • Paramedic
  • Critical care paramedic
  • Emergency medical technician (EMT)

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
  • Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
  • Biology Grade 11 or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
  • One additional science (Physics, Chemistry or Exercise Science) Grade 11 or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
  • Courses must have been completed within seven years of the program start date

Notes:

  • This program fills early. To be considered for the program, you should apply prior to the Ontario Colleges equal consideration date of February 1 and submit transcripts as early as possible. Applicants are ranked based on an average of the four required subjects as well as application date. Offers are sent to the top ranked applicants only. Meeting minimum requirements for admission will not guarantee an offer. For information on minimum grade requirements and approximate cutoff point for offers, please contact admissions@centennialcollege.ca.
  • Before taking this program, applicants should be aware that under the provisions of the Ambulance Act of Ontario, employment as a paramedic:
    1. Is prohibited to any individual who, in the past year has:
      • Received six or more demerit points on his/her driving record
      • Had his/her driver's license suspended in the previous two years
      • Been prohibited from driving under the Criminal Code of Canada within the past three years, OR
      • Has been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude for which she/he has not been pardoned
    2. Requires an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $3,453.50 $1,052.00 $4,505.50