Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, including the following required courses:
  • English - any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent
  • Biology - Grade 11 (C) or (U) or Grade 12 (U)
  • Chemistry - Grade 11 (U) or Grade 12 (C) or (U) or
    • Physics - Grade 11 (U) or Grade 12 (C) or (U) or

Additional requirements for admission:
  • For Fall 2017 Intake: A full Class G driver’s licence is required by August 1st, 2017.
  • For Fall 2018 Intake: A full Class G driver’s licence is required by August 1st, 2018.

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Recommended courses or skills: What's this?

These courses are not required for admission.

  • Medical Technologies - Grade 12 (C)
Selection and Ranking Process

For competitive programs (the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places), selection will be based on the highest senior level final grade available at the time of ranking. Mid-term grades are not used for ranking purposes. Testing or other supplemental evaluation may be required.

Program Requirements What's this?
Criminal Reference Check (CRC):
  • Students must provide a certificate of a clear CRC with vulnerable sector screening prior to placement beginning in Term 2. According to the Ambulance Act, all employers require a CRC as a requirement for appropriate field placements and subsequent employment.
  • Documentation for the CRC will be completed on orientation day by the program.
  • All costs associated with the CRC are the responsibility of the student.
Physical Fitness:

It is expected that students entering the program have a high level of physical fitness that enables them to complete the following testing in Term 1 and Term 3.

  • Physical Evaluation Test (PET) in a time not exceeding–for Term 1: 3 minutes and 50 seconds, and Term 3: 3 minutes and 50 seconds
  • Lifting Test; must successfully demonstrate the ability to lift a patient weighing 210 pounds plus the weight of equipment with a partner throughout the program
Student Uniform:

Students are required to wear a student paramedic uniform; black steel toe and shank shoe/boots. The uniform will be purchased during Term 1.

Health Requirements:
  • The confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS) form must be completed and submitted to Niagara College Student Health Services prior to the start of the program. Please view the current CDS form and checklist for requirements (vaccination documentation/ proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria pertussis, and 2 step TB testing) at
  • This program requires annual TB updates (1 step). Influenza vaccination is required annually for paramedic students. In accordance with the Ambulance Act, all Emergency Medical Services (EMS) placement sites require current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at Level HCP (Health Care Provider), Adult/Child/Infant one and two rescuer CPR with AED and First Aid for choking including artificial resuscitation using both pocket mask and bag-valve mask. (This program is designed for those with specific health care responsibilities).
  • Students are responsible for maintaining annual CPR and First Aid certification throughout the program.
  • All costs associated with CPR/First Aid, vaccinations and/or verification are the responsibility of the student. All health requirements must be met at the start of the program or a placement will be denied.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to complete clinical placement requirements. Niagara College cannot guarantee placements that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.