Primary Care Paramedic

The Primary Care Paramedic Program is designed to give students the educational and hands-on training needed to become proficient in this challenging position to deliver pre-hospital care.  Particular emphasis is placed upon balanced training to enable graduates to meet a variety of physical, intellectual, emotional and medical needs of pre-hospital patients.  Training includes all major aspects of medical care; the Primary Care Paramedic Program at Keyin College meets or exceeds the standards established by the Paramedic Association of Canada in its guidelines for the National Occupational Competencies Profiles for paramedics.  Students will get extensive classroom training as well as field and clinical learning.

Paramedics are highly skilled health care professionals who function in the realm of EMS, initiating medical treatment for individuals in crisis situations.  Based on sound technical knowledge, paramedics demonstrate rational problem-solving abilities and excellent decision-making skills.  The paramedic profession demands universal integrity, exemplary behaviour, and dedication to the service of humanity.  Paramedics adhere to the standards of ethical behaviour, and their professional activities are characterized by honesty, empathy, conscientiousness and reliability.

Clinical and Field Benefits

Students will be expected to travel and incur costs associated with placements in various hospital and ambulance departments (private and hospital-based). These clinical/field placements are limited and students will be placed based on availability. Sites may include Eastern, Central, Western and Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authorities, which includes St. John’s, Carbonear, Freshwater, Placentia Bay, Clarenville, Burin, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Lewisporte, Deer Lake, Corner Brook, Stephenville, Port Aux Basques and St. Anthony. Other sites may be available as they are developed.

Admission and Administration Requirements

Academic Admission Requirements:

Eligibility for consideration of admission to Keyin College’s Primary Care Paramedic program requires the applicant to meet one of the three following academic criteria:

High School

High School Graduation Certificate to include the following courses:

  • Biology: 2201 or 3201 (50% minimum) – required
  • Chemistry: 2202 or 3202 (50% minimum) – recommended but not required
  • Academic Mathematics: 2201 or 3201 (50% minimum) – recommended but not required


Adult Basic Education (ABE)

Adult Basic Education Certificate to include the following courses:

  • Biology: 2101A, 2101B, 2101C or 3101A, 3101B, 3101C (minimum of 50%) – required
  • Chemistry: 2102A, 2102B, 2102C or 3102A, 3102B, 3102C (minimum of 50%) – recommended but not required
  • Mathematics: 2101A, 2101B, 2101C or 3101A, 3101B, 3101C (minimum of 50%) – recommended but not required


Administration Requirements:

  • Completion of Keyin College’s official application form;
  • $150 non-refundable application fee ($50 due upon submission of application, $100 due upon program acceptance).  It must be noted that this is an additional cost for the processing of your application.
  • International applications are subject to a $250 application processing fee (non-refundable)

Additional Admission Requirements:  

  • Medical report establishing the physical and mental fitness of the applicant in regards to performing duties associated with Paramedics
  • Proof of the first Hepatitis B Immunization (within 6 months of the start date of the program)
  • Provide current driver’s abstract (within 6 months of the start date)
  • Current Criminal Records check (within 6 months of the start date)
  • Obtain Class 4 driver’s license prior to Phase II
  • Complete Keyin interview with a practicing Paramedic
  • Current Standard First Aid BLS (Health Care Provider) Certificate
  • All pre-requisites must remain in good standing during the entire program.  Students will be required to sign a pre-requisites compliance waiver at the beginning of the year.  Faculty or students falsifying, misleading or not informing the College Administration or the Program Coordinator/Instructor of changes will be subject to disciplinary action
Primary Care Paramedic Courses View
  • Foundations of Paramedicine
  • Patient Assessment
  • Anatomy & Physiology (Pathology)
  • Pharmacology (Med Admin)
  • Trauma
  • Respiratory / A&V
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Disease / Psychology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Special Considerations
  • Medical Terminology I
  • Medical Terminology II

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