Primary Care Paramedic
Working as a paramedic is a rewarding and challenging career. You will provide prehospital medical care for sick and injured people.
“The best part of the Paramedic program was the knowledgeable instructors, small class size, and high standards that set me up for success as a practitioner and to pass the ACoP exam.”
Program at a Glance
Bible Credits + FMR, PCP Training
What Makes This Program Different
Our Primary Care Paramedic program is where your faith meets your career. Begin your year with us by engaging in scripture to build the foundation for your medical education. Then complete your First Medical Responder course and Primary Care Paramedic course with Professional Medical Associates.
Our on-campus program allows you the benefit of community life including chapel, small group, athletics and other co-curricular activities.
Our Students Say
After our one-year program, students will have completed 15 credits of Bible classes, the First Medical Responder (FMR) course and the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) course.
Graduates are eligible to complete the Provincial registry examination process and apply for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP).
Our graduates can continue their training and become an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP).
Fall Semester – Term 1
HF 110 Written Composition (1.5 credits)
OT 112 Reading the Torah (3 credits)
ST 100 The Christian Life (3 credits)
Fall Semester – Term 2
HF 110 Written Composition (1.5 credits)
NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts (3 credits)
TH 105 Theology in Vocation (3 credits)
Winter Semester – Term 1
First Medical Responder Course
Winter Semester – Term 2
Primary Care Paramedic Course
We cannot guarantee that practicum sites will be available in the Three Hills vicinity. Practicum length varies dependent on the call volume and student aptitude. Practicum completion is based on competency, not merely fulfilling a prescribed amount of hours.
FMR/PCP textbooks are provided and costs are included in the program fee. Costs not included in the fees:
• Costs associated with practicum such as travel, food and lodging
• Criminal Record Check (CRC) with vulnerable sector selected
• Stethoscope (Approximately $105 for the correct type)
• Uniforms are provided during the PCP program (one pants, one shirt). Students will need to cover the costs for boots (black, CSA approved, steel toed), belt, and stethoscope.
• ACP FMR exam
• ACP PCP exam
• ACP FMR Registration Fee
• ACP PCP Registration Fee
There is no tuition refund for the FMR or PCP course after beginning the specific course. All PC course refunds will follow refund policies as outlined in the PC Academic Guide.
Applicants should be aware that it is not possible to get a Provincial or Canada student loan to help cover the cost of the one year PCP program.
Graduates of this program receive a Certificate in Ministry from Prairie College and a Primary Care Paramedic Certificate from Professional Medical Associates.
In addition to our regular Admissions requirements, students must meet the following post-acceptance requirements prior to enrolling:
- Age: Must be at least 18 years old.
- Criminal Record Check (CRC) with a clear Vulnerable Sector Search: You must submit the completed form directly to the Professional Medical Associates instructor in a sealed envelope within 90 days before the start date of the PCP course in February. If the CRC that you submit has a positive result you may not be permitted to enroll in the PCP course. The CRC should be completed through your local RCMP or city police office. Students are responsible for informing faculty of any changes to their CRC’s.
- Immunization records will be collected at the start of your second semester in January.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Health: To complete this program successfully you must be free of any medical condition that would interfere with your performance as a PCP such as infectious disease, a physical condition that would prevent you from lifting and carrying a stretcher with an adult patient, uncontrolled epilepsy or other convulsive disorder.
- Fitness testing and exercise: Student’s fitness level and aptitude testing will be assessed by PMA Instructors. Students will be provided with feedback regarding exercise to work on during the fall semester in order to be prepared for entrance in to the FMR course in January.
- Alberta Student Number: As an accepted student you are required to have an Alberta Student Number (ASN). If you have not completed any education in Alberta and do not have an ASN, please visit www.learnerregistry.ae.alberta.ca to apply for a number. Please email your number to your Admissions Counselor.
- Competitive Internal Process: once you have been accepted to begin study in Prairie’s Primary Care Paramedic program, you will need to successfully complete each stage of the program to advance to the next stage of the program. The stages in respective order are:
- Completion of the fall semester courses with a minimum final GPA of 2.0. Students who successfully complete these courses are eligible to advance to the First Medical Responder (FMR) portion of the program.
- Students who successfully complete the FMR course in the winter semester are eligible for the PCP student assessment process. Students are specifically selected for entry into the PCP course through a competitive interview process conducted by program instructors that takes academic ability, competence, and aptitude for emergency medical work into account, as demonstrated during the FMR course.
- Once selected for the PCP course, students must successfully complete the course to be eligible to advance to the program practicum.
- Successful completion of the practicum will make the student eligible to write the Alberta College of Paramedics licensing exam.
Note: We will only accept applications for admission from Canadians or Permanent Residents for the Primary Care Paramedic program. The reason for this is transferability of licenses, and the probable unavailability of post-grad visas for this 1-year program. If you are interested in this program and are from a country other than Canada please feel free to contact admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Assess, diagnose, and treat patients in a variety of medical and trauma emergencies.
- Demonstrate professional character in fulfilling responsibilities through effective communication and interpersonal skills within multidisciplinary environments.
- Demonstrate the skills necessary to maintain a safe work and operational environment.
- Demonstrate an understanding of applying ethical standards, maintaining personal well-being, and engage in continuing professional development.
We are pleased to offer our program in partnership with Professional Medical Associates. Professional Medical Associates has been providing education for EMS Professionals for over 25 years with unprecedented rates of success at all levels including accreditation for our PCP (Primary Care Paramedic) and ACP (Advanced Care Paramedic) programs through Accreditation Canada.