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Primary Care Paramedic

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You are:

  • Calm and professional
  • Passionate about caring for others
  • Physically fit and active

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You will graduate from this fifteen-month (15 month) nationally accredited program with the opportunity to find employment in several areas of practice, such as ground and transport medicine, industrial paramedicine, community paramedicine, injury prevention and triage, and some fire departments.

Further to practicing your skills in our lab, this program includes 18 weeks of clinical and practicum experience in offsite settings.

If you are passionate about caring for people and dealing with emergency situations, our Primary Care Paramedic Program may be just the program for you.

Looking for a career that demands respect, provides security, and where there’s never a dull moment?

The Oulton College Primary Care Paramedic Program will prepare you for a career dealing with high-intensity, fast-paced emergency situations. Our Primary Care Paramedic program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Paramedical science, both practical and theoretical, gives the ability to deliver reflexive medical care.
  • Human anatomy and physiology, gaining the knowledge necessary to assess the human body and its state of wellness.
  • The ability to think on your feet, understanding psychology and non-violent crisis intervention.
  • Safe and effective patient lifting and transfer techniques.
  • Critical thinking and rescue procedures are necessary to quickly and effectively deal with medical and traumatic emergencies.
  • Defensive driving techniques in our training ambulance.
  • Physical fitness and wellbeing.

NEWS: The Government in NS has committed to a tuition bursary program for Nova Scotia residents who are taking a PCP program (FAQ). For more information, please reach out to the admission team by filling out the Request Information Form

How will the course be set up to ensure my success?

During the 15-month program, you will train in the classroom, in on-site labs, and also in different offsite clinics. You will participate in approximately 12-16 weeks of clinical and practicum experience in offsite settings, to allow for demonstrating effective performance as a paramedic team member.

September and February Starts

  • September (Year 1): August – July
  • February (Year 1): February – January
  • September (Year 2): July – November
  • February (Year 2): January – May
  • Clinical: 5 Weeks
  • Preceptorship: 12 Weeks

You Will Learn

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Communication, Documentation, and Professionalism
  • Pathophysiology (the physiology of abnormal states of the body)
  • Pharmacology
  • Medication Administration
  • Health Assessment and Care in multiple settings
  • Evidence-Based Paramedicine and Research Methodologies
  • Nutrition
  • Paramedicine Terminology
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Emergency Vehicle Operation Course

Admissions Requirements:

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma, or GED
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology* with a minimum average of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 Math* with a minimum average of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 English* with a minimum average of 65%
  • 19 years of age prior to commencement of Practicum
  • Credits from university are considered assets
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Completion of the pre-admissions Aptitude Test
  • Completion of Faculty Interview
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package
  • Geographical requirements may apply
  • Bilingualism is a definite asset
  • Must have clean driver’s abstract 3 months prior to any job applications

* Lower Level courses are not accepted Based on New Brunswick Anglophone High School Curriculum. For other provincial or international requirements please contact us directly.

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency. 

  • IELTS – 6.0, with no individual score lower than 5.5 
  • TOEFL (IBT) – 80, with no individual score lower than 18 
  • Duolinguo – minimum score of 90 with no subject test score less than 90 
  • Cambridge English – minimum score of 169 
  • CAEL – minimum score of 60 
  • Pearson Test of English – minimum score of 55 
  • MELAB – minimum score of 80 

Please see the international application process here.

Admissions Requirements – French School System

    • Diplôme grade 12, diplôme adulte ou GED
    • Rencontre avec un Admission Advisor
    • Anglais 311 ou 411 ou 421 avec un minimum de 65%
    • Biologie 411 ou 421 avec un minimum de 65%
    • Math 311B ou 321B avec un minimum de 65%
    • Test Pré-Admission
    • Entrevue de Faculté
    • Crédits de l’université considérés des atouts
    • 19 ans au commencement du stage
    • Bilinguisme considéré un atout
    • License class 5 au plus tard 30 jours après le commencement du programme
    • Des quotas géographiques peuvent être considérés

Anatomy & Physiology

This course introduces the sciences of anatomy and physiology and the basic structure, functions, and assessment of the human body in its state of wellness. Integration of systems and maintenance of homeostasis within the body will also be discussed.

Community Involvement

Students are trained in the Medical First Responder program, which allows them to provide medical coverage at public events.  Students are required to obtain 20 medical and 20 non-medical volunteer hours.


This course introduces the principles of pharmacology and the basic drug groups and uses. Proper terminology and the familiarization of their uses in planning and delivery of care will be discussed. Topics covered will include drug nomenclature, legal issues, pharmaco-kinetics and principles of pharmacology.

