Paramedic (2015/16 Program)

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Four semesters, beginning in September

Contact Information: 

Lynne Urszenyi
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4978

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent


Mature student status


College or university transfer status


• Results of mandatory admission testing for senior-level biology, chemistry, writing and math. Test fees will apply.

The following courses will assist applicants with the admission test:

– Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
– Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U or equivalent)
– Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C or SCH4U or equivalent)
– Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent)

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the results of secondary requirements including a mandatory admission test.  Recognition of postsecondary credentials is given during the selection process for this program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

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Additional Requirements

• Complete immunization record including immunization against Hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), chickenpox, influenza and test negative on the Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Test

• Police Record Check: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a police record check. Refer to the Admission Information. Humber reserves the right to deny admission to this program based on an unpardoned criminal record that would be relevant to the academic or placement requirements of the program. Paramedic students are not required to submit a police record check until the second semester of the program. The police record check may have to be renewed every three to six months thereafter. For information and application instructions regarding the police record check, visit requirements/police-record-checks.

Physical Fitness Requirements

At the end of semester one, students must successfully pass a fitness test including a shuttle run, push-ups, abdominal crunches and flexibility. Students who are unsuccessful in the fitness test will not be allowed to advance to semester two.


The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters was
– domestic $3,644.56.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year. Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

$800 for uniforms, medical supplies and infection control equipment; $800 for books; $600 driver education fee (Year 2).

Our Program

Humber’s Paramedic diploma program gives you a solid grounding in the knowledge and skills needed for this intense, fast-paced profession. You will learn how to effectively deal with medical and traumatic emergencies through practical courses in paramedical science; human anatomy, physiology and psychology; pharmacology; and patient lifting. Your in-depth paramedic training will also include instruction in the communication skills needed to interact with patients and to collaborate with colleagues in a health-care team. As a student in this program, you should enter semester one with a high degree of physical fitness and strength, as this a very physically demanding profession.

You will learn about the various contexts in which paramedics work and put classroom concepts to use through a clinical practice course, which will expose you to the role of paramedics in hospital departments such as acute and emergency care. Two field internships will give you first-hand work experience on an ambulance service, as you evaluate and treat patients under the supervision of a paramedic preceptor.

Note: Out-of-province and/or international applicants are not considered for the Paramedic program.

Your Career

Be on the front lines of emergency and critical situations where you can use your medical expertise, compassionate nature and ability to think on your feet to respond to emergencies and save lives.

As a vital health-care professional, you are a first responder at the scenes of accidents, medical emergencies and other incidents who assesses patients and uses specialized techniques, equipment and medicine to provide aid. As a paramedic, you are well prepared to address a variety of medical conditions and prepare patients for further care at the hospital. Your life-saving capabilities extend to your ability to communicate effectively with doctors and nurses in emergency departments to ensure the safe transition of patients.

As a graduate of Humber’s Paramedic program, and upon successfully completing the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA) examination, you can find part-time or full-time employment in Ontario’s ambulance system. You can also pursue work on emergency response teams, with transfer services and in sports injury management services, with potential to progress into advanced paramedical services and management.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

The Ontario Ambulance Act requires the successful completion of this program before applying for the provincial paramedic examination.

Work Placement

Students graduate with more than 550 hours combined experience in both the ambulance services and acute care hospital settings. Beginning in semester two, students may spend blocks of time or single days in these settings, depending on the placement.

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Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit for detailed information.

List of Courses
Semester 2
Course Code Course Name
PCPM 150 Field Internship 1
PCPM 155 Paramedical Science 2
PCPM 156 Paramedic Skills 2
PHYS 150 Basic Human Physiology
PSYC 221 Applied Psychology 1
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective
Semester 3
Course Code Course Name
PCPM 215 Paramedical Science 3
PCPM 216 Paramedic Skills 3
PCPM 217 Pharmacology
PCPM 260 Clinical Practice
PSYC 222 Applied Psychology 2
WRIT 209 Professional Communications: Paramedics
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective
Semester 4
Course Code Course Name
PCPM 250 Field Internship 2
PCPM 251 Ethics: Paramedic
PCPM 252 Advanced Concepts in Paramedicine
PCPM 255 Paramedical Science 4
PCPM 256 Paramedic Skills 4