Advance your career - Emergency Medical Services programs!

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Lethbridge College in partnership with Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) offers exciting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs which are taught at Lethbridge College.

As a first responder, you will care for the sick or injured before they arrive in the emergency room, playing a critical role in saving their lives. Not for the faint of heart, a career in Emergency Medical Services is challenging, yet rewarding.

Primary Care Paramedic (PCP)

This entry level medical program 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 (PCP) program can get you started on the path to becoming an advanced care paramedic.

Your future with EMS

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

Starts In: January, August
Status: Fall 2021 applications are now closed.
Next Intake: Winter 2022
Application Deadlines:

Please email: or call: 403 320-3310 for future application dates.

Delivery Format

A blended course is intentionally designed to include continuum of both face to face/on-campus and online delivery. This includes both synchronous (in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous learning strategies (learning that does not occur at the same time or same place). Communication, instruction and assessment components of a blended course provide consistent information but go further by enhancing and supplementing each other. Students may complete some of their lessons online and may also be required to come to campus.


Learning does not occur at the same time or same place. Instructor provides materials including online readings, recorded lectures or presentations, posted lecture notes, video content, assignments and exams for online completion. Students access the course materials within a flexible timeframe prescribed by the instructor.


Learning happens in real time. Student and instructors interact and engage with each other in a specific virtual space, through a specific online medium, at a specific time. This can include video conferencing, live chatting, and live-streaming lectures.

Lethbridge College is working with our partners at NAIT to maintain a stable delivery plan.

Learning Environment

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.

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.

If you would like to increase your chances of enrolment into the Primary Care Paramedic Program, check out our Academic Upgrading program offerings.

Note: Beginning in Fall 2020 this program will be using the following competitive entrance requirements to shortlist applicants for the interview stage.

  • 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

Registration for PCP Assessment opens approximately five months prior to program start date.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) $8,905.00 $650.00 $2,107.00

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Note: A personal tablet is required for this program, not included in the indicated costs. Details provided to successful applicants with an offer of admission.  

  • Costs are estimates only and are subject to change.
  • Fees subject to GST.
  • All tuition and fees are non-refundable.

NAIT programs in southern Alberta

Both the PCP and MFR programs are offered by NAIT and delivered at the Lethbridge College campus, meaning you can receive a NAIT certificate all while remaining close to home in southern Alberta. The top-notch education delivered through this partnership has been recognized on the provincial and national levels.

  • The MFR program is approved at an Advanced First Aid Level by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety.
  • The PCP program is accredited by Accreditation Canada.

That’s not all. The PCP program is recognized by the Canadian Forces. You won’t find a more exhilarating career opportunity. Find out more at

Hands-on, immersive learning

SPHERE: A learning environment like no other

Experience realistic health training made possible by on-campus and industry collaboration.


SPHERE: A learning environment like no other

The Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education (SPHERE) helps to close the gap between theory and practice. What can you expect from your experience in SPHERE during your program?

Well, the simple answer is: anything you might encounter on the job.

The experiences students have during their programs range from communication-focused interactions with simulated patients to acute medical or surgical patients requiring more complex care. All the experiences in SPHERE are specific to your health profession and are aligned with what you are learning in the classroom.

SPHERE is an evolving learning environment primarily for students in the Centre for Health and Wellness that uses using high-tech manikins and role-playing. SPHERE provides a comprehensive range of health-related experiences to enhance your education and better prepare you for your future role.

SPHERE focuses on creating collaborative opportunities within the Centre for Health and Wellness, other campus programs and departments, as well as industry stakeholders. SPHERE strives to ensure all elements of realism are present in the experiences so students get to experience the most realistic experience.

Created in collaboration with programs to meet their specific needs, scenarios either use high-tech manikins or people to role-play the patient and family members. This level of simulation encourages students to treat/interact with a patient just as they would during a clinical experience.

For more information about SPHERE or experiences you’d have within your program please contact

Experience the realism of the job
Experience the realism of the job

If you're going to experience it on the job, why not experience it during your education?


Experience the realism of the job

Crashed cars, stab wounds, victims on the ground, blood and chaos – you’ll experience it all on the job, so why not experience it during your education?

Adding a level of realism to our students’ learning that simply cannot be accomplished in the classroom, we stage a mock disaster every spring. Students have to respond to an unknown situation in real-time, just as they would on the job as first responders, emergency personnel, nurses and members of the media.

Whether they’re facing a car crash, a stabbing or any of the other scenarios our instructors come up with, students have to think on their feet and respond to the situation as they’ve been trained, working cooperatively with others in related professions. It’s an experience that puts everything learned in the classroom to the ultimate test. And it’s an experience students won’t soon forget.

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn't just a place to go to school - we're a community that is here to support you through your entire educational experience. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Drew Clark

Emergency Medical Technician (Now Primary Care Paramedic program)

“The program offered a mixture of class lectures and hands-on training and allowed me to feel prepared and confident when entering the workforce. If sitting at a desk is not your thing, I recommend you take this program and enter an extremely exciting, fast-paced and essential industry.”

Japhia Epp

Emergency Medical Technician (Now Primary Care Paramedic program)

Japhia was featured in a September article in the Pincher Creek Echo highlighting her work with Pincher Creek Emergency Services. “Japhia is a valued member of our team and really brings a compassionate client care focus on every call she does,” said PCES deputy chief Margaret Cox in the article. “She’s energetic, enthusiastic and much appreciated by her co-workers. We’re really fortunate not to just have her working in our community, but that she decided to become a permanent part of it.” Japhia noted in the article that Pincher Creek Emergency Services is a unique service to work for because of the variety of calls and situations encountered as a result of being in a tourist-dense region with a thriving rural population.

– From Winter 2016 Wider Horizons

Success stories from Wider Horizons

COLLABORATION ON CAMPUS: Solid teamwork, creative cooperation and innovative partnerships thrive in all corners of the college campus

In the classrooms and on the playing courts, in the library and in the Lethbridge community, Lethbridge College students, staff, alumni and partners can be found working together on a variety of projects of all sizes and ambitions.