Advanced Care Paramedic
Length: 2 years
On-Campus Day* - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
On-Campus Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done in person on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Day* - Your course activity is done online Monday - Friday, before 6 PM.
Online Evening/Weekend - Your course activity is done online on weekdays from 6 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
Online Flexible Delivery - Your course activity is not scheduled and therefore you can determine when to do the coursework.
Blended Delivery - Both On-Campus and Online - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on-campus and some will be done online.
* There may be circumstances that require some day delivery of classes to be scheduled into the evenings.
Please note due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these delivery options may shift from term to term. Please consult your program for details on delivery options.
Estimated program length is based on the recommended course load per semester as outlined in the Courses tab.
Actual program length will vary based on the number of courses registered in and successfully completed per semester.
Learn more about program length on SAIT Credentials and the Academic Calendar.
This program meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program for international students as long as the student is enrolled in the on-campus delivery mode or completes more than 50% of the courses on campus (for the blended option).
International students attending all classes online will NOT be eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit. International students are responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.
This program is available to international students, however, program availability may be limited. This program does not meet the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program.
Make a difference with a career as a paramedic through action-based learning in ambulances and hospitals. Gain knowledge and experience in anatomy, physiology, basic pharmacology and medical and traumatic emergency response.
The Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) program provides education and training to those who wish to extend their professional training and credentials to work as paramedics. In the ACP program, students become extensively familiar with human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, as well as a wide variety of pharmacological and other therapies.
Students in this program spend their first year acquiring a strong theoretical framework in areas such as anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, treatments for various medical and traumatic emergencies, adult advanced life support, neonatal resuscitation protocol, and assessment skills. Opportunities to practice these skills and integrate theory into practice are provided through simulation laboratory classes.
In the second year, students begin their clinical and ambulance practica placements while simultaneously learning about precepting and professional practice. Students will also prepare for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics as an ACP.
Note: Students may have to travel anywhere in Alberta (and in some circumstances outside Alberta) to complete their practica, based on practicum spot availability.
Is this the right fit for me?
This program is fast-paced and requires a significant contribution of time and energy. Students who experience success in this program and profession:
- fine motor skills
- critical thinking
- communication (eg. verbal, reading, writing and listening)
- able to participate in classroom, lab, and practicum activities as scheduled by the program
- able to work well under stress
- able to use technology
- attention to detail
- able to maintain professional behaviour; emotional self-regulation
- able to wear Personal Protective Equipment for extended periods of time
- able to work extended hours, including nights and/or weekends and shift work
- able to tolerate the sight of human blood and tissue
- able to assist in transporting, lifting, and positioning of patients and/or equipment
- able to meet the physical demands of the job (e.g. spend most hours working on your feet, walking, repetitive bending, repetitive tasks
- able to tolerate latex and disinfection chemicals
- comfortable with performing patient care procedures which may be sensitive or performed in close proximity.
Students are strongly encouraged to refer to the Paramedicine National Occupational Competency Profile and Alberta Health Service’s F.A.R.E. Paramedic requirements to ensure that they are able to successfully demonstrate the functional ability required to achieve all the competency-based objectives and bona fide occupational requirements for the program and profession.
Some examples include:
- lift a stretcher with a 95.5 kg (210 lbs) patient with a partner from a lower level to the load position and back down
- lift and carry a long spine board with 95.5 kg (210 lbs) and ascend and descend 10 stairs with a partner
- push a stair chair 10 m with 95.5 kg (210 lbs) and ascend and descend 20 stairs with a partner
- lift a bilateral side carry of 9 kg (20 lbs) of weight in each hand
- front carry 18 kg (40 lbs)
- perform CPR for 2 minutes
The Advanced Care Paramedic program delivered by SAIT is accredited by Accreditation Canada at the Advanced Care Paramedic level and meets the Alberta College of Paramedics' core competency requirements.
After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Advanced Care Paramedic diploma.
Other certificates received are Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Advanced and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).
All graduates are eligible to register with the Alberta College of Paramedics and work in Alberta as an advanced care paramedic.
