PARA
City: Sarnia
Two-Year with Placement Ontario College Diploma
Sep Waitlisted Jan Open

Overview

Are you the person who can be first on scene to provide life-saving treatment at a moment's notice? Discover the fast-paced career of a Paramedic.

Students looking for a challenging career opportunity in emergency care services, health facilities, and other health care agencies, will find that Lambton College’s Paramedic program can get them there with the skills they need to succeed.

Graduates apply relevant theory, practice safely and competently, and comply with current legislation, regulations, standards, and established policies and procedures. Students are encouraged to use the free gym membership since fitness is a major attribute to success in several areas of the program. Access to a vehicle is also required to attend clinical sites in terms 2, 3 and Consolidation in term 4. Students are encouraged to complete Class F Ontario Driver's License at their earliest convenience to prepare for employment opportunities.

Students choose Lambton College because:

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with an minimum grade of 70% in the following:

  • Grade 12 English C or U
  • Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics C or U
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry C or U
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology C or U

Suggested Skills

Students entering this program should have strong note taking skills and study habits and should be able to manage their time well.


Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates & Diplomas (PHSP) program at Lambton College. All course requirements must be completed no later than the first day of classes of term one.

Highly Competitive Program

This is a highly competitive program and students are encouraged to apply by February 1 - the equal consideration deadline.

Based on the 2022-2023 Admission Cycle, the following data should be considered by future applicants to this program:

Number of students in program

Number of applicants who received an offer

Admission average for first-round offers

Average a direct applicant needs to receive an offer

Costs

  • Year 1 $4,100.94
  • Year 2 $4,018.94

Please Note: These fees apply to the 2024-2025 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

Year 1

Additional Fees

  • Lab Kit
    $165.00
  • Stethescope
    $100.00
  • Uniform
    $600.00
  • Steel Toed Boots
    $150.00
  • First Aid & CPR
    $200.00
  • N95 Fit Test
    $40.00
  • Criminal Record Check (per year)
    $40.00
  • Health Clearance
    $40.00
  • Comptracker Software
    $80.00

Year 2

Additional Fees

  • Lab Kit
    $105.00
  • First Aid & CPR
    $30.00
  • Comptracker Software
    $80.00

Travel Expenses

Students are responsible for all costs associated with traveling to clinical placements.

It is recommended that students have a vehicle for Terms 2, 3 and 4.

Technology Requirements

In order to keep pace with the requirements of each and every course in your program, Lambton College requires that each student have access to a laptop while studying at our college.

Labs & Equipment

Courses

COM-1013
Critical Thinking & Writing

In this writing course, students respond to current issues and news articles via various styles of paragraphs and essays. Students practice thinking critically and organize and hone their writing to ensure clarity and correctness in their messages. Students explore different perspectives, and through synthesis, analysis, and response, strive for clarity of message and diplomatic expression of opinion based on fact. One of the pillars of Lambton College is a commitment to sustainability and equity, diversity, and inclusion, including Indigenization of the curriculum; where appropriate, readings in this course will reflect this commitment. Critical Thinking and Writing lays the foundation for a subsequent research-writing course.

IPH-1001
Interprofessional Perspectives

As a new student to a health care profession this course introduces you to the workings of interprofessional teams. It allows learners to gain knowledge with and from students of various programs about several different health care professions. Concepts of teamwork, conflict resolution, the health care system and ethics will be presented through a unique interprofessional delivery model.

PARA-1004
Patient Care Theory I

The major emphasis of this course is placed on the responsibilities of the student in assessing, managing and transporting patients in stabilized conditions, emergency situations and situations that may become emergencies. Students will learn the assessment, pathophysiological processes and management of various medical and traumatic problems that may afflict pre-hospital patients.

PARA-1014
Patient Care Procedures I

In this course, the student will acquire the skills necessary to perform basic assessment and pre-hospital care interventions to victims of trauma. The student will apply those selected laboratory skills for the provision of basic pre-hospital emergency care in various simulated laboratory settings. At the end of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate his/her ability to lift, transfer, position, and transport patients in the pre-hospital settings (patient weighing up to 90kg). The student will also be able to demonstrate the safe and effective application of a variety of skills and equipment utilized by paramedic profession.

