PCP Primary Care Paramedic


Are you a critical thinker? Can you make quick decisions? Are you seeking a profession in which no two days are the same? Are you interested in subject areas such as anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, patient assessment, and pharmacology?

Paramedicine may be an excellent career for you.     

The second level of care in paramedicine in Canada is Primary Care Paramedic (PCP), formerly known as Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Alberta.

PCP is the largest group of paramedics in Canada. Many PCPs are employed by industrial companies, ambulance or EMS services, fire services and the military.

The PCP Program at Emergency Services Academy Ltd. ("ESA") is accredited by Accreditation Canada and approved by the Alberta College of Paramedics. This allows successful students to apply nationwide for EMS employment. ESA students are taught by experienced practitioners and instructors who are career EMTs/PCPs, Paramedics, Firefighters, Nurses and Medical Doctors. Instructors use a variety of program delivery techniques with an emphasis on repetition and hands-on skill and scenario training. ESA maintains a 6:1 student to instructor ratio during practical training to ensure students receive continuous evaluation and direct feedback throughout the program. 

After successful completion of the online and classroom components at ESA, each student is scheduled to complete field practicums: Clinical and Emergency Ambulance.

The PCP Program at ESA is a six month program including didactic and practicums. Graduation dates can vary depending on the location or length of practicums.

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Delivery Full-time
Program Length 27 weeks - 652 hrs
Class Size Maximum 30
Next Program Start Date April 27, 2021

Program Details


The PCP Program at ESA consists of twenty-seven weeks of study:

  • 30 hours of Anatomy & Physiology online module
  • 370 didactic hours in the ESA classroom during the next 10 weeks of the program, followed by practicums:
  • Clinical Practicum (Minimum 60 Hours)
  • Ambulance Practicum (Minimum 192 Hours and 30 Calls).

The PCP Program at ESA is licensed by the Private Career Colleges branch of Alberta Advanced Education.

ESA DATES AND FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  Notice of any changes will be listed on this website and can be confirmed by contacting ESA by phone or email.

2021/2022 Program Dates

PCP 2021-01 (Program Code) - January 4, 2021 to July 12, 2021

  • Application Deadline: Friday, December 11, 2020
  • Application Competition: December 15-17, 2020
  • Interviews/Skills Stations: December 15, 16 & 17, 2020- to be scheduled between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm. 
  • Competition Exam Dates: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 or Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm  
  • First Day of Program: Monday, January 4, 2021.  
  • Online Orientation and introduction to A & P online module from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ZOOM information provided in Acceptance Letter. 
  • Online Module: Offsite (not at ESA): To be started January 4, 2021 and completed before Monday, February 1, 2021.
  • First Day of Classes at ESA: The didactic portion of the program (lectures and practical training) starts February 1, 2021. 
  • Schedule: Classes are Monday through Friday
  •  8:30 am to 11:30 am - online theory through ZOOM (subject to change)
  • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - practical training at ESA (subject to change)
  • Practicums:  Commence May 2021. Individual dates TBD.
  • End Date of Program: July 12, 2021

PCP 2021-04 (Program Code) - April 27, 2021 to November 2, 2021

  • Application Deadline: Friday, April 9, 2021
  • Application Competition: April 12-15, 2021
  • Interviews/Skills Stations: April 12, 13, 14 & 15, 2021- to be scheduled between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm. 
  • Competition Exam Dates - See options below:
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm  
  •  Wednesday, April 14, 2021 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm  
  •  Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm  
  • First Day of Program: Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Mandatory ZOOM Online Orientation and introduction to A & P online module from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  
  • Online Module: Offsite (not at ESA): To be started April 27, 2021 and completed before Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
  • First Day of Classes at ESA: The didactic portion of the program (lectures and practical training) starts May 25, 2021. 
  • Schedule: Classes are Monday through Friday
  •  8:30 am to 11:30 am - online theory through ZOOM (subject to change)
  • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - practical training at ESA (subject to change)
  • Practicums:  Commence August/September 2021. Individual dates TBD.
  • End Date of Program: November 2, 2021

