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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 paramedicine, such as Primary Care Paramedic and Advanced Care Paramedic training, and diploma or degree in Health Sciences, or healthcare, such as nursing and medicine.

Anyone entering the health care field seeking fundamental paramedicine 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).

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. 

Course Topics

  • Fundamentals of Emergency Medicine
  • Assessment and Diagnostics
  • Medical Conditions and Emergencies
  • Traumatic Emergencies and Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Diverse Populations and EMS Operations 

Upon successful completion of this course the learner will be able to:

  1. Describe the components of the Emergency Health Services System
  2. Describes the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology
  3. Assess and manage a broad range of life-threatening traumatic and medical emergencies
  4. Demonstrate a secondary assessment involving history taking and diagnostics
  5. Demonstrate basic airway and breathing management and critical interventions
  6. Demonstrate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  7. Demonstrate spinal-injury management procedures and techniques
  8. Demonstrate and treat suspected opioid overdose
  9. Demonstrate the following specific treatments and medical interventions:
    1. Acute coronary syndrome symptom relief with oxygen, nitroglycerin and acetylsalicylic acid
    2. Blood glucose sampling and glucose administration to treat diabetic emergencies
    3. Pain management through the administration of nitrous oxide gas
    4. Emergency childbirth and neonatal/pediatric basic life support
    5. Basic first-aid techniques including minor wound care and at-work treatment
    6. Maintenance and dosage calculations of an intravenous line
  10. Describe mass casualty and special rescue considerations


What You Need to Graduate 

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

Program Format 

Chilliwack, Kelowna, Maple Ridge, New Westminster (until Dec 31, 2021) & Victoria Campuses

For these locations the EMR course is 4 weeks (2 weeks online, self-study and 2 weeks in-class).

The online component is self-paced, you can learn according to a schedule that makes sense to you.  You will have access to the Blackboard site on Day 1. The online component will have a series of micro-lessons.  In addition to completing each of the online micro-lessons, there are several times over the two weeks where you are expected to join learning sessions run by the EMR Instructor. Attending these sessions will increase your chance of been successful with your final exams in the Face 2 Face portion of the course.  These sessions are a chance for you to bring your questions to the group, review content, and have content contextualized by the EMR Instructor towards the big picture of an EMR’s scope of practice.  You will be contacted about the specific times and dates of these sessions.

The classroom component is held on campus with the other EMR students in this class.  Very strict guidelines are in place to ensure your safety, and the safety of others during the Covid-19 pandemic.  This 2-week component builds on the knowledge you have learned online, and focuses on skill performance.  It does not re-teach the material in the online component, and to be unprepared for the classroom component by not learning the online material fully will affect your success in the course overall.  To help prepare for the classroom component, you should have completed all of the online material, as this material will be examined during the classroom component.

New Westminster Campus (effective January 1, 2022)

Effective January 1, 2022 all EMR classes in New Westminster will return to 3 weeks (Monday - Friday) in-class instruction.  It will not have an online component however there is still access to the Blackboard site for an extra resource for students.

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

Classes will run from 08:30 – 16:30. The classroom is very busy, and it is expected that you will need to study each night to review material learned, and to prepare for the next day.  Wear comfortable clothing and consider wearing a watch for timekeeping.  Bring textbooks, notepads, pens, watch, food, and water.


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

Date and time

EMR Full-time - Blended

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

EMR Full-time - New Westminster

15 days in-class, Monday to Friday.

View the full schedule 

*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 (valid 3 years) and a Canadian Red Cross BLS card/certificate (valid 1 year).


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: $1682.19

International tuition: $2523.29

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

Contact the JIBCStore to order textbooks:

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.

At this time the JIBC Store only ships orders on Wednesday, so please have your order emailed by Tuesday mornings.  Please allow at least a 1 week for orders to be completed and delivered.  Ensure you provide the store with the title of the book(s), phone number and complete shipping address.  Staff will call to retrieve credit card information (Visa/MasterCard only).

Note: Only the New Westminster Campus have books available for sale.

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 Awards, Bursaries, and Scholarships.

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. See information on Bursaries and Awards under the "How to Apply" tab.


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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