PARA-1022
Medical-Legal Aspects

This course will introduce the ethical and legal responsibilities for the paramedic. This course is designed to introduce the student to the ability to apply relevant legislations and regulations that govern today's paramedic.

PARA-1033
Anatomy & Physiology I

Course content provides a basic introduction to the interaction and interdependence of structure and function in humans. Application of this course content will be implemented in laboratory/clinical/field practice.

PARA-1043
Human Behaviour & Crisis Intervention I

This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of the changes in physical and psychosocial presentations when dealing with patients in crisis situations. Units covered will deal with death and dying as well as victims of abuse and those involved with substance abuse. Behavioural patterns will be examined and certain mental illness will be explored. There will be an understanding of the concepts of suicide, as well as how to manage the potentially violent patient.

PED-1043
Fitness for the Paramedic I

This course is designed to help prepare the student for the strenuous physical demands of Emergency Service employment. Students participate in various methods of cardiovascular, strength/endurance and flexibility training. Emphasis is placed on the students understanding of the basic principles of fitness training and how these principles can be used to increase one's fitness level.

GED-XXX3
General Education Elective

COM-2073
Communications for Paramedics

This course tackles communications specific to the health field and is designed to further develop students' communication proficiency. Students will analyze paramedic scenarios to create accurate and clear paramedic reports. Public speaking and specific research report writing skills are honed. Advocacy and peer education will drive the research and documentation process. Current paramedicine issues and research will serve as the impetus for creation of informed research reports and presentations.

PARA-2004
Patient Care Theory II

This course is a continuation of Patient Care Theory I. The major emphasis of this course is placed on the responsibilities of the student in assessing, managing and transporting patients in stabilized conditions, emergency situations and situations that may become emergencies. Students will learn the assessment, processes and management of various medical problems that may afflict pre-hospital patients.

PARA-2015
Patient Care Procedures II

In this course, the student will acquire the skills necessary to perform specific assessment and pre-hospital care interventions to victims of trauma or the critically ill. He/she will also learn how to recognize complications and minimize them, either at the scene or during transport by ambulance. The student will apply those selected laboratory skills for the provision of specific pre-hospital emergency care in various simulated laboratory settings. At the end of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate his/her ability to perform skills related to the traumatic conditions studied in PARA-2004.

PARA-2024
Pathophysiology - Emergency Medical Care

This course is designed for students who have a general understanding and working knowledge of the structure and function of the human body. Students will study how and why a disease develops and progresses. The focus will be on pathophysiology of diseases and situations requiring emergency medical care.

PARA-2033
Anatomy & Physiology II

This course is the second part of a two part anatomy and physiology course designed for students enrolled in the Paramedic Program. It is a continuation of the structures and physiology that make up the human body. It will complete the study of the body in preparation for the study of pathophysiology and patient care procedures.

PARA-2103
Clinical Experience I

Practical observation and experience will be provided in several settings. Students will observe and apply theoretical content of previous courses in settings that may include Paramedic Services, Dispatch Centers, Long-Term-Care Facilities, Hospice, and numerous hospital departments.

PED-2043
Fitness for the Paramedic II

The focus of this course is to help prepare the student for the physical demands faced by the Paramedic. Paramedic employment is acknowledged to be a physically demanding and hazardous civilian occupation. Both the highly strenuous nature of a Paramedic's job and the unusually high incidence of job-related injuries are well documented. However, when Paramedics meet established medical and fitness standards, the incidence of accidents and injuries is reduced and job performance is enhanced.

PARA-3004
Patient Care Theory III

The major emphasis of this course is placed on the responsibilities of the paramedic in assessing and treating patients with various medical conditions using best practice guidelines in conjunction with the Basic Life Support Patient Care Standards of Ontario. The learner will incorporate pathophysiology and their prior knowledge of patient care assessment techniques and decision making skills to new theoretical patient care situations including, but not limited to, toxicological, environmental, and obstetrical emergencies. Special care situations such as geriatric, pediatric, neonatal, multi-casualty and biological warfare are incorporated to stress the importance of the learners adaptation to dynamic situations. Patient Care Theory III is a continuation of Patient Care Theory II.

