Primary Care Paramedic

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 Accreditation Canada. Graduates are eligible to apply for licensure in British Columbia through the Emergency Medical Assistant Licensing Branch (EMALB).

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Program Location and Dates 2019 - 2020

Application Period May 13 to Aug 16, 2019

LocationProgram Start Date (Online)Classroom Start DateProgram End Date
New WestminsterNov 18, 2019Jan 6, 2020Jul 22, 2020
VictoriaNov 18, 2019Jan 6, 2020Jul 22, 2020
KelownaNov 25, 2019Jan 13, 2020Jul 29, 2020
ChilliwackNov 25, 2019Jan 13, 2020Jul 29, 2020

Application Period Jul 8, 2019 to Oct 4, 2019

LocationProgram Start Date 
Start Date
End Date

Prince George

Jan 6, 2020
Feb 21, 2020Mar 6, 2021

Application Period Sep 9 to Dec 6, 2019


Program Start Date (Online)

Classroom Start Date

Program End Date

New WestminsterMar 16, 2020 Apr 27, 2020 Nov 10, 2020
VictoriaMar 16, 2020 Apr 27, 2020 Nov 10, 2020
KelownaMar 23, 2020 May 4, 2020 Nov 18, 2020
ChilliwackMar 23, 2020 May 4, 2020 Nov 18, 2020

Application Period Nov 4, 2019  to Jan 31, 2020

LocationProgram Start Date 
Start Date
End Date

Dawson Creek 


 May 4, 2020Jun 12, 2020Jun 26, 2021

Application Period Jan 6 to Apr 3, 2020

LocationProgram Start Date (Online)Classroom Start DateProgram End Date
New Westminster Jul 6, 2020 Aug 17, 2020 Mar 3, 2021
Victoria Jul 6, 2020 Aug 17, 2020 Mar 3, 2021
Kelowna Jul 13, 2020 Aug 24, 2020 Mar 10, 2021
Chilliwack Jul 13, 2020 Aug 24, 2020 Mar 10, 2021

Application Period Mar 2, 2020 to Jun 1, 2020

LocationProgram Start Date 
Start Date
End Date

Port Alberni 

   Aug 31, 2020Oct 5, 2020 May 4, 2021

Application Period Mar 2, 2020 to Jun 1, 2020

LocationProgram Start Date 
Start Date
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Trail Part Time


 Sep 8, 2020Oct 16, 2020 Nov 13, 2021

Application Period May 25 to Aug 21, 2020

LocationProgram Start Date (Online)Classroom Start DateProgram End Date
New WestminsterNov 23, 2020Jan 11, 2021Jul 28, 2021
VictoriaNov 23, 2020Jan 11, 2021Jul 28, 2021
KelownaNov 30, 2020Jan 18, 2021Aug 2, 2021
ChilliwackNov 30, 2020Jan 18, 2021Aug 2, 2021

Admission Requirements

All paramedic students require a high level of physical and emotional fitness along with strong verbal communication skills to perform a paramedic's critical tasks safely. 

JIBC General Requirements - Original official transcripts ONLY (to be received by application deadline):

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

PCP Program Specific Requirements -  (All documents to be received by application deadline):

  • JIBC Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Certificate (PARA-1050 or PARA-1051) within last 3 years. CPR for Healthcare Provides (HCP) is included in this course.

    Acceptable equivalent courses:

    • Valid EMR License PLUS CPR for HCP
    • Non JIBC EMR Certification PLUS CPR for HCP
    • Current OFA Level 3 PLUS CPR for HCP
    • Other requests for equivalency will be reviewed at time of application. Equivalent must include CPR for HCP.
  • Completed PCP Program Document Submission Form
  • Current Immunizations - please download and complete the Immunization Checklist Form. Click here for Immunization FAQs
  • Criminal Record Check (CRC) from the Criminal Records Review Program - (RCMP or local police check is NOT acceptable). Instructions on how to apply for your CRC as well as an access code will be provided upon PCP program application.

