Paramedic Care (formerly Pre-Hospital Emergency Care)

Exceptionally, there will be only one physical testing session for applications to the fall 2021 cohort. It will take place in March 2021. Registration will be accepted as of February.


The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system, of which paramedics are a part, is a complex health care system made up of personnel, equipment, and resources established to deliver aid and emergency medical care to the community. It comprises of both pre-hospital and in-hospital care.

The roles and responsibilities of the paramedic in this system have changed dramatically in the past 10 years. Advanced Paramedic Care is an enormous responsibility for which the paramedic must be mentally, physically and emotionally prepared.

Students must realize that they will be responsible for providing not only competent Paramedic Care but also emotional support to patients and families. Students also need to realize that during their careers as paramedics they will be exposed to many kinds of physical and emotional stress. They will face situations involving infectious diseases, fear, physical danger, death and dying.

They must thus become familiar with the use of equipment and strategies that will help them remain physically and emotionally safe and healthy. By understanding safe practices, they will be better able to avoid harm from violent people, roadway hazards and infectious diseases.

They will also be able to make appropriate choices about how they live rather than having a physical or emotional injury make that decision for them. They will also learn how they can take action to prevent illness and injury, not only in their own lives but in those of their co-workers and the patients they encounter.



The program provides an integrated vision of pre-hospital care. Students will learn patient assessment, transportation techniques, medical emergencies, pharmacology, pre-hospital trauma life support, advanced cardiac life support, emergency vehicle operations (a probationary driver’s license is required on admission), and crisis intervention, among others.

There is a significant fieldwork/stage component in hospital and in ambulances which requires students to be fluently bilingual in both English and French.

As required, the patient is transported to the appropriate receiving centre. The care given by the paramedic may include:

  • providing CPR (including intubation, defibrillation and administering oxygen);
  • administering medications;
  • stabilizing and improving the person’s condition;
  • transferring patient care and information relative to the situation and condition.

John Abbott College is the only CEGEP in Québec to offer the Paramedic Care program in English. Completion of this DEC allows the student to challenge the Québec provincial certification exam, the Programme nationale d’intégration Clinique (PNIC).

The graduating student is required to pass the PNIC in order to be hired by an ambulance service in the province of Québec.


  • Paramedics respond to diverse emergency situations, in varied environments and, occasionally, in collaboration with other emergency respondents.
  • Paramedics intervene with people of all ages and conditions who call for Paramedic Care. Their interventions consist of providing primary care of a medical, traumatic, or behavioural nature (often incombination). They are also qualified to respond to other situations such as disaster relief, fires, floors or incidents involving antisocial behaviour.
  • Within their scope of practice, paramedics evaluate the clinical condition of the patient and determine and apply actions required to relieve signs and symptoms and prevent the deterioration of the patien’s condition.


  • leadership
  • communication skills
  • team spirit
  • initiative
  • organization skills
  • critical thinking
  • stress management
  • analytical mind
  • adaptability
  • intellectual rigor
  • bilingualism
  • physical fitness


Career opportunities include: emergency medical services, centres for First Aid training, Canadian Armed Forces and the Air Reserve, fire and rescue departments, emergency communication, international organization such as Red Cross, industrial settings and medical supply sales.

There is a training program in Advanced Care Paramedics now available in Québec to allow an increased level of care in the field. In order to become an Advanced Care Paramedic, the candidate will have to have completed a DEC in Paramedic Care.

For complete list of courses, please view the Courses by program.





A Secondary School Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics, Secondary 4 Science and Technology or Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology, Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education.

OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
Secondary 5 Language of Instruction, Secondary 5 Second Language, Secondary 4 Mathematics. 

OR Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.


This program has specific prerequisites.

  • Pre-admission tests, and have a minimum of a probationary driver’s licence by the first day of semester 1 (August).



John Abbott College is affiliated with the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM) and uses its online application service.
The application deadline is March 1 (fall semester). Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.

Program start: Fall 

To apply:

  • Complete the online application at
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 181.A0.
  • Submit all required documents (if applicable) and the application fee.

Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions office.

General Information

Here are links to the admissions-related requirements that are specific to this program:

Admission Requirements:

1. Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
2. Have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent studies
3. Possess a minimum probationary driver’s license
4. Pass the Physical testing
After Conditional Acceptance:
5. No criminal record and agree to have a “vérification et divulgation d’antécédents judiciaires” done after a conditional acceptance (if 18 years and over)
5.1 This will be done through the school for those living on the Island of Montreal
6. Pass a medical examination (through your personal physician)
7. Complete immunization status to comply with the Québec Immunization protocol for “Health care workers, stagiaires and their teachers.”

514-457-6610 x5361, 5355 & 5358


*For all information requests concerning this program, or the physical testing, communicate by email with the Paramedic Care department at No member of the Paramedic Care program will answer information requests by telephone or voice mail.

Student for a Day Program

This program is not available at this time due to the pandemic.

We are not accepting Student for a Day requests at this time.

Please revisit this page periodically: Student for a Day Program