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Primary Care Paramedic Emergency Medical Technician

Portage College

Portage College

Established in 1968, Portage College serves over 1,000 full-time students each year. The corporate centre is located in Lac La Biche, with regional service centres in Cold Lake and St. Paul, and community campuses in Frog Lake, Saddle Lake, and Boyle. 

Portage offers more than 50 certificate and diploma programs in areas such as academic upgrading and job readiness, business, forestry and natural resources, general studies, health and wellness, human services, Native cultural arts, trades and technical, and university studies. In addition, many courses transfer to other colleges and universities.

Portage College provides small class sizes to allow more time with instructors. The Learning Assistance Centre offers educational support to help students achieve academic success. The Lac La Biche campus includes a student residence, full service cafeteria, family housing, and a student activity centre. The College is a strong competitor in ice hockey, and offers recreational facilities for students, as well.

Satellite Campuses or Offices

Boyle, Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Goodfish Lake, Saddle Lake, St. Paul


Box 417, 9531 - 94 Avenue
Lac La Biche, Alberta, T0A2C0, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
Admission Requirements

Program Description: The Emergency Medical Technician program is a full-time program offered in two different delivery formats. Onsite format - intake starts with a five day orientation session in Lac La Biche followed by two weeks of online instruction. The students then return for ten weeks of classroom and lab instruction prior to field placement for a total of 26 weeks of training. Online format - offers students a unique alternative to traditional full-time on-campus programs by providing multi-modal instruction in a computer-mediated delivery format so students can remain in their home communities for the majority of the training period. Students attend a total of 10 on-site training weeks in addition to the field placements during the 37 weeks of training. Both formats are designed to prepare the student by providing education in the areas of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, assessment, treatment, differential diagnosis, critical thinking skills, communications, physical fitness and safety, and professionalism. In addition to these core components, the students will take a Professional Driving course, Pediatric Emergency Care (PEPP) course, Geriatric Education for Medical Services (GEMS), International Trauma Life Support (ITLS), and a Self Defense course. The Portage College EMT (Primary Care Paramedic, or PCP) program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association and approved by the Alberta College of Paramedics. EMT graduates will be competent in the knowledge and skills designated in both the Alberta and National Occupational Competency profiles for this level of practitioner. Entrance Requirements: Grade 12, EMR Certificate, CPR Level C certificate within six months of course start date and EMR ACP registration. Completed medical form, personal resume, research assignment, signed student agreement form, Class 4 driver's license, Criminal Record Check, signed Criminal Record Check Waiver form, Immunization record. Must have an Ipod touch or Iphone for use with Comp-tracker program used for practicum competency tracking. Must be 18 years of age or older and attend onsite program orientation. For software requirements, please refer to the following link.

Distance Delivery Options

Multi-modal instruction in a computer-mediated delivery format. Eight on-site training weeks in addition to practicum rotations.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2021/08/01 to 2022/07/31*.

  • Tuition $5,399.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,920.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $654.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Yes

Updated August 09, 2021. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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