Admission to the Primary Care Paramedic program is contingent of availability of seats, completion of all admission criteria, submission of supporting documentation and applicant ranking as determined by a selection process (see below).

Bonus Points

Additional points in the selective admission evaluation may be granted for the following:

  • Grade 12 science course (biology, chemistry or physics)
  • Previous volunteer work (supporting letter of reference from organization required)

International students should view the International Application Package or email for more information.


·         TOEFL - Overall Score of 90 or higher (internet based) AND a minimum of 22 in Listening, 22 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, and 21 in Writing

IELTS – Overall score of  6.5 with no band less than 6.0

How to Apply

  1. Check the program application deadline date
  2. View the Becoming a Paramedic in BC videos for information on the program
  3. Submit the Online Program Application Form on Education Planner BC
  4. Prepare your PCP Program Document Submission Form and submit this form along with your documents in person or by mail or email to be received by the application deadline to:

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


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

International students please complete the International Application Package. Please contact with any questions.

Selection Process

Candidates who meet admission requirements will be required to participate in an online EMR Level Medical Knowledge Test. Candidates will be ranked based on results of this test combined with any bonus points achieved through the admissions process.

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 to help you prepare.

Bonus Points

  • Grade 12 science course (Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
  • Previous Volunteer work (supporting letter of reference from organization is required)

In the event of a tied result, where only one seat is available, the first Complete Application date will be used.

Program Format

You can elect to study this tuition-based program in a full-time or part-time format.

Full-Time Study

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.

PCP Program Full-time Delivery Model

Part-Time Study

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 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.

PCP Program Part-time Delivery Model

Learning Objectives / Courses

Learning Objectives

The PCP program is an entry-level paramedic training program providing the skills and knowledge required to practice as a Primary Care Paramedic. The program focuses on the skills required to assess and manage patients in a pre-hospital care environment. It delivers a strong foundation in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology to strengthen the decision-making and treatment actions required to care for critically ill or injured individuals in a pre-hospital setting.

Course Name 

Course Code



Clinical Sciences




Fundamentals of Paramedical Care 1




Fundamentals of Paramedical Care 2




Classic Medical Cases 1




Classic Medical Cases 2




Trauma Cases




Complex Cases




Clinical Applications




Click here for PCP Program Course Outlines.

*30 of the PCP certificate program credits are transferable towards completion of the Diploma in Health Sciences - Emergency Medical Services (EMS)


Total cost to the learner for the entire program is approximately $6,250.00:

  • Application fee $75
  • Tuition Fee $4,624.51 (a $500 deposit is required upon seat offer)
  • Textbooks (approximately) $600.00
  • Uniform, Equipment (approximately) $650.00
  • JIBC Learner Services Fee $174.78
  • Immunizations - variable
  • Criminal Record Check $28.00

Note: Tuition fees effective April 1, 2019 - March 31, 2020. All fees are subject to change without notice.

International students should view our International Application Package or contact for details of international tuition rates.

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 $4,124.51 and the Learner Services Fee is due a minimum of two 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. The program start is 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: first day of classroom component
  • Part-time program: first day of the first face-to-face workshop

After this time there is no refund of tuition.

Financial Assistance

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 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, Uniforms & Supplies

Textbooks & Uniform

Textbook Order Form - This textbook is for classes starting July 2019 onwards. Please note, this book comes with an Access Code for online resources. Please do NOT activate your Access Code until instructed by the PCP Program Area.

Uniform Order Form - Completed forms can be submitted by fax, email or in person to the JIBC store. The cost of textbooks and uniforms is the responsibility of each student.

Once you have been accepted into the program, you will receive log in instructions to gain access to the PCP Online Student Campus. You will find more information regarding uniform requirements there.

Approximately six weeks prior to your classroom component you will receive log in instructions to gain access to PARA-1100 Clinical Sciences. This online course is the first course in the program.

