Paramedics use their knowledge and skills to administer medical care to ill or injured patients prior and during transportation to health care facilities. They are trained to deliver care in a variety of environments, and their primary role is to provide a number of stabilization procedures, prior to arriving at the hospital, while working for ground ambulance services. This includes administering medications and performing procedures that decrease patient suffering and improve outcomes.  Paramedic training starts with the primary level which allows one to  work as part of a ground ambulance crew, emergency department triage, or dispatch communications. Further training, in Advanced Care, increases responsibilities and opportunities. Paramedics might also be known as Ambulance Attendant, Health Care Technologist, Medical Technologist, Paramedic, Paramedic Practitioner.

Paramedics are employed by private ambulance services, hospitals, fire departments, government and agencies, manufacturing firms, mining companies and other private sector establishments.

Skills Required

  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • strong leadership abilities
  • sound decision making skills
  • a strong desire to help those in need
  • the ability to remain firm, reassuring and efficient in moments of crisis
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • manual dexterity to administer advanced pre-hospital emergency care

Education/Training Required


Schools Offering Career Program

Holland College
Medavie HealthEd
College of the North Atlantic

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Average Starting Salary

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Education Required
1 year