Primary Care Paramedic

Primary Care Paramedic

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

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, giving 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 inter-vention.
  • Safe and effective patient lifting and transfer techniques.
  • Critical thinking and rescue procedures necessary to quickly and effectively deal with medical and traumatic emergencies.
  • Defensive driving techniques in our training ambulance.
  • Physical fitness and wellbeing.

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 different offsite clinics. You will participate in approximately 12-16 weeks of clinical and practicum expe-rience in offsite settings, to allow for demonstrating effective performance as a paramedic team member.

September Start

Term (Year 1): September – August Term (Year 2): September – November Practicum: 12-16 Weeks

Frequently Asked Questions Video

Career Choices:

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. Licensed Practical Nurses work under the direction of physician 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
  • Mining Companies
  • Other Private Sector Establishments
  • Also as Managers, Supervisors and Directors of Emergency Services

You Will Learn

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Communication, Documentation, and Professionalism
  • Pathophysiology (the physiology of abnormal states of the body)
  • Pharmacology
  • Medication Administration
  • Nutrition
  • Paramedicine Terminology
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

Admissions Requirements:

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma, or GED
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology* with a minimum average of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 Academic Math Level* 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:
  • CAEL – minimum score of 60
  • IELTS – 6.0 with no individual score lower than 5.5
  • TOEFL (IBT) – 80, with no individual score lower than 18
  • MELAB – minimum score of 80
  • Duolinguo – minimum score of 55
  • Cambridge English – minimum score of 169
  • Pearson Test of English – minimum score of 50

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

Course Descriptions:

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.

Communication and Professionalism

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. This course will be delivered through lecture, group activities, and journals, role playing and guest speakers. Skills in the class are practiced throughout remaining courses and semesters.

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.

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 and Lifestyle

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.

Clinical & Preceptorship

During this series of clinical courses, students will provide care, education and interventions in practice. Clinics may be held on site or in a variety of agency/clinical settings. Clinics will be sequenced appropriately based on theory material covered. Clinical practice will be experienced in a variety of community and institutional settings in order to introduce students to different populations and health settings.

Community Involvement

Students are provided a 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.

Clinical Feedback

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

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.

Specialty Practice Health Care

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the process of care that is required in trauma, mental health and other specialty areas of practice.


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.

Medication Administration/IV

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.

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.

EMS Operations

This course introduces students to Ambulance Operations and driving skills required to safely operate such a vehicle. The CEVO 3 emergency driving theory course and practical driving skills are included.


Students will be placed in offsite settings for 12-16 weeks as they become integrated in a real life setting and practice the summative nature of the day to day work of a paramedic. Students may be required to gain membership to the association in order to perform all duties required for completion of the program. This portion of the program is intended to allow students to gain exposure to a variety of settings under the supervision of a mentor. Students will be expected to perform effectively as a paramedic team member, demonstration professional patient and inter-professional relationships and work practices. *Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards. *Although some clinic/lab sessions will be on site, students will be responsible for travel and costs associated with relocation, travel and other, to access assigned clinical sites. Clinical rotations are scheduled throughout the program. *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. Additional training to include: Back in Form, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, WHIMIS, CEVO certificate and Medical First Responder.