Advanced Care Paramedic

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The Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) Advanced Diploma program responds to the continuing growth and evolution of today’s healthcare needs.

The ACP Program trains students to think critically, solve problems, and function as leaders while providing the highest possible standards of patient care.

Program courses focus on the following themes:

  • Clinician Skills
    critical thinker, problem solver, leader, effective communicator
  • Inter-professional Collaboration
    working collaboratively with other health professionals in the patient’s best interest
  • Leadership
    taking a leadership role in the workplace, practice and the community
  • Life-Long Learning
    continuously seeking and embracing knowledge
  • Community-Based Emergency Health
    understanding differing health care environments
  • Science & Delivery of EMS
    research methodology

This program meets or exceeds the National Occupational Competencies as established by the Paramedic Association of Canada, and is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association.

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Program Offerings

The JIBC offers one ACP program a year starting each Fall at the New Westminster Campus. In addition a regional cohort is offered starting on alternate years in either Victoria or Kelowna.

The regional cohort runs parallel to the New Westminster program with some components, such as lectures, being delivered via webcast. In addition, regional students are required to attend approximately 5 weeks of classes at the New Westminster campus, over the course of the 20-month program, for face-to-face sessions with specialist faculty.

Program Format


  • New Westminster, BC, Canada
  • Kelowna, BC, Canada
  • Victoria, BC, Canada

Cohorts are held in Victoria and Kelowna starting on alternate years.

Program Length

19 months / 3 terms

Teaching and Learning Methodologies

The blended delivery approach includes:

  • guided online learning activities
  • facilitated discussions
  • guided independent study
  • classroom sessions
  • labs
  • practical workshops
  • High-fidelity simulations


Students will have practicum placements each term which includes a combination of clinics, hospitals, community-care based centers and on-ambulance rotations.  The majority of practicum activities take place in the lower mainland (Vancouver & area) as well as some regional centres around the province.


The Advanced Care Paramedic courses are taught by senior practitioners who combine academic theory with current experience in the field. Most of these instructors have graduate degrees or equivalent credentials in a related field (e.g. ACP, RN or MD), while others have completed an Emergency Services Instructor Training (ESIT) program. Many have completed additional certification in adult education, such as the Provincial Instructor Diploma.

Learning Objectives

ACP graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the ACP competencies and the entry-to-practice requirements as an Advanced Care Paramedic
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes in areas such as use of advanced technology, pre-hospital care clinical decision-making, current treatment methodologies and pharmacology
  • Work collaboratively in interprofessional environments
  • Function as leaders by utilizing effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Act as patient advocates while maintaining the highest possible standards in patient care


Advanced Care Paramedic - Term 1

Course Name 

Course Code



Health and Wellness




Professional Practice




Foundations of Paramedic Practice




Classic Cases - Respiratory & Cardiovascular




Clinical Practice Education I




Advanced Care Paramedic - Term 2

Course Name 

Course Code



Classic Cases - Trauma




Health Care in Communities




Classic ACP Cases II




Clinical Practice Education II




Advanced Care Paramedic - Term 3

Course Name 

Course Code



Complex ACP Cases




Clinical Practice Education III





Tuition is $15,204.26 plus $288.75 Learner Services Fee.

This amount is payable in instalments over the three terms as follows:

Term 1  
   Deposit $500.00
   Tuition $6,256.97
   Learner Service Fee $123.75
Term 2  
   Tuition $5,068.82
   Learner Service Fee $99.00
Term 3  
   Tuition $3,378.47
   Learner Service Fee $66.00

Note: All fees are subject to change without prior notice.


Application fees & program deposit ($500) are non-refundable and non-transferable in any circumstances.

If a student withdraws prior to the start of an ACP program term they receive a 100% refund less deposit of that terms tuition.

If a student withdraws within the first two weeks of an ACP program term they will be eligible for 80% refund less deposit of that terms tuition.

After the first two weeks in any term there is no refund of tuition paid for that term.

Financial Assistance

StudentAid BC may be available to supplement your own financial resources to help you reach your educational goals.

Students may also be eligible for other forms of assistance, such as the Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) Education Fund Award and the JIBC General Student Bursary, and we encourage all students to apply.

For more information please visit Student Services or contact the Financial Aid & Student Awards Advisor at or 604.528.5762 (toll-free 1.877.528.5591).

