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Thank you for your patience during the pause in Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) training due to Covid-19.  Since the pause in face-to-face classes in March we have been working with the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (AEST), WorkSafeBC, and following the guidance of the Public Health Officer to determine how and when we can move forward with our paramedic training programs.

Please note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are moving foward to all classes to be a 'blended model of instruction'.  The blended model for EMR will now be 4 weeks in duration with the first two weeks of training online (self-study), and then the following two weeks of training in the classroom.

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Is this program right for you?

Be the one helping to save lives. If you'd like to learn the fundamentals of emergency medicine, prepare yourself for further education or start on your journey in a career in healthcare, this program is for you.

Secure a Job 

EMR graduates may progress into employment with both BC Ambulance Services as well as private ambulance services, fire departments, law enforcement, ski-patrol and rescue, and remote industrial workplaces. 

Step Towards Further Studies  

Many EMR graduates use their training as a foundation to continue towards further studies in healthcare, such as nursing and medicine.

Anyone entering the health care field seeking fundamental medical training.

People interested in becoming provincially-licensed for employment within ambulance services, fire departments, industrial projects and recreation facilities, such as lifeguards and ski patrollers.


Program strengths 

Current best practices in trauma life-support and treatment guidelines form an experiential course that is led by skilled paramedic field-practitioners and focuses on the development of the learner to attain core-competencies as defined by the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC).

The optional EMR WordPress Online Resource provides students with an opportunity to study the EMR Modules, Lessons and Skill Videos and also complete quizzes before attending class.

View the Becoming a Paramedic in BC videos for information on a career in paramedicine.

This program focuses on the skills needed to respond to trauma and medical emergencies.

The Emergency Medical Responder program is a prerequisite course for the Primary Care Paramedic Program.



  • Anatomy
  • Physiology 
  • Pathophysiology 
  • Pharmacology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Medical terminology


What You Need to Graduate 

Full attendance in class is mandatory for the completion of this course.


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.


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

Date and time

EMR Full-time

Online:  Starts on a Monday with 14 days online self-study.
Classroom:  Followed by 10 days in class, Monday to Friday*

*class schedule may vary due to Statutory Holidays


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

  • 1 midterm: 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 of 75% for each of the written and practical exams.
Upon successful completion of the EMR course students will receive the following: 

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 their 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.


Domestic tuition: $1649.21

International tuition: $2473.82

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. See the catalogue for the official listed price.

Additional Fees

Learner Services Fee $34.95


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).


Scholarships and awards are based on specific criteria. Bursaries are financial awards which are given on the basis of need.  View all available options at our Awards, Bursaries, and Scholarships page. 

Textbooks & Supplies


Required Textbooks

Pearson's, Emergency Medical Responder. A Skill Approach (5th edition)

Canadian Red Cross Basic Life Support Field Guide 2018 ISBN: 978-1-58480-704-9


Before Attending the First Class

Contact the JIBCStore to order.

Pre-Read: Please review chapters 1-4, 6, 10, 14, 18, 29, & 33 in the Emergency Medical Responder: A Skills Approach (5th Edition) prior to day 1 of class.


Students must purchase books before attending class.


STEP ONE - Register Online

Visit the Emergency Medical Responder 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 certificate 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.

For more information, contact Student Services.


International applicants

International applicants are encouraged to contact JIBC's Office of International Affairs at


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 govern 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.


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