Emergency Medical Responder

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The EMR course offers fundamental medical training for anyone entering the health care field.

This course focuses on the skills needed to respond to trauma and medical emergencies. Training also includes the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology. The Emergency Medical Responder course is a prerequisite course for the Primary Care Paramedic Program

There are two versions of the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course: a regular-paced course in either full time or part time (PARA-1050); and an accelerated-paced course in either full time or part time (PARA-1051). Please note that prerequisites must be met to enroll in the (PARA-1051) Accelerated course. 

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PARA-1050 Course Information | Emergency Medical Responder (formerly EMR100)

This course is offered in various formats at our New Westminster campusChilliwackKelowna and Victoria Campuses as well as locations throughout British Columbia:

  • Full Time - 15 days, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Part Time - 14 days, Saturdays and Sundays, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


  • Must be at least 16 years of age

Para-1050 Course Outline

PARA-1051 Course Information | Accelerated Emergency Medical Responder (formerly EMR120)

This course is offered in two formats at our New WestminsterChilliwackKelowna and Victoria Campuses as well as locations throughout British Columbia:

  • 8 days of training running for two consecutive weeks (4 days per week), 8:30am - 4:30pm.
  • Student attendance is 100%


Students must have and be able to provide proof of at least one of the following requirements:

  • Previous EMR certification (completed within the last 3 years),
  • Occupational First Aid Level 3 (OFA3),
  • First Responder Level 3 (Spinal/AED endorsed),
  • Advanced Wilderness First Responder (WFR) 80 hours minimum,
  • Advanced Medical First Responder Level 2, is a course that is deemed equivalent by the JIBC. 
  • Outdoor Emergency Care Certificate - 80 hours  with Spinal/AED training,
    Above noted pre-requisite credentials must be current, valid or have expired within the past 6 months.

PARA-1051 Course Outline

Upcoming Course Dates & Tuition Fees

Course Dates

For more details on PARA-1050 or PARA-1051 (Accelerated), including schedules, locations, and availability, visit the following webpages:

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for EMR (PARA-1050)

Tuition for EMR Accelerated (PARA-1051)

  • Tuition - $957.23
  • Learner Services Fee - $22.40

Prices listed do not include taxes or the cost of textbooks.

FAQ's | Prospective Students





What is the Emergency Medical Responder/PARA-1050 course?

The EMR course is an entry-level pre-hospital emergency medical course, delivered face to face. It is accessible for those with little to no prior training.

When/where are EMR/PARA-1050 courses scheduled?

You can find an up to date EMR/PARA-1050 course schedule at our WebAdvisor course catalogue

What are the pre-requisites for EMR/PARA-1050?

Grade 10 English & Math (recommended). Minimum 16 years old.  

What are the pre-requisites for EMR/PARA-1051?

This course is designed for applicants with advanced first-aid training. The following courses only are considered acceptable for entry into the PARA-1051 course:

  • Previous EMR certification (in the last six months)
  • Occupational First Aid (level 3)
  • Outdoor Emergency Care (OEC)
  • BC First Responder FR Level 3 (With Spinal/CPR-AED endorsements)
  • Advanced Medical First Responder (Level 2) 


What are the course times?

  • Full Time: 15 days, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Part-Time: 14 days Saturdays & Sundays, 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Evenings: Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursday - 6pm-9.30pm. Courses run each week over 30 days. 
  • 105 hours in total (not including pre-read)

*Rural/off-campus deliveries may differ in delivery formats - please check WebAdvisor course catalogue for specific formats.

I am an English as a second language applicant (ESL); how can I prepare for the EMR course?

You should review your level of English writing and comprehension with your local college. Some colleges (not currently JIBC) offer a medical comprehension for ESL students course.

Can I get a refund for my textbooks if the EMR course is cancelled?

The JIBC Store follows specific refund procedures. You should check with the JIBC Store before purchasing any items. 

Are there any exams?

Students in the PARA-1050 & PARA-1051 courses are assessed and coached throughout the course. Formal evaluations are as follows:

  • 2 multiple choice interim written examinations
  • Final comprehensive written exam: 100 multiple choice questions
  • 6 skills assessments built into days 1-13 (PARA-1050)
  • Final practical examinations (1 medical scenario/1 trauma scenario)
  • If unsuccessful, remediation examinations can be taken within 60 days (offered once per month per campus - off-campus remedial examination dates will be offered at the same venue within one month)

Is my nursing degree equivalent to the EMR/PARA-1050 level?  

Unfortunately not. Currently, the BC Ministry of Health, Emergency Medical Assistant's Licensing Board (EMALB) who govern theEmergency Medical Assistant's Regulations do not allow transferability between nursing and pre-hospital medicine without first completing paramedic education.  

Do I need to complete a Criminal Record Check to apply for the EMR/PARA-1050 course?

Currently, there are no requirements for a Criminal Record Check to apply for a seat in the EMR course.  However, you will likely need to complete a Criminal Record Check for potential employers. 