PCP 2021-09 (Program Code) - September 14, 2021 to March 22, 2022

  • Application Deadline: Friday, August 27, 2021
  • Application Competition: August 30 - September 2, 2021
  • Interviews/Skills Stations: August 30, 31, September 1 & 2, 2021- to be scheduled between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm. 
  • Competition Exam Dates: Tuesday, August 31, 2021 or Wednesday, September 1, 2021 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm  
  • First Day of Program: Tuesday, September 14, 2021.  Mandatory ZOOM online Orientation and introduction to A & P online module from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
  • Online Module: Offsite (not at ESA): To be started September 14, 2021 and completed before Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
  • First Day of Classes at ESA: The didactic portion of the program (lectures and practical training) starts October 12, 2021. Schedule to be provided at online orientation.
  • Practicums:  Commence January 2022. Individual dates TBD.
  • End Date of Program: March 22, 2022

PCP 2022-01 (Program Code) - January 4, 2022 to July 11, 2022

  • Application Deadline: Thursday, December 9, 2021
  • Application Competition: December 13-16, 2021
  • Interviews/Skills Stations: December 13, 14, 15 & 16, 2021- to be scheduled between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm. 
  • Competition Exam Dates: Tuesday, December 14, 2021 or Wednesday, December 15, 2021 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm  
  • First Day of Program: Monday, January 4, 2022. Mandatory ZOOM online Orientation and introduction to A & P online module from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 
  • Online Module: Offsite (not at ESA): To be started January 4, 2022 and completed before Monday, January 31, 2022.
  • First Day of Classes at ESA: The didactic portion of the program (lectures and practical training) starts January 31, 2022. Schedule to be provided at online orientation.
  • Practicums:  Commence Apr/May 2022. Individual dates TBD.
  • End Date of Program: July 11, 2022
  • Graduates of the ESA PCP program will be proficient as per the Paramedic Association of Canada definition of proficiency, to the standards and competencies outlined by the Paramedic Association of Canada National Occupational Competency Profile for Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) and Alberta College of Paramedics Alberta Occupational Competency Profile for Emergency Medical Technician/ Primary Care Paramedic. 
  • Staff, faculty, partners, and students of ESA will be provided with a safe, respectful, working and learning environment.
  • Learning at ESA will be supported through provision of access for students to experienced, qualified faculty and preceptors and the support and guidance of professional administrative staff.
  • Achievement of proficiency will be supported through access to high quality learning materials and equipment, effective instructor and preceptor to student ratios, and appropriate clinical and practicum sites.
  • Professional development and career preparation of ESA students and graduates will be enhanced through ESA’s demonstrated commitment to patient focused, evidence-based EMS, modeling of a team based approach to public safety, and an established culture of accountability to ethical and professional standards.
  • ESA PCP graduates will be successful in meeting career goals, achieving professional employment, and seeking higher education in or related to the Emergency Services industry.

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ESA offers an excellent compact PCP Program which has the following advantages:

  • Accreditation:  Accreditation Canada- Six Year Accreditation provides students with national recognition. The PCP Program at Emergency Services Academy Ltd. (“ESA”) is accredited by Accreditation Canada and approved by the Alberta College of Paramedics. This allows successful students to apply nationwide for EMS employment. ESA ensures that all Alberta College of Paramedics PCP core competencies are met or exceeded and that Accreditation is maintained.
  • Approval:  Alberta College of Paramedics Six Year Program Approval
  • Location:  The ESA campus is conveniently located in Sherwood Park AB and is readily accessible from Edmonton.
  • Successful:  Excellent Alberta College of Paramedics Exam Success rates
  • Instructors:  ESA instructors are Career Professionals and experienced Fire Fighters, Primary Care Paramedics, Advanced Care Paramedics, Registered Nurses and Doctors.  
  • Ratios:  An excellent student to instructor ratio is maintained for practical training.
  • History:  ESA has offered the EMT/PCP program since 2000 and uses a case based program design.
  • Online:  ESA PCP students utilize tablets and an online platform throughout the program.
  • Current Methods:  Tablets are used to track competencies online using the CompTracker program.
  • Equipment:  Modern EMS equipment including an ambulance which provides the opportunity to master the skills needed to load, transport and treat patients in a stationary and moving vehicle.
  • Practicum Locations:  Excellent practicum sites in high call volume services in Alberta.
  • Practicums:  Clinical and ambulance practicums are coordinated by ESA Practicum Coordinators.  Pre-practicum, mid-practicum and end-practicum assessments and visits or phone conferences are provided for each student.
  • Field Trips:  A variety of field trips enhance learning.
  • High Tech Simulation Day:  One day of simulation training is held at HSERC, the Health Sciences Council University of Alberta, using emergency equipment of the same standard as at the U of A Hospital Emergency Department and the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy.  Standardized patients (persons trained to respond to particular scenarios) or computerized mannequins are part of these sessions.
  • Fitness Training:  A fitness component is included to promote fitness and a commitment to lifelong physical, mental and emotional well-being.
  • Anatomy & Physiology Module:  An online module of A&P is taken at the beginning of the program.
  • Licensing:  The PCP Program at ESA is licensed by the Private Career Colleges branch of the Ministry of Alberta Advanced Education.
  • Funding:  The ESA PCP Program is designated for student funding. Students can apply for federal and provincial loans, grants and scholarships in their home province to cover studies at ESA. Each province has its own application process. Alberta students can apply online through Student Aid Alberta.

