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October 24, 2013

Paramedic Training Comes to Cranbrook

Justice Institute of British Columbia and College of the Rockies partner to deliver Primary Care Paramedic Training

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) and College of the Rockies (COTR) are excited to enter into a partnership to deliver Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) training in Cranbrook, starting February 2014.

This announcement is supported by a commitment from the Ministry of Advanced Education to expand paramedic training to rural areas. The partnership fits with COTR’s commitment to local community sustainability and JIBC’s strategic priority to expand regional delivery of its programming.

“Our government is committed to making sure we have the right set of skills in areas of the province where we need them, and when we need them,” said Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk. “The funding we are providing and partnerships such as this one, make health education more accessible to British Columbians living in rural or remote parts of the province.”

Last July, the B.C. government provided $250,000 in new annual funding for a new Primary Care Paramedic program. The Ministry of Advanced Education currently funds training for 200 Primary Care Paramedic student spaces each year, mainly in urban areas, with rural training programs being run on a one-time basis as required.

Paramedic training is now available in New Westminster, Chilliwack, Kelowna, Victoria, Port Alberni, and Prince George, with Advanced Care Paramedic Training also being delivered via video conferencing to Kelowna and Victoria from New Westminster.

JIBC's PCP program is the only one in BC with Canadian Medical Association accreditation and will be delivered by JIBC paramedic faculty and practical nursing faculty at College of the Rockies.  

An information session will be held for interested applicants and members of the general public, Oct. 28, 2013, at 6pm at College of the Rockies’ main campus.  

To assist interested applicants in obtaining the necessary pre-requisites, COTR is offering the five-day Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course, November 18-25, 2013, at the Cranbrook main campus.

As a result of this announcement, application deadlines have been extended to December 6, 2013 for the Cranbrook offering. See the JIBC website for more information about applying to the PCP program.

Part-time PCP program format:

  • Feb 3, 2014 PARA100 starts (6 weeks online)
  • Mar 21, 2014 PARA 200 starts (the first of 15 3-day workshops)
  • Jan 26, 2015 PARA 290 Part C starts (final practice education component)


Kathy Harms, Paramedic Academy Program Director, JIBC

“The opportunity to collaborate with the COTR Health Science faculty brings a unique context to this PCP program while ensuring that the PCP core curriculum remains consistent with other offerings around the province,” says Kathy Harms. This expansion in delivery means students living in Cranbrook and outlying areas can access programming they would normally not be able to access and brings further innovation in training to paramedics in rural areas in BC.”

Doug McLaughlin, Vice President Education, COTR

“College of the Rockies continues to develop partnerships that promote community sustainability and we believe that offering responsive and relevant programming with other post-secondary institutions will add great value to everyone in our region.”

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