About the College

About the College 2017-09-19T14:56:44+00:00

Paramedicine is continually evolving. Throughout the transitions, during all of the changes, both big and small, the Alberta College of Paramedics is here. Together with practitioners, schools, employers and government, we are advancing the paramedic profession.

The Alberta College of Paramedics steers paramedicine towards greatness for the benefit of every Albertan. It’s our mandate to serve the best interests of the public by setting globally recognized regulations and raising professional standards. As paramedics achieve higher levels of performance, proficiency and care, we gain greater ground together.

A regulated health profession
Paramedicine is a regulated health profession under the Health Professions Act (HPA) of Alberta. This means practitioners are held to the highest standard of practice when providing expert, quality care to Albertans.

It is the Alberta College of Paramedics’ responsibility to ensure all registered practitioners possess the necessary skills, training and ethical reasoning to safely serve the people of our communities to the highest possible standard.

The Alberta College of Paramedics regulates all three levels of paramedicine:

  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  • Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) formerly Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) formerly Emergency Medical Technologist-Paramedic (EMT-P)

All paramedic practitioners must be registered with the College to practice in Alberta.

The Alberta College of Paramedics is not responsible for delivering paramedicine education programs in Alberta nor is it directly affiliated with any of the education providers. We do, however, set the standards for educational program approval in Alberta. 

Paramedicine’s essential role
No matter what corner of the province they work in, paramedics are trusted to deliver expert health care to Albertans when it’s needed most. It’s an important job with enormous responsibility. When paramedics have the technical expertise, supportive tools and competency they need, Albertans get the absolute best care possible.

Mission Vision Values

OUR MISSION: The Alberta College of Paramedics governs EMRs, PCPs, and ACPs to ensure competent, safe and ethical patient centered care.

OUR VISION: Achieve excellence in the governance and advancement of the profession of paramedics in service to the health and wellness of Albertans.

OUR VALUES: While maintaining and enforcing a Code of Ethics, the College leaders and staff commit to upholding the following values:

Respect  ·  Integrity  ·  Fairness  ·  Accountability  ·  Professionalism