Primary Care Paramedic_Title

Working as a paramedic is a rewarding and challenging career. You will provide prehospital medical care for sick and injured people.

For PCP page

Our Primary Care Paramedic program is where your faith meets your career. Begin your year with us by engaging in scripture to build the foundation for your medical education. Then complete your First Medical Responder course and Primary Care Paramedic course with Professional Medical Associates.

Our on-campus program allows you the benefit of community life including chapel, small group, athletics and other co-curricular activities.

Do you have questions? Let's chat...


Ken Cinnamon


We are pleased to offer our program in partnership with Professional Medical Associates. Professional Medical Associates has been providing education for EMS Professionals for over 25 years with unprecedented rates of success at all levels including accreditation for our PCP (Primary Care Paramedic) and ACP (Advanced Care Paramedic) programs through Accreditation Canada.

FMR/PCP textbooks are provided and costs are included in the program fee. Costs not included in the fees:
• Costs associated with practicum such as travel, food and lodging
• Criminal Record Check (CRC) with vulnerable sector selected
• Stethoscope (Approximately $105 for the correct type)
• Uniforms are provided during the PCP program (one pants, one shirt). Students will need to cover the costs for boots (black, CSA approved, steel toed), belt, and stethoscope.
• ACP FMR exam
• ACP PCP exam
• ACP FMR Registration Fee
• ACP PCP Registration Fee

There is no tuition refund for the FMR or PCP course after beginning the specific course. All PC course refunds will follow refund policies as outlined in the PC Academic Guide.

Government Loans
Applicants should be aware that it is not possible to get a Provincial or Canada student loan to help cover the cost of the one year PCP program.

Graduates of this program receive a Certificate in Ministry from Prairie College and a Primary Care Paramedic Certificate from Professional Medical Associates.

Year Schedule:

Fall Semester – Term 1
HF 110 Written Composition (1.5 credits)
OT 112 Reading the Torah (3 credits)
ST 100 The Christian Life (3 credits)

Fall Semester – Term 2
HF 110 Written Composition (1.5 credits)
NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts (3 credits)
TH 105 Theology in Vocation (3 credits)

Winter Semester – Term 1
First Medical Responder Course

Winter Semester – Term 2
Primary Care Paramedic Course

Practicum (July-September)
We cannot guarantee that practicum sites will be available in the Three Hills vicinity. Practicum length varies dependent on the call volume and student aptitude. Practicum completion is based on competency, not merely fulfilling a prescribed amount of hours.

  1. Assess, diagnose, and treat patients in a variety of medical and trauma emergencies.
  2. Demonstrate professional character in fulfilling responsibilities through effective communication and interpersonal skills within multidisciplinary environments.
  3. Demonstrate the skills necessary to maintain a safe work and operational environment.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of applying ethical standards, maintaining personal well-being, and engage in continuing professional development.

After our one-year program, students will have completed 15 credits of Bible classes, the First Medical Responder (FMR) course and the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) course.

Graduates are eligible to complete the Provincial registry examination process and apply for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics. After receiving their license, students can work as a Primary Care Paramedic. 

Our graduates can continue their training and become an Advanced Care Paramedic.

In addition to our regular Admissions requirements, students must meet the following post-acceptance requirements prior to enrolling:

  • Age: Must be at least 18 years old by January of the academic year you are enrolled in. 
  • Criminal Record Check (CRC) with a clear Vulnerable Sector Search: You must submit the completed form directly to the Professional Medical Associates instructor in a sealed envelope within 90 days before the start date of the PCP course in February. If the CRC that you submit has a positive result you may not be permitted to enroll in the PCP course. The CRC should be completed through your local RCMP or city police office. Students are responsible for informing faculty of any changes to their CRC’s.
  • Immunization records will be collected at the start of your second semester in January.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Health: To complete this program successfully you must be free of any medical condition that would interfere with your performance as a PCP such as infectious disease, a physical condition that would prevent you from lifting and carrying a stretcher with an adult patient, uncontrolled epilepsy or other convulsive disorder.
  • Fitness testing and exercise: Student’s fitness level and aptitude testing will be assessed by PMA Instructors. Students will be provided with feedback regarding exercise to work on during the fall semester in order to be prepared for entrance in to the FMR course in January.
  • Alberta Student Number: As an accepted student you are required to have an Alberta Student Number (ASN). If you have not completed any education in Alberta and do not have an ASN, please visit to apply for a number. Please email your number to your Admissions Counselor.
  • Competitive Internal Process: once you have been accepted to begin study in Prairie’s Primary Care Paramedic program, you will need to successfully complete each stage of the program to advance to the next stage of the program. The stages in respective order are:
  1. Completion of the fall semester courses with a minimum final GPA of 2.0. Students who successfully complete these courses are eligible to advance to the First Medical Responder (FMR) portion of the program.
  2. Students who successfully complete the FMR course in the winter semester are eligible for the PCP student assessment process. Students are specifically selected for entry into the PCP course through a competitive interview process conducted by program instructors that takes academic ability, competence, and aptitude for emergency medical work into account, as demonstrated during the FMR course.
  3. Once selected for the PCP course, students must successfully complete the course to be eligible to advance to the program practicum.
  4. Successful completion of the practicum will make the student eligible to write the Alberta College of Paramedics licensing exam.

Note: We will only accept applications for admission from Canadians or Permanent Residents for the Primary Care Paramedic program. The reason for this is transferability of licenses, and the probable unavailability of post-grad visas for this 1-year program. If you are interested in this program and are from a country other than Canada please feel free to contact admissions at for more information. 

For our Tuition & Fee rates as well as Room and Board please see Fees & Financial.

Please note that students can not get federal or provincial student loans for the Primary Care Paramedic program. To discuss options for how to finance your education, please contact Doug Johnson at 

Canada & United States Application

Fall 2024 (September start), Winter 2025 (January start), and Online Education (start anytime) applications are open. 

International Student Application

Prairie welcomes applications from individuals all around the world! To begin the International Student Application please click the link below. 

Master's Application

If you are applying for the Master of Christian Ministry Leadership or the Master of Global Christian Educational Leadership please click the link below. 

Information Request

Tell us a bit about yourself and an admissions representative will be in touch shortly!

Here are key opportunities you can partner with Prairie

We have launched our Campaign for Greater Impact to provide students with the very best learning opportunities and campus facilities for the decades ahead. 

In Phase One of this Campaign, we plan to invest in much-needed campus renewal, including: upgraded Infrastructure, a new Student Residence, Cafeteria, Worship Auditorium, and expanded Aviation Training Centre. A modern campus requires an investment that is bold, and even expensive, but each Campaign Project is strategic, and designed to enhance Prairie’s campus and student life experience.

Expansion of Prairie Aviation Training Centre

This expansion of PATC’s facility is a key project of Prairie’s Campaign for Greater Impact. It will increase the College’s capacity to train a new generation of Christian aviators to serve God in missions, and also address the growing need for trained pilots in the commercial aviation sector.

Scholarships & Education Fund

Invest in the next generation of missional professionals. Each year Prairie College distributes over $500,000 in scholarships and bursaries to students. We are grateful for each gift that reduces the burden of students’ tuition and allows students to fulfill their God-given professions.

Prison Bible Encounter Program

Encourage inmates in five institutions across Alberta to discover or reconnect with Jesus Christ. This fund assists the students studying the Certificate in Bible program with scholarships, resources for classes, and instruction. 

General Ministries

Prairie College is educating students to pursue a Biblical foundation for life and career.  Your contribution to this fund assists in minimizing the College’s general operating expenses.  

To allocate your gift, please select one of the donation buttons below.