Becoming a Paramedic
Education and Training
To become a paramedic in the province of Ontario, you must be a high school graduate and attend a recognized paramedic program at an Ontario college.
Generally colleges require the following prerequisites to become enrolled:
- Senior high school biology
- Senior high school science
- High school graduation diploma
- Current standard first aid certificate
- Current CPR C (basic rescuer level)
- Current immunizations - Hep B, (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis),
proof of immunity to Varcella TDP, flu shot (recommended),
MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
- Free from all communicable diseases
- Class F Ontario drivers license
- Be physically fit and able to lift
- Be able to fluently read and write in the English language
- Be at least 18 years of age – prior to graduation of college
Becoming a paramedic involves a 4 step process.
STEP 1: Successfully graduate from a certified Ontario college Paramedic Program with a
STEP 2: Upon completion of your Paramedic diploma, graduates must successfully pass
the provincial certification exam (Advanced Emergency Medical Care Attendant).
STEP 3: Now being a provincially licensed AEMCA you may apply to work in an EMS
service. Peel Regional Paramedic Service requires that all potential Paramedic recruits partake in the Centralized Paramedic Competency Recruitment Testing.
STEP 4: Upon employment, new Paramedic recruits must successfully complete a
certification exam by our local base hospital physician at Sunnybrook Osler Centre
for Pre-Hospital Care. This is to allow Paramedics to perform delegate medical
acts under the doctor’s authority.
Paramedics must recertify through the base hospital each year in defibrillation, drug
administration and CPR. As well maintain a valid Class F Ontario driver’s licence, and be free from communicable diseases.
Once having obtained the designation of Primary Care Paramedic, Paramedics may compete to take part in Advanced Care Paramedic training offered by Peel Regional Paramedic Service. This requires one year of advanced training involving a didactic, clinical, preceptoral and consolidation component, including a provincial certification exam.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provides a list of colleges offering certified paramedic programs.
Ontario Paramedic Equivalency Process
Out of province equivalency
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