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The EMR-Accelerated course is designed to efficiently and effectively train candidates to the EMR level of practice. This course is specifically designed for students with a previous first-aid or emergency health background and bridges the critical gaps necessary to handle a broader range of emergencies and medical conditions.

This course also provides candidates with foundational knowledge in human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology; supporting further learning and development in health science. The EMR Accelerated course is a prerequisite course for the Primary Care Paramedic Program. 

Program Format 

This program is delivered in person at the Maple Ridge, New Westminster, Chilliwack, Kelowna and Victoria campuses.  It is also available at additional locations throughout BC including other post-secondary institutions, colleges, and private facilities.

Dates and Times

N/A

Exams

Students are assessed and coached throughout the course. Formal evaluations are as follows:

  • 1 mid term: 50 multiple choice questions
  • BLS written exam: 20 multiple choice questions
  • 6 skills assessments 
  • Final comprehensive written exam: 100 multiple choice questions
  • Final practical examinations (1 medical scenario/1 trauma scenario)
  • Students must pass with a minimum 75% for each of the written and practical exams.

Upon successful completion of the EMR course students will receive:

JIBC EMR certificate and a Canadian Red Cross BLS card/certificate (valid 3 years).

Students are given an opportunity to do one (1) retest for either their final written, medical scenario and/or trauma scenario) should they be unsuccessful in their final exams.  Retests will be scheduled within 2 - 3 business days after the class ends. Failure to complete this requirement within 60-days after the course end date will result in a ‘FAIL’ grade.

Pre-Requisites

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) (completed within the last 3 years),
  • First Responder Level 3 - Spinal/AED endorsed (completed within the last 3 years),
  • 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,

You will be asked to provide PROOF of previous training or certification deemed acceptable for enrollment into PARA-1051 on the first day of class. Without it you will not be allowed proceed into the class.

Above noted pre-requisite credentials must be current, valid or have expired within the past 6 months.

Must be at least 16 years of age. It is recommended that students have a grade 10 English level.

TUITION

Domestic tuition: $$995.89

Textbooks are NOT included in tuition and must be purchased separately through JIBC bookstore in New Westminster.

Tuition and mandatory fees are subject to an annual 2% increase every April 1.

REFUNDS

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).

 

TEXTBOOKS & SUPPLIES

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

Pearson's, Emergency Medical Responder: A Skills Approach (5th Edition)

Canadian Red Cross, Basic Life Support Field Guide (2018)

Contact the JIBCStore to order books.

Pre-Read: Please review chapters 1-4, 6, 7, 11, 14, 18, 29, & 33 in the Emergency Medical Responder: A Skills Approach (5th Edition) prior to day 1 of class.

STEP ONE - REGISTER ONLINE

Visit the Emergency Medical Responder - Accelerated ONLINE course catalogue to enroll yourself in one of our course offerings.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

This is an open enrolment program. There are no application deadlines or set start dates.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The courses and certificates are open to anyone. There are no formal admission requirements.

 

FINANCIAL AID AND AWARDS

Candidates for this program may be eligible for JIBC awards and bursaries.

 

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

International applicants are encouraged to contact JIBC's Office of International Affairs at international@jibc.ca.

FAQ
Q: IS MY NURSING DEGREE EQUIVALENT TO THE EMR LEVEL? 

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

Q: DO I NEED TO COMPLETE A CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK TO APPLY FOR THE EMR COURSE?

A: 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. 

Q: CAN I ACCESS FUNDING FOR THE EMR COURSES?

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

Q: IS THERE A DRESS CODE?

A: Yes. Casual, comfortable attire and closed-toe footwear (i.e. running shoes) are recommended.