Advance your career in emergency medical services in the Primary Care Paramedic program. Offered in partnership with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), the Primary Care Paramedic program is an entry-level medical program that gives you the hands-on training you need to provide emergency medical services to the sick and injured.

Utilizing a combination of simulation training, practicum placements in active treatment hospitals and training in advanced life support ambulance services, the Primary Care Paramedic program can get you started on the path to becoming an advanced care paramedic. Not for the faint of heart, a career in emergency medical services is challenging yet rewarding.

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Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of these rewarding programs, you will be ready to save lives in any corner of the province in settings such as:

  • provincial, private and industrial ambulance services
  • emergency service departments
  • large industrial job sites
  • other health care related environments

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number of students, instructors and volunteers involved in the annual simulated emergency that teaches crisis response in real time

NAIT collaborative

partnership with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

240 hours

of work-integrated learning



August or January

Application Deadlines

The Fall 2022 intake of PCP has been canceled.
The next available intake is in Winter 2023.

Program Availability

Please email for information on how to apply to PCP.


Accredited by Accreditation Canada, the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program will provide you with the training to be eligible to write the Alberta College of Paramedics Provincial certification exam.

If you wish to apply to the PCP program, please email: or call: 403 320-3310.

Entrance requirements:

Entrance requirements are completed in two stages.

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  • English 30-1 or 30-2
  • Math 20-1 or 20-2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20
  • Biology 30 or Science 30

First stage:

  • Successful completion of Emergency Medical Responder or NAIT Medical First Responder program.
    Must submit proof of enrolment by the application deadline.
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  • 18 years of age - Students must turn 18 years of age prior to the program start date. A copy of a government-issued ID must be submitted.
  • CPR-C (Basic Life Support - BLS) - Students must provide evidence of current BLS certification for entry into the program, and remain current throughout clinical training.
    One of the following courses or certifications can be used to meet this requirement:
    • NAIT CPRS100 - Basic Life Support
    • NAIT CPRS500 - Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C
    • Canadian Ski Patrol (CPR-C)
    • Heart & Stroke Foundation (BLS for HCP (C), BLS, CPR C)
    • Lifesaving Society (CPR-C)
    • Red Cross (CPR-C or HCP)
    • St. John Ambulance (CPR-C or HCP)
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency (If English is not your first language)

Second stage:
If an applicant meets requirements in the first stage, they will be moved forward to the second stage for the interview process.

  • Online Interview

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Delivery Formats

The Medical First Responder program, delivered in collaboration with NAIT, is available through a blended format.


This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.


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The Primary Care Paramedic program is a basic-care level certificate program accredited by Accreditation Canada. In addition to classroom instruction, you can expect hands-on training at a number of off-campus locations that will involve weekend and shift work.

Classes are typically held in the evenings and on weekends, and cover human anatomy, physiology and procedures in emergency care and emergency equipment. The program can be broken down into four parts:

Theory (392 Hours) 
All provincial and national competencies are taught through lecture, self-study and extensive labs.

Practicum Placement
Placement will start at varying times following the successful completion of the theory component. Students must be prepared to travel to any location in Alberta.

Hospital Practicum (40 Hours) 
Following the successful completion of the Primary Care Paramedic theory component, you will be eligible to begin the Hospital Practicum, where you will follow a preceptor.

Ambulance Practicum (Minimum 192 hours) 
You will be assigned a location in Alberta where you’ll follow a preceptor during on call hours.

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Tuition and Fees

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Year 1
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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

Fees subject to GST.

All tuition and fees are non-refundable.

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