Books and Supplies

Tuition fees do not cover the costs of course material, textbooks, uniforms and ER scrubs. These may be purchased through the JIBC Store.

Evaluation and Certification

Program Evaluation

Evaluation includes:

  • Ongoing feedback from instructors, clinicians and preceptors
  • Completion of a personal journal
  • Essays
  • Assignments
  • Individual and team-based projects
  • Written, oral and practical examinations.

Students must also successfully complete clinical and ambulance practice education placements.


Upon successful completion candidates will receive an advanced diploma in Advanced Care Paramedicine (ACP), and will be eligible to apply for licensure by the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board (EMALB) in British Columbia.

Policy and Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Advanced Care Paramedic Program is competitive based on availability of seats, completion of admission criteria, and applicant ranking as determined by a process of selective admission evaluation.

Mandatory Requirements:

Download the ACP Program Application Guide for detailed information on each prerequisite.

  • PCP Certification with minimum of one year PCP work experience at time of application deadline
  • IV Insertion License Endorsement or Training Certificate
  • Current BLS for Healthcare Provider (CPR C) certification
  • Physically able to perform the required tasks of a paramedic - self-assessment

Prerequisite courses:

  • JIBC ENGL-1100 Academic Writing (formerly ENGL100) (3 credits) or equivalent (prerequisite for ENGL-1100 is English 12/ English 12 First Peoples 'C')
  • JIBC BIOL-2203 Human Anatomy & Physiology (formerly BIOL203) (3 credits) or equivalent (prerequisite for BIOL-2203 is Biology 11 or 12 'C+' and PCP CS200 or PARA100 or PARA-1100 Anatomy & Physiology)
  • JIBC HLSC-2214 Pathophysiology (formerly PATH214) (3 credits) or equivalent (prerequisite for HLSC-2214 is Biology 11 or 12 'C+' and PCP CS200 or PARA100 or PARA-1100 Anatomy & Physiology)
  • JIBC HLSC-2215 Principles of Pharmacology (formerly PHARM215) (3 credits) or equivalent (prerequisite for HLSC-2215 is Biology 11 or 12 'C+' and PCP CS200 or PARA100 or PARA-1100 Anatomy & Physiology)

Final Requirements - details, deadline dates and access code will be provided upon acceptance to the program

  • Criminal Record Check for Children and Vulnerable Adults - from the Ministry of Justice, Provincial Criminal Records Review Program. RCMP check is NOT acceptable.
  • Completed Immunization Checklist Form - The BC Health Authority immunization requirements are different from the BCEHS employee immunization requirements. Please read the Health Sciences Division Immunization checklist carefully and ensure it is complete.

We recommend that you have completed or are registered for a minimum of two prerequisite courses at time of application. All four courses must be completed by the start of the program.

Applicants who have successfully completed equivalent courses may apply for a review of those courses to meet the prerequisite requirements for entry into the ACP Program. Please contact

Recommended Prerequisite - HLTH-1007 Dysrhythmia Interpretation (formerly CPD101)

This course is not required at time of application, however we strongly recommend that all students complete this introductory course prior to commencing the ACP Program.

Selection Process

Candidates who have met admission requirements will be required to complete two assessment elements:

  • Medical Knowledge Test
  • Panel Interview

The results from each component will be compiled to produce an overall candidate score. This score is then used to create a rank ordering of candidates. ACP Program seats are filled by working from the top of the rank order list down.

Bonus Points

Additional points in the selective entry process may be granted for the following:

  • Completion of Prerequisite courses
  • Completion of JIBC Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS) or an equivalent level of post-secondary education
  • PCP experience/patient contacts
  • Volunteer experience within the last 2 years (must be supported by a reference letter from the organization) 

Application Process

  1. Download an ACP Program Application Guide and prepare your prerequisites.
  2. Check for program application deadline dates.
  3. Complete the JIBC Online Program Application Form - .
  4. Contact the Admissions Officer on 604.528.5590 or toll-free 1.877.528.5591 to pay the $75 application fee.
  5. Complete the ACP Program Document Submission Form and submit with supporting documents in person or by mail, email or fax to:

Advanced Care Paramedic Program
JIBC - Health Sciences Division
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC, V3L 5T4

Fax Number: 604.528.5715

International Students please contact for an international application package.

Last updated August 10, 2016