Advanced Care Paramedic

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 Accreditation Canada.

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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 being delivered via webcast. In addition, regional students are required to attend approximately 3-4 weeks of classes at the New Westminster campus, over the course of the 20-month program, for face-to-face sessions with specialist faculty.

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.

JIBC General Requirements:

  • Grade 12 Graduation (or equivalent) or mature student (25 years or older)
  • English 12 / English 12 First Peoples (minimum grade of C) or equivalent

ACP Program Specific Requirements:

  • 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 (HCP) certification
  • The following four prerequisite courses - You may apply prior to taking these courses however all four courses must be completed by the start of the ACP program:
    • 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 - Upon acceptance to the program you will be required to provide the following:

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. The following equivalent prerequisite courses are availabe online at Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning (TRU OL) :

  • TRU ENGL 1101 Composition
  • TRU BIOL 1693 Anatomy & Physiology
  • TRU HLTH 2501 Pathophysiology
  • TRU HLTH 2511 Introduction to Pharmacology

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

Application Process

  1. Prepare your prerequisites.
  2. Check for program application deadline dates.
  3. Submit the Online Program Application Form on Education Planner BC
  4. Submit your JIBC General Requirements documents by mail or in person by application deadline to:

    Justice Institute of British Columbia
    Admissions Office (Student Services Centre)
    715 McBride Boulevard
    New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4

  5. Submit your Program Specific Requirements by completing the ACP Program Document Submission Form and submit with supporting documents in person or by mail, email or fax by the application deadline to:

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

    Fax Number: 604.528.5715

International Students, please contact for an international application package.

View the application package for the EMA Education Fund Award and information on other financial assistance.

Selection Process

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

  • Medical Knowledge Test
  • Panel Interview

Medical Knowledge Test

This online test will assess a candidate's level of knowledge relative to the Primary Care Paramedic knowledge needed for entering the ACP Program. You will be provided with access to the Candidate Assessment Online Campus which also contains some practice quizzes to help you prepare.

Panel Interview

Some of the job dimensions for an Advanced Care Paramedic include:

  • Critical Thinking and Learning Motivation
  • Maturity and Self-awareness
  • Work Standards and Initiative
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Planning and Organizing Skills, and
  • Stress Tolerance

Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend a 20-30 minute interview where we will discuss your application, interest, and suitability for the ACP Program.

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)

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

20 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

Practice Education

Students will have practice education placements each term which includes hospitals and on-ambulance rotations which will take place in major centres around the province.

All ambulance practice education shifts take place on BCAS Advanced Life Support units with ACP Preceptors. This provides a valuable opportunity to learn and work within the BCAS targeted response model.


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




Cost - Tuition

Total tuition for the program is approximately $16,300.00

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

Term 1  
   Deposit $500.00
   Tuition $6,529.94
   Learner Service Fee $142.80
Term 2  
   Tuition $5,273.59
   Learner Service Fee $102.81
Term 3  
   Tuition $3,514.95
   Learner Service Fee $68.54

Note: Tuition Fees effective April 1, 2018.  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 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).

Cost - Books, Supplies, Other

Textbooks & Uniform

Once you have been accepted to the program, you will be given information about purchasing uniforms and textbooks.


Throughout the ACP Program you will be documenting skills, simulations and patient contacts on electronic Patient Care Records in both the classroom and practice education environments. The program will be evaluating student competency and performance through the use of CompTracker, our competency management system. Students are required to have either an Apple iPad or Android tablet during the program to support the use of this system.

Practice Education

There may be times when students will need to travel outside their region for practice education shifts. Students must be prepared to accept the financial cost of travel and living expenses associated with attendance at these shifts.

Exam Retest Fees

If a student does not demonstrate that they have met an acceptable standard in a program exam component, they may be provided an opportunity to retest. An examination fee of $150 will be charged for each practical exam and $75 for each OSCE retest. Only one retest per each exam component is allowed.

Policy and Procedures

JIBC recognizes that some programs require exceptions to JIBC policy. Program specific requirements are detailed in the ACP and PCP Program Guidelines and Procedures document.

ACP and PCP Program Guidelines

ACP Program Student Academic Support Process

JIBC Policy and Procedures

Last updated April 18, 2018