Primary Care Parademic Certificate

This program combines a biblical/theological foundation from Prairie with credentialed faith-integrated emergency medical services training from Professional Medical Associates delivered in a seamless wholistic experience.

The PCP course includes material in Section 12(1) of the Health Disciplines Act, as well as the Alberta Competency Profile from the ACP and the National Occupational Competency Profile of the Paramedic Association of Canada.

Students complete all of the classroom courses and labs on Prairie’s campus. This makes possible a residential faith-formation student experience that includes chapel, spiritual life conferences, service opportunities, small groups, sports and other co-curricular activities.

Credentials Awarded

Successful graduates earn certification in First Medical Responder (FMR) and Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) from Professional Medical Associates (PMA) as well as a Certificate of Ministry from Prairie College.

Professional Medical Associates has approval through the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) and the Health Disciplines Board of Alberta. Accreditation of the program by the Canadian Medical Association allows for national mobility and recognition. Successful completion of the FMR/PCP course provides eligibility to write the ACP exams. Successfully completing these exams provides eligibility for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics.

  1. Assess, diagnose, and treat patients in a variety of medical and trauma emergencies.
  2. Demonstrate professional character in fulfilling responsibilities through effective communication and interpersonal skills within multidisciplinary environments.
  3. Demonstrate the skills necessary to maintain a safe work and operational environment.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of applying ethical standards, maintaining personal well-being, and engage in continuing professional development.

Certificate in Ministry (30 credits)

All courses are three credits unless shown otherwise.

Bible and Theology Core (12 credits)

NT 112 Reading the Gospels and Acts
OT 112 Reading the Torah
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 105 Theology in Vocation

Arts and Sciences Core (3 credits)

HF 110 Written Composition

For course descriptions, see our catalogue here


PMA Program Requirements

First Medical Responder Course (FMR)
Primary Care Paramedic Course

The course prepares you to serve others as a Primary Care Paramedic.

Successful graduates can apply for Paramedic training.

Please note below the important steps in this rigorous and competitive program. Successful completion of each step is required for continuation to the next step. Stated in another way, each step is conditional on successful completion of the prior step. If you complete all of these steps successfully you will be eligible to write the Alberta College of Paramedics exam.

  1. Deposit – You must submit a $750.00 deposit to Prairie College, non-refundable after May 1, to ensure a seat in the required FMR pre-requisite courses offered in the fall semester.
  2. FMR pre-requisite courses – You will need to successfully complete five courses, offered in the fall semester, with an overall GPA of 2.0 to be eligible to enroll in the FMR course (These courses include HF 110 Written Composition or HF 111 Thinking and Writing, NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts, OT 112 Reading the Torah, ST 100 The Christian Life, TH 105 Theology in Vocation). This requirement can be completed through any combination of transfer credit, on-campus, or online courses. Prairie’s mission is to help establish God’s kingdom by equipping and mentoring individuals through biblically integrated education for life and careers that will meet the greatest needs of the world for the glory of God. Therefore, each of Prairie’s programs has a minimum requirement for biblical/theological content. This includes the Primary Care Paramedic program, designed to prepare students for Christian life and witness in a health care profession.
  3. First Medical Responder (FMR) – You will need to successfully complete the FMR course that begins in January.
  4. PCP student assessment process – You need to be specifically selected for entry into the PCP course through the competitive interview process conducted by PMA instructors.
  5. Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) – You will need to successfully complete the PCP course that begins in March and is completed in May (completion date is dependent on progress of each class).
  6. Practicum – Students will then be involved in a hospital component as well as an ambulance practicum which takes place at a supervised emergency ambulance service in Alberta. The travel, accommodations and food required are at the expense of the student.
  • Age: Must be at least 18 years old
  • 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.
  • 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. 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 office. Students are responsible for informing faculty of any changes to their PIC’s.
  • Immunization records: An outline of the immunizations required for the FMR/PCP courses is included in your acceptance package. You must have your immunizations completed in your home community and submit the completed record to Prairie Admissions Office.
  • 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.
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR): CPR Healthcare Provider Level Certificate must be updated every 12 months
  • 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 to apply for a number. Please email your number to your Admissions Counselor.
  • Uniform: If you qualify for the PCP course you will be required to purchase: boots (black, CSA approved, steel toed), belt, and stethoscope.

Integrating the faith growing experience with emergency medical service training requires an intensive consecutive one-year program, with only intermittent short breaks.

Fall Semester – Term 1
ST 100 The Christian Life (3 cr)
OT 111 Reading the Torah (3 cr)
HF 110 Written Composition (1.5 cr)

Fall Semester – Term 2
NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts (3 cr)
TH 105 Theology in Vocation (3 cr)
HF 110 Written Composition (1.5 cr)

Winter Semester – Term 1
First Medical Responder Course

Winter Semester – Term 2
Primary Care Paramedic Course

Practicum (July-September)
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
  • Textbooks for any courses other than EMR/EMT specific courses
  • Stethoscope (Approximately $105 for the correct type)
  • Uniforms are provided during the EMT program (one pants, one shirt). Additional uniforms may be purchased. Also, recommended at the EMT level but not provided are a uniform style belt (not a belt carrier) and uniform black CSA approved boots though shoes are acceptable provided they are CSA approved.
  • 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.

Government Loans

Applicants should be aware that it is not possible to get a Provincial student loan to help cover the cost of the one year PCP program.

Part-time Canada student loans may be available for the PCP portion of the program but not the Bible (fall) portion. It is advisable that you not rely on these part-time loans to fund your schooling.
Many of our students in PCP obtain a Student Line of Credit from their bank to help pay for the program.