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Advanced Care Paramedicine - Distributed Learning

We are now accepting applications for the 2024/2025 academic year

Start Date: January

Location: Prince of Wales Campus, Distance Learning

Length: 2 Years

Credential: Post-Graduate Certificate, Advanced Care Paramedic

Program Availability: Winter 2024 Term

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Program Availability: Winter 2025 Term

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The Advanced Care Paramedicine distributed learning model offers practicing Primary Care Paramedics 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. Students in the Advanced Care Paramedicine Distributed Learning program will successfully complete the Paramedic Physical Abilities Test (PPAT) and have various opportunities to learn skills to support their psychological well-being.

Year One:

  • Complete one semester of online learning (January to April)
  • Attend an onsite three-week lab component (May to June)
  • Complete another semester of online learning (September to December)

Year Two:

  • Complete a semester mixed with an online course plus an onsite three-week lab component (January to April)
  • Complete a six-week clinical rotation (May to June)
  • Complete 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, and 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. 

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

  • Graduation from an AC 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 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.
  • If your first language is not English, please review our English Language Requirements page.

2023/2024 Academic Year

Tuition, fees, and other costs are listed in Canadian dollars.

1st Year



Tuition $5,230 N/A
Fees $2,525  
Other Costs $3,500 N/A
Total $11,255 N/A

2nd Year



Tuition  $8,613 N/A
Fees $755  
Other Costs $4,250 N/A
Total $13,618 N/A

Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition $5,230 $8,613
Lab Fee $2,150 $500
E-Proctor $375 $75
NCPR Course - $80
Grad Fee $100
     Subtotal $7,755 $9,368

1st  installment due January 8

$5,663 $5,661
2nd installment due September 3 $2,092 $3,707

Other Costs

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $1,000 $1,000
Equip/Tools/Uniforms/Teaching Aids/PDA $2,500 $2,500
Exam - $750
     Subtotal $3,500 $4,250
Total $11,255 $13,618
  • Ground ambulance
  • Industrial First Aid
  • Recreation and sports facilities
  • Emergency medical education
  • Medical supply sales
  • Emergency departments
  • Air ambulance
  • Communications centres

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values

Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Values:0

Course Code:NCPR-3005

Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

The course is designed to give students the,opportunity to practice and demonstrate,proficiency in the following skills used in,resuscitation: systematic approach, high-quality,BLS, airway management, rhythm recognition,,defibrillation, intravenous (IV)/intraosseous,(IO) access, use of medications, cardioversion,,transcutaneous pacing, and team dynamics.


Course Code:NCPR-3010

Pediatric Advanced Life Support

The Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS),Provider course enables healthcare professionals,to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to,better recognize and treat critically ill infants,and children. The course materials are,scenario-based, and a team approach is used to,teach emergency management of pediatric patients,approaching or already in respiratory or cardiac,arrest, from the early minutes through patient,stabilization and/or the transport phases of a,pediatric emergency, in or out of the hospital.


Course Code:NCPR-3020

Paramedic Evidence Based Practice

Students develop a clinical query based on an,approved topic of interest, conduct a literature,search, select relevant articles, and perform a,critique. The course is composed of a series of,components, each including a lecture and/or large,group exercise, followed by a worksheet and,individual work, with the aid of course,facilitators. To complete the course, students,will compose a Critically Appraised Topic (CAT).


Course Code:NCPR-3025

Paramedic Physical Abilities Test C

Paramedicine is a physically demanding profession,,and physical fitness underlies the Paramedic's,ability to perform many job tasks. Successful,completion of the Paramedic Physical Abilities,Test (PPAT) is required for participation in the,practicum course(s) in the Paramedicine program at,Holland College. This assessment is also a current,requirement for employment in most Atlantic,province's EMS services. PPAT certification,expires after six months and may need to be passed,more than once throughout the program.


Course Code:PARA-3010

Prehospital Cardiology

This course focuses on the diagnostic tools and,procedures required for the management of,patients experiencing cardiovascular and,endocrine complications. Students also learn the,management of patients experiencing external,hemorrhage and trauma and their relation to the,cardiovascular system.


Course Code:PARA-3014

ACP Lab Theory and Professional,Practice A


Course Code:PARA-3015

ACP Lab Theory and Professional,Practice B

A close examination of various topics related to,professional development as a paramedic and,promotion of the paramedic profession. In,addition, the course addresses special topics,pertinent to the paramedic role such as airway,management, advanced assessment techniques,,aspects of cardiac care, laboratory data,interpretation, CBRNE, and medical research.


Course Code:PARA-3020

Prehospital Respirology

An exploration of the pathophysiology,,assessment, and management of respiratory,,neurological, and psychiatric illness. In,addition to medical illness, topics include all,aspects of airway management and trauma related,injuries involving the above systems.


Course Code:PARA-3030

Prehospital Gastroenterology

An exploration of the disorders affecting the,gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and endocrine,systems. Students will also explore human,development throughout the lifespan. Students,will gain skills and knowledge in the diagnosis,and management of illness and injury to these,systems.


Course Code:PARA-3040

Prehospital Immunology

An exploration of the disorders affecting the,integumentary, musculoskeletal, ears, eyes, nose,and throat, and immunological systems. Students,gain skills and knowledge in the diagnosis and,management of illness and injury to these systems.


Course Code:PARA-3050


Through individual and small group instruction,and practice opportunities in scheduled lab,sessions students gain the confidence and skills,integration essential to Advanced Care,Paramedicine practice. ACPs in practice gather,patient information, assess patient condition and,initiate necessary medical interventions in a,fluid, integrated, timely manner. The team,approach to application of skills is an important,theme in this course.


Course Code:PRAC-3000

ACP Clinical

A practical experience for the Advanced Care,Paramedic student in a clinical environment.,Students are exposed to various health care,environments, are expected to perform effectively,as a team member, and exhibit professional,conduct in the work place.


Course Code:PRAC-3010

ACP Practicum

An on the job experience for Advanced Care,Paramedic students where they are placed with a,qualified Paramedic preceptor in the pre-hospital,workplace for developmental mentoring and,assessment of skills and integration of knowledge,at the entry to practice level of competency. ,Students are exposed to the Paramedicine work,environment and provide supervised care to obtain,the confidence and skills integration essential,to paramedic practice. They gather patient,information, assess patient condition and,initiate necessary medical interventions in a,fluid, integrated and timely manner. They are,expected to perform effectively as a paramedic,team member and exhibit professional conduct in,the work place and while involved with patients,and other health professionals.



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.