Primary Care Paramedic

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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).

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Program Location and Dates 2017

Application Period Aug 16 - Oct 11, 2016 (EXTENDED to November 2, 2016)

LocationProgram Start Date (Online)Classroom Start DateProgram End Date
Campbell River (Part-time) Jan 3, 2017Feb 17, 2017Mar 10, 2018

Application Period Sept 6 - Nov 10, 2016

LocationProgram Start Date (Online)Classroom Start Date

Program End Date

New WestminsterApr 3, 2017May 1, 2017

Nov 15, 2017

VictoriaApr 3, 2017May 1, 2017

Nov 15, 2017

KelownaApr 10, 2017May 8, 2017

Nov 22, 2017

ChilliwackApr 10, 2017May 8, 2017

Nov 22, 2017

Cranbrook (Part-time)May 1, 2017Jun 9, 2017

Jul 28, 2018

Terrace (Part-time)May 1, 2017Jun 9, 2017

Jul 28, 2018

Application period TBA


Program Start Date (Online)

Classroom Start Date

Program End Date

New WestminsterJul 31, 2017Aug 28, 2017

Mar 14, 2018

VictoriaJul 31, 2017Aug 28, 2017

Mar 14, 2018

KelownaAug 8, 2017Sep 5, 2017

Mar 21, 2018

ChilliwackAug 8, 2017Sep 5, 2017

Mar 21, 2018

Port AlberniAug 28, 2017Sep 25, 2017


Kamloops (Part-time)Aug 28, 2017Oct 12, 2017

Nov 24, 2018

New WestminsterDec 4, 2017Jan 8, 2018

Jul 26, 2018

VictoriaDec 4, 2017Jan 8, 2018

Jul 26, 2018

KelownaDec 11, 2017Jan 15, 2018

Aug 1, 2018

ChilliwackDec 11, 2017Jan 15, 2018

Aug 1, 2018

 Prince George Jan 2, 2018 Feb 16, 2018


Admission Requirements

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.

Phase 1 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

Phase 2 Requirements:

Bonus Points

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

  • JIBC EMR course
  • 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.


Application Process

  1. Prepare your prerequisites.
  2. Check for program application deadline dates.
  3. Submit 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. Submit your Phase 1 Requirements documents by mail, email or in person to:

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


  6. Submit your Phase 2 Requirements, upon acknowledgement of application from the PCP Program, by completing the PCP Program Document Submission Form and submit with supporting documents in person, or by mail, email or fax to:

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

    Fax Number: 604.528.5715

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

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

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

  • JIBC EMR Course
  • 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, 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.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)


  • Application fee $75
  • Deposit After Successful Selection into the program $500.00
  • Tuition Fee $4,357.80 (includes deposit) 
  • Textbooks (Approximately) $500.00  - Textbook Order Form
  • Uniform, Equipment (Approximately) $650.00 - Uniform Order Form
  • JIBC Learner Services Fee $181.50
  • Immunizations - variable
  • Criminal Record Check $28.00

Note: 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 $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.

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 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.


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.

Policy and Procedures

Last updated October 20, 2016