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Advanced Care Paramedic

Closed for Fall 2019

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Make a difference with a career as a paramedic through this extensive program that provides action-based learning in ambulances and hospitals. Courses cover anatomy, physiology, basic pharmacology and medical and traumatic emergency response.

This program was formerly known as Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic.

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Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,918
Year 2: $6,068
Year 1 (International): $22,834
Year 2 (International): $19,711

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on the score you achieve on the Health Occupation Aptitude Exam (HOAE).

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2019 are accepted Oct. 3, 2018 to March 31, 2019.
TermProgram start
Fall 2019 Sept. 3, 2019 

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Advanced Care Paramedic is a two-year full-time program offered to students currently registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) as Emergency Medical Technicians who wish to extend their professional training and credentials to work as paramedics.

In the program, the student will become extensively familiar with human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, as well as a wide variety of pharmacological and other therapies.

Program Details

Program description

This program was formerly known as Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic.

The SAIT Advanced Care Paramedic program is a two-year full-time program offered to students currently registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) as Emergency Medical Technicians who wish to extend their professional training and credentials to work as paramedics. In the program, the student will become extensively familiar with human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, as well as a wide variety of pharmacological and other therapies.

The program commences each year in the fall and consists of five semesters which include classroom and simulation learning, two field (ambulance) practica and two clinical (hospital) practica placements.

Students begin semester one with nine weeks of class at the SAIT campus where they learn theory including anatomy, physiology and basic pharmacology. Six weeks of field practicum then follows to fine-tune basic care skills and develop familiarity with advanced procedures such as fluid resuscitation. The ambulance practicum continues in the winter semester, first- year, until February.

Students return to SAIT in February for semester two where they will spend nine weeks in class continuing their studies expanding on pharmacological therapies and treatments for various medical and traumatic emergencies. Assessment skills, critical thinking and integrating advanced therapies into basic care are emphasized.

Students will return in the fall for semester three in late August for clinical practicum and then for seven weeks at SAIT for classroom and lab instruction including pediatric and adult advanced life support, rapid sequence induction and other advanced skills. Development of critical thinking and integration skills are key components.

Semester four begins in January of the second year with clinical practicum rotations in the pediatric emergency room and labour and delivery. Students will finish with their final ambulance practicum at the end of April.

Students return to SAIT for the spring semester — semester five — where they complete the classroom portion and prepare for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) as an EMT-P.

Your career

Graduates will be prepared for positions in the emergency medical services field, including ambulance services, the oil and gas industry and various international opportunities.

  • Graduates of the Advanced Care Paramedic program have a 100% employment rate.

Student success

  • Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT's programs.
  • Students who experience success in communications skills in English.
  • Health care practitioners are detail-oriented in the care they provide and enjoy working in a team environment.
  • Students with post-secondary degrees or experience usually experience greater success in SAIT's programs.
  • Due to the physical nature of the work required in emergency medical services, the Advanced Care Paramedic program has a strong focus on physical fitness and wellness.

Credentials and accreditation

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 Alberta College of Paramedics and work in Alberta as an EMT-Paramedic.

The Advanced Care Paramedic program delivered by SAIT is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association at the Advanced Care Paramedic level. This program exceeds the Alberta College of Paramedics EMT-Paramedic core competency requirements.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • Medicine Hat College
  • NAIT
  • Thompson Rivers University

To learn more, visit transfer options.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

  • Fall 2019 start: applications are accepted Oct. 3, 2018, to March 31, 2019

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for fall 2019 

  • 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.

Competitive entry: seven-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: Review the selection of information to understand the process and deadlines.

  • Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) must be submitted prior to March 31, 2019, to be included in the selection.
  • Applicants will have one attempt to complete the selection process for this program. If you're not offered admission, you can re-apply for the next intake and you will be required to complete the selection process again.
  • The first round of selection will start Dec. 1 and will continue on a monthly basis.
  • Applicants who apply after the program has been filled will be required to complete the selection process and will be placed on a waitlist.
  • There will be a minimum of 42 seats offered for the fall intake.
  • The program will forward a selection package by email to those that meet the minimum admission requirements.

In the selection process, applicants will be expected to write the Health Occupation Aptitude Exam (HOAE) within four weeks of being placed in selection.

Applicants can write this exam at the SAIT Testing Services Centre — email testing@sait.ca to make an appointment. There is a $50 fee to write this exam at SAIT.

Applicants can also arrange to write the HOAE at another educational testing centre approved by the program. Testing arrangements and any additional costs will be the responsibility of the prospective student.

Applicants will be ranked bi-monthly based on their HOAE score:

  • Applicants that meet and exceed the threshold HOAE score set by the program will be offered a seat in the program until the program is full.
  • Once the program is full, applicants will be waitlisted based on their HOAE score.
  • Successful candidates must sign a practicum agreement contract prior to final acceptance.

Step 4: Apply to the Advanced Care Paramedic program and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "in selection." 

Step 6: Complete the selection package that is emailed to you.

  • The selection package will provide information about writing your HOAE, a career investigation form and program-specific consent forms.

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades for the admission pre-requisites will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We recommend you add hps.info@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages. 

Paramedicine National Competency Profile

Students are strongly encouraged to refer to the Paramedicine National Competency Profile and AHS' FARE - Paramedic requirements to ensure that they are able to successfully demonstrate the skills required to achieve all the competency-based objectives and bona fide occupational requirements for the program/profession. Some examples include:

  • Lift a stretcher with 95.5 kg (210 lbs) patient with a partner from a lower level to the load position and back down.
  • Lifting and carrying 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.
  • Able to lift a bilateral side carry of 9 kg (20 lbs) of weight in each hand.
  • Able to front carry of 18 kg (40 lbs).
  • Able to repetitively kneel, crouch, bend, reach, carry, push and pull.
  • Able to perform CPR for two minutes.

