Are you looking to start a career that allows you to make a real impact in your community? Consider becoming a paramedic!

Our Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Program, delivered by Medavie HealthEd, offers state-of-the-art equipment and training from highly skilled educators, giving you the skills and confidence, you need to succeed as a paramedic.

Through our curriculum and hands-on training, you will gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to start your career as a paramedic. It’s a career choice that could change your life — and save the lives of others.

In addition to the programs we offer at our core campuses in Dartmouth and Cape Breton, we are also welcoming applications for two new satellite programs:

  • Stellarton, Nova Scotia (July 10, 2023)*
  • Yarmouth, Nova Scotia (May 15, 2023)*

*Satellite programs are subject to sufficient enrolment.

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Who is Medavie HealthEd?

Accredited by Accreditation Canada, Medavie HealthEd has more than two decades of experience in paramedic training and is also the key training partner of the Department of National Defence for the Canadian Armed Forces.

How long is the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program?

The 50-week program begins with seven months of interactive classroom and practical simulation training. This will be followed by four months of in-the-field clinical and practicum training to give you real-world experience.

How much is the tuition for the PCP program?

The total cost of the PCP program is approximately $21,000. This covers costs of training and resources, books, uniforms, and the fee to obtain a Class 4 driver’s license.

Some financial support may be available for successful applicants.

Paramedic Tuition Bursary FAQ – April 2023

96% of our students find employment after graduation.

What will I need to apply?

Before you apply to the PCP program, be sure you meet the following requirements:

  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Have completed grade 12 (Diploma or GED) with:
    • Math at grade 11 or 12 university preparatory level
    • One science credit at grade 11 or 12 university preparatory level (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
    • English grade 11 or 12 university preparatory level
  • Are physically and mentally able to perform all required duties.
  • Qualify for a Class 4 driver’s license if your goal is to work as a PCP with an ambulance service (please check with your provincial Department of Transportation or Motor Vehicles Branch for information on qualification requirements).
  • Are in good health with all appropriate immunizations as verified by a completed immunization record.
  • Can supply a current copy of a driver’s abstract. To obtain a driver’s abstract, contact the appropriate provincial Department of Transportation or Motor Vehicles Branch for the jurisdiction where you live.
  • Can supply an acceptable Criminal Record Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC). This can be obtained from the RCMP, local police detachment or some online agencies such as (please ensure you submit for both a CRC AND VSC).

Additional admissions requirements may be required.
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