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Paramedic Qualifications

EMS Patch on shoulder of paramedic

To become a paramedic in the Province of Ontario, you must be a high school graduate. You must also attend a recognized paramedic program at an approved Ontario college. After completing the paramedic program, you must acquire Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA) Certification.

Paramedic program

Generally, colleges require the following prerequisites to enrol in the Paramedic Program:

  • Senior high school biology
  • Senior high school science
  • High school graduation diploma
  • Current standard first aid certificate
  • Current CPR C (basic rescuer level)
  • Current immunizations - hepatitis B, DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus), MMR measles, mumps, rubella), proof of immunity to chicken pox, flu shot (recommended)
  • Free from all communicable diseases
  • Class F Ontario driver's license
  • Be physically fit and able to lift
  • Be able to fluently read and write in the English language
  • Be at least 18 years of age - prior to graduation of college.

The following lists 17 Ontario colleges offering certified Paramedic programs:

AEMCA certification

Once you complete the college Primary Care Paramedic program, you are eligible to write the Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA) examination. You are given 3 attempts to pass the A-EMCA exam (70% is a pass) before remedial training is required.

If you are attending an approved institution that offers the paramedic program, your institution should be contacting the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care -Emergency Health Services Branch to obtain application packages for all of their students, prior to graduating. For more information on the A-EMCA, please contact the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

For more information on the A-EMCA, please contact:

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Emergency Health Services Branch
Patient Care Standards, Education and Certification
5700 Yonge Street, 6th Floor
North York, Ontario M2M 4K5
Telephone: 416-327-781
Fax: 416 327-7911
Toll Free: 1-800-461-6431