Northern Lakes College

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Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)

Northern Lakes College

Degree:Diploma; Online
Field of Study:Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Length:68 Week(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $6,094
Careers:Emergency Medical Technicians (Paramedics)


The Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) Program is a two-year diploma program designed to help students gain the entry-level knowledge and skills they need to practice emergency and non-emergency paramedicine care and to function as a vital member of the health care team. Graduates will be able to perform the competencies identified in the National Occupational Competency Profile for Advanced Care Paramedics and will be prepared to write a provincial licensure exam. Graduates will demonstrate ethical behaviours consistent with professional and employer expectations.

The theory portion of the program is delivered over the course of 6 academic terms. The program includes hospital, intermediate, and advanced care practicums. Students will practice patient assessment and emergency treatment. Students will develop critical thinking skills that will allow them to develop an appropriate differential diagnosis and treatment pathway for their patients.

Students are responsible for costs related to travel and accommodations for the on-site sessions and practicums. Students are required to have a laptop or tablet, compatible with competency tracking software, with a screen no smaller than 9" to complete the programs. Remote internet access is mandatory.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 Mathematics 
  •  Grade12 Biology 
  •  Grade12 English 

  • PCP Certificate or current PCP registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics.
  • Biology 30 (60%) or credit in ANPY1000 (50%) or ANPY0190 (60%) or BIOL0190 (60%) or the equivalent.
  • English 30-1 (60%) or English 30-2 (70%) or ENGL0190 (60%) or an assessed English equivalency.
  • Math 20-1 (50%) or Math 20-2 (60%) or MATH 0190 (60%) or the equivalent.
  • Students must submit all official post-secondary transcripts upon application.
Application Notes :

Prospective students must have the following:

  • Proof of PCP certificate and transcript from the training institution.
  • Copy of current CPR card, dated within one year of the start date of classes.
  • Copy of current ITLS or PTLS or equivalent card, dated within the previous 3 years of the start date of classes.
  • Proof of valid Alberta Class 1,2 or 4 Driver's License or equivalent.
  • Satisfactory Police Information Check prior to entry into the work practicum.
  • Immunization form to be completed by a qualified health professional once accepted into the program.
  • Immunizations must be up-to-date prior to orientation in September.
  • Basic Computer Skills (word processing, spreadsheets, internet, email).
  • Laptop or tablet with a screen no smaller than 9 inches. Remote internet access is mandatory.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on February 24, 2023