School of Health and Life Sciences

Primary Care Paramedic

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This program offers a rewarding and challenging career for those individuals interested in providing emergency medical services to the sick and injured in a prehospital care environment. Primary Care Paramedic (formerly known as Emergency Medical Technician-Ambulance) training utilizes the facilities at NAIT, active treatment hospitals, basic and advanced life support ambulance services and other allied emergency services.

NAIT also offers the Primary Care Paramedic program in partnership with Lakeland College (as part of the Emergency Services Technology Diploma program) and Lethbridge College.

Quick Facts

Credential: Certificate

Certificates are credit programs that take 1 year or less and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Length: 1 Year

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 1 Year to complete.

Open Studies: Not Available

This program does not currently have any courses available for Open Studies.

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

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Median Starting Salary

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Hands-on, industry-relevant training

In this certificate program you will learn about providing basic emergency care, including assessment and treatment of patients with a variety of medical disorders and injuries.  Your learning environment will consist of lectures, labs, clinical simulations and practicum.  Areas of learning will be focused on but are not excluded to:

  • Introduction to emergency medical services and pre hospital care
  • Human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology
  • Basic life support skills including medical and trauma management
  • Pharmacology
  • Diverse patient populations including management of some pediatric disorders and assisting with childbirth

You will also be trained in physical and mental health self-care, to ensure you are prepared for a demanding patient care environment.

Practicum will consist of placement with an ambulance service and one week in an acute care hospital emergency department. You will be expected to work shifts including evenings, nights and weekends, and you may be required to travel outside of Edmonton for your practicum placement.

The first 6 courses in the program consist of a mixture of lectures and labs of approximately 400 hours, and the last course will consist of practicum placement of approximately 240 hours.

You can expect to spend, on average:

  • 28 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester
  • 15 to 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments
  • 40 hours per week on practicum

Program Goals:

  • To foster an environment of clinical and academic excellence that prepares students to function as competent and active members of, and leaders in the health care community.
  • To graduate students who demonstrate entry‐level skills necessary to competently and safely perform procedures as specified in the National Occupational Profile (NOCP).
  • To graduate students who demonstrate professional and ethical behavior.
  • To provide an educational experience that instills in the graduate a commitment for continued learning and an inquiring attitude.
  • To develop the students communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and leadership skills.
  • To graduate students who demonstrate compassionate, safe, and quality health care to a diverse population.
  • To graduate students who will experience a high degree of satisfaction with their learning journey in all program components.
  • To graduate students with whom employers will experience a high degree of satisfaction.

A new frontier in hands-on health-care training

CAE Healthcare and NAIT have entered a simulation research partnership to improve health-care education and patient safety, including support for the polytechnic's simulation research initiatives.

Keeping it Real

From practicing on high-fidelity manikins to learning on the latest software, watch how NAIT students practice the best patient care.

Pushing the limits of simulation training

NAIT's Simulation Centre re-creates the real world of health-care careers

Enter the workforce with confidence

Upon graduation, you may find employment with private or public funded ambulance services, integrated fire and ambulance services and acute healthcare hospital settings.

Employment as a Primary Care Paramedic is subject to licensing requirements for the province you work in under the respective college.  See certification tab for more details.

Industry standard credentials

Please refer to the Alberta College of Paramedics website to learn more about their requirements for licensing/registration and licensing exam requirements.

Courses and Advanced Credit

Current and recently admitted students can find information and updates about their program on their My Program page in the MyNAIT Portal. To monitor your course progress and the courses still needed to graduate, visit your Academic Progress Report.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section, your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

Admission Requirements

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Program-specific questions

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  • Program details
  • Work-integrated learning and cooperative education
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  • Program and course withdrawal



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