The PCP Program at Emergency Services Academy Ltd. holds six year accreditation by Accreditation Canada and is approved by the Alberta College of Paramedics.

The ESA PCP program meets or exceeds all competencies specified in the National Occupational Competency Profile and the Alberta Occupational Competency Profile. Students who successfully complete the ESA PCP program at ESA are eligible to apply to write the Alberta College of Paramedics Registration Examination

Accreditation Canada (Formerly accredited by CMA - the Canadian Medical Association)

The PCP Program delivered by Emergency Services Academy Ltd. ("ESA") has been accorded six year accreditation status by Accreditation Canada. The current accreditation is effective until August 1, 2022. 

Accreditation signifies that the ESA PCP Program has met national standards and that the education provided is relevant to current clinical practice.


The successful ESA PCP student will receive the following certifications:

  • ESA Primary Care Paramedic Certificate
  • International Trauma Life Support- Basic Provider Level Certificate (ITLS International approved)
  • ITLS Access Certificate (Vehicle Extrication - ITLS International approved)
  • BLS Provider Certificate (Heart & Stroke Foundation)
  • Ambulance Orientation/Defensive Driver Certificate (Alberta Safety Council approved)

Applicants for the PCP Program at ESA must submit the following prerequisites:

  • A completed ESA Application Form
  • A Clear Police Information Check (PIC) and Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS). will not be accepted as it does not include the VSS.
  • Updated immunization records
  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma, GED/equivalent or post secondary education equivalent to or above a grade 12 level as evidenced by transcripts, OR pre-approval from ESA for application as a mature student.  
  • Driver's License - Minimum Class 5.
  • Basic Rescuer - CPR Level C or Health Care Provider - dated within one year as of first day of classes.
  • Driver's Abstract
  • Medical Exam Form
  • Completed EMS Industry Research Assignments
  • Resume
  • Two letters of character reference

Plus one of the following:

  • Current Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Alberta College of Paramedics Practice Permit
  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Certificate/Transcript *
  • ESA Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Refresher Certificate/Transcript *
  • Medical First Responder (MFR) Certificate/Transcript *
  • Advanced First Aid (AFA) Certificate*
  • Proof of employment as an EMR or MFR **

*Must indicate a graduation date within 12 months preceding the first day of the PCP program. MFR and AFA must be a minimum 80 hour program.

**Proof of employment must indicate that the applicant has worked as an EMR or MFR within 12 months preceeding the first day of the PCP Program.

Details are included in the PCP Application Package.

Please note- An Alberta College of Paramedics Practice Permit is not required to apply for the ESA PCP Program.

CPR Courses - Search online for a Basic Rescuer course offered in your area. One recommendation is the Heart and Stroke course. Complete the fields on their website to see the courses scheduled nearest to you.

It is the responsibility of an applicant to ensure an application submitted to ESA is complete and meets all prerequisites.

PCP Applicant Competition

Upon receipt of a complete application package, ESA will email applicants to set up the next stage of the ESA PCP application - the competition:

  • Interview with ESA Program Faculty (50%)
  • EMR level written theory examination (25%)
  • EMR level skill station (25%)

Applicants who are successful in the selection process will be admitted into the PCP Program at ESA. They will receive an acceptance letter by email.

ESA is accepting a maximum of 30 students for each intake.

Mature Students

Mature Students may be accepted into the PCP Program at ESA.  