PARA-3015
Patient Care Procedures III - Lab

This course is a continuation of Patient Care Procedures II. The student will acquire the skills necessary to perform specific assessment and pre-hospital care interventions to victims of all types of medical emergencies and cardiac arrest. In a scenario setting the student will recognize patient complications and minimize them, either at the scene or during transport by ambulance. The learner will apply assessment skills and treatment according to specific pre-hospital emergency standards. At the end of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate his/her ability to perform skills related to the following pre hospital emergencies: cardiac/respiratory, heat/cold, burns, aquatic/diving pediatric, diabetic, allergic, pregnancy and delivery/neonatal.

PARA-3033
Operations & Professional Issues

This course emphasizes the techniques necessary to ensure driver and vehicle readiness for emergency service. Utilizing the classroom, students will acquire the skills required to maintain emergency vehicles and drive defensively avoiding hazards. Radio Communication skills, as well as hazardous material recognition in relation to W.H.M.I.S. The student will be introduced to the Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale System when reporting to hospital staff. Throughout the course we will develop the students' knowledge base in Professionalism and the techniques required to work effectively with expectations of the paramedic when interacting within a team setting. Professionalism and professional judgement will be discussed to ensure that the student will develop the knowledge to make decisions effectively.

PARA-3084
Advanced Skills Theory

This course provides the learner with the cognitive knowledge and assessment skills necessary to become certified in and safely perform pre-hospital symptom relief and defibrillation. The learner will be introduced to advanced skills such as pre-hospital pharmacology and the delivery of medications, cardiac monitoring, semi-automated external defibrillation and an introduction to 12-lead ECG interpretation. The successful learner will adapt these skills to provide safe and effective patient care treatment in a theorectical setting. The learner's main focus will be to recognize and choose appropriate patient care treatment strategies based on patient assessment and evaluation in dynamic pre-hospital case study situations.

PARA-3106
Clinical Experience II

This course provides the opportunity for the student to receive practical experience in the ambulance as well as various selected hospital departments. Ambulance Experience Under direct supervision of a paramedic crew, the student will participate in, analyze and review emergency and non-emergency situations, which will form a basis for the consolidation experience and ultimately professional practice in the future. Hospital Clinical Experience The hospital provides the opportunity for Paramedic students to determine the influence of pre-hospital care on subsequent patient care. It provides a realistic yet supervised setting for direct patient care in which learners will have the opportunity for skill development related to patient assessment, supportive care and observed treatment as well as participation with the health care team. To achieve the purposes of the hospital clinical experience, the following clinical areas may be utilized: 1. intensive care unit, coronary care unit, neurological unit 2. recovery room 3. emergency department 4. labour and delivery nursery 5. pediatrics unit

PED-3043
Fitness for the Paramedic III

This course is designed to help further prepare the paramedic student for the physical demands of emergency service employment. Using previously learned physical training techniques the focus is for students to continue to enhance their abilities to lift and transfer patients in simulated training sessions. The effects of shift work and job related stress on the physical and mental health of the Paramedic is also examined.

GED-XXX3
General Education Elective

PARA-4106
Clinical Experience III - Consolidation

This course provides the student with a concentrated period of field experience to further develop the ability to assess and meet the needs of the patient. Under the direct supervision of a paramedic crew the student will review, participate in and analyze emergency situations, which will form a basis for professional practice in the future.

PARA-4122
Paramedic Comprehensive Review

As the concluding component of the program, students enrolled in this comprehensive course will consolidate key concepts of pre-hospital care. The student will be removed from their clinical placement and will return to the college to write two comprehensive A-EMCA style examinations.

GED-XXX3
General Education Elective

Progression Requirements

Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of 63% in all courses in order to progress to the next term in the Paramedic program.

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Program Information

1-844-LAMBTON

School of Fire Science, Health & Community Services

After Graduation

Employment Opportunities

Student using paramedic equipment.

Our graduates are employed in emergency medical services. Graduate employment opportunities are city and county led and the application process generally begins in Term 4. Some graduates further their education to the Advanced Care Paramedic level. A Class F driver’s license is required for employment.

