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Overview - 2022/2023

You’re trained to save lives. To be a first-responder. To manage life-threatening emergencies with expertise and skill. Some emergencies require more from you. More skill and expertise. More training.

As a career paramedic, you know the challenges that face you 24-7. With the Advanced Care Paramedic Graduate Certificate Program, you’ll build on your already impressive skill-set by learning how to better manage life-threatening situations. As well, you’ll increase the range of skills you can offer to employers, and the level of care you can offer those in need. More skills. More lives saved. More diverse employment opportunities.

Class sizes are limited to maintain small student-faculty ratios, and provide you with the highest quality, most advanced paramedic training available.

Your classes will be small, providing access to cutting-edge medical technology. You’ll move from the classroom, to the lab. From the hospital to the field. With a hospital clinical placement, you’ll broaden your knowledge of acute care areas, such as adult and pediatric emergency, intensive care, obstetrics, operating room and pediatric emergency.

And because this is a Graduate Certificate and Canadian Medical Association (CMA) accredited, your critical thinking and decision making will be challenged, nurtured and put to the test. You’ll complete the program poised, experienced, and ready to face any challenge that comes your way.

Take your lifesaving training to the next level. Someone is counting on you.



Admission Requirements - 2022/2023

Admission Requirements

- Paramedic Ontario College Diploma
- Primary Care Paramedic Diploma from an accredited program at a Canadian college
- Ambulance and Emergency Care Certificate
- Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant Certificate (AEMCA) or equivalent
- 4000 hours of work experience within the last three years as a Primary Care Paramedic*
- Pass a Pre-Admission Theoretical Preparedness Test


  • *The 4000 hours of work experience within the last three years must have been onsite with an ambulance based Paramedic Service and completed prior to the start of classes.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 70 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 60 in listening, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by April 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  4. Achievement in a Pre-Admission Theoretical Preparedness Test with at least a minimum of 70%

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive:


  • Required prior to first class
  • In accordance with Ambulance Service Communicable Disease Standard
  • Students cannot proceed to clinical placement without proof of immunization
  • Refer to mandatory immunization record

Please contact our Program Assistant and/or Clinical Liaisons for clarifications.

Class 'F' Driver's License

  • Required prior to first class
  • Prerequisite for ambulance operations on campus

Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening

  • Required prior to May 1
  • Including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
  • Must be current within 6 months of placement

AEMCA Certificate

  • Required prior to first class
  • Must be current within 3 years

Basic Rescuer (CPR) Certificate

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP)
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation or equivalent
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation certification prerequisite for ACLS certification
  • Must be current within 1 year


Advanced Care Paramedic-2022/2023

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory courses:
PARA-6017Paramedicine-Intro to Adv4
In this course, students will receive an orientation to the concept of case-based learning. The philosophy of the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) Program will be covered along with program expectations, class preparedness and research techniques. This course will establish the framework for all other courses in the Advanced Care Paramedic Program. An overview of various topics will be presented. Emergency Medical Systems, medico-legal issues, statistics, research, communication and health and safety will be discussed and reinforced.
ANAT-6010Anatomy & Physiology for Advanced Care1
This advanced course includes the study of the structure and function of the human body. First principles of anatomy and physiology will be reviewed. Interaction between systems and medical applications will be stressed. Emphasis will be placed on integrating applicable knowledge with the Advanced Care Paramedics' scope of practice. Content will focus on that of the nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
PHRM-6006Pharmacology for Advanced Care1
This course will provide the student with the foundations of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and medical math. Students will gain an in depth knowledge of the indication, actions, dosages and adverse affects of various pre-hospital emergency pharmaceuticals. Medications used in caring for cardiovascular patients will be introduced. All medications relating to the care of respiratory illnesses will be covered.
PARA-6018Patient Assessment2
In this course students will discuss and practice various approaches to patient assessment. Students will set priorities and implement components of their assessment to reflect the presenting condition and/or chief complaint of various patient cases. Students will learn to employ various assessment strategies and adaptations for the infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patient.
PARA-6003Airway & Respiratory Emergencies1
Students will engage in case-based and problem-based learning applicable to airway-respiratory emergencies. A variety of advanced airway interventions will be learned and practiced as well as a review fundamental knowledge and primary interventions. Evaluation of a patient's respiratory status and applicable corrective actions will be addressed.
PARA-6013Mgmt of Cardiovascular Emergencies2
In this course, students will learn to recognize the various manifestations of cardiovascular compromise. Students will utilize various assessments to differentiate the patient's diagnosis, will set priorities and employ the appropriate management. This course will be delivered using a case-based approach to patient assessment and management.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory courses:
PARA-6014Advanced Cardiovascular Emergencies3
In this advance course, students will expand on their knowledge base from PARA-6013 and learn to recognize and treat patients in evolving cardiac compromise or cardiac arrest. Students will utilize various assessments to differentiate the patient's diagnosis, will set priorities and employ the appropriate management. This course will be delivered using a case-based approach to patient assessment and management.
PARA-6015Traumatic Emergencies3
In this course, assessment priorities and management techniques for a variety of presenting conditions will be covered. Students will investigate various conditions leading to an altered level of consciousness in the patient. Students will also present and discuss case studies involving patients with respiratory distress, acute abdominal injury or illness, environmental emergencies, obstetrics, trauma emergencies and multi-casualty situations.
PARA-6006Paramedicine: Unifying Concepts1.5
In this course, students will explore a variety of issues encountered in the emergency medical field. Previously learned knowledge, assessments and psychomotor skills will be applied to diverse and complex patient populations.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory courses:
PARA-6007Hospital Clinical Practice12
In this course, students will apply learned assessment and interpretation skills, patient management, and specific treatment techniques in the hospital setting. Students will have exposure to patients in a variety of settings including emergency departments, operating rooms, and obstetrical units. The hospital clinical practice consists of a minimum of 240 hours in an acute care hospital. This course is competency based and may be extended to ensure competency as outlined in the Paramedic Programs Policy manual.
PARA-6008Field Internship10.8
In this course, students will consolidate all learning outcomes for the program in the field setting. By the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated all program and PAC NOCP competencies on an independent basis. The field internship consists of a minimum of 400 hours with an Advanced Care Paramedic. This course is competency based and may be extended to ensure competency as outlined in the Paramedic Programs Policy and Field manuals.
PARA-6019Comprehensive Review2
As the concluding component of the Advanced Care Paramedic Program, students will consolidate key concepts of pre-hospital care. Utilizing a student-centered approach, course participants will relate and integrate theoretical concepts previously learned with clinical and field situations. Challenges of the Advanced Care Paramedic will be thoroughly discussed. Students will receive individualized feedback following a comprehensive Oral Board Examination of their theoretical and practical skills.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 11 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2022/2023

