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Available as a two-year program

Paramedics are often the first people on the scene of an emergency. They balance compassion with critical decision-making skills and the ability to take command in a crisis and help save lives. NOTE: This program is available to domestic students only.
  • Credential
    • Two-year Ontario College Diploma

  • Start Date

    September entry (Alternate Delivery)

    September entry (Belleville)

  • Location
    • Belleville Campus

Find your career

Graduates will find opportunities working as:

  • Primary care paramedics in the ambulance system in Ontario, nationally or abroad.
  • Emergency medical responders with municipal fire departments.
  • Private ambulance transfer-service members.
  • Health and safety educators in industrial settings.
  • Grads are qualified to write the Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (A-EMCA) exam offered by the Ministry of Health.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Paramedic, City of Toronto
  • Firefighter, Brampton Fire and Emergency Services
  • Paramedic, Ministry of Health
  • Paramedic, Hastings-Quinte EMS 

Is it for you?

Have you got what it takes? You may be well suited to a career as a paramedic if you:

  • Are seeking a challenge
  • Can think on your feet
  • Want a career where you can make a difference
  • Have a clean driving record

What employers say

“We have hired many Loyalist graduates who work at Hastings-Quinte Paramedic Service in full-time and part-time positions. Loyalist’s high standards result in graduates entering the paramedic field as quality medics.”
John O’Donnell 
Chief, Hastings-Quinte EMS

Experiential learning

Alternate Delivery

Loyalist is the only college in Ontario that offers a two-year Paramedic diploma through alternative delivery, through a combination of practical, clinical and classroom instruction.

  • Alternate Delivery classes are held on alternate weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). 
  • Participate in live lectures through online delivery, weekday evenings and weekends on campus, and interact with professors and classmates from the comfort of your home.

Belleville Campus

Leveraging the best practices of paramedicine established from our Alternate Delivery offering, the Belleville campus is excited to offer a traditional Monday through Friday delivery model utilizing our state-of-the-art, interprofessional simulation centres and experienced faculty to deliver more options to the Belleville community and its future first responders.

  • Enhance your learning and engage in 'real-life’ clinical situations with a variety of technology solutions.
  • Access all of the resources and facilities available through a main campus experience.

Both programs offer the opportunity to be a part of immersive, experiential learning environments:

  • Prepare to respond to emergencies and provide life support measures in simulated and clinical placement situations ranging from urgent to emergent care situations.
  • Learn to administer care in a variety of environments associated with paramedicine, in the field or in a moving ambulance.
  • Learn to drive an ambulance through simulated technology as well as actual, supervised road time.
  • Experience the job first hand during 450 hours of supervised ride-out in an ambulance.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

  • Curriculum is continuously reviewed and enhanced by instructors who work full time in the field as members of the allied health care team and are experts in their field of study, including basic, advanced, and critical care paramedics.
  • Real-world emergency scenarios come to life in the classroom as faculty relate their experiences on the job to that week’s lesson.
  • Professors come from across the province and have a depth of experience, bringing the real world of paramedicine into the classroom.


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