If you do not meet the requirement for existing education (a High School Diploma verified by transcripts, GED or post-secondary education which is equivalent to or above a grade 12 level), forward an advance inquiry to ESA summarizing your education and work experience before submitting a complete application package. Include the following details in your inquiry:

  • Formal education completed (including a high school transcript)
  • Degrees, diplomas, certifications, courses or other relevant training
  • Work experience
  • Current occupation

Your inquiry will be reviewed by the Registrar of ESA. You will be advised if you can proceed with an application to an Emergency Medical Technician/Primary Care Paramedic Program at ESA as a mature student.

International Students - ESA is not currently able to accept international students in the PCP Program.

ESA Fees for the PCP Program

​These fees are effective as of January 1, 2020 in accordance with the Private Vocational Training Regulation. 

  • Administration Fee (non-refundable):  $125.00
  • Program Materials Fee (5% GST included):  $2,250.00
  • Tuition Fee (including Registration Fee of $500.00, ESA Student Fees and Fitness Training):  $7,550.00
  • Total Fees  $9,925.00

Each student is required to have a tablet for the PCP Program.  A tablet is not included in Program Materials and is not part of ESA Program Materials Fees.

ESA fees and dates are subject to change.  Notice of any changes will be listed on this website and can be confirmed by contacting ESA by phone or email.

Payment of Fees -

  • First payment - Administration Fee ($125.00) - Must be submitted with the Application for Admission to ESA. 

​Upon acceptance into the PCP program:

  • Balance of fees - due on the first day of classes, Orientation Date. ESA may accept a tuition fee before training begins only if the fee is paid by a third party such as student funding, scholarships or RESPs.

Pending Funding

If funding by government sources or scholarships is pending, documentation must be provided to ESA on or before the first day of classes showing confirmation of same and dates of payment(s). An alternate source of payment such as credit card information will be required in case the funding is not received by ESA.

Students must have payment in place for all ESA fees on the first day of classes. Pending government funding payable to ESA is acceptable providing such funding is dated before the last day of didactic. Government funding may also include later payment(s) related to living costs or practicums. These are paid directly to the student and not applicable to ESA fees.

Refund of Fees

  • The Administration Fee is non-refundable.
  • ​The Program Materials Fee is non-refundable.
  • Registration Fee:  The Alberta Enrolment Contract will be signed by the student and a representative of ESA on the first day of classes.  If this contract is cancelled within five business days of signing, the Registration Fee is refunded.  After five business days, the Registration Fee is non-refundable.
  • ​Tuition Fees:  The PCP Program at ESA is licensed by the Private Career Colleges branch of Alberta Advanced Education. Cancellation and refund policies for the PCP Program are made in accordance with Section 17(1) Private Vocational Training Regulation. Any refunds of tuition fees depend on the percentage of training provided as of the withdrawal date and are listed in the Alberta Enrolment Contract signed by ESA and the student.

Methods of Payment:  All program fees are payable to Emergency Services Academy Ltd.  Payments may be made by cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Debit Card. Cash payments must be for the correct amount as ESA does not keep any cash onsite. 

Funds may be transferred to Emergency Services Academy Ltd. by INTERAC e-Transfer using the ESA email address:

Program Materials include:

  • a full set of PCP textbooks
  • the Anatomy and Physiology online module which uses Navigate 2 Advantage Access and includes an e-Book, Study Center, Homework and Assessment Center and Dashboard to report actionable data
  • ESA PCP online platform
  • enrolment in the ESA online platform
  • access to the CompTracker website to track competencies in all performance environments
  • a fitted N95 face mask for use on practicums
  • a PCP duffle bag
  • two PCP tshirts
  • ESA two fitness tshirt and shorts
  • ESA PCP uniforms.Uniforms consist of two short sleeved shirts and two pairs of pants.Uniforms are required for both the didactic and practical portions of the program.
  • access to ESA training equipment including an ambulance and a full selection of EMS equipment.

ESA insurance for students provides accidental health and dental insurance coverage for PCP students while attending ESA classes, off-site training, practical assignments and practicums, and WCB coverage during hospital and ambulance practicums. Premiums are included in ESA fees.

Additional Expenses

PCP students are responsible for any personal expenses related to practicums. Such expenses could include travel, meals and accommodation as practicum placements can be anywhere in Alberta.