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Graduates can pursue job opportunities as a paramedic in:
- ambulance services
- oil and gas
- emergency medical organizations
Related careers include:
- medical technologist
- health care technologist
Tuition and fees
- Year 1: $10,459.50
- Year 2: $7,706
Final costs are dependent on the number of course credits a student takes per semester.
You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.
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- Completion of the Primary Care Paramedic or an Emergency Medical Technician certificate program, or equivalent. Proof of completion must be submitted by Aug. 1.
All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.
SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.
When should you apply?
Visit our Apply page to see when applications open and close for upcoming semesters.
To see which semesters this program has intakes for, look at the Available Intakes information at the top of this page.
Direct entry: four-step process
Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.
Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.
Step 3: Apply to the program and submit your transcripts.
Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.
Step 4: Continue to monitor your application status through mySAIT.ca.
You must submit final transcripts/grades to show you have completed the courses and met the minimum admission requirements by the transcript deadline or your seat will be rescinded.
Communication during admission
Email is the primary source of communication during the admission process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.
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When do classes start?
Classes for this program adhere to the following year start and end dates based on the semester the student begins their program.
|Classes begin||Year start date||Year-end date|
|Fall 2022||Sept. 6, 2022||June 30, 2023|
|Fall 2023||Sept. 5, 2023||June 28, 2024|
The School of Health and Public Safety has many practica partners located within Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited and students may be required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum.
Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regards to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practica such as entrance requirements, relocation and travel costs.
In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:
- Current Heart and Stroke Foundation BLS Provider course
- Updated immunization records
- Security clearance
- N95 respiratory mask fitting
- Health and wellness status
Please Note: If a practicum student cannot obtain a tight facial seal due to the presence of facial hair and has refused to shave for religious reasons, the ACP practicum student is considered unfit by AHS standards and will not be allowed on an ambulance practicum.
As practicum is an essential component to graduate from the program, the student will not be able to successfully complete the Advanced Care Paramedic program.
Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue
Semester 1 - Fall
|Course code||Course name||Credit|
|ANPH-200||Physiology & Physical Assessment||3.0|
|EMRG-202||Paramedicine Laboratory I||3.0|
|Semester 1 total||15.0|
Semester 2 - Winter
|Course code||Course name||Credit|
|EMRG-252||Paramedicine Laboratory II||3.0|
|EMRG-254||Advanced Trauma Management||1.5|
|Semester 2 total||15.0|
Semester 3 - Spring
|Course code||Course name||Credit|
|EMED-216||OBGYN and Pediatrics||3.0|
|EMED-223||Environmental and Aeromedical Emergencies||1.5|
|EMRG-206||Paramedicine Laboratory III||1.5|
|EMRG-310||Special Population Groups||1.5|
|Semester 3 total||9.0|
Semester 4 - Fall
|Course code||Course name||Credit|
|PRCT-302||Clinical Practicum I||3.0|
|PRCT-210||Ambulance Practicum I||6.0|
|Semester 4 total||10.5|
Semester 5 - Winter
|Course Code||Course Name||Credit|
|EMRG-330||Critical Care Paramedic||1.5|
|PRCT-352||Clinical Practicum II||3.0|
|PRCT-351||Ambulance Practicum II||6.0|
|Semester 5 total||12.0|
Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.
Review our grading and progression procedure >
The opportunity to advance your education by transferring in, within or on from SAIT is available.
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Domestic tuition and fees
Cost per credit: $231
|Year||Number of semesters||Tuition fees||SAIT fees||Saitsa fees*||Total|
*Maximum fee. Actual fees may be less and are based on the number of credits a student takes per semester and whether they opt-out of health and dental benefits.
- Campus athletic and recreation fee:
- Year 1: $294
- Year 2: $196
- Universal transit pass (Upass): $320
- Student support fee:
- Year 1: $300
- Year 2: $200
- Student technology fee:
- Year 1: $300
- Year 2: $200
Student Association fee
- Year 1: $436.50
- Year 2: $291
This is the maximum amount the student will pay. Actual fees may be less and are based on the number of credits the students take per semester.
