Exam Changes

Exam Changes 2018-06-20T15:23:44+00:00

New PCP Clinical Exam Redesign Rollout October 2018

In October 2018, the College will begin testing under the NEW Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) clinical exam model, similar to the EMR clinical exam. This new model consists of two components.

In the first component, each candidate will complete an oral assessment, similar to the current scenario model. The second component is skill testing and the candidate will be expected to describe and physically demonstrate three separate competencies.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate CPR and AED use, using proper sequence and technique. High-fidelity simulation CPR mannequins will record the depth and rate of compressions, as well as hand positioning. In addition, candidates will be required to describe and physically demonstrate proper airway management using a Blind Insertion Airway Device and associated equipment.

The third competency is chosen from the PCP Skill Station list provided and 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 on our website later this year.

If you have any questions regarding the new PCP exam and/or the EMR exam, please email exam@collegeofparamedics.org.

In March 2017, the written and practical components of the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) exam changed.

The written exam expanded to 200 multiple choice questions, and candidates have 3.5 hours to complete all questions.

The practical exam is made up of two components:

  1. an assessment (similar to the previous model)
  2. and 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 (to be chosen from a list of skill stations posted on our website under exams)

EMR Skill Station Lists:

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

The clinical exam is made of two components:

  1. a verbal assessment (similar to scenarios)
  2. a clinical skills evaluation

For the skills evaluation candidates will be required to complete the following:

  • describe and physically demonstrate CPR and AED use, using proper sequence and technique, as well as hand positioning on a high fidelity CPR simulation mannequin.
  • describe and physically demonstrate proper airway management techniques using high fidelity simulation mannequins and associated equipment.
  • describe and physically demonstrate a third skill to be chosen from the list of skill stations below.

PCP Skill Station List: