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Program Details

  • Program Code:9101
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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

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

Once you complete the Paramedic program, you'll 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 A-EMCA certification exam. Because ministry regulations require this certification for employment as a paramedic in Ontario, Paramedic graduates enjoy an excellent reputation in the field.

Program Highlights

  • You'll receive an equal balance of classroom and practical learning.
  • Labs at Morningside campus include advanced simulation facilities where you'll partake in mock disaster exercises.
  • A variety of Paramedic program experiences will develop your expertise and enhance your confidence. Strong community partnerships, meanwhile, will ensure you have exceptional real-life experiences.
  • 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 will add to the richness of your learning experience.
  • The Paramedic program will offer extensive on-the-job learning with working professionals in emergency, medical trauma and psychological situations. Field placements will take place with leading emergency medical services. Clinical placements, meanwhile, will occur in a variety of hospitals including trauma centres.
  • There will be opportunities for international exchange.
  • The diploma with which you'll graduate reflects high standards of learning.

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

  • Effectively and appropriately communicate and interact 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 and adapt or change strategies to provide optimal care for patients;
  • Ensure the operational safety and preparedness of an ambulance and its equipment.

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


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Career Outlook

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

Education Pathways

Successful graduates of the Paramedic Diploma program have the opportunity to apply their credits toward further study at the degree level. Listed below are the credentials from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the receiving partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree Program
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts - multiple majors
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting or Human Resources Management or Marketing (also offered at the Brampton Campus)
Bachelor of Science - multiple majors
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration - General Business
Lakehead University Honours or Bachelor Degree - multiple majors
Laurentian University Bachelor of Arts
Ontario Tech University (UOIT) Honours Bachelor of Arts - Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Ryerson University Health Services Management
Health Information Management
Seneca College Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Toronto, University of Honours Bachelor of Science - Paramedicine (joint program)
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus Honours Bachelor of Arts
York University Honours Bachelor degree - any major
Honours Arts and Social Science - multiple majors

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.


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, 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.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
  • 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 C or U, or Grade 12 C or U or M or equivalent (minimum grade required)


  • 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
  • Courses must have been completed within seven years of the program start date. 
  • It is strongly recommended that you have a high level of fitness when you enter the program.
  • 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

Additional Requirements

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

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 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 For more information go to 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

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

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 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

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $3,396.50 $1,265.24 $4,661.74
International $15,385.50 $1,774.24 $17,159.74

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