Diploma in Primary Care Paramedicine (Dip. PCP)

Degree type:
Two Years Diploma
School of health sciences
Program Description:

The Diploma in Primary Care Paramedicine (Dip. PCP) is a two year program that prepares graduates for licensing as a Paramedic in Qatar. The Dip. PCP program is founded on the Canadian National Occupational Competency Profile for Paramedics and EQual Accreditation Canada accreditation standards. An integration of classroom theory, laboratory skills, high-fidelity simulation, and extensive clinical and field preceptorships prepares graduates to practice competently within written protocols, guidelines, and physician orders and to apply sound clinical judgement to assess, treat, and transport patients of all age groups, with a large range of chronic or acute medical or traumatic emergencies. The Dip. PCP prepares graduates for entry-level positions as Ambulance Paramedics within the National Ambulance Service, or equivalent roles in other Emergency Medical Services systems. Graduates are prepared for future education in the Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine.


Program Duration:

Two years

Admission Requirements:

  1. High school graduation certificate or equivalent approved by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education with a minimum average of 60%, plus one final year Mathematics, and successful completion of final year of two of three science courses (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) with a minimum grade of 60%.
  1. The required score on the University English Placement Test or a passing score from another approved internationally recognized English language test, as validated by the Admissions & Registration Department; OR
  2. A valid (within two years) IELTS Academic Test Report Form with an overall band of 5.0 with no individual band score (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) below 5.0; OR
  3. Successful completion of Foundation Year in Health Sciences.


  1. A minimum of 60% on the University Math Placement Test; OR
  2. A valid SAT Report Form with minimum score of 480; OR
  3. Successful completion of Foundation Year in Health Sciences.


  1. Admission is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked based on their overall final year (Grade 12 or equivalent) high school percentage, placement tests rankings, and admission priority category.
  2. Eligible applicants must have a valid Qatar driver’s license.


  1. Documented proof of completed immunizations and diagnostic tests as identified in the Student Immunization Form.
  2. Documented proof of current Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers Level 3 certification at the time of enrolment or within one month of commencement of the program.
  3. Students are responsible to maintain current immunizations and BLS certification throughout the duration of the program. These requirements may change during the program as determined by the Qatar Ministry of Public Health and clinical partners hosting student placements.
  4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as approved uniforms including boots are needed for labs and clinical practicums.
  5. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange transportation to and from clinical practicum sites.
  6. Additional program costs may include textbooks and a mobile phone which supports access to specialized applications.

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2023-2024 Study Plan:


    Pre-Req Co-Req CR LEC LAB


Anatomy & Physiology I

- - 4 3 3
COMM1010 English Communication I - - 3 3 0
HSHG2090 Principles of Pharmacology - - 3 3 0
HSPA1000 Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice - - 3 2 3
HSPA2150 Occupational Fitness - - 2 1 3
Semester 1 Total: 15 12 9
BIOL1210 Anatomy & Physiology II BIOL1110 - 4 3 3
HSHG2210 Communications in Healthcare COMM1010 - 3 3 0
Semester 2 Total: 7 6 3
BIOL1310 Introduction to Pathophysiology BIOL1210 - 3 3 0
HSHG2080 Ethics in Health Care - - 3 3 0
HSPA2100 Cardiology HSPA1000 - 4 3 3
HSPA2101 Emergency Medical Care I HSPA1000 HSPA2111 3 2 3
HSPA2111 Clinical Practice in Paramedicine I - HSPA2101 4 2 4
Semester 3 Total: 17 13 10
YEAR 1 TOTAL: 39 31 22


    Pre-Req Co-Req CR LEC LAB


Emergency Medical Care II



3 2 3
HSPA2212 Clinical Practice in Paramedicine II HSPA2100 HSPA2111 HSPA2202 2 96 Total HRs
HSPA2241 Traumatology I

HSPA2101 HSPA2150


4 2 4


Mental Health for Paramedics


- 3 2 2

Pediatrics, Obstetrics, & Neonatology

HSPA2101 - 3 2 3
Semester 4 Total: 15 8 12
HSPA2303 Emergency Medical Care III HSPA2202 HSPA2313 4 3 3
HSPA2313 Clinical Practice in Paramedicine III HSPA2212 HSPA2303 2 1 3
HSPA2375 Special Patient Populations HSPA2101 - 3 3 0
Semester 5 Total: 9 7 6
HSPA3231 Paramedic Integration I - - 3 0 9
HSPA3242 Traumatology II HSPA2241 - 4 3 3
HSPA3280 Disaster Management - - 3 3 0
HSPA3370 Paramedicine in Primary Healthcare - - 3 3 0
Semester 6 Total: 13 9 12
YEAR 2 TOTAL: 37 24 30


    Pre-Req Co-Req CR LEC LAB
HSPA3341 Ambulance Practicum HSPA3165 HSPA3242 HSPA3231 within 6 Months HSPA2212 8 504 Total HRs
Semester 7 Total: 8 0 0
Year 3 Total: 8 0 0
Dip. PCP Program Total: 84 55 52

Graduate Future Pathways:

Graduates of the Diploma in Primary Care Paramedicine (Dip. PCP) program may choose to continue their studies and complete the Bachelor of Science in Paramedicine (B.Sc. P).

Graduate Career Opportunities:

A wide range of career opportunities in field currently exist and they include but are not limited to the following:

  • Ambulance Attendant
  • Military Paramedic
  • Primary Care Paramedic
  • Health Information Technician
  • Dispatch Officer
  • Emergency Room Technician
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Communication Center Operator


Program Contact:

Nolan Baggett
Department Head, Paramedicine

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