Paramedic Ontario College Diploma

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  • Objectives
    The Paramedic profession offers excitement, physical and mental challenges, rewards, and the opportunity to provide emergency care to people in a variety of circumstances to people in need. Paramedics provide treatment to injured or ill people in emergency situations - on the street, in their homes or at work. Besides physical care, paramedics also provide support to people in crisis, drawing on a unique combination of analytical and caring communication skills. In addition to state-of-the-art simulation facilities, practical experience is an outstanding feature of this program. You will progress from participating in advanced simulation setting to gaining valuable learning opportunities in a variety of clinical settings, in addition to learning along side Paramedics in local Emergency Medical Services. Centennial College enjoys affiliations with some of the busiest EMS agencies in the province.
  • Academic title
    Paramedic Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Graduates of this program are eligible to write the Ministry of Health Certification exams to qualify as Primary Care Paramedics. In addition, graduates have the option of progressing toward a Paramedicine Bachelor of Science degree offered jointly through Centennial College and the University of Toronto; the first and only Paramedicine BSc. degree in Canada.

    Semester 1 Courses
    Course Code     Course Name     Lecture     Lab

    PARA-128     Anatomy        
    PARA-126     Professional and Legal Issues, Research, Responsibilities and Leadership        
    PARA-122     Pre-hospital Care 1 (Theory & Lab)        
    PARA-127     Therapeutic Communications and Crisis Intervention        
    GNED-129     Principles of Human Behaviour        
    COMM-170/171     College Communication 2 / (ESL)        
    Semester 2 Courses
    Course Code     Course Name     Lecture     Lab

    PARA-130     Alterations of Human Body Function 1        
    PARA-132     Prehospital Care 2 (Theory, Lab & Clinical)        
    PARA-136     Pharmacology for Allied Health        
    GNED-500     Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action        
    Semester 3 Courses
    Course Code     Course Name     Lecture     Lab

    PARA-240     Alterations of Human Body Function 2        
    PARA-242     Prehospital Care 3 (Theory, Lab and Field)        
    PARA-243     Medical Directed Therapeutics & Paramedic Responsibilities        
    COMM-180/181     College Communications 3        
    ELECT     Elective        
    Semester 4 Courses
    Course Code     Course Name     Lecture     Lab

    PARA-255     Prehospital Care 4: Theory and Field        
    PARA-256     PCP Integration and Critical Decision Making        


    1. Minimum C grade required in all courses to graduate.

    2. Because admission numbers are limited, possessing the minimum requirements does not ensure admission to
    the program.

    * Students will be placed in the appropriate English level based on skills assessment results. Students in two- or three-year programs must complete GNED-500 as part of their general education requirements.

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