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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 ability to manage pre-hospital 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.

This program is not open to International students.


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

Program Name


Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

To view a detailed fee schedule, please click here. The fee schedule will open as a PDF in a new window.

International Fees

This program is not open to International students.

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 2020-21

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

Semester 2
FITN 200 Physical Fitness 2
PARA 1501 Medical Legal Issues
PARA 2500 Patient Care Theory 2
PARA 2501 Crisis Intervention
PARA 2502 Pharmacology
PARA 2503 Medical and Traumatic Emergencies 2
PARA 2505 Patient Care Practicum 2
PARA 2506 Hospital and Community Field Placement 1
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3
FITN 310 Physical Fitness 3
PARA 1502 Mental Health and Addictions
PARA 3500 Advanced Skills Theory
PARA 3501 Professional Issues
PARA 3505 Advanced Skills Practicum
PARA 3506 Hospital Field Placement 2
PARA 3507 Ambulance Operations
PARA 3508 Ambulance Field Placement
GENE General Education Course

Semester 4
PARA 4506 Consolidation Placement
GENE General Education Course (Online)

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

>>More information on these SLC Articulations

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.

This is a HIGHLY COMPETITIVE program. To be included in the competitive ranking, applications must be complete including all transcripts and proof of enrollment by February 1.  Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admissions to the program. Please see the Highly Competitive Program Chart for more details.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details

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 Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas program 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.


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


Having returned to school after a 25-year career as a public safety officer in Westmount, Quebec, I found college to be an eye-opening learning experience. The Paramedic program in particular is both challenging and satisfying. The instructors at SLC are very qualified and the program is living up to my high expectations.

Greg Cockerell

Program Contact

Karrie Loynachan

Admissions Information

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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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