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Advanced Care Paramedic

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Duration

2 Semesters
Currently not available for international students

Program Contacts

Jason Lane

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6301

Program Overview

Augment your Primary Care Paramedic training to advance your career

Upgrade your career and increase your salary while making a difference in your community with advanced paramedic training that exceeds the National Occupational Competency Profile for Paramedics. You’ll refine your skills through a combination of classroom, simulation, and clinical advanced training. 
You’ll also complete a real-world on-the-job experience with an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) land ambulance service. Depending on available opportunities, you may qualify to continue working as a Primary Care Paramedic while you enhance your training. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights 

  • Limited enrolment 
  • Semester 2 blends on-campus training with 420 hours of fieldwork with an ambulance service 
  • Possibility to work while you learn 
  • Successful completion qualifies you to write the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Advanced Care Paramedic Theory Examination 


Admission requirements

Graduate of a Primary Care Paramedic program or equivalent. Students must possess an Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA) certificate, issued by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, prior to program commencement.

Additional admission requirements

  • Complete an entrance exam in order to be considered for acceptance
  • Criminal record check including vulnerable sector screening – this must not show evidence of a crime of moral turpitude
  • CPR (Health Care Practitioner level) and Standard First Aid which must be valid through the duration of the program
  • Class F driver’s license
  • Current immunization status as outlined by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Emergency Health Services Branch as well as additional requirements as determined by various clinical sites.  This information is provided once accepted into the program.
  • AODA and WHMIS 2015 training
  • N95 and P100 Mask Fit Testing, to be completed prior to program commencement (students are responsible for the fee)
  • A lift test may be required for those students completing field placement at select EMS services

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025.

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
APG 1002Advanced Pharmacology and Laboratory Tests2
APG 1004Clinical Experience8
APG 1005Adv. Assessment & Treatment12
APG 7100Professional Responsibilities2
APG 7111Physiology and Pathophysiology4
Semester 2
APG 1000ACP Review & Evaluation1
APG 1007ACP Field Experience8
 Total Credits37

Cambrian College will endeavour to schedule clinical shifts at local facilities, and preceptorship at a location of the student’s preference. However, this is not always possible and in such cases students will be required to incur the associated travel costs and living expenses.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$13,476.32Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

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Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Emergency Services

The demanding emergency services field requires you to possess an exceptional blend of courage, compassion, quick thinking, and unwavering dedication. The paramedic and advanced care paramedic programs provide you with high quality training to excel as a future first responder while making a positive impact on the community. Not only will these programs sharpen your technical skills but also shape your distinct personality to meet the requirements of critical and in-demand emergency services careers.

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Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information. 

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

The need for Advanced Care Paramedics is growing. The employment growth rate is average to above average because of the aging population, increased coverage of health care plans, and new technological advancements. You may find employment with:

  • Municipal and regional emergency medical services
  • Health care services
  • Flight transfer services (such as ORNGE, formerly Ontario Air Ambulance)
  • Emergency medical services in other provinces or countries
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Need a career coach?

Explore how this program can lead to a great career! Cambrian’s Career Coach platform is a user-friendly, online tool that provides up-to-date and comprehensive labour market data to help you explore career options, salary expectations for the Greater Sudbury region, and more!

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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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