Program Objectives

The aim of the Prehospital Emergency Care program is to prepare students to practise the occupation of ambulance technician.

Ambulance technicians provide assistance to individuals of all ages and in all conditions who require prehospital emergency services with a view to reducing morbidity and mortality. They are responsible for providing, among other things, primary medical care, trauma care, care related to behavioural disorders, and other types of care. This includes the professional activities identified in the Regulation respecting the professional activities that may be engaged in within the framework of pre-hospital emergency services. Ambulance technicians are also trained to respond to accidents, antisocial acts, and to specific situations.

Length of training

Specific (hours)Total (hours)
20852 745

Total length of training includes general training that is common to all programs for 420 hours, general training for this program for 150 hours as well as complementary general training courses for 90 hours.


Duration of training consists of theory and lab work for courses; personal time that the student invests is excluded.

Program Content

Number or Code Statement of the Competency
052A To analyze the job function
052B To develop an integrated view of the human body and its functions
052C To preserve one’s psychological and physical integrity
052D To move patients
052E To use patient assessment methods
052F To interpret a clinical situation
052G To communicate in helping relationships
052H To intervene with patients requiring resuscitation
052J To establish relationships between pharmacology or drug use and clinical situations
052K To prevent the spread of infection or immunological disorders
052L To intervene with patients requiring medical care
052M To communicate in the workplace
052N To use an ambulance in intervention situations
052P To intervene with patients in trauma situations
052Q To behave professionally in accordance with the occupation’s code of ethics
052R To deal with social and cultural realities surrounding health matters
052S To intervene with patients exhibiting various behavioural problems
052T To intervene on the scene of a disaster or an antisocial act or in specific situations
Number of contact hours allotted for specific training: 2085

Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

To be admitted to the program, a person must meet the general requirements for admission set out in the College Education Regulations, as well as the following special conditions, where applicable:

• No requirements

Educational Organizations Offering the Program

College D/E
Cégep John Abbott

Ambulance Technician

Ambulance technicians move patients and transport them securely to hospitals. They assess health issues or injuries in emergencies and administer emergency prehospital care in situations of trauma, respiratory distress, intoxication, etc. As part of their duties, they perform transfers between various hospitals. This is an essential job that requires being in excellent physical condition and a high tolerance for stress. A career as an ambulance technician also requires empathy, excellent judgment and initiative.

Related Training(s)

Fire Safety Techniques
Nursing

Average Salary

Ambulance Technician — $28.55

Job Titles

Ambulance attendant