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Region of Durham Paramedic Service FlashRegion of Durham Paramedic Service

Primary Care Paramedic (PCP)

Education & Certification

A Primary Care Paramedic is a graduate of an approved college program dedicated to the EMS profession. The diploma program in "Paramedic Studies" is two years in duration and emphasizes anatomy and physiology, pharmacology and mechanisms involved in critical injury and illness. The program consolidates classroom didactic and practical skills with numerous immersion clinical hours working with a preceptor crew in the EMS profession.

Upon successful completion of the college program, a Primary Care Paramedic is required to successfully challenge a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care provincial examination process in order to obtain Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (AEMCA) credentials - a fundamental requirement to practice as a full-time Primary Care Paramedic in the Province of Ontario and our service.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Throughout their career, Primary 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 Primary Care Paramedics with a total of 48 hours of divisional and base hospital CME each year.

Professional Responsibilities/Scope of Practice

A Primary Care Paramedic is a skilled professional capable of providing quality out-of-hospital medical care to individuals experiencing acute injury or illness. Their array of skills includes but is not limited to; cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), basic trauma life support and spinal immobilization, oxygen therapy, basic airway management techniques, semi-automated defibrillation and ECG interpretation. In addition, a Primary Care Paramedic is certified to administer emergent pharmacology including but not limited to:

  • Nitroglycerin Spray
  • Epinephrine
  • Glucagon
  • Glucose Gel
  • Salbutamol
  • ASA