About Exams

About Exams2018-10-16T14:07:43+00:00

The Provincial Registration Examinations assess applicants to determine competency before registration on the general register and before the applicant is permitted to practice on their own. The examinations are issued at all currently recognized designations in Alberta: Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) or Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP).

Applicants are evaluated based on their application of knowledge, skills and judgment. All examinations are based on the National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCP) and are comprised of both a written and a practical component. The College uses the Angoff method of scoring, read about it here.

Does the College have an exam study guide?

No, the College does not publish or provide an exam study guide. We recommend applicants familiarize themselves with the NOCP, which defines the scope of practice in Alberta.

The written component includes 200 multiple choice questions. Applicants have 3.5 hours to complete the exam.

The clinical component consists of:

  1. An assessment
  2. A clinical skills evaluation

For the skills evaluation candidates are required to:

  • Describe and physically demonstrate CPR and AED use, using proper sequence and technique, as well as hand positioning on high fidelity simulation CPR mannequins
  • Describe and physically demonstrate proper spinal motion restriction using a backboard and associated equipment
  • Describe and physically demonstrate a third competency (that will be chosen for you from the following EMR skills stations list)

EMR Skill Station List
EMR Skill Station Equipment List
EMR Skill Station References

The written component includes 200 multiple choice questions. Applicants have 3.5 hours to complete the exam.

The clinical component is made up of:

  1. An assessment
  2. A clinical skills evaluation

 For the skills evaluation, candidates will be required to:

  • Describe and physically demonstrate CPR and AED use, using proper sequence and technique. High-fidelity mannequins will record the depth and rate of compressions, as well as hand positioning.
  • Describe and physically demonstrate proper airway management using a Blind Insertion Airway Device and associated equipment.
  • Describe and physically demonstrate a third competency (that will be chosen for you from the following PCP skills stations list)

All equipment and supplies required to perform each skill are provided at the exam.

PCP Skill Station List
PCP Skill Station Equipment List
PCP Skill Stations Reference

In October 2018, the clinical components of the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) exam will change.

The clinical component will be made up of:

  1. An assessment (similar to previous)
  2. A clinical skills evaluation

 For the skills evaluation, candidates will be required to:

  • Describe and physically demonstrate CPR and AED use, using proper sequence and technique. High-fidelity mannequins will record the depth and rate of compressions, as well as hand positioning.
  • Describe and physically demonstrate proper airway management using a Blind Insertion Airway Device and associated equipment.
  • Describe and physically demonstrate a third competency (that will be chosen for you from the following PCP skills stations list)

PCP Skill Station List
PCP Skill Station Equipment List
PCP Skill Stations Reference

All equipment and supplies required to perform each skill are provided at the exam.

A sample demonstration of the new clinical exam will be available toward the end of 2018.

Disclaimer

This video is an example of the format used in the College’s PCP clinical exam. The content of the actual exam will be different.

The written component includes 200 multiple choice questions. Applicants have 3.5 hours to complete the written exam.

The clinical component consists of:

  1. One medical scenario
  2. One trauma scenario

All scenarios are selected from a bank of medical and trauma scenarios.

If you have any questions, please email: exams@collegeofparamedics.org.