Become a Paramedic in Nova Scotia
Clinical Care & Scope of Practice
Both primary care paramedics (PCP) and advanced care paramedics (ACP) have some of the widest scopes of practice in the country. The EHS Clinical Practice Guidelines are based on research evidence and are updated as clinical standards evolve.
The EHS provincial medical director has the utmost trust and respect for the paramedics in our system.
Because of this, paramedics are given the autonomy to make critical decisions based on their own clinical training and experience, often without the need for consultation.
Opportunities for Growth
On top of our large scopes of practice, paramedics in Nova Scotia can also take advantage of the many opportunities for various types of career enhancement and development through research, elective education and special events.
College of Paramedics of Nova Scotia
In 2017, paramedicine became a self-regulated profession in the province of Nova Scotia with the formation of the College of Paramedics of Nova Scotia (CPNS). With this legislation, paramedics joined other healthcare professionals such as doctors and nurses in assuming responsibility for regulating their own practice.
Subsidized Career Development
Paramedics in Nova Scotia are eligible to apply for financial support for ACP training programs once they have been employed by EHS Operations for six months.
Many of our paramedics have taken advantage of this subsidy to continue their education and expand their scope of practice.
Tuition Bursary Program
The Paramedic Tuition Bursary Program is now in place which provides up to $11,500 to paramedic students who enroll in and complete an eligible paramedic training program and commit to working full time in Nova Scotia as a Primary Care Paramedic for three years following graduation. Melissa Evans is a paramedicine student from Liverpool, N.S. Hear how the tuition rebate will help her serve her community in this video.
Tuition Bursary Program
Frequently Asked Questions
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What Nova Scotia Has to Offer
Close To Nature & The Ocean
There is not a single place in Nova Scotia that is more than 67kms from the ocean. With 13,300kms of stunning seacoast, Nova Scotia truly is an ocean playground. Spend your time off surfing, kayaking, or relaxing at the beach.
Amazing Hiking Trails
From Cape Chignecto in the north, to Kejimkujik in the west, right up to the Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton Highlands, Nova Scotia has some of the most scenic hiking trails Canada has to offer. Ranging from beginner to advanced hiker, there is something for everyone.
Port City For Atlantic Canada
For over 250 years, the Port of Halifax has remained a cornerstone of economic activity for the city, the region, and the province as a whole. With the largest choice of direct destinations of any airport in Atlantic Canada, both international and domestic travel is easy and efficient.
Excellent Food & Beverage Scene
In Nova Scotia, fresh and local isn’t a choice – it’s a way of life. From Digby scallops and Halifax donairs to authentic sushi and local wine and beer, feast on meals made with the finest local ingredients.
While many have experienced Atlantic Canadian hospitality, only by residing within our communities can you truly feel the support and care of your neighbours. Nova Scotians pride themselves on taking care of each other and you will feel welcomed no matter where you live in the province.
Urban & Rural Living
Whether you enjoy a thriving nightlife or a country drive, Nova Scotia has plenty to offer. You are never far from the excitement of city life or the serenity of nature and quiet living. We have it all.
What patients say about Paramedics in Nova Scotia.Learn More
The note reads: I would like to thank them for doing a great job when my mother-in-law was having a heart attack and they administered TNK. My mother-in-law is doing so great that she's coming home today. Again, thank you very much for an awesome job. Well done.
I went to the Dartmouth General by ambulance last night and they took good care of me and I just wanted to put a compliment in for them! They were the best paramedics I have ever had, and thank you for everything they did for me!