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. Graduates of the program will have demonstrated the ability to safely and competently assess, diagnose, and treat patients in a variety of situations

Mental and physical fitness and healthy lifestyles are emphasized throughout the program, as paramedics must be fit to perform their required professional duties.

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

*After completion of two years courses, the students will be eligible to graduate with a Primary Care Paramedicine Diploma.


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 behaviour, empathy and respect for individuals.

Upon successful completion of the third level, students will be able to:

  1. Perform advanced skills in respiratory, cardiac, trauma, obstetric care, paediatrics, pharmacology and medical emergencies.
  2. Meet the entry-to-practice competencies and requirements of a Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) as defined by the State of Qatar’s Ministry of Public 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 Ministry of Public Health. 

Employment opportunities also exist in the Ministry of Defence, and in the private industries. Graduates may occupy positions as Ambulance Paramedics and Critical Care Paramedics with the military or within the oil and gas and construction sectors.


The Advanced Care Paramedicine program at CNA-Q is accredited by EQual Canada Education Accreditation Program.

Immunization Requirements

  1. Proof of current immunity to the 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.

Entrance requirements

  1. High school graduation certificate with the criteria outlined in the table below:
    English Language (Grade 12 level)
    Minimum 60%
    Academic Mathematics (Grade 12 level) 
    Minimum 60%
    OR Advanced Mathematics
    (Grade 12 level)

    Minimum 50%
    * Biology and Chemistry (Grade 12 level)Minimum 60%
  2. The required score on the Oxford Online Placement Test (OOPT) 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 OOPT. For score requirements on other internationally-recognized tests, such as TOEFL, contact the Admissions & Registration Department.
  3. Valid driver’s license in the practice jurisdiction
*Applicants who do not meet the requirements 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. See the Academic Calendar
(Admissions Section – Mature Student Requirements, page 15).

Language proficiency Requirements

  1. Students entering the Advanced Care Paramedicine Diploma must meet English language proficiency requirements by obtaining one of the following:
    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 Admissions & Registration Department.
    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.
  2. Students graduating from the Advanced Care Paramedicine program must meet English language exit requirements by presenting a valid IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 6.0 with no individual band score below 5.5.

Medical Assessment

  1. Completed medical assessment by a physician to include past and present health history.
  2. Pre-physical fitness activity check.


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 Admissions & Registration Department
Office or the Career Counseling and Resource Centre.