Practicum requirements

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 Health Care Provider Level (C) CPR must be valid for the duration of your practicum. SAIT offers the above CPR course on a continuous basis (CPRS 001 BLS Provider (Level C) CPR). Please note that only the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada CPR certification will be accepted.

  • Updated immunization records: Most practicum sites require students to demonstrate updated immunization status prior to attending practicum. The receiving practicum site has the right to refuse students who cannot prove they have met all the required immunizations.

  • Security clearance: According to the Protection for Persons in Care Act, our practica sites require that students obtain a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check, prior to going on practicum. Any criminal code offence for which a pardon has not been received may be a deterrent to a student's entry into practicum, and therefore will result in an uncompleted program or non-graduating status. Successful candidates will be asked to provide a clear Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check record to the School of Health and Public Safety main office by orientation day. Please review the security clearance process document for specific details. Be aware that record must be dated no earlier than 90 days prior to your program orientation day (typically orientation day is held the week prior to the first day of class).

  • N95 respiratory mask: Fit testing is done to determine which make and model of N95 respirator mask should be used by an individual. In compliance with Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009, students are fit-tested for respiratory masks prior to their practicum. Occupational Health and Safety Bulletin, Respiratory Protective Equipment: An Employer's Guide states the effectiveness of the respiratory protective equipment depends on an effective facepiece seal to the skin of the face. The mask must be tight enough so that the person is breathing only air which has been filtered. The seal is dependent on facial differences (shape or size) or facial hair. Facial hair must be removed where the mask contacts the face for the test. Failure to adequately fit an N95 mask may result in a restricted practicum and\or limited employment. Additionally, a student may need to be tested again in two years or if there are changes to the face which impact the ability of the respirator to form an effective seal (e.g. Weight gain/loss, the growth of facial hair, dental surgery, or facial scarring). 

  • Health and wellness status: Due to the demanding nature of the work in the health care field and Occupational Health and Safety requirements, the health care field has a strong focus on health and wellness. Students with a medical condition or disability that may impact them in a practicum setting are strongly advised to discuss concerns with the program academic chair and/or SAIT Accessibility Services as soon as possible upon acceptance into the program. Please review the attached document for guidance on entering an allied health program with a medical condition or disability. 

More details on the practica requirements per program are outlined on a pre-orientation website for successful candidates.


Program outline

View additional Advanced Care Paramedic (formerly Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic) program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

First year

Semester 1 - Fall

Course codeCourse nameCredit
ANPH-200 Physiology & Physical Assessment 3.0
EMRG-202 Paramedicine Lab 1 3.0
EMRG-305 Neurological Emergencies 1.5
EMRG-320 Gastro/Urinary Emergencies 1.5
PHAR-222 Pharmacology Basics 1.5
Semester 1 - 2 (spans two semesters)
PRCT-210 Introductory Field ALS Practicum 6.0
Semester 1 total 16.5

Semester 2 - Winter

Course codeCourse nameCredit
EMRG-215 Advanced Airway Management 1.5
EMRG-270 Cardiac Emergencies 3.0
EMRG-273 Respiratory Emergencies 3.0
EMRG-252 Paramedicine Lab 2 3.0
EMRG-254 Advanced Trauma Management 3.0
PROF-200 Paramedic Practice 1 1.5
Semester 2 total 15.0
First year total 31.5

Second year

Semester 3 - Fall

Course codeCourse nameCredit
EMED-223 Environmental and Aeromedical Emergencies 1.5
EMRG-302 Paramedicine Lab 3 3.0
EMED-305 OBGYN & Pediatrics 1.5
EMRG-310 Special Population Groups 1.5
EMRG-330 Critical Care Paramedic 1.5
PROF-300 Paramedic Practice 2 1.5
PRCT-302 Clinical Practicum 1 1.5
Semester 3 total 12.0

Semester 4 - Winter

Course codeCourse nameCredit
EMRG-340 Industrial Paramedicine 1.5
EMRG-350 Preceptor Training 1.5
EMRG-365 Healthcare Specialties 3.0
PRCT-351 Advanced Field Advanced Life-Support Practicum 6.0
PRCT-352 Clinical Practicum 2 1.5
Semester 4 total 13.5

Semester 5 - Spring

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
PROF-350 Paramedic Practice 3 1.5
Semester 5 total 1.5
Second year total 27.0
Program total 58.5


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.


Domestic tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $5,945 $450 $523 $6,918
2 $5,096 $450 $523 $6,068

International tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2018/19 total
1 $21,861 $450 $523 $22,834
2 $18,738 $450 $523 $19,711

SAIT fees

Campus athletic and recreation fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $290 (this program doesn't meet eligibility requirements.)

SAIT Students' Association fees

Health plan: $110**
Dental plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and supplies*

  • CPRS 001 BLS Provider (Level C) CPR course. Annual update required (CPRS 002 BLS Renewal [Level C] CPR). Call SAIT Life Support Training at 403.210.4009 for further information.
  • 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 are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practicum including relocation costs to practicum sites outside of Calgary.
  • There is a fee associated with obtaining a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check, payable to the Police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • Books, uniforms and professional supplies cost approximately $1,500 - $2,000 for each of the two years.
  • Students are required to have access to a personal computer, printer and Internet. Computers must meet the specifications listed in fees and expenses.
  • Students require a tablet (Apple or Android) to support the CompTracker system. The tablet only needs to have wi-fi ability. The size of the tablet is at the discretion of the student. Keyboards are advisable but not mandatory. Smartphones are not acceptable devices for CompTracker.
  • There is a $75 CompTracker user fee per semester.
  • Students must have their immunizations reviewed by the SAIT Health Clinic. There is a $50 charge to review vaccine history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

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