New directions means new opportunities.
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.
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.
A Regulated Health Profession
Paramedicine is a regulated health profession under the Health Professions Act (HPA) of Alberta. This means practitioners in this province are held to the highest standard of practice and work when providing expert, quality care to all Albertans, as are all other regulated health professionals. This is ensured through continued education requirements, testing and registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics.
As a self-regulatory body, the Alberta College of Paramedics ensures practice standards and ongoing competency for all practitioners through its registration and renewal process. This self-governance model empowers practitioners to bolster their profession by maintaining and enhancing the quality, safety and integrity of their work.
The Alberta College of Paramedics is the regulatory body for the paramedicine profession and works to ensure every registered practitioner provides safe and ethical patient care by:
- Setting the standards for approved paramedicine education programs,
- Registration and testing,
- Supporting registered practitioners in providing safe and ethical front-line care, and
- Establishing, maintaining and enforcing regulatory, competence and practice standards.
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, as designated under the Alberta Health Professions Act, governs and regulates three levels of practice:
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
- Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) replaces Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
- Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) replaces 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.