Primary Care Paramedic
See below for all 2016 program locations and dates and application deadlines.
Are you looking for a fast paced career in paramedicine?
The Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program will equip you with a solid foundation to prepare you for employment opportunities to practice as a paramedic in a wide variety of paramedical environments. Pursue this stimulating career, equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge, and gain the confidence and aptitude to work in this dynamic and gratifying profession. As the demand for healthcare professionals continues to grow, so will employment opportunities for graduates of the Primary Care Paramedic program.
You will benefit from the skill sets and hands-on experience of instructors, preceptors and clinicians, professionals such as practicing paramedics, registered nurses, emergency room attendants, and health science educators, who understand both the rewards and meaningfulness of their work.
The program exceeds the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) for Primary Care Paramedics developed by the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC), and is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure in British Columbia through the Emergency Medical Assistant Licensing Branch (EMALB).
Applications for the Fall 2016 classes are now closed
Applications will be accepted approximately 6 months prior to the online start date. Please monitor our website for intake deadlines.
|Location||Program Start Date (Online)||Classroom Start Date|
Program End Date
|Cranbrook||Mar 3, 2017||Mar 27, 2017|
Oct 12, 2017
|New Westminster||Apr 3, 2017||May 1, 2017|
Nov 15, 2017
|Victoria||Apr 3, 2017||May 1, 2017|
Nov 15, 2017
|Kelowna||Apr 10, 2017||May 8, 2017|
Nov 22, 2017
|Chilliwack||Apr 10, 2017||May 8, 2017|
Nov 22, 2017
|Terrace (Part-time)||May 1, 2017||June 17, 2017|
|New Westminster||Jul 31, 2017||Aug 28, 2017|
Mar 14, 2018
|Victoria||Jul 31, 2017||Aug 28, 2017|
Mar 14, 2018
|Kelowna||Aug 8, 2017||Sep 5, 2017|
Mar 21, 2018
|Chilliwack||Aug 8, 2017||Sep 5, 2017|
Mar 21, 2018
|Port Alberni||Aug 28, 2017||Sep 25, 2017|
|Kamloops (Part-time)||Aug 28, 2017||Oct 12, 2017|
|New Westminster||Dec 4, 2017||Jan 8, 2018|
Jul 26, 2018
|Victoria||Dec 4, 2017||Jan 8, 2018|
Jul 26, 2018
|Kelowna||Dec 11, 2017||Jan 15, 2018|
Aug 1, 2018
|Chilliwack||Dec 11, 2017||Jan 15, 2018|
Aug 1, 2018
|Prince George||Jan 2, 2018||Feb 16, 2018|
Admission to the Primary Care Paramedic Program is contingent on availability of seats, completion of all admission criteria, and applicant ranking as determined by a process of selective admission evaluation.
Download the PCP Program Application Guide for detailed information on each prerequisite
- Minimum 17 years of age
- Current JIBC Emergency Medical Responder Certificate /OFA 3 (or equivalent)
- Current CPR Healthcare Providers (HCP) Certification
- Current Immunizations - please download and complete the Immunization Checklist Form
- Grade 12 graduation (or equivalent)
- Physically able to perform the required tasks of a paramedic
- Criminal Record Check from the Criminal Records Review Program - (RCMP check is NOT acceptable)
Applicants who have met the required program admission criteria may be granted additional points in the selective entry process for the following:
- JIBC EMR course
- Grade 12 science course (chemistry, biology or physics)
- Previous volunteer work (supporting letter of reference from organization required)
- Download a PCP Program Application Guide and prepare your prerequisites.
- Check for program application deadline dates.
- Submit the JIBC Online Program Application Form
- Contact the Admissions Officer on 604.528.5590 or toll-free 1.877.528.5591 to pay the $75 application fee.
- Complete the PCP Program Document Submission Form print, sign and submit with supporting documents in person, or by mail, email or fax to:
Primary Care Paramedic Program
Health Sciences Division
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, B.C.V3L 5T4
Fax Number: 604.528.5715
View the application package for the EMA Education Fund Award and information on other financial assistance.
Candidates who meet admission requirements will be required to participate in two assessment elements:
- EMR Level Medical Knowledge Test (online)
- Panel Interview
EMR Level Medical Knowledge Test (online)
This online test will assess your level of knowledge relative to the medical science knowledge needed for entering the PCP program. You will be provided with access to the Candidate Assessment Online Campus which also contains some practice quizzes. The Medical Knowledge Test must be completed prior to your interview.
Panel Interview - How to prepare for your interview
You will be invited to attend an on-site interview session at the campus indicated as your preferred location for the program. The panel interviewers will ask behavioural questions that focus on the selection criteria that have been identified as relating to success in the PCP program: interpersonal skill, learning motivation, communication skill, initiative, planning and organization, work standards and stress tolerance.
Selection Process Results
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. PCP program seats are filled by working from the top or the rank order list down. Successful candidates will be contacted and offered a seat in an available class. Unsuccessful candidates will be given one opportunity to try again at the next intake before they need to re-apply to the program.
