Centennial College’s Paramedic program takes pride in its exceptional standards, high-quality graduates and high employment rates.
You’ll spend two years in Paramedic courses that will cover emergency, medical, trauma and psychological situations through hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab facilities at the College’s Morningside campus. Besides physical care, you’ll also learn to provide support to people in crisis, drawing on a unique combination of analytical and professional therapeutic skills. Your career advantage will be furthered by the fact that paramedics who actively work in the field teach the courses.
Once you complete the Paramedic program, you’ll be eligible and well prepared to take the Ministry of Health exam for Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA). Graduates have consistently scored above the provincial average on the A-EMCA certification exam. Because ministry regulations require this certification for employment as a paramedic in Ontario, Paramedic graduates enjoy an excellent reputation in the field.
- You’ll receive an equal balance of classroom and practical learning.
- Labs at Morningside campus include advanced simulation facilities where you’ll partake in mock disaster exercises.
- A variety of Paramedic program experiences will develop your expertise and enhance your confidence. Strong community partnerships, meanwhile, will ensure you have exceptional real-life experiences.
- Instructors are leaders in the EMS community (certified and active advanced care paramedics) with more than 30 years teaching experience. They come from a variety of emergency medical services and backgrounds, which will add to the richness of your learning experience.
- The Paramedic program will offer extensive on-the-job learning with working professionals in emergency, medical trauma and psychological situations. Field placements will take place with leading emergency medical services. Clinical placements, meanwhile, will occur in a variety of hospitals including trauma centres.
- There will be opportunities for international exchange.
- The diploma with which you’ll graduate reflects high standards of learning.
As a Paramedic program graduate, you’ll have the know-how to demonstrate the ability to:
- Effectively and appropriately communicate and interact with patients and others;
- Assess patients using relevant theory and practices;
- Establish patients’ treatment and transport priorities based on assessment findings;
- Implement preventive and therapeutic patient management strategies to maintain and promote patients’ well-being;
- Integrate and perform delegated controlled medical acts in simulated, clinical and field settings;
- Evaluate, in an ongoing manner, the effectiveness of patient management strategies and adapt or change strategies to provide optimal care for patients;
- Ensure the operational safety and preparedness of an ambulance and its equipment.
- Primary care paramedic
- Critical care paramedic
- Emergency medical technician (EMT)
Successful graduates of the Paramedic Diploma program have the opportunity to apply their credits toward further study at the degree level. Listed below are the credentials from partnering institutions that are available for this program.
If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.
If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.
All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca A non-refundable application fee of $110 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees
2. Submit Documents
Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.
Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.
Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).
For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts
3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission
Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.
You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.
You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.
When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.
4. Pay Fees
Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.
You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.
5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)
Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca
Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April
Your web-registration will not open if:
You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.
Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
- Grade 12 English (C or U) or equivalent (minimum grade required). This requirement must have been completed within seven years of the program start date.
- Grade 11 Mathemathics (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U) Mathematics, or equivalent (minimum grade required). The course used for admission must have been completed within seven years of the program start date.
- Grade 11 Biology (C or U) or Grade 12 (C or U) Biology, or equivalent (minimum grade required). The course used for admission must have been completed within seven years of the program start date.
- Grade 11 (C or U) or Grade 12 (C, U, or M) One additional science (Physics, Chemistry, or Exercise Science), or equivalent (minimum grade required). The course used for admission must have been completed within seven years of the program start date.
- This program fills early. To be considered for the program, you should apply prior to the Ontario Colleges equal consideration date of February 1 and submit transcripts as early as possible. Applicants are ranked based on an average of the four required subjects as well as application date. Offers are sent to the top ranked applicants only. Meeting minimum requirements for admission will not guarantee an offer. For information on minimum grade requirements and approximate cutoff point for offers, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Courses must have been completed within seven years of the program start date.
- English, Science, and Math assessment will not be accepted in place of the English, Science, and Math requirements.
- It is strongly recommended that you have a high level of fitness when you enter the program.
- Before taking this program, you should be aware that under the provisions of the Ambulance Act of Ontario, employment as a paramedic:
- Is prohibited to any individual who, in the past year has:
- Received six or more demerit points on his/her driving record
- Had his/her driver’s license suspended in the previous two years
- Been prohibited from driving under the Criminal Code of Canada within the past three years, OR
- Been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude for which she/he has not been pardoned
- Requires an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
- Is prohibited to any individual who, in the past year has:
- English language proficiency
Field Placement Requirements
After admission but prior to beginning the clinical and/or field placement, you are required to:
- Provide a medical doctor’s statement, certifying a standard of health acceptable to Centennial College, clinical and affiliated EMS agencies. The statement must be, as outlined in the Ambulance Act, used in practical experience, and as required for a Class “F” driver’s license
- Not have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude (clear vulnerable persons police background record searches are completed throughout the program)
- A Class “F” license is required for employment in the province of Ontario (but not for program admission)
- Successfully complete, and annually renew, a recognized course in CPR (health care provider level)
- Successfully complete a recognized course in standard first aid
- Attend mask fit testing provided by Centennial College (shaving of portions of face is required if applicable to meet safety standards)
Note: It is strongly recommended that applicants have a high level of fitness when entering the program. There is a lifting evaluation process that students must pass each semester in order to progress.
Program Vocational Learning Outcomes
Program Vocational Learning Outcomes describe what graduates of the program have demonstrated they can do with the knowledge and skills they have achieved during their studies. The outcomes are closely tied to the needs of the workplace. Through assessment (e.g., assignments and tests), students verify their ability to reliably perform these outcomes before graduating.
- Communicate and interact effectively and appropriately with patients and others.
- Assess patients using relevant theory and practices and in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards, and best practice guidelines.
- Establish patients’ treatment and transport priorities based on assessment findings.
- Implement preventive and therapeutic patient management strategies to maintain and promote patients’ well-being in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards, and best practice guidelines.
- Integrate and perform delegated controlled medical acts in a simulated, clinical, and field setting.
- Evaluate in an ongoing manner the effectiveness of patient management strategies used and adapt or change strategies to provide optimal care for patients.
- Report and document patient information completely, accurately, and in a timely manner, in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards, and applicable policies and procedures in a simulated, clinical, and/or field setting.
- Ensure personal safety and contribute to the safety of partners, patients, and others.
- Ensure the operational safety and preparedness of an ambulance and its equipment and operate an ambulance-type vehicle in a simulated setting.
- Collaborate with a broad range of personnel such as first responders, paramedics, emergency services personnel, health care professionals, and other allied health care workers.
- Integrate and meet legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities while providing optimal care for patients.