I have a learning difficulty/physical disability, will this restrict my participation in the EMR courses?

Please contact the JIBC Student Advising Services Centre for a confidential assessment based on your individual needs.

Can I access funding for the EMR courses?

Currently, applicants can only access funding through their Employment or Education support services. No JIBC funding is available for this level of training.  

Can I miss any of the course?

There is a minimum attendance requirement of 100%.  An attendance rate of 99% or less will result in an automatic exit from the EMR course with no refund. Examination days cannot be missed - failure to examine will be counted as a failed exam attempt.

What job opportunities exist for EMR's?

You can research employment opportunities at the following 3rd party links:

Is there a dress code?

Casual, comfortable attire is recommended and closed-toe footwear (i.e. running shoes) is required.

Is there a Cafeteria?

The New Westminster Campus cafeteria is on the ground level between the courtyard and the main parking lot. It's open to the students, staff, and the public. The Chilliwack, Kelowna and Victoria Campuses do not have a cafeteria available. All Campuses are located within walking distance to cafe's, restaurants or grocery stores. All campuses have an area to consume food. 

Do I have to pay for parking?

Parking is free at the Chilliwack, Kelowna and New Westminster Campuses. The Victoria Campus is located downtown and does not have free parking available. 

Online EMR Resources - Blackboard (for registered students only)

Two weeks prior to the start of class students will gain access to the JIBC EMR Online Blackboard Resources and up to one year after.

JIBC Student Study Guide (PDF) and other EMR Resources are available online for students.  

To log in, navigate to: https://myjibc.ca.

General Course Information (for registered students)

Required Books:

 The following are the required course materials which can be purchased from the JIBC Store at the New Westminster Campus prior to class start.

  • Emergency Medical Responder: A Skills Approach (4th Edition)
  • Canadian Red Cross CPR Manual (effecitive Oct 1, 2017)


Stethoscopes and BP cuffs are provided in class but need to be shared. These items can also be purchased at the JIBC Store in New Westminster.

If you are unable to visit the JIBC Store in person, call 604.528.5870 to order your books and/or accessories by phone and they will be shipped directly to you. Note that other JIBC locations, including the Chilliwack, Kelowna and Victoria campuses Do Not Have Books Available for Sale.

JIBC EMR Online Blackboard Resources (access available two weeks prior to class start):

JIBC Student Study Guide (PDF) and other EMR Resources are available online for students 2 weeks prior and up to 1 year after class.  To log in, navigate to: https://myjibc.ca.

Refunds for Continuing Studies Courses (Refund Policy-3210–003)

  • If a student withdraws 7 calendar days prior to the beginning of the course they receive a 100% refund;
  • Withdrawal with less than 7 calendar days from the start of the course are not eligible for tuition refund;
  • Some courses may have non-refundable tuition, application, and/or material fees (this will be identified at the time of registration).

For information on the JIBC refund policies, follow the webpage link below: 

General Information:

  • For classroom allocation please view TV monitors in the classroom block.
  • Casual, comfortable attire is recommended and closed-toe footwear (i.e. running shoes) is required.
  • A cafeteria is located on the main floor just past the Main Atrium before the gym at the New Westminster Campus.
  • JIBC Store provides crested apparel, giftware, books, and student supplies through our New Westminster storefront and online.
  • Free Parking (Chilliwack, Kelowna & New Westminster Campuses)
  • For PARA-1051 EMR Accelerated classes, students must provide proof of prerequisites.

If you have any questions prior to the start of the EMR course please feel free to email us at emr@jibc.ca or call Student Services at 604.528.5590 or toll-free at 1.877.528.5591.

Required Textbooks

Learners must purchase the required textbooks and must have them on hand for reference during class. The following textbooks are required for this course:

  1. Brady's Emergency Medical Responder: A Skills Approach (4th Canadian Edition)
    ISBN-13: 9780132892575 
  2. Canadian Red Cross CPR Manual.  Canadian Red Cross 2017 ISBN:978-1-58480-678-3

     Brady's EMR Text book               


There is no formal / mandatory pre-reading for EMR, however, it is recommended. Please find attached PDFs with specific readings -  Lessons 1 - 6 for PARA-1050, or Lessons 1 - 10 for PARA-1051.  Read through the appropriate Lessons in the Student Study Guide and then read the corresponding reading in the textbook.


Examination Re-Testing

Students from the New Westminster Campus requiring EMR retests can attend scheduled dates. Please contact emr@jibc.ca to schedule the restest.

  • Saturday, Oct 14, 2017
  • Saturday, Nov 4, 2017
  • Saturday, Dec 2, 2017

Other JIBC campuses and off-campus locations' re-testing dates will differ.

Please note that students have 60 days to complete their remedial re-testing.

International Students

The JIBC welcomes and assists all international students who wish to complete their studies with us.

International learners who are interested in completing the EMR Program or are interested in completing both the EMR and PCP Programs with the JIBC must contact the JIBC International Studies Department directly via email at international@jibc.ca.

Last updated October 17, 2017