Vascular Access / Medication Administration

This theory course teaches the principles of medication administration. Students learn how to administer medication via multiple routes, learn medication math calculations, as well as how to give injections and start IVs.

Skills Theory and Lab I

This course will include an introduction to the skills required to be able to gather patient information, assess the patient’s condition, and initiate medical interventions. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to perform basic skills that are commonly required in the care of patients. These skills are required in acute, long term and community settings. The student must be successful in both the theory and all lab components of this course.

Fitness I & II

Students will work on their strength and fitness to ensure that they are able to perform the physical functions of a paramedic. Students are assessed via the Paramedic Physical Abilities Test (PPAT) and must complete it successfully prior to beginning their preceptorship on the ambulance.

Medical Theory I and II

Through an interactive classroom setting, students will gain knowledge of theory of organ systems and pathophysiology. Students will gain an understanding of how the body functions in both normal physiological conditions as well as during disease process and shock states of multiple body systems, as well as learning to acquire and read EKGs.

Trauma Theory I and II

Students will learn the anatomy of the human airway and how to use basic and advanced airway adjuncts and when to apply these skills. They will also learn about traumatic mechanisms of injury, trauma top major body systems, hemorrhage and various states of shock and how to treat them, as well as treating soft tissue injuries. Assessment and management of burns and patients with spinal, thoracic, abdominal, musculoskeletal and head and facial injuries.


This problem-based course is based around the student’s experiences during the labs and clinical phase of the program. Students review patient cases.

EMS Operations

This course introduces students to Ambulance Operations and driving skills required to safely operate such a vehicle. The CEVO 4 emergency driving theory course and practical driving skills are included.

Evidence-Based Paramedicine (Research)

This course teaches the fundamentals of research to support students’ understanding of innovations in paramedicine, and the evolution of best practices in patient care.

Lifestyle and Wellness

This theory course teaches the fundamentals of healthy living. It also fosters patients’ learning and practice of self-care practices and how these relate to total patient health. This class will include in class theory as well as activities.

Professional Practice

Through an interactive classroom environment, the student will gain the basic skills and techniques necessary to communicate appropriately with staff, patients, clients, families and other health care providers and emergency personnel. Focus will also be given to the importance of proper documentation and reporting.

Skills Lab II

The lab experience will continue to be a time for students to integrate their knowledge and skills in providing simulated care to fellow students and simulation equipment. The level of care the students will be able to provide will be of a higher level and their critical thinking will be tested with each scenario given.

Special Patient Considerations

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the process of care that is required in the care of different patient populations, for example pediatric and geriatric patients.

Practicum – Clinical & Preceptorship

Students will be placed in offsite settings for 18 weeks as they become integrated in a real life setting and practice the summative nature of the day-to-day work of a paramedic. This portion of the program is intended to allow students to gain exposure to a variety of settings under the supervision of a mentor. It occurs in two phases.

First, students attend a 6-week clinical placement in a variety of community and institutional settings, allowing them to provide care, education, and interventions in practice. Clinical practice will be experienced in a variety of community and institutional settings in order to introduce students to different populations and work environments.

Following clinical placement, students are assigned to a preceptor on an ambulance for an additional 12-weeks. Preceptorship places students working as an active team member on an ambulance for 12 weeks, applying assessment skills and treatment techniques covered in class. Students will be expected to perform effectively as a paramedic team member, demonstrating professional patient and inter-professional relationships and work practices.

Additional Training/ Certifications

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, WHIMIS, CEVO certificate and Medical First Responder.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.

*Although labs during first and second term (PCP 106 & 206) are generally on site, some activities take place off campus. Students are responsible for travel and costs associated with relocation, travel and other, to access assigned lab, clinical, and preceptorship sites. Clinical and Preceptorship OJT training is subject to availability of preceptors, and therefore students are placed in various locations around the province and beyond. Student choice in placement is competitive, subject to the practicum placement rubric.

*Fees for interim license, provincial registration and licensure and national exam fees are not included. Eligibility for exam writing and licensure for employment is dependent on program accreditation. Students must acknowledge program status.

*Because of the nature of work of a paramedic, understanding the mental and physical demands of the profession is the key to your success.

Cost Breakdown

Please refer to your contract for the detailed cost/ tuition breakdown. Costs vary by year, so please ensure you are referring to the correct dates.

The need for health care is on the rise and as a result, the demand for professionals in every sector of the industry is rapidly increasing. Primary Care Paramedics work under the direction of physicians and registered nurses, in order to provide care for the sick, injured and disabled.

  • Ambulatory Care and Transportation
  • Hospitals
  • Fire Departments
  • Government Departments and Agencies
  • Manufacturing Firms
  • Industrial Settings
  • Other Private Sector Establishments
  • Also, as Managers, Supervisors and Directors of Emergency Services