Advanced Care Paramedic Program

The Medavie HealthEd Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) Distance Program is delivered through a combination of interactive web-based instructor-led classes, in-class practical simulation labs, as well as clinical and practicum experiences. This format provides students with the unique opportunity to complete their didactic education via a virtual classroom where they have the ability to interact, not only with their instructor, but with other students as well, all from the comfort of their home.

It is strongly recommended that students complete all self-directed study at home. Therefore, students should anticipate completing three hours of self-directed study for every one hour of didactic time. To assist in the self-directed process, students will have access to a number of enriched online sessions. Practical simulation labs will be conducted at one of our four campus/delivery sites, which are currently located in Fredericton, Moncton, Dartmouth and Sydney. Other sites may be added depending upon demand and resource availability.

Total didactic time is 478 hours with practical simulation labs totaling 340 hours. A total of 192 clinical hours will be completed in emergency departments, operating rooms, intensive care/cardiac care units and obstetrical units, while another 504 practicum hours are completed in the ambulance setting. To complete the distance program, not including self-directed study time, a student must have completed 1514 hours of training.

To apply as a general applicant to the Medavie HealthEd ACP program, a candidate must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Successful completion of Grade 12 (Diploma or GED) with:
      • Math at the grade 11 or 12 university preparatory level and one science at the grade 11 or 12 university preparatory level.
      • Grade 11 or 12 English university preparatory level.
  • Be physically and mentally able to perform all required duties.
  • Be in good health with all appropriate immunizations as verified by a completed immunization record.
  • Supply a current copy of his/her driver’s abstract. To obtain a driver’s abstract you must contact the appropriate provincial Department of Transportation or Motor Vehicles Branch for the jurisdiction where you reside.
  • Supply acceptable Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector check.  This can be obtained from the RCMP or local police detachment.
  • Be registered as a Primary Care Paramedic (or equivalent in another jurisdiction).

To apply as a Mature Student to the Medavie HealthEd ACP program, a candidate must meet the following prerequisites (WE CAN ONLY ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR MATURE STUDENTS FOR OUR NEW BRUNSWICK PROGRAMS):

  • Be at least 21 years of age and out of school for a minimum of one year.
  • If the Mature Student applicant does not have the mandatory academic requirements they complete the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT).  A Mature Student is required to pass the test overall and must also pass the Math and Science portions of the test.
  • Participate in an interview process with a designated admissions representative. In the process of the interview, the applicant will be required by the college to provide the following supporting documentation if not already submitted with their application:

a) Letter outlining future plans and the reasons they expect to successfully complete the program of studies;
b) Personal resume;
c) Three Letters of reference;

To complete your application to Medavie HealthEd ACP program you must submit the following (click here for checklist):

  1. Application form (to be completed and submitted on line)
  2. Resume (electronic submission only required)
  3. Two completed Reference forms (click here for Reference Form).  If you are applying as a Mature Student three completed Reference Forms are required.  (electronic with originals to follow)
  4. Driver’s Abstract (electronic with originals to follow)
  5. Official High School Transcript (and college/university if applicable) (electronic with originals to follow)
  6. Copy of PCP Diploma (electronic only)
  7. Copy of current unrestricted/unconditional Paramedic license (electronic only)
  8. Copy of current Driver’s License (electronic only)
  9. Application fee – $100.00 by personal cheque or money order / bank draft or by Visa / Mastercard by calling 1-888-798-3888.

All Applicants must then:

  1. Write and pass PCP level exam.
  2. Attend (in person or via Skype/Facetime) an interview with designated Admissions Representatives.

Upon conditional acceptance into the ACP program, students must submit the following:

  1. An official Criminal Record Check which will need to include a vulnerable sector check. The criminal record check must be no more than two months old from the program start date.
  2. Medical and immunization forms. The medical and immunization forms must be no more than two months old from the program start date. To download the medical form, click here, and to download the immunization form, click here.

Acceptance into the ACP program remains conditional until such time all of the above are received, verified and approved.

Students are also required to purchase an iPad that has not been “jail broken”. Students must ensure that the iPad is supported by Apple for the duration of their program (According to Apple, iPads are supported for five years from their release date).


For information on financial assistance, rebate programs, potential employment opportunities upon graduating, and other relevant information, please visit our helpful links page by clicking here.