Health and dental fees
- Health plan: $127
- Dental plan: $135
Students with existing health and/or dental plans can opt-out. Please refer to Saitsa's website for information.
Books and supplies*
Books, uniforms and professional supplies cost approximately $1,500 - $2,000 for each of the two years.
For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a computer that meets the program's hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practicum, including pre-practicum requirements as outlined by the program, and relocation costs to practicum sites outside of Calgary.
- There is a $75 CompTracker user fee per semester.
- The Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider course is required prior to program commencement. Current CPR certification is required for the duration of the program.
- There is a fee associated with obtaining a Police Information Check including a Vulnerable Sector Check, payable to the Police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
- There is a fee for the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) provincial exam and an annual registration fee. Please contact ACP for more information.
- Students must have their immunizations reviewed by the SAIT Health Clinic. There is a $75 charge to review vaccine history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges.
- There is a fee, approximately $50-$100, associated with an Electronic Student Permit Checking submission which is required for clinical practicum placements, payable to Synergy Gateway through the Verified software platform.
Learn more about tuition and financial aid.
*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
Next steps for incoming students
Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.
✅ Plan ahead ❗️
You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day.
Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation.
Get started on pre-orientation requirements
Program orientation (ORNT 118) will be held on campus on Aug. 31. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.
Learn more about campus orientation.
How to register for classes
Course registration opens on March 1 through March 15 for Spring 2023.
You’ll receive an email from us indicating what registration process you’ll use to enroll in your classes.
Learn more about how to register and the different registration methods used at SAIT.
Computers and laptops
This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.
You will be evaluated on your level of competency performance using a tracking system called CompTracker. You will require a wi-fi-enabled Apple tablet with the ability to run the most up-to-date operating system to support the CompTracker system.
- Any size tablet is acceptable.
- Keyboards are advisable but not mandatory.
- Smartphones are not acceptable devices for CompTracker.
There is a required user license fee billed on a per-semester basis. Each program will have a different student fee depending on how the system is used within the program. More information will be shared at orientation.
Required personal protective equipment (PPE)
Uniforms and PPE are to be purchased prior to Orientation Day, and worn to Orientation.
Print and take the uniform order form to Trademark Workwear Inc. to order your SAIT uniforms. Refer to the form for details and ensure you order your uniform early. CSA-approved safety glasses and CSA-approved black steel-toed duty boots may be purchased where available.
Ballistic vests: Ballistic vests are not required by the SAIT PCP or ACP programs. Currently, many practitioners have the option of being issued a ballistic vest by their employer as PPE. This is an employee's decision if they want the ballistic vest or not. As a best practice for scene safety, police deem the situation safe before EMS crews enter, and students are not first into any situation where this type of PPE is required. If a student wishes to purchase their own ballistic vest for use on practicum they can do so through the AHS approved vendor (Urban Tactical, Winnipeg) who has the required minimum specifications for a ballistic vest. If a student decides to purchase and wear the vest, they must ensure that their SAIT crest and student identification are clearly visible on the vest without compromising the integrity of the vest.
If a student has a ballistic vest from an employer, they are not allowed to wear that employer’s issue as part of the SAIT uniform. If a student chooses to wear a ballistic vest during their program they must purchase a personal ballistic vest. Ballistic vests are personally fitted, have a finite lifespan, and are not resalable as they do not provide the appropriate protection second-hand. If a student chooses to wear a personal ballistic vest, they will be required to wear it for every call during their practicum rotations.
- Class 4 Driver's license is required for employment as a PCP or ACP. You will need to check with the Alberta government for requirements.
- Heart and Stroke BLS Provider Course
- N95 Mask-fit testing
- Police Information Clearance (Criminal Records Check) with Vulnerable Sector Check
- Up to date immunizations record
- Health and Wellness Status
To support your success, short courses are available to you to help prepare you for the academic year:
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.
Students taking a full-time course load, or more than nine (9) credits per semester, will be automatically enrolled in these courses.
They are optional for students taking a part-time course load (9 or fewer credits per semester). Part-time students can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Important dates and deadlines
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