Paramedic Training Offers Skill Sets That Applies Directly to the Field
Over the past several years, 96 per cent of the graduates who obtained their Paramedic training at
Centennial College’s Paramedic program were employed as Primary Care Paramedics. This speaks volumes
of the program’s reliability and superior teaching techniques. Additionally, most graduates work for a
licensed Ontario ambulance service. With experience and further study, graduates can qualify as advanced
care paramedics or critical care paramedics, providing specialized care in land or air ambulances.
Graduates from the Centennial’s Paramedic training program are also eligible and prepared to take the
Ministry of Health exam for Advanced EMCA. They have consistently scored above the provincial average
on the Advanced EMCA certification exam. Ministry regulations require this certification for employment as
a paramedic in Ontario.
But how does this Paramedic training get students from novices to professionals? First and foremost, the
program ensures a balance of classroom, clinical, field and practical learning in emergency simulations.
Secondly, courses feature theoretical and practical testing components as well as simulated lab scenarios,
field placement and real life experience to develop professional expertise.
Among the topics covered are: paramedic responsibilities, pre-hospital care, principles of psychology,
anatomy, alterations of human body functions, pharmacology for allied health, medical directed
therapeutics and paramedic responsibilities and many others. And, to balance, the on-campus lessons,
students of Paramedic training partake in extensive on-the-job learning with working professionals in
emergency, medical trauma and psychological situations.
As a result of the program, Paramedic training grads have the ability to: communicate and interact
effectively and appropriately with patients and others; assess patients using relevant theory and practices;
establish patients’ treatment and transport priorities based on assessment findings; implement preventive
and therapeutic patient management strategies to maintain and promote patients’ well-being; integrate
and perform delegated controlled medical acts in a simulated, clinical and field setting; evaluate in an
ongoing manner the effectiveness of patient management strategies used and adapt or change strategies
to provide optimal care for patients; ensure the operational safety and preparedness of an ambulance and
its equipment; and operate an ambulance-type vehicle in a simulated setting.
Those interested in this Paramedic training must have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary
School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Applicants must also possess
compulsory English 12C or U or equivalent, math 11M or U, or 12C or U or equivalent, Biology 11C or U,
or 12 U or equivalent; and one of the following sciences: chemistry 11U, or 12C or U or physics 11U or
12C or U. Meanhile, medical requirements for the Paramedic program include: a medical doctor’s
statement, certifying a standard of health that is acceptable to Centennial College, clinical and affiliated
EMS agencies. Applicants must also not have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude (clear
vulnerable persons police background record searches are completed throughout the program); hold a
Class “F” license, which is required for employment in Ontario (but not for program admission); complete
a CPR Level HCP course (Health Care Provider) and standard first aid certification.