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I chose this program because it is something that I've always wanted to do, so I thought, I'm gonna do it! 

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Paramedics play a critical role on the first response team. Never knowing what state their patient will be in upon arrival, paramedics are responsible for making decisions about treatment in life or death situations. The Paramedic program will provide you with the skills needed to walk into the unknown and provide critical care to a diverse population.

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Program Description

Durham College successfully achieved accreditation with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) for our Paramedic program in November 2005, making it the first college in Ontario to achieve this status.

Preparing you for employment, the program’s instructional techniques include:

  • Classroom and laboratory activities
  • Computer-assisted learning
  • Essential communication skills
  • Individual and group study
  • Intensive clinical and field placement components
  • Physical and emotional wellness training
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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 biology and chemistry (C, M or U)

Please note: This program may be highly competitive and have a specific selection process and application deadline. For more information, please contact or call 905.721.3000.


  • CBC (no convictions) with Vulnerable Sector Screening. If you cannot provide a clear CBC, you may be denied the opportunity to enter your placement and this will impact your ability to complete your full program and/or secure employment
  • Current Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Rescuer Certificate in CPR (Level C) (within one year)
  • Current standard first aid certificate (within three years)
  • Entry immunization form
  • Freedom from communicable disease report
  • Minimum Class G2 driver’s license (must have valid Class G driver’s license by end of the first year of the program).

Please note: You must have a valid Class F driver’s license by the beginning of Semester 4. To apply you must complete an Ontario Ministry
of Transportation medical report which will ask for your complete health history and medical examination and the signature of your physician.

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Career Options


  • Ambulance attendant
  • Medical attendant
  • Military medical technician
  • Paramedic
  • Patient transfer
  • Primary care paramedic


  • Armed forces
  • Hospitals and public health organizations
  • Municipal, regional or provincial emergency medical services
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$0$0
Total Fees:$9,216$19,388

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by a 120-hour field placement, which will provide you with practical, hands- on experience and the opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned in the classroom.

You are responsible for your own transportation to and from your placement and must undergo a CBC (more than one check may be required) within three months of your placement’s start date. In addition, all immunization records (entry immunization form) including a two-step tuberculin skin test must be submitted to a Durham College health nurse before admission will be granted. This program also demands a high degree of physical fitness, flexibility and lifting strength. In order to participate in field placement, you must be able to:

  • Transfer patients weighing up to 95 kg (210 lbs)
  • Do two person lifts
  • Manage the weight of any necessary equipment
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Centre for Integrated Justice Studies

The Centre for Integrated Justice Studies (CIJS) is a training function of the School of Justice & Emergency Services. CIJS offers unique seminars and workshops to give DC/UOIT students and the public a competitive edge in preparing them for job searching and interviews. For more information please visit the CIJS website.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Qualified graduates can go on to take:

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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Employment Standards

According to the Ambulance Act, employment as a paramedic is prohibited to any individual who has:

  • Been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude for which he/she has not been pardoned
  • Been prohibited from driving under the Criminal Code within the past three years
  • Had a driver’s license suspended in the previous two years
  • Received six or more demerit points on his/her driving record in the past year

As a graduate, you will be eligible to write the provincial advanced certification exam to become a primary care paramedic in Ontario and the program’s CMA accreditation will enable you to gain employment on a national basis.

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  • code: PPC
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Justice & Emergency Services (JES)
  • Domestic tuition: $8,076 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Closed Closed: September 2017
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