Accreditations & Certifications

Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant Exam

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the Ontario Ministry of Health's Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant Exam.

Regional Base Hospital Program

In addition to AEMCA, employed graduates will be presented to a Regional Base Hospital Program for Certification to administer medications and perform advanced medical skills.

Pathways

Transfer to Programs within Ontario

We’ve worked with Ontario colleges to provide the following transfer opportunities:

Wilfrid Laurier University

Want to see more Ontario transfers? Visit ONTransfer.ca.

Qualifications for Employment

Applicants should be aware of the following qualifications for employment (as outlined by the Ambulance Act of Ontario):

  1. For a period of one year before the date graduates begin employment, they must not have had six or more demerit points on their record by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act.
  2. For a period of two years immediately before graduates begin employment, they must not have had their driver's license suspended under the Highway Traffic Act.
  3. For a period of three years immediately before graduates begin employment, they must not be prohibited under the Criminal Code of Canada from driving a motor vehicle in Canada.
  4. Graduates must hold an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.) or equivalent as set out by the Ministry of Education.

Placement

Student sitting in common areas on her ipad.
Proof of certain vaccinations and police record checks may be required.

Vaccinations & Police Record Checks

Students considering this program should be aware that there may be field and clinical placement requirements. Many placements require students have proof of certain vaccinations and police record checks.

Once you’ve applied, you can log in to mylambton.ca and view the program-specific Field & Clinical Placement Requirements. If you need information about these requirement before applying, please contact placementinfo@lambtoncollege.ca.

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Physical Demands

Students in this program are required to perform the following:

  • Attain and maintain an appropriate level of physical fitness, proper body mechanics, and health to safety extricate, lift, transfer, position, and transport patients.
  • Perform two person lifts and transfers, in a safe, smooth, controlled manner, of patients weighting up to 95 kg (220 lbs) utilizing appropriate patient lifting equipment.

Program Standards

Students are tested regularly in the program to ensure they are meeting fitness levels. A paramedic student requires a high level of aerobic fitness, flexibility, and strength. The Paramedic Program Standards from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities state that the graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to "perform competently all two-person lifts and transfers of patients weighing up to 95 kg (210 lbs) and of the necessary equipment."

Candidates who are uncertain if they have the strength and fitness for this program are recommended to complete a Canadian Physical Activity, Fitness, and Lifestyle Appraisal and to score at least in the average level. Candidates should also be able to lift 55 kg (120 lbs) prior to enrollment.

Sarnia Sting hockey team entering the ice rink.
Multiple programs benefit from this partnership with the Sarnia Sting.

Sarnia Sting Partnership

Lambton College and the Sarnia Sting have formed a partnership to enhance experiential learning opportunities for students. The Sting organization offers paramedic students the opportunity to assist with paramedic services during the Sting games and other events organized at the Progressive Sales Auto Centre Arena.

Technology Requirements

It is recommended that students purchase a laptop with a Windows operating system.

Internet Speed Requirements

For best performance for students learning remotely, an internet connection with a minimum of 40 Mbps download and 10 Mbps upload speed is recommended in order to effectively use video conferencing and remote lecture delivery software as well as, other online resources remotely. Due to the large area over which students may be dispersed, we are unable to recommend a specific provider, so you will need to inquire around your area to find one that best suits your needs.

Minimum Laptop Requirements

In order to access the internet and virtually-delivered software and courseware, student laptops should include the following at a minimum. By meeting the following specifications, students will be equipped to access software and courseware on their laptop through the internet:

  • Intel i5 8th Gen Processor or equivalent
  • 16 GB of RAM (with a minimum of 8 GB)
  • 100 GB HDD or more
  • HD Graphics
  • Webcam with a microphone
  • Wireless 802.11n/ac 5ghz capable
  • Windows Operating System (Windows 11)

Software

To ensure students are getting the most our of their classroom experience, some software will be required.

Lambton College has made this software easily accessible online. Students can leverage our Microsoft Office 365 software packages and services. In addition, much of the software you require for your courses will be available on demand for use on any device - on or off campus.