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Available at: Cornwall


This program produces graduates that meet workforce needs by providing them with:

  • A solid background in the sciences and theory related to pre-hospital emergency care;
  • The practical skills to deal with medical emergencies;
  • Knowledge of and the ability to work in accordance with health and safety regulations and the Ambulance Act, as well as other Acts and regulations specific to the field of paramedics in Ontario;
  • The theory and skills needed to communicate effectively with patients and other emergency team members.

Accreditation: Graduates of the program are required to write the provincial AEMCA exam to be certified as a Primary Care Paramedic. This certification is required for full and part-time employment in an emergency medical service in Ontario.

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SLC students compete at National Paramedic Competition 2016

Paramedic Students participate in L.E.A.D. Training

Paramedic Students Battle to the Final Round in the 8th Annual Leeds and Grenville EMS Softball Tournament

Students participate in Fire Extrication 2014 with Cornwall Fire Dept.

SLC Paramedic students participate in Mock Emergency Training with Regional Paramedic Services & RPPEO


Career Opportunities

  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Patient Transfer Services

  • Fire and Rescue Departments

  • Industrial First Aid

  • Emergency Medical Education

  • Medical Supply Sales

  • Recreational and Sports Facilities

  • Emergency Communications

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Program Name


Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2016-17 tuition fees are $3,403.70. Compulsory fees are $756.35. All fees are subject to change in 2017-18.

International Fees

2016-17 International tuition fees are $14,650.00. Compulsory fees are $1,421.35. All fees are subject to change in 2017-18.

Additional Costs

Textbooks and uniforms for Semesters 1 and 2 are approximately $2,500; Costs for Semesters 3 and 4 are approximately $668.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2017-18

Semester 1
COMM 34 Introduction to College Communications
FITN 100 Physical Fitness I
PARA 100 Medical Terminology for Paramedics
PARA 1000 Human Anatomy & Physiology for Paramedics
PARA 1500 Patient Care Theory I
PARA 1502 Abnormal Psychology
PARA 1503 Medical & Tramatic Emergencies
PARA 1505 Patient Care Practicum I

Semester 2
FITN 200 Physical Fitness II
PARA 200  Communications for Paramedics
PARA 1501 Medical Legal Issues
PARA 2500 Patient Care Theory 2
PARA 2501 Crisis Intervention
PARA 2502 Pharmacology
PARA 2503 Medical & Traumatic Emergencies 2
PARA 2505 Patient Care Practicum 2
PARA 2506 Hospital Field Placement 1

Semester 3
FITN 310 Physical Fitness III
GENE General Education Course
PARA 3500 Advanced Skills Theory
PARA 3501 Professional Issues
PARA 3505 Advanced Skills Practicum
PARA 3506 Hospital Field Placement II
PARA 3507 Ambulance Operations
PARA 3508 Ambulance Field Placement

Semester 4
PARA 4506 Consolidated Placement

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level
  • Grade 12 Chemistry at the C or U level (or SCH3U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology at the C or U level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

Additional Requirements

  • Standard First Aid certificate and CPR - Health Care Provider (HCP) level prior to program commencement. Certification must remain current for the duration of the program and for employ­ment. Note that CPR must be renewed every year at the student’s expense.
  • Ontario Class “F” driver’s licence or equivalent by the first day of class in Semester 3.
Note: According to the Ambulance Act, appli­cants should be aware that employment as a Paramedic is prohibited to any individual who has:
a) Six  or more demerit points on his or her driving record in the past year
b)  a driving license suspension in the previous two years
c) been prohibited from driving under the Criminal Code of Canada in the past 3 years
d) an un-pardoned criminal record

Recommended Background

Applicants coming directly out of high school are encouraged to take the General Arts and Science Certificate – Health Sciences for College stream prior to taking the Paramedic program.

Applicants must have a high level of physical fitness, flexibility, and lifting strength, and must maintain this throughout the program.
Applicants should not have any pre-existing medical or physical disabilities that would impede their ability to exercise or perform repetitive heavy lifting.


Criminal Background Check: Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) conducted by the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) are required for pro­grams with field or clinical placements. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and program completion may not be possible. Attaining and paying for a CBC and Vulnerable Sector Screening (OPP) is the responsibility of the student, and these may have to be renewed every three to six months. Applicants with criminal records are advised to contact the Associate Dean/Campus Dean of the respective school prior to applying.

Health Requirements


for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:

Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities


SLC really prepared me to work as a Paramedic. The teachers really cared about our success and worked hard to make sure we were ready. The small campus environment with the up-to-date equipment we learn on is a perfect combination.

Meggie Cashman

Program Contact

Dan Shannon

Recruiting Contact

Recruitment Office

Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

WSIB Coverage:

Students from health sciences program on placement are covered by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board(WSIB) coverage in the event of an incident.

To be eligible:

  • A student must be currently registered in the program; 
  • The placement must be sanctioned by the educational institution;
  • The student must not be paid for the placement.

Advanced Standing

Applicants with post-secondary credits may be eligible for direct entry to an upper level of the program (semester or year) depending on transfer credits. Select the applicable level when applying at and ensure that we receive your official post-secondary transcript for consideration. If you are unsure what level to apply for, please contact the program coordinator.
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