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How to Become a Paramedic

In Ontario, high school graduates who wish to become a paramedic must attend a recognized college Paramedic program. Almost all of these programs are two years in length for the basic Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program.

Generally colleges require the following prior to the start of the program:

  • Current Standard First Aid certificate (or equivalent)
  • Current CPR (C) - Basic Rescuer level certificate (or equivalent)
  • High School Graduation Diploma
  • Senior Biology high school course - Grade 11 or higher
  • Senior Science high school course - Grade 11 or higher
  • Class G or G2 Drivers license - Ontario
  • Current Immunizations - Tetanus, Diphtheria, Poliomyelitis, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chicken Pox
  • Be free of all Communicable Diseases
  • Be physically fit and able to lift
  • Possess good communication skills and be able to fluently read and write English (French may be also required for francophone programs)
  • Be at least 18 years old prior to beginning your preceptorship (on the job) training

This list is a guide only. Specific requirements may vary across post-secondary institutions. Be sure to check the entry requirements at your institution of choice.

Mature students (19 and older) who do not have an OSSD may be permitted into the program at some colleges.

Many colleges include courses in Medical Mathematics, Psychology, Communications, Driver Training and Physical Fitness.

After completing the didactic portion of the course, students will have to complete a minimum of 350 hours of ride time with a paramedic crew.

Upon completion of the college Primary Care Paramedic program, graduates are eligible to write the Advanced Emergency Medical Care assistant (AEMCA) examination as administered through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

To work in the field as a paramedic, one must hold and maintain an "F" class driver's license (with fewer than six demerit points), and a clear criminal record check.

See the Following Websites for more Information:

Click here to view Ontario Colleges 

Click here to view Ontario Paramedic Association