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Paramedic – Advanced Care (hybrid delivery graduate certificate)

Paramedic – Advanced Care (graduate certificate)


Paramedic – Advanced Care (graduate certificate)

Paramedic – Advanced Care (graduate certificate)

A life is on the line. You could be the person who arrives on the scene with the necessary tools and knowledge needed to save a life. Becoming an advanced care paramedic will give you the training and certification you need to help the injured and care for the critically ill.

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Program Description

This program is designed for students with previous education. Please see the entrance requirements section of this page for more detail. If you are a current paramedic this program will give you the opportunity to obtain the skills and knowledge needed to gain employment as an advanced care paramedic.

Through a flexible delivery model, you will obtain the bulk of your classroom-based knowledge working within your own schedule. This includes the extensive critical thinking and decision-making skills required for additional training and certification in:

  • Advanced airway management and electrical therapy
  • Advanced monitoring and diagnostic skills
  • Intravenous therapy and pharmacology
  • Patient management

Instructional techniques are based on:

  • A problem-based learning model
  • An emphasis on research appraisal as an evidence base for patient car
  • Classroom and laboratory activities
  • Computer-assisted learning
  • Extensive lab access during and after scheduled classroom hours
  • A flexible delivery model that allows several courses to be taken in an online format
  • Intensive clinical and field placement components
  • Individual and group study

The program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and Durham College was the first community college in Ontario to achieve this program status. The curriculum is also approved by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Emergency Health Services Branch.

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Admission Requirements

Please note: A current Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (AEMCA) license is not required for program admission but is required to work as a paramedic in Ontario. 


  • CBC (no convictions) with Vulnerable Sector Screening. If you cannot provide a clear CBC you may be denied the opportunity to enter your clinical or field placement, which will impact your ability to complete the full program and/or secure employment. Please note: If you are concerned, please discuss your circumstances with a student advisor prior to confirming your offer of admission. You must arrange and pay for your CBC at your primary residence (hometown). When requesting a check, you must inform the police that it is for work with vulnerable persons and required for a student placement
  • Current Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Rescuer Certificate in CPR (Level C) (within one year)
  • Current standard first aid (within three years) or AEMCA certificate
  • Entry immunization form 
  • Freedom from communicable disease report
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Career Options


  • Advanced care paramedic


  • Hospital emergency rooms
  • Municipal paramedic services
  • Private and event paramedic services
  • Rural and remote paramedic services
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational


Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$0$0
Total Fees:$18,115$1,666

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 within three months of your placement’s start date. All documentation must be complete and current in order to be eligible for clinical and field placement.

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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:

Qualified 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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  • code: PADV
  • Program length: Three consecutive semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Justice & Emergency Services (JES)
  • Domestic tuition: $18,115 (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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