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Region of Durham Paramedic Service

Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)

Education & Certification

An Advanced Care Paramedic is a skilled professional who has successfully achieved all of the requirements of a Primary Care Paramedic before seeking continued post secondary education to expand their classroom didactic and practical skills, as well as many additional hours of clinical and field perception immersion.

Successful completion of the additional educational requirements in an ACP program approved by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provides candidacy to complete a second Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provincial examination process to obtain Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) credentials.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Throughout their career, Advanced Care Paramedic’s must continue to successfully complete annual Continuing Medical Education (CME) sessions in order to achieve and maintain mastery of their craft and certification by a Base Hospital Physician to perform defined controlled medical acts. Region of Durham Paramedic Service is committed to providing all of our Advanced Care Paramedics with a total of 48 hours of divisional and base hospital CME each year.

Professional Responsibilities/Scope of Practice

An Advanced Care Paramedic is certified by a Base Hospital Physician to perform all of the responsibilities and scope of practice of a Primary Care Paramedic, in addition to an expanded scope of controlled medical acts including but not limited to; oral and nasal endotracheal tube (insertion, care and maintenance), direct laryngoscopy and foreign object removal,  needle thoracostomy, synchronized cardioversion and manual defibrillation, intravenous therapy and intraosseous infusion. In addition, an Advanced Care Paramedic is certified to administer a much expanded scope of emergent pharmacology in order to manage cardio-respiratory compromise, diabetic illness, seizures and numerous other acute medical illness and/or traumatic injury.