The Paramedic Academy is the most prominent provider of First Responder Provider, Emergency Medical Responder, Primary Care Paramedic, Advanced Care Paramedic and Paramedic in Industry training in British Columbia.

Today, paramedics can be found in settings beyond the traditional ambulance environment – they are assisting physicians and nurses in emergency rooms, supporting patients with in-home care, working in the industry and providing public health education in the community.  Their extensive knowledge and clinical background have enabled many paramedics to move on to medical schools, nursing programs and other health fields.

The Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) and Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) programs are the only paramedic programs in British Columbia that are accredited by the Canadian Medical Association and certified by the International Standards Association. 

The Justice Institute of British Columbia's Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) can be taken over 105 hours or (providing applicants meet the pre-requisite requirements) 80 hours. This entry-level course is designed for anyone entering into the healthcare profession. It is also one of the pre-requisites for entry into the Primary Care Paramedic program. Successfully completing the EMR course will enable graduates to challenge the British Columbia Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board (EMALB) examinations.  

First Responder (FR) training is for anyone who is the first to respond to an emergency. Examples include fire departments, police, safety and security personnel at sporting events, staff in recreation facilities, and staff in special care facilities to name a few.

The Paramedic Academy also offers Paramedic in Industry (Pii) WorkSafeBC bridging course.  This course is for licensed EMRs, PCPs and ACPs who wish to get their OFA3 equivalency.

The Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS) is an academic credential that builds on the PCP certificate.

Last updated September 16, 2016