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Next application period will open February 2021 for the September 2021 intake in New Westminster and Kelowna

JIBC paramedic students in training

Is this program right for you?

Be the one advancing your career. If you want to work in an advanced, specialized, career-focused position as an ACP and are committed to the paramedic profession, this program is for you.  

Become a Healthcare Leader 

The ACP Program trains students to think critically, solve problems and function as leaders while providing the highest possible standards of patient care.  


This program meets or exceeds the National Occupational Competencies as established by the Paramedic Association of Canada, and is accredited by Accreditation Canada.

Practicing paramedics interested in advanced training to think critically, solve problems and function as leaders while providing the highest possible standards of patient care.


Program strengths

Accredited by Accreditation Canada and meets or exceeds the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) as established by the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC).

BC EMA Licensing Board recognized program.

Program graduates exceed the national average in pass rates, standard scores and most individual testing categories in the Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) entry to practice examination.

Only respond to ACP level calls. All ambulance practice education shifts take place on BCEHS Advanced Life Support units with ACP Preceptors. This provides a valuable opportunity to learn and work within the BCEHS targeted response model.

Faculty are experienced and current in their field consisting of practicing ACP and CCP paramedics, emergency room physicians, registered nurses and health science educators.

Prepares graduates to take advantage of the growing demand for Advanced Care Paramedics in BC.

Pathway to Bachelor of Health Science Degree at Thompson Rivers University (TRU). ACP graduates can block transfer 60 credits. ACP graduates who have also completed the Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS) can block transfer 90 credits toward the 120 credit BHS degree.

Program Themes
  • Clinician Skills - critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, effective communication.
  • Inter-Professional Collaboration - working collaboratively with other health professionals in the patient’s best interest.
  • Leadership - taking a leadership role in the workplace, practice and the community.
  • Life-Long Learning - continuously seeking and embracing knowledge.
  • Community-Based Emergency Health - understanding differing health care environments.
  • Science & Delivery of EMS - research methodology.
Program Format 

This program is delivered using a blended delivery approach.


Program Delivery Formats

  • Guided online learning activities
  • Facilitated discussions
  • Supervised independent study
  • Classroom sessions
  • Labs
  • Practical workshops
  • High-fidelity simulations

Students have practice education placements each term at hospitals and on ambulance rotations in major centres around the province.

All ambulance practice education shifts take place on BCEHS Advanced Life Support units with ACP Preceptors. This provides a valuable opportunity to learn and work within the BCEHS targeted response model.


Upcoming Intakes 

There is one intake each year starting in September at the New Westminster campus. On alternate years the program will also be offered at the Victoria or Kelowna campus.
The application period for each intake opens the preceding February with the selection process taking place in April.


Policy and Procedures 

JIBC recognizes that some programs require exceptions to JIBC policy. Program-specific requirements are detailed in the ACP and PCP Program Guidelines and Procedures document.


Total tuition for the program is approximately $16,300, payable in instalments over three terms.


  • Term 1 Tuition - $6,813.94
  • Term 2 Tuition - $5,486.64
  • Term 3 Tuition - $3,656.94


Additional Fees
  • Application fee $75 
  • Deposit $500.00
  • Term 1 Learner Services Fee - $148.56
  • Term 2 Learner Services Fee - $106.95
  • Term 3 Learner Services Fee - $71.30



Tuition Fees are effective on April 1, 2020. All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Application fees & program deposit ($500) are non-refundable and non-transferable in any circumstances.

If a student withdraws before the start of an ACP Program term, they receive a 100% refund less deposit of that term's tuition.

If a student withdraws within the first two weeks of an ACP Program term, they will be eligible for 80% refund less deposit of that term's tuition.


Textbooks & Supplies


Textbooks & Uniform

After acceptance into the program, students are given information about