You will receive other materials on the first day and at intervals throughout the program.


Throughout the PCP 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.

Information for Returning Students

If you are a student seeking to complete the PCP program after any absence of withdrawal, you will need to re-apply to the program and meet all admission requirements including the candidate selection process in place at that time.

1. Check intake dates and application deadlines

Students must re-apply within one year if the re-entry point is for any course after PARA-1100 or may apply at any time to retake the entire program.

2. Determine your re-entry point and course fees

Click here for Re-admission Fee Table.

If you are an International student click here for Re-admission Fee Table for International Students.

You must re-enter the program at the course following the last course you completed successfully. If you failed a course you must repeat that course. You also have the option to audit courses you have previously successfully completed in order to refresh your knowledge.

3. Apply to the program

Follow the process under the Admission Requirements and Application Process tabs.

Students seeking re-admission may apply to any location however admission to the PCP program is competitive and the candidate selection ranking process will be followed.

Note: In accordance with JIBC policy, students may only enrol in a program twice. If you wish to apply for a third attempt, you must obtain permission PRIOR to application. Please send a written request, along with documentation of development you have completed to support your ability to successfully complete this program, to Supportive documentation includes transcripts of formal education or training.

For full program guidelines on re-admission click on the Policy and Procedures tab below. Email us at with any questions.


FAQs for Prospective PCP Students

What is the physical fitness requirement?

No documentation is required, however applicants should self-assess and monitor their physical ability for the program. Throughout the program, during classroom simulations and while on practice education shifts, you will be performing the tasks of a paramedic.

A high proportion of job-related injuries to paramedics occur when lifting patients. Physical fitness is critical to maintaining the wellness of paramedics and must be incorporated into the philosophy of the PCP program and the paramedic profession.

A paramedic also requires a high level of emotional fitness to deal with the psychological stress associated with pre-hospital care work.

Do I need a Class 4 Driver's License?Although it is not a requirement of the program, students who wish to apply for employment with BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) are encouraged to obtain their Class 4 Driver's License as soon as possible.
Do I need to wear a uniform during classroom time?Yes, paramedic students are required to wear uniforms during all program activities and are expected to be in uniform on the first day of class. Uniforms are available at the JIBC Store.
Where will my Practice Education Placements be?

The program includes approximately 200 hours of ambulance and hospital placements which must be completed within 90 days after the classroom portion of the program. Wherever possible practice education shifts will be scheduled in the same training region as the classroom portion of the program, however students may be expected to travel to other regions where shifts are available.

Students must be prepared to accept the financial cost of travel and living expenses associated with attendance at the placement sessions. Ambulance stations and hospitals may not be located on routes that are accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements to ensure their ability to attend placement sessions at the assigned sites.

What evaluations are there?You will receive ongoing feedback from instructors as you engage in and practice the program's curriculum. You will complete a set of formal evaluations including written assignments, written exams, skill stations, simulations, projects and presentations. You must also successfully complete hospital and ambulance placement evaluations. You must successfully pass each course to continue in the program.
What are the computer requirements?Students are required to complete online work and assignments as well as a web-based competency tracking program. All students must have access to a computer with internet capability.
How do I get my license to practice?Each Province has its own licensing regulations and fees and students are encouraged to review requirements for the province in which they wish to practice. In BC you must successfully complete a formal evaluation conducted by the Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) Licensing Board within one year of program completion. Click here to visit their website for full details and fees. 
Am I covered by WorksafeBC during the program?JIBC provides WorksafeBC coverage to students while participating in the hospital and ambulance placement. This coverage does not extend to any other components of the program.
What student learning support do you have?

Whether you need guidance with study skills and test-taking, or if you identify as a student with a disability, the Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources is happy to meet with you to provide information, and resources at the JIBC. There are also many online resources available through our Student Support and Library webpages.

Importance of Self-Care as a Student

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 and Procedures

Academic Status Quick Reference

JIBC Policy and Procedures

Last updated September 3, 2019