PCP Graduates will be able to:
- Apply principles of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology to the assessment and management of trauma, medical and complex cases.
- Integrate and demonstrate PCP level skills, knowledge and judgement (clinical decision-making and leadership skills) in the assessment and management of trauma, medical and complex calls.
You can elect to study this tuition-based program in a full-time or part-time format.
The full-time format is eight months in duration. It is an intensive program, beginning with a one month online instructor-facilitated Anatomy and Physiology course, followed by the classroom component, which is five days a week for four months. Upon completion of the classroom component, you'll be scheduled for your hospital and ambulance practicum shifts. These shifts are scheduled over a 90 day period following the classroom component. You'll need to provide open availability (24/7) during this period to allow for scheduling of these practicum shifts.
The full-time program will be offered in New Westminster, Victoria, Chilliwack and Kelowna as well as two to three larger community locations in British Columbia.
Part-time study is called the Distributed Learning format and is delivered over a 17 month period. Independent study, in preparation for the face-to-face weekend workshops, makes up a large component of this program. This program is as intensive as the full-time delivery model; however, it is delivered over a longer period to allow for independent study and assignment completion in preparation for the workshops for those who wish to work during the periods between workshops. Scheduling of each weekend workshop is normally at two to four week intervals, depending on the class location and requirements of the participants.
The program begins with a six week online instructor facilitated Anatomy & Physiology course. You'll then participate in 16 weekend workshops (usually Fri-Sat-Sun) spread over 12.5 months. Learners are expected to have the didactic work completed prior to each intensive, hands-on workshop. Additionally, these workshops will include seven evaluation sessions. In between some of the workshops you will be required to attend hospital, care facility, and ambulance placements. Upon completion of the classroom component, you'll be scheduled for your final hospital and ambulance practicum shifts. These shifts are scheduled over a 90 day period following the classroom component. You'll need to provide open availability (24/7) during this period to allow for scheduling of these practicum shifts.
The distributed learning program will be delivered in various rural and regional sites throughout the province.
Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Certificate Courses
Fundamentals of Paramedical Care 1
Fundamentals of Paramedical Care 2
Classic Medical Cases 1
Classic Medical Cases 2
*30 of the PCP certificate program credits are transferable towards completion of the Diploma in Health Sciences - Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
You will receive ongoing feedback from instructors as you engage in, and practice the program's curriculum. You will complete a series of formal evaluations, including written assignments, written exams, skill stations, simulations, projects and presentations. You must also successfully complete hospital and ambulance placement evaluations.
Upon successful completion, you will receive Primary Care Paramedic Certification from the Justice Institute of BC, and be eligible to apply for licensure within British Columbia through the Emergency Medical Assistant Licensing Branch.
- Application fee $75
- Deposit After Successful Selection into the program $500.00
- Tuition Fee $4,357.80 (includes deposit)
- Textbooks (Approximately) $400.00
- Uniform, Equipment (Approximately) $600.00
- JIBC Learner Services Fee $181.50
- Immunizations - variable
- Criminal Record Check $28.00
Note: All fees are subject to change without notice.
A $500.00 non-refundable deposit must be paid within five working days of acceptance into the program. This deposit will be credited towards your tuition fees. The balance of $3,857.80 and the Learner Services Fee is due a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the first day of the program (commencement of the PARA-1100 course).
Application fees and program deposit ($500) are non-refundable and non-transferable in any circumstances.
If a student withdraws prior to the start of the program they receive a 100% refund less deposit. Start of the program is the start of the PARA-1100 online course.
If a student withdraws within the first two weeks of the start of the program (PARA-1100 online component) they will be eligible for 80% refund less deposit.
Students who withdraw by the following dates will be eligible for a 50% refund less deposit:
- Full-time program: two weeks into the classroom component
- Part-time program: final day of the first face-to-face workshop
After this time there is no refund of tuition.
Students may be eligible for 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 the Financial Aid & Awards webpage, or contact the Financial Aid & Student Awards Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.528.5762 (toll-free 1.877.528.5591).
Also, StudentAid BC may be available to supplement your own financial resources to help you reach your educational goals.
Books and Supplies
Once you have been accepted into the program, you will receive log in instructions to gain access to the Primary Care Paramedic Program Student Campus. You'll find information about purchasing textbooks, uniform, etc., there. Approximately one month prior to your classroom component you will receive log in instructions to gain access to PARA-1100 Clinical Sciences, your first course, which is an online course.
You'll receive other materials on the first day or at intervals throughout the program. The cost of textbooks is the responsibility of each student.
The following Program Procedures are to be used in conjunction with JIBC Policy and Procedures
Please email email@example.com to register for a specific information session. All sessions are from 7:00 - 8:30pm.
Chilliwack Campus (Building B, 5470 Dieppe Street, Chilliwack, BC V2R 5Y8)
- August 17, 2016
Kelowna Campus (825 Walrod Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2S4)
- August 17, 2016
New Westminster Campus (715 McBride Boulevard, New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4)
- July 20, 2016
Victoria Campus (810 Fort Street, Victoria, BC V8W 1H8)
- July 20, 2016
Last updated July 21, 2016