Primary Care Paramedic Certificate


Be on the front lines of medicine.

Note: Applications are now closed for the Primary Care Paramedic program beginning in August 2019.

The SaskPolytech Primary Care Paramedic program is a certificate program that prepares you for the field of pre-hospital emergency care. The certificate is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association.

Students receive training in recognizing and managing medical and trauma injuries, physical assessment, pharmacology and professionalism/leadership in Emergency Medical Services. International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) is also included.

Why Parkland College?

“I chose Parkland College because of the small class sizes and short wait time for admission vs Regina/Saskatoon. The best thing about the PCP program at Parkland College was the chance to spend more time with instructors.”

- Natasha Aldred


Tuition & Course Info

Tuition: $5,650
Materials: Approx. $3,000 (student to purchase)
Fees: $425
Dates: August 26, 2019 – June 30, 2020
Length: 41 weeks, including 386 practicum hours
Location: Melville, SK

*Tuition costs and dates are subject to change up to 3 months prior to delivery.*



Semester 1 (online)

APHY 164 – Anatomy and Physiology 1
APHY 165 – Anatomy and Physiology 2

Semester 2 (face-to-face)

COMM 107 – Professionalism, Leadership & Communication
EMER 100 – Patient Assessment and Transport
EMER 101 – Cardiac Care
EMER 102 – Respiratory Care
EMER 103 – Diverse Population Groups
EMER 104 – Community Paramedic
EMER 151 – Obstetrics and Pediatrics
EMER 155 – Patient Management and Integration
EMER 170 – Trauma Management
EMER 171 – Medical Care 1
EMER 198 – Medical Care 2
PHAR 169 – Pharmacy and Prehospital Medications
PHAR 170 – Fluid Therapy
SFTY 135 – Health and Safety

Semester 3 (practicum)

PRAC 106 – Clinical Practicum
PRAC 107 – Field Practicum

Important Notes

Important Notes

  • Students are encouraged to take the Emergency Medical Responder program in preparation for the Primary Care Paramedic Program.
  • Classroom training will be held at our Melville campus.
  • The required 386 practicum hours and locations will be arranged for each student by the SaskPolytech Program Head once the program is in progress.
  • You must exhibit physical strength and fitness consistent with the requirements of professional practice. This will be evaluated in the program.
  • A handheld device will be required during the program (iPod Touch, or iPhone or iPad). More information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
  • At some locations in Saskatchewan ballistic vests are required for practicum students. More details will follow.
  • To obtain a copy of your immunization records, contact your local public health office. You may require your immunization to be updated. All costs associated with vaccines will be the responsibility of the student.
  • PLAR/Transfer Credit: For those with previous work, training or life skills related to this program, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option. To learn more about PLAR availability, visit the program’s home page at
  • The official licensing body for paramedics in Saskatchewan is the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics (SCoP). Before paramedics can enter into practice, they must complete the licensing exam, which involves fees, and has a pass mark of 80%.

Career Opportunities

Graduates work in ambulance operations, fire services (in conjunction with fire training), industrial sites, mining sites, military departments, or special care facilities.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 60% in the following four subjects: English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, one of Biology 30 or Chemistry 30, and one of Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30 or Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30 (previous Saskatchewan mathematics Math A30 will also be accepted).
  • Successful Completion of Semester 1 consisting of APHY 164 and APHY 165 is a pre-requisite to Semester 2.
  • Standard First Aid is required prior to the start of the program and must be current to the year of the program.
  • CPR Level “C” AED or equivalent is required prior to the start of the program and must be current to the year of the program.
  • Transferring Lifting Repositioning certification.
  • English language requirement.
  • Non-refundable application fee: $60.00 (online) OR $90.00 (paper).

Important Notes:

  • A Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search will be required upon admission to the program.
  • You must exhibit physical strength and fitness consistent with the requirements of professional practice. This will be evaluated within the program.
  • Field and clinical practicums may require travel and are the responsibility of the student. Practicum dates to be set up during the program.
  • Must provide evidence of Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR) certification prior to entry into Semester 2.

Program Information:

Donna Vranai
Coordinator, Post-Secondary
Direct: 1.306.728.6592
Toll Free: 1.866.783.6766

Admissions Information:

Katie Ecklund
Senior Admissions Officer
Direct: 1.306.786.2588
Toll Free: 1.866.783.6766

Last Updated: January 29, 2019