Primary Care Paramedic

Primary Care Paramedic

Program Overview

Being a paramedic is all about teamwork. There’s a sense of camaraderie you won’t find in many other jobs. But it takes a special kind of person. You have to want to help people because you’ll be dealing with all ages in all kinds of crises. You have to work well under pressure because you’ll be delivering pre-hospital emergency care in people’s homes, in the middle of busy streets, and/or at industrial sites.

It’s a rewarding career with an expanding range of job opportunities—and Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program will get you started.

Primary Care Paramedic is a one-year certificate program offered through Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Regina campus, and in partnership with regional colleges. Our program emphasizes authentic hands-on training in prehospital emergency care, with both hospital and ambulance practicums. You’ll focus on:

  • medical and trauma injuries
  • mental health issues
  • obstetrical emergencies
  • pharmacology
  • physical assessments of various body systems
  • cardiac and respiratory emergencies
  • certifications in:
    • BLS Health Care Provider
    • Gentle Persuasive Approach (GPA)
    • International Trauma Life Support (ITLS)
    • Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP)

Industry Recognized

The program is fully accredited by the Canadian Medical Association. Your curriculum aligns with primary care paramedic roles and responsibilities outlined in the National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCP) for the Paramedic Practitioner of Canada. When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to write the provincial licensing exam for registration with the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics.

Hands-on Learning

  • Lab and Simulation Training - The PCP program emphasizes hands-on learning. You’ll spend about one-third of your time in the classroom, one-third in practical labs and one-third in high-fidelity simulation. State-of-the-art simulation facilities use a wide range of scenarios to help you develop your critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Field Practicums - You’ll take the knowledge that you’ve learned in the classroom and put it to work with an emergency medical services (EMS) organization (usually ambulance service) to learn about policies, procedures and documentation; conduct independent patient assessments; and provide treatment using ambulance equipment.
  • Clinical Practicums - During your hospital-based practicum, you’ll conduct independent patient assessments and use hospital equipment to provide treatment. You’ll also learn about hospital policies, procedures and documentation.
  • Inter-professional Education - In order to prepare you for an integrated role within health care teams, you will have the opportunity to work with students from other programs within the School of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing. Learning activities are designed using a problem-based learning (PBL) model and include high-fidelity simulations, interactive case-based table-top exercises, and collaborative skill acquisition.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

As a primary care paramedic, you’ll find your skills in demand by ambulance, air ambulance and fire protection services around the province. You’ll also find job opportunities in the military, at mine sites, and at industrial manufacturing, milling and processing sites.

For more information about career opportunities, contact Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you or check out the Saskatchewan College of Paramedics job postings.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Safety OfficerInspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety (2263)$45,500 - $108,200
Emergency Medical TechnicianParamedical Occupations (3234)$52,000 - $87,400
Firefighter*Firefighters (4312)$56,200 - $104,800

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

August 2020 (Regina and Saskatoon)

May 2021 (Regina and Saskatoon)

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Length: 48 weeks


  • Regina
  • Saskatoon


Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum overall average of 60% in the following four courses: 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).
  • Standard First Aid is required prior to the start of the program and must be current to the start of the program
  • CPR "C" AED or equivalent is required prior to the start of the program and must be current to the start of the program
  • See English Language Proficiency Requirements for required evidence for this program (Program-Specific ELP Requirements section). The language of instruction and assessment for this program is English. In addition to the general admission requirements, if your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you must demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency in English.



  • Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search upon admission to the program. At the discretion of the practicum/clinical agency, you may be declined access to a clinical/practicum based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search. The cost of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search is your responsibility.
  • You must exhibit physical strength and fitness consistent with the requirements of professional practice. This will be evaluated within the program.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR®) certification upon admission into the program. The cost of TLR® certification is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide current immunization records and meet Saskatchewan Polytechnic immunization requirements prior to entry into the clinical/practicum
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of current N95 respirator mask testing prior to entry into the clinical practicum. The cost of N95 respirator mask testing is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of 2015 WHMIS Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification upon admission into the program. Recertification will be required every three years to remain current. The cost of WHMIS certification is your responsibility.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 253 Reading
  • 247 Writing

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.


2020/21 Academic Year


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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for the Arts and Sciences courses in this program. To discuss PLAR for other courses in this program, contact us at 1-866-467-4278 and ask for the Program Head of this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.


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