Holland College | Advanced Care Paramedicine Distributed Learning

Advanced Care Paramedicine Distributed Learning

Start Date: January
Length: 2 Years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus, Distance Learning
Credential: Post-Graduate Certificate, Advanced Care Paramedic
  • Graduation from a CMA accredited 2-year Canadian Primary Care Paramedicine program or equivalent

  • Completion of three reference forms, one from the ACP or PCP field
  • Completion of Holland College Medical Assessment Form (this is a pDF and will open in a new window)

  • Current Heart and Stroke BLS

  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form  (required after acceptance) (This is a PDF and will open in a new window)

  • Valid Class 4 (taxi, ambulance or small bus) driver’s license

  • 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.


  • If you are accepted to this program, you can book your immunizations and medical assessment through our Health Clinic. To book an appointment, please email npclinic@hollandcollege.com or call 902-566-9392. You will need your health card and your vaccination record. 
  • Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check: Before attending any practicum or clinical portions of the program, a student must submit a criminal record check and a vulnerable sector check. If the check indicates that a record exists, the student may not be able to complete portions of their program that are required for graduation. Any associated costs are the responsibility of the student.

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2022-2023. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 8,444 $ 8,444
Lab Fee $ 1,500 $ 500
E-Proctor $ 375 $ 75
NCPR Course - $ 80
Grad Fee $ 100
Total $ 10,319 $ 9,199
1stinstallment due January 9 $ 6,191 $ 5,559
2ndinstallment due September 5 $ 4,127 $ 3,639
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $ 1,000 $ 1,000
Equip/Tools/Uniforms/Teaching Aids/PDA $ 2,500 $ 2,500
Exam - $ 750
Total $ 3,500 $ 4,250

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Ground ambulance

  • Industrial First Aid

  • Recreation and sports facilities

  • Emergency medical education

  • Medical supply sales

  • Emergency departments

  • Air ambulance

  • Communications centres

Degree Pathways

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

Program Overview

The Advanced Care Paramedicine distributed learning model offers the practicing Primary Care Paramedic the opportunity to complete most of their Advanced Care Paramedic studies in a distance delivery format. The program mirrors the one-year Advanced Care Paramedicine on-site program, but spreads the program over two years.

Build on your expertise as a primary care paramedic and prepare to play an expanded role as a first responder. Your training covers everything from operational and procedural skills to the skills you need to make critical decisions in an emergency. You will enhance your verbal and written communications skills, interpersonal skills, and leadership skills.

Paramedics need to be physically and psychologically fit for a variety of employment opportunities. Program components include the successful completion of the Paramedic Physical Abilities Test (PPAT) and have various opportunities within the program to learn skills to support your psychological well-being. Check out the National Occupational Competency Profile here.

In Year One, students complete one semester of online learning (January to April), attend an onsite three-week lab component (May to June), and complete another semester of online learning (September to December). In Year Two, students complete a semester mixed with an online course plus an onsite three-week lab component (January to April), a six-week clinical rotation (May to June), and a 15-week practicum rotation (September to December). 

Throughout the program, students are required to attend two three-week lab practice and testing sessions on site in Charlottetown and prescribed hospital clinical and ambulance practicum shifts. All clinical and practicum placements are in P.E.I., N.B., N.S., or N.L.  There is no guarantee students will be placed at their location of choice. Depending on availability, you may be required to go out of province and to several different sites within a province. Practicum and clinical placements may also be completed in separate provinces. All clinical and practicum costs are the responsibility of the student, including, but not limited to, travel costs, rental costs, lease breaks, uniform costs, safety kit/PPE.

The Advanced Care Paramedicine Distributed Learning program delivered by Holland College is accredited by Accreditation Canada

Graduates from accredited paramedicine programs have met competency standards as reflected in the Paramedic Association of Canada’s National Occupational Competency Profile and are eligible to write the National Exam for Paramedics in Canada (COPR). Successful completion of the exam is required for paramedic registration in many provinces in Canada, including Prince Edward Island. Find out more about the COPR National Exam here. 

This program is located in the Centre for Applied Science and Technology. Take a virtual tour of the CAST building here.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


Advanced Care Paramedicine

The one-year Advanced Care Paramedicine program will build on your expertise as a primary care paramedic and prepare you to play an expanded role as a first responder.


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