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be eligible for certification and employment as an Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) at applicable community Paramedic Services in Ontario (provincial and base hospital certification will be required). ACP Services throughout Canada may also provide opportunity for clinical practice (province-specific licensure may be required). Other opportunities may include remote clinical practice, including national mining operations. Some medical and research clinics desire ACP graduates to join their teams. Flight paramedicine opportunities increase with the ACP credentialing (further flight education, including aeromedical certification may be required).

More Information - 2022/2023

A 48-Week Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program
Program Code: ADP2
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
January Admission
Academic Calendars available at


School of Public Safety: 519-452-4222

Program Description

The practice of advanced care paramedicine requires an exceptional foundation of basic life support knowledge and competence. Leadership, communication and critical decision-making are imperative. Graduates will have demonstrated the ability to use highly developed clinical reasoning skills to care for patients with acute and often undifferentiated medical problems, frequently before complete clinical or diagnostic information is available. Graduates will have proven the ability to proficiently use an extensive scope of advanced care procedural skills, both diagnostic and therapeutic; select and perform these skills in an appropriate, safe and competent manner. Graduates will have the ability to justify an intervention plan in accordance with Advanced Life Support Patient Care Standards, best practices, evidence-based medicine and clinical findings. Graduates will have evinced the ability to converse and discuss treatment plans using clinical judgment to explore management options with physicians in real time. Graduates will be required to lead and work collaboratively with an interdisciplinary health care team to ensure optimal and sustainable patient care. Graduates of this program are eligible to write Ontario's Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) certification exam. Upon successful completion of this exam, graduates will be qualified for base hospital certification and employment as an Advanced Care Paramedic in the province of Ontario. The Advanced Care Paramedic program at Fanshawe College meets all Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU)) program standards. Accreditation Canada also nationally accredits this program.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. Interact professionally with patients and others, adhering to relevant provincial and federal legislation and codes of conduct.

2. Collaborate with a broad range of personnel such as employers, Primary Care Paramedics, Critical Care Paramedics, Communications Officers, firefighters, police officers, physicians, allied health professionals and others.

3. Lead an interdisciplinary team to ensure optimal patient care.

4. Provide complete and accurate reports, in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards and established policies and procedures.

5. Analyze patient assessment findings critically, and infer a provisional diagnosis, using relevant theory and practices and complying with current legislation, regulations, standards, best practices and established policies and procedures.

6. Evaluate patient condition continuously, anticipating changes and adapting interventions to provide safe and optimal care.

7. Justify an intervention plan in accordance with ACP Medical Directives, best practices, evidence-based medicine and clinical findings.

8. Perform basic and advanced life support skills safely and competently, including controlled medical acts, in accordance with established standards and Medical Directives.

9. Employ preventative and therapeutic interventions, while maintaining safety of self and others, to promote optimal well-being of the patient, in compliance with current legislation, regulations, standards and established policies and procedures.

10. Formulate strategies for self-evaluation and for improving proficiency in the practice of paramedicine.

Program Pathways

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Program Details

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2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through

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Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 January
2023 January
Program Code


Program assistant:
Alysha Halvorsen

Program coordinator:
Brad McArthur BHSc., CCP

Day Time
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
48 weeks