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Primary Care Paramedicine

Start Date: September
Length: 2 Years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Primary Care Paramedic
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 12 academic science and English, minimum of 70%
  • Grade 11 academic math, minimum of 65%
  • Completion of two reference forms, work related
  • Criminal Records Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt
  • Valid Class 4 (taxi, ambulance or small bus) driver’s license
  • Completion of a Holland College Medical Form
  • Standard First Aid and CPR Level C from a recognized First Aid/CPR Trainer.
  • Current Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS) certificate
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form  (required after acceptance)
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

Note: Experience in health care or related field would be an asset

International Student fee is an additional $3,930 per year (includes International Health Fee).

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 6,450 $ 6,450
Student Union $ 168 $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 410 $ 410
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80
NCPR Course $ 80 $ 80
Lab Fee $ 700 $ 700
Graduation Fee $- $ 90
Total $ 7,888 $ 7,978
     
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 4,996 $ 5,086
2ndinstallment due January 7 $ 2,892 $ 2,892
     
     
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $ 700 $ 0
Materials/Supplies $ 300 $ 0
Equipment/Uniforms/Teaching Aids $ 2,000 $ 0
Total $ 3,000 $ 0

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Ambulance
  • Industrial First Aid
  • Recreation and sports facilities
  • Emergency medical education
  • Medical supply sales
  • Emergency departments

Degree Pathways


Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

Program Overview


The Primary Care Paramedicine program will prepare you to be an integral part of the health care team working in the field of prehospital care. Upon completion of this program, you will understand human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology as it relates to medical and traumatic emergencies. You will also be able to perform a complete patient assessment including a physical examination and history taking, identifying and performing appropriate life support procedures, and communicating effectively using oral and written methods for documenting patient care.

The program not only addresses the operational/procedural skills of a Primary Care Paramedic but also the skills required to perform with confidence in a variety of situations, effectively interact with others and maintain professional decorum whether in minor or complex situations.  Paramedics need to be physically fit for a variety of employment opportunities, you’ll learn how to take care of yourself, as well as others.

You will participate in one hospital clinical placement and two on the job placements (the first ambulance observation and the second ambulance practicum). Since sites may be located off-Island, you should budget for additional travel and accommodation expenses.

The Primary Care Paramedicine program delivered by Holland College is accredited by Accreditation Canada. www.accreditation.ca

Having this credential makes it easier for you to take employment in other provinces and get accepted to future advanced training programs. You are also eligible to write the National Exam for Paramedics in Canada, which is required for Paramedic Registration in many provinces including Prince Edward Island.

Graduates of the PCP program receive advanced standing as a Medical Technician in the Canadian Forces. They are also eligible to receive a salary (with benefits), and support to offset tuition and materials if enrolled through the Canadian Forces Non-Commissioned Member – Subsidized Education Plan.

Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine
The University of Prince Edward Island is offering a degree pathway to a Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine for graduates of Holland College’s paramedicine programs or any other two-year paramedicine program accredited by the Canadian Medical Association.

The pathway, which reduces the duration of the B.Sc. program from four years to two, is designed for paramedics interested in enhancing their scientific knowledge and their research and communication skills in order to access post-graduate opportunities, research experiences, or business opportunities to advance their careers.

For more information about the B.Sc. in Paramedicine program, visit the program page on the UPEI website.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.

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