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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

January 2025

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

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Diploma

Program Duration

4 Semesters
Currently not available for international students

Program Contacts

Jason Lane

Program Coordinator / Professor

Send email
705-566-8101 ext.6301

Program Overview

Reap the rewards of a challenging career saving people’s lives.

Gear up to handle the rigours of the intense, fast-paced, but satisfying paramedic profession under the guidance of our highly skilled and experienced faculty. Courses cover basic and advanced emergency care with comprehensive hands-on training in the safe transport of ill and injured patients. 

You will learn how to prevent or reduce complications for the sick and injured during the crucial pre-hospital and transport phases of patient care. A rotation of clinical placements in area hospitals and in-town and out-of-town ambulance services provides extensive hands-on experience. A 14-week preceptorship provides feedback and polishes your performance. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights 

  • Limited enrolment 
  • 2 clinical rotations and a 14-week preceptorship 
  • Cambrian’s PET Test ensures your physical fitness level meets professional standards 
  • Grads are eligible to write the A-EMCA exam set by the Ministry of Health, Emergency Health Services Branch to become a certified paramedic 
  • Free tuition and funding supplies for eligible Ontario residents with Learn and Stay Grant 


Admission requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 (C) or (U) or grade 12 biology (U)
  • Any grade 11 (U) or grade 12 chemistry (C) or (U)

Please note: A minimum of 60% is required in each prerequisite course.

Note: Cambrian College’s Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees (PHPG) program is the designed preferred preparatory program for admission to Cambrian College’s limited enrolment Health Sciences programs. Limited enrolment programs are identified within the detailed program descriptions. The minimum GPA and grades required for successful admission will be determined by the quality and quantity of the applicant pool.

Additional admission requirements

  • Current Standard First Aid Certificate
  • Current CPR-HCP
  • Must obtain a valid Ontario Class "G" driver’s license prior to December 31 of the enrolled year (F class preferred and required for career employment)
  • Criminal record check (Vulnerable Sector Screening included) to satisfy the requirements of the Ambulance Act (prior to Dec. 31 of enrolled year).
  • Hepatitis B immunization and immunization status current
  • Students are required to attend an information session prior to receiving final admission into the program. Although attendance is required, this session is not a pass/fail component. This session includes participation in fitness exercises, which will be at a reasonable additional cost to the student
  • Applicants should have a good level of physical fitness, flexibility, and lifting strength. Physical fitness testing will be ongoing throughout the program. Students must meet the College’s minimum requirements to graduate.

Academic Upgrading

Are you missing admission requirements? Strengthen your academic skills for free at your own pace through Academic Upgrading!

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
BIO 1107Anatomy & Physiology I3
PAR 1002Patient Care Procedures I4
PAR 1100Medico – Legal Aspects2
PAR 1141Patient Care Theory I4
PAR 1242Ambulance Operations2
PSY 1106Tactical Communication3
FIT 1101Physical Fitness and Wellness2
One General Education course. 13
Semester 2
BIO 1207Anatomy & Physiology II3
ENG 1121Research & Writing/Health Sciences3
FIT 1201Physical Fitness and Wellness2
PAR 1003Patient Care Procedures II4
PAR 1006Clinical Experience2
PAR 1241Patient Care Theory II4
PAR 1251Principles of Pharmacology2
One General Education course. 13
Semester 3
ENG 1215College Writing II3
PAR 1004Adv. Skills/Primary Care Para5
PAR 1007Ambulance Field and Clinical3
PAR 1105Patient Care Procedures III4
PAR 1301Independent Fitness & Evaluation1
PAR 1320Adv Skills/Primary Care Para Theory2
PAR 1335Prof. Issues, Research & Leadership2
PAR 1341Patient Care Theory III4
PAR 1345Lifting Competency Evaluation1
One General Education course. 13
Semester 4
PAR 1008Ambulance Field Consolidation11
PAR 1405Paramedic Comprehensive Review2
PAR 1410Independent Study3
 Total Credits90

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$8,744.61Estimated 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.

College may be more affordable than you think!

Have you said, “school can wait another year”? Don’t sacrifice your future any longer – you can do it!

Whether it’s fear, financial reasons, or something else that is impacting your decision to start school, we’re here to listen to you and help in any way we can!

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 pathway

College or university degree opportunities 

If you are a graduate from Cambrian (who has successfully completed provincial certification) may also choose to apply directly into Cambrian’s Advanced Care Paramedic Program.  Please refer to APPD for requirements.

Also, as a graduate, 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

Certified Paramedics may find appropriate employment in an ambulance service in Ontario, other provinces in Canada, or internationally.

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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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