Paramedics are highly skilled members of a health care team who function in the realm of emergency medical services, delivering medical treatment for individuals in urgent and non-urgent situations. Based on sound knowledge, paramedics demonstrate rational problem solving abilities and excellent decision-making skills.

The Advanced Care Paramedicine three-year diploma program is designed to provide students with knowledge and skills for delivering emergency health care and to prepare them to function as leaders in emergency situations.

This is a challenging program that provides the student with extensive classroom and clinical/ practicum experience. Graduates of this program will be prepared to work in a competent and skillful manner providing out-of-hospital care in accordance with the national standards for paramedics.

CNA-Q’s Advanced Care Paramedicine program is fully aligned to the Canadian Medical Association and the National Occupational Competency Profile for Paramedics (NOCP) competencies and standards.


Upon successful completion of the first two levels, at the Primary Care Paramedicine Diploma exit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate required skills, knowledge, and abilities, as prescribed by the Canadian National Occupational Competency Profile for Paramedics, with consistency, independence, timeliness, accuracy, and appropriateness
  2. Integrate assessment, diagnostic, and treatment procedures into the holistic management of patients in the out-of-hospital setting.
  3. Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills that promote logical and independent decision making in the provision of paramedic care.
  4. Maintain a level of physical and mental health necessary to perform the bona fide occupational requirements.
  5. Communicate effectively and work collaboratively with other members of the health care team to serve patients and employers with the highest degree of competence.
  6. Reflect professionalism through personal deportment and public interactions.
  7. Demonstrate ethical behavior, empathy and respect for individuals.

Upon successful completion of the third level, at the Advanced Care Paramedicine Diploma exit, students will be able to:

  1. Build on existing paramedicine knowledge and skills to develop greater critical-thinking processes, increased leadership qualities, and mastery of advanced skills in respiratory, cardiac, trauma, obstetric care, pediatric care, pharmacology, and medical emergencies.
  2. Meet the entry-to-practice competencies and requirements of a Critical Care Paramedic as defined by the Qatar Supreme Council of Health scope of practice for CCPs.​

Career Opportunities

Students who exit at the Primary Care Paramedicine Diploma are eligible for licensing at the Ambulance

Paramedic level. Graduates of the Advanced Care Paramedicine program are eligible to work as Critical Care Paramedics with Hamad Medical Corporation’s Ambulance Service, Qatar’s national paramedic service which operates under the command of the Supreme Council of Health.

Employment opportunities also exist in the private sector within industrial sites. Graduates may occupy positions as Ambulance Paramedics and Critical Care Paramedics with oil and gas, and construction sector companies.

Immunization Requirements

  1. Proof of current immunity to following diseases:
    1. Measles, Mumps, Rubella
    2. Varicella
    3. Hepatitis A, B (include all dates)
  2. Proof of tetanus/diphtheria booster (required every 10 years)
  3. Hepatitis C and HIV screening
  4. TB screening and BCG history – Mantoux 2-step skin testing if status unknown
  5. Chest x-ray if indicated by Mantoux skin test
  6. Yearly seasonal flu vaccination strongly recommended
Note: Students will be denied access to clinical placements without medical verification of complete immunization/screening requirements.

Further Studies

Graduates of the Advanced Care Paramedicine program may have the opportunity to transfer course credits to other academic institutions.

A current list of post-secondary institutions offering admission and transfer credit to CNA-Q graduates who meet the entrance requirements is available from the Registrar’s Office or the Career Counseling and Resource Centre. 

Staff in both these offices will provide support and assistance to CNA-Q graduates seeking to further their post-secondary studies. For more information, please refer to the Program Articulation and Transfer Credit section in this Academic Calendar.

Entrance requirements

  1. High school graduation certificate with the following:
    AverageMinimum 60%
    English Language (Grade 12 level)Minimum 60%
    Academic Mathematics (Grade 12 level)
    Minimum 60%
    * Biology and Chemistry (Grade 12 level)Minimum 60%
  2. The required score on the Academic English Placement (AEP) and Academic Math Placement (AMP). Students who present a valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form, received within two years, with an overall band 5.0 with no individual skill band below 4.5, are exempt from taking the AEP. For score requirements on other internationally recognized tests, such as TOEFL, contact the Registrar’s Office.
  3. Valid driver’s license in the practice jurisdiction
*Applicants who do not meet the Science requirement may be admitted to the academic preparatory curriculum, which is designed to provide upgrading in the basic skills required for successful completion of allied health programs Note: Applicants who do not meet the entrance requirements and are 19 years of age or older, may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Clause.

Language proficiency Requirements

  1. An overall score of 65 or greater on the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) or a passing score from another approved internationally recognized English language test, as validated by the Registrar’s Office.
  2. A valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, listening) below 4.5.
  3. Successful completion of FL1090, a language development course.