Required PCP Equipment - Not Supplied by ESA

Students are required to have the following equipment and supplies for the PCP Program at ESA:

  • A tablet
  • Stethoscope - Littman Classic II recommended.
  • Penlight
  • Universal shears
  • Safety boots - black, steel toe and shank, OH&S approved
  • Protective eye wear

Ambulance Practicum Helmet and Vest

ESA supplies a helmet and vest for students during their PCP Ambulance Practicum.
Students are charged a deposit of $25.00 is refunded when the helmet and vest are returned to ESA after completion of their practicum.

Post Graduate Costs

Registration procedures for PCP will vary with each province and territory in Canada. Please confirm requirements and costs with the regional governing body.

In Alberta, PCPgraduates must pass the Alberta College of Paramedics provincial exam and be registered with Alberta College of Paramedics within one year of graduating before they are licensed to work as an EMT/PCP in Alberta. These fees are payable to the Alberta College of Paramedics.

Alberta College of Paramedics fees are listed on the Alberta College of Paramedics website at  

Regional provincial exam dates are scheduled by the Alberta College of Paramedics throughout the year and are independent of training at ESA. Exam dates and current fees can be obtained by phoning the Alberta College of Paramedics: (780) 449-3114 or (877) 351-2267 and are listed on the Alberta College of Paramedics website:

Funding for the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Program at ESA

Canada Student Loans and Student Finance Grants

The PCP Program at ESA has been designated as eligible for federal and provincial student funding.

Please submit your application for funding before you apply to ESA for the PCP program. You will be advised of how much funding you can receive. The funding will be activated when ESA confirms your acceptance to Student Aid.

Alberta:  The Canada Student Loans Program and The Province of Alberta/Alberta Students Finance provide loans and grants to full-time students in need of additional funds to meet their educational expenses. Apply online through the Alberta Advanced Education and Technology website Student Aid Alberta. The same application form is used to apply for student loans, grants, subsidies and some scholarships. 

The annual loan limits from Student Aid Alberta for full-time studies are:

  • $7,500 for 1 to 4 months of studies
  • $15,000 for 5 to 9 months of studies.   

Call the Student Aid Alberta Service Centre - call 1-855-606-2096 (toll free in North America) Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 8:30 pm (MST) regarding eligibility for Alberta and Canada student loans and grants, and to receive help with the application process.

Across Canada:  Similar funding programs are available in other provinces for this PCP program.

For further details and suggestions for funding, please refer to Student Services on this website:


ESA uses tablets during the PCP Program to track competencies using the software program CompTracker.

ESA uses an online platform for our PCP Program.   

An Orientation is part of the first day of the program.  Students are measured for uniforms and receive their course materials including an ESA PCP duffle bag and textbooks.  

The PCP Program includes an online Anatomy & Physiology Module for Pre-hospital Providers. This module will better prepare our ESA students for the face-to-face portion of the program by providing a strong foundation of A&P knowledge. Estimated time required to complete this module is 30 hours. This is for student study and is completed online, not at ESA.

Didactic sessions are held in the ESA EMS classroom from 0900 hrs to 1700 hrs, Monday to Friday.  

After successful completion of the PCP classroom component at ESA, each student is scheduled to complete field practicums; Clinical and Emergency Ambulance.

Practicum Placements

Practicum placements occur after the didactic portion of each PCP Program at ESA. These are arranged for each student by the PCP Practicum Coordinators.

  • The Clinical Practicum requires a PCP student to complete a minimum of 60 hours (5 to 8 shifts) in a hospital setting. The student will assess patients in the Emergency Department under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse. The student may also have the opportunity to visit other hospital departments to gain valuable educational experience. Alberta hospitals recently providing clinical practicums for ESA PCP students include Fort Saskatchewan, Camrose, Red Deer, Leduc, Innisfail, Devon and Drayton Valley.
  • In the Emergency Ambulance Practicum, the PCP student must complete a minimum of 192 hours and a minimum of 30 calls in the emergency ambulance setting under the direct supervision of a PCP or Paramedic. Ambulance practicum placements can be anywhere in Alberta. Recent services providing ambulance practicums include Strathcona County Emergency Services, Spruce Grove Fire Department, Muskwachees Ambulance, Prairie EMS, Associated Ambulance, Alberta Health Services North Central, Alberta Health Services Edmonton Metro and St. Albert Fire Services.

Students who are successful in the ESA PCP Program may apply for Provisional Registration as a PCP with the Alberta College of Paramedics. Once registered you may apply to take the Provincial Registration Examination. Upon successful completion of the Provincial Registration Examination, you will receive a PCP Practice Permit and be added to the General Register.



PCP Program Highlights

The PCP Program at ESA includes some specialized study components:

Anatomy & Physiology Module - introduced in March, 2016. This module is completed online at the beginning of the PCP Program, with a goal of providing a strong foundation to the student for the balance of training. 

Fitness Training - introduced in May, 2015. 

Goal: To encourage continued fitness and a commitment to life-long physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Fitness training components:  

  • An introduction to healthy lifestyle choices
  • Functional fitness training based on testing
  • Job specific fitness and strength training 
  • Introduction to basic self defense


  • 20 hours based on 2 one hour sessions per week, over 10 weeks
  • Sessions will be scheduled to follow classes at ESA
  • Sessions will be at Little Sweat Shop Inc (LSS), Sherwood Park. 


  • Fitness fees are included in the Tuition portion of EMT/PCP fees.  
  • Fees cover fitness training and two sets of ESA workout wear.  

Interaction and Assessment of Specific Populations:

  • Challenged Patients - The PCP class interacts with the clients at the Robin Hood Association, Sherwood Park, Alberta. This allows students to become comfortable communicating with and assessing patients with disabilities.
  • Geriatric Patients - The PCP class interacts with the senior residents at the Cloverbar Lodge, Sherwood Park, Alberta. Students work in small groups and take vital signs, histories, and participate in a question and answer period. The focus of this visit is for students to gain confidence in communicating with and assessing senior citizens, as this is the largest population group requiring care from a PCP.
  • Pediatric Patients - The PCP class interacts with children during pediatric lectures and labs. Pediatric calls tend to be stressful. This lecture/lab focus on communicating with and assessing pediatric patients provides some practical exposure before practicums.

Tour of Station 1, Strathcona County Emergency Services, Sherwood Park AB

This tour familiarizes the PCP class with a progressive combined service and the equipment on a modern, fully-equipped ambulance.

Current EMS Trends

The Medical Director for ESA addresses PCP students with a focus on current medical trends and the role of EMS in patient care.

STARS (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service)

A tour of STARS, Edmonton, provides a presentation about the emergency air ambulance service available in Alberta. Students learn when STARS is required as a responder and how to work with STARS staff on scene. They are given a tour of the new facility at the Edmonton International Airport and the STARS helicopter.

High Fidelity Simulation Day

Each PCP cohort has a day of simulation training at the U of A.  This day is spent at HSERC, the Health Sciences Council University of Alberta. HSERC is a training center which provides modern and high quality emergency equipment and facilities comparable to that used in the U of A Hospital Emergency Department, the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy and the Kaye Edmonton Clinic,   

Students practice advanced skills with high fidelity mannequins, move injured patient from the ESA ambulance to the "Emergency Department"  and assess and treat 'standardized patients' in real-life settings. The standardized patients are trained actors who respond as "real patients" in scenarios such as a heart attack or a fall.

Online Tracking of Competency Skills

ESA is using online tracking of competencies during the PCP program to supplement the practicum manuals. Each student uses their tablet to view and track successful completion of the NOCP competencies in all performance environments including academic, simulated settings, clinical and Preceptorship/Ambulance practicums. This process is completed online through the CompTracker website.  

PCPSafety Tactics

ESA teaches PCP students how to deal with high stress situations, both in safe responses to high risk situations and in tactics to deal with physiological responses for themselves and their patients.

ALS Prep (Advanced Life Support Prep)

ALS Prep is presented to the PCP class in the last week of the didactic portion of the program. It has been designed to “take the students to the next level” in their theory knowledge and practical skills while still ensuring students remain within their scope of practice while on practicum.

Major topics of ALS Prep include:

  • Acute coronary syndromes
  • 12 Lead ECG Placement
  • Pharmacology
  • Intraosseous
  • Airway management including intubation, ETCO2, CPAP

Referral Fees for New PCP Students

If a new student is accepted into an EMR, PCP or Professional Fire Fighter Program at ESA, and lists the name of a former or current ESA student on their original application form in response to the question "How did you learn about ESA?", then we will mail the former/current ESA student a cheque.  

Referrals for PCP are $50.

  • I am a graduate student from your EMR and EMT/PCP programs. I recently referred a friend to the EMR program and received a referral cheque from ESA. I would like to say thank you and that I greatly appreciate that you still value past students and keep them in mind. I will continue to refer possible candidates to the school and inform them of the quality and up to date training I received while attending the Academy.  (Geovanny - EMR 1204 and EMT 1301)

Room and Board

ESA has a list of accommodations available in the Sherwood Park area. This list is not monitored by ESA. Students are responsible for contacting sources and making their own financial arrangements for room and board.

Accessory Courses

ESA offers Accessory Courses to supplement the PCP Program, including:

  • PCP Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) Prep- This is a one day coures which provides a review of theory in preparation for the COPR exam.
  • PCP Refresher- This course consists of an online conmponent to be completed within 15 weeks, followed by 2 weeks (Monday to Friday) at ESA for theory review, practical skills and exams. It is offered for individuals needing to upgrade and refresh their PCP skills.
  • Ice Rescue- This is a one day course offered in the spring of each year for EMS, Fire and Rescue personnel.
  • Rope Rescue Level I (Operations)- This is a five or six day course (depending on the certificatations required) offered to EMS, Fire and Rescue personnel.

Professional Fire Fighter Programs - Flex and Enhanced

Many graduates of the PCP Program apply for one of the Professional Fire Fighter Programs (Enhanced or Flex)  at ESA. Emergency medical and fire fighter training offer opportunities for employment with combined ambulance/fire services across Canada.

Each of these courses has separate prerequisites and tuition fees. Please refer to the course name on this website for details.

Annual Reports for the PCP Program at ESA

     Year     # of Graduates     Graduation Rate     Job Placement Rate

     2009               60                        93%                         96%
     2010               60                        92%                         95%
     2011               49                        95%                         73%
     2012               69                        91%                         73%
     2013               69                        96%                         80%
     2014               76                        93%                         70%
     2015               57                        84%                         79%
     2016               57                        86%                         64%
     2017               64                        90%                         74%
     2018               81                        81%                         66%

Year is from April 1 to the following March 31.

Reports are submitted to the Private Career Colleges branch of Alberta Advanced Education for licensing purposes.

Employment Standards

Emergency Services Academy Ltd. ("ESA") is committed to providing a PCP program that will produce a confident and competent Emergency Medical Services field practitioner.

ESA Graduates and Employment

Graduates from the ESA PCP Program are working for EMS and Fire services across Canada, including:

  • 911 Industrial Response, Grande Prairie AB
  • Alberta Health Services - Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Valleyview, Stony Plain, North Central, IFT North, South Peace Division AB
  • Associated Ambulance - Drayton Valley, Jasper, Mayerthorpe AB
  • Bonnyville Municipal Ambulance, Bonnyville AB
  • Calgary Fire Department AB
  • Canadian Industrial Paramedics, Edmonton AB
  • City of Leduc Fire Services, Leduc AB
  • CNRL - AB
  • Cold Lake Ambulance Society, Cold Lake AB
  • Delta Fire Department BC
  • Edmonton Emergency Response Department AB
  • Elk Point Ambulance, Elk Point AB
  • Fire Power Oilfield Firefighting - AB
  • Fort McMurray Fire Department, Fort McMurray AB
  • Guardian Ambulance, Ponoka AB
  • HSE Integrated, Whitecourt AB
  • Interhospital Transfers
  • Parkland County AB
  • Panhorama Mountain, Panorama BC
  • Parkland Ambulance Authority, Stony Plain AB
  • Peace Hills EMS, Wetaskiwin AB
  • Peace River Fire Department, Peace River AB
  • Prairie EMS, Fort Saskatchewan AB
  • Prairie EMS Inc, Lamont AB
  • Rocky Ambulance, Rocky Mountain House AB
  • Scott Safety, Whitecourt AB
  • St Albert Fire Services, St Albert AB
  • St Paul & District Ambulance, St Paul AB
  • Strathcona County Emergency Services AB
  • Spruce Grove Fire Department AB
  • Strathcona County Emergency Services, Sherwood Park AB
  • Vancouver Fire Department BC
  • Wapose Medical Services, Fort McMurray AB
  • Western EMS, Hinton AB
  • Yellowknife EMS, Yellowknife

​If you are a graduate of our PCP Program and successful in finding employment, would you please contact ESA so that we can maintain current records.

Received July 27, 2015:

I have worked in the Supervisor’s office for a number of shifts over the last weeks and have had the pleasure of directing about half a dozen ESA EMT students. 
I think that it is important to point out some of my observations. With no doubt, I can say that these students have been the most well presented students that I have ever worked with.  They have consistently been exceptionally polite and punctual. I have witnessed them being respectful to their preceptors and to the supervisors. I have also noticed that the state of all of their uniforms and boots has been excellent. 
Please feel free to pass this note along to their school or the AHS practicum stewards.
Mike Lorenz

These testimonials are from graduates of the ESA EMT/PCP Program.

  • ​Instructors were very knowledgeable about the subjects. They really pushed to get the best out of us. (Blake - EMT 1301)
  • Instructors are very helpful and dedicated to helping the students learn.  They come up with unique ways to demonstrate teaching material, and effectively get their point across. (Bradon - EMT 1101)
  • ...Excellent instructors are a huge reason why I decided to attend ESA and why it came so highly recommended to me. I will be sure to echo this to anyone who asks my opinion. (Jenelle - EMT 1404)
  • ESA could not have put together a better, diverse team of instructors. All students absorb the curriculum in a different fashion and the diversity of your team ensures these needs are met. Well done!!! They're all people the students look up to, and I can guarantee every one of us, at some point in our career, would love the opportunity to work alongside any member of your team.  (Blake - EMT 1301)
  • "ESA students are typically the strongest EMT students we see in the field compared to other schools. Keep up the great work."  Comment received from one of the Ambulance Preceptors of ESA EMT/PCP students. (Preceptor, 2014)
  • ... ESA helped the entire way through schooling, provincial examinations, practicum (which I was very well prepared for) and finally getting a job [AHS]. Excellent school with excellent instructors if you are looking to get into Emergency Services as a career. (Kosh - EMR and EMT 1304)
  • Really enjoyed ESA. Thanks so much. Edmonton EMS seems to be collecting ESA grads (there are lots!) Thanks for all your hard work. (Michael - EMT)
  • As I am applying for Paramedic scool, I am finding that I am very prepared, especially looking through my old EMT school work. I felt prepared for my EMT career when I left ESA, but I am only now beginning to realize how in depth the EMT course was and it's going to benefit me as I prepare to return to school. (Heidi - EMT)
  • Professional and very intelligent staff who were readily available to assist you. (Shannon - EMT)
  • Great Learning experience and I feel that I was well prepared for practicum.
  • Was well put together, instructors provided good instruction on ways to improve scenario skills as well as good points and tips on real life use.
  • Great teachers, lots of good information with lots of time for scenarios. Really appreciated everything everyone did for me, the teachers really put in a lot of time to ensure everyone understood.
  • Great faculty at ESA. Daily lectures and planning was well organised. all around positive experience.
  • It was very well prepared and taught, awesome student to teacher ratios for scenarios and knowledge of lessons
  • Very thorough, well presented and easy environment to learn in. Instructors were great.
  • Overall outstanding instructors. Instructors are very knowledgeable and eager to teach students.
  • Great preceptor, lots of experience gained!
  • Excellent preceptor, very approachable and had great constructive feedback
  • I really enjoyed the whole program. I liked the format and being able to fully prepare for each upcoming lecture each night, and being able to put what we learned into a practical setting each afternoon. I loved all the extra “field trip” experiences we had as well. (Lindsay - PCP 1812)
  • I really enjoy how thorough the instructors are and how in depth each topic is. I feel as though it set me up very well for practicum and the rest of my career. (Aaron - PCP 1902)
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent at ESA, the instructors were phenomenal (best thing about ESA) lessons and lecture plans were informative and easy to follow, scenarios were run well and every instructor had great learning points for each scenario they ran. (Cole - PCP 1902)
  • The variety of instructors. Having people from different areas and regions gives us a more dynamic learning experience. (Kathryn - PCP 1902)
  • Scenarios were really well done and especially the HF fridays made it so we had the chance to act like we would in real life when not following a flow sheet.I also really enjoyed the variety of learning tools, such as videos, diagrams, ipads, and online material. (Brandon - PCP 1908)
  • I felt privileged to attend here and I feel prepared for my practicum. (Eric - PCP 1908)


"ESA was one of the best experiences of my life. My time there has shaped me into a better human being and prepared me for any recruitment process in the country"
Noah, Fire 1808E+