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School of Health Sciences
Program Length: 68 Weeks
Start Date: September (Prince Philip Drive) / January (Bay St. George)
Bay St. George
Prince Philip Drive
Applications are now being accepted for (a) September 2018 offering in St. John's (Prince Philip Drive Campus) deadline to apply is February 15, 2018; (b) January 2018 offering in Stephenville (Bay St. George Campus) deadline to apply is September 1, 2017
Provision of emergency medical services (EMS) is a unique and vital community service. Paramedics are highly skilled members of a health care team who function in the realm of EMS, initiating medical treatment for individuals in urgent and non-urgent situations. Based on sound knowledge, paramedics demonstrate rational problem solving abilities and excellent decision-making skills. This program addresses not only the operational/procedural skills of the primary care paramedic, but also ethical and professional behaviors such as effective communication. Mental/physical fitness and healthy lifestyles are emphasized throughout the program, as paramedics must be fit to perform the requirements of the occupation.
This is a challenging program that provides the student with extensive classroom and clinical/practicum experience. Graduates of this program will be prepared to work in a competent and skillful manner providing pre-hospital care in accordance with the national standards for paramedics.
Upon successful completion of the Primary Care Paramedic program, students will be able to:
Demonstrate required skills, knowledge, and abilities, as prescribed by the Paramedic Association of Canada National Occupational Competency Profile with consistency, independence, timeliness, accuracy, and appropriateness.
Integrate assessment, diagnostic, and treatment procedures into the holistic management of patients in the out-of-hospital setting.
Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills that promote logical and independent decision-making in the provision of paramedic care.
Maintain a level of physical and mental health necessary to perform the bona fide occupational requirements.
Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other members of the health care team to serve patients and employers with the highest degree of competence.
Reflect professionalism through personal deportment and public interactions.
Demonstrate ethical behaviour, empathy and respect for individuals.
This program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association.
Effective immediately, a competitive admissions process has been implemented for College of the North Atlantic’s
Primary Care Paramedicine program.
The competitive admissions process is points-based and includes a pre-screening phase and an interview phase. Applicants will be ranked by point value (maximum of 20 points) and acceptances will be offered according to ranking. Points are awarded based on the following criteria:
1. Resident of Newfoundland and Labrador
2. Previously applied to program
3. Successful completion of post-secondary courses
maximum of 2 points
a. Equivalent of one full-time semester (4 courses).....1 point
b. Equivalent of two full-time semesters (8 courses)...2 points
Please note that official transcripts are required.
4. Academic average in courses specified as program prerequisites*
maximum of 8 points
a. 60-64%: 1 point
b. 65-69%: 2 points
c. 70-74%: 3 points
d. 75-79%: 4 points
e. 80-84%: 5 points
f. 85-89%: 6 points
g. 90-94%: 7 points
h. 95-100%: 8 points
Please note that if the number of applications received is excessive, not all applicants will proceed to the interview phase; candidates will be pre-screened on the criteria outlined above (maximum of 12 points) and interviews will be offered according to ranking.
maximum of 8 points
*Academic averages for the program’s prerequisite courses will be calculated as follows:
1. High School, Adult Basic Education and Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition)
The academic average will be calculated using final marks in the courses required for admission to the program.
2. Current High School, Adult Basic Education, and Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) students enrolled in their final year
: The academic average will be calculated from marks available by the deadline date. An up-to-date transcript must be submitted and conditional acceptance may be granted based on this information. Applicant’s receiving a conditional acceptance must submit a final transcript by July 30, 2016. Confirmation of acceptance is dependent on ranking after final grades are confirmed.
*Please note that marks from equivalent post-secondary courses may be substituted for high school marks for evaluation purposes.
Important Notification Dates:
Steps in the Application Process
September 2018 Intake
Prince Philip Drive Campus
January 2018 Intake
Bay St. George Campus
Deadline for receipt of applications (including all supporting documentation)*
February 15, 2018
September 1, 2017
Notification of progression to interview stage
April 15, 2018
October 1, 2017
First round of acceptances
June 15, 2018
November 1, 2017
Final round of acceptances
August 15, 2018
December 15, 2018
*Documentation received after the deadline date
Candidates not accepted for the intake two which they applied must re-apply for admission to future offerings.
Applications will not be kept on file.
Eligibility for consideration of admission to the Primary Care Paramedicine program requires the applicant to meet one of the following four academic criteria:
1. High School
High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% overall average in the following (or equivalent):
I. English: 3201 or 3202 (minimum 60%)
II. Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:
Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
III. Two Science courses:
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:
I. English (minimum 60%):
II. Math (minimum 60%):
III. Four Science courses:
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with Degree and Technical Profile (overall 60% average) including the following courses (or equivalent):
I. English (minimum of 60%) 3101A, 3101B, 3101C or 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
II. Mathematics (minimum of 60%) 1104A, 1104B, 1104C, 2104A, 2104B, 2104C, 3104A, 3104B, 3104C
III. Science :
Biology 1101, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
Chemistry 1102, 2102A, 2102B, 2102C, 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
Applicants with Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with a different Profile (and appropriate grades) may be eligible for admission to the program provided the appropriate selection of courses including those outlined above have been completed.
Additional Entrance Requirements
• Current CPR (Level HCP)
• Current First Aid Certificate (Standard)
• Class 05 Learner (Level 1) Driver’s License (minimum)
• Current Certificate of Conduct
• Immunization Record
(See the Additional Information for Health Sciences Applicants (
) section of the calendar or under the Admissions Regulations section of our website for details.)
Note: Employers in land ambulance may require that Paramedics have a class 04 driver’s license which can be obtained through a Provincial Motor Vehicle Registration Office.
Students will be expected to travel and incur costs associated with clinical/practicum placements. Placement sites are limited and students will be assigned based on availability.
Anatomy & Physiology
Health Care Organization & Structure
Communications in the Workplace
Health & Fitness I
Ethics in Health Care
Communications in Health Care
Health & Fitness II
Course Lecture (Le) and Lab (La) hours per week are based on a 15 week semester. In intersession the Lecture and Lab hours will be adjusted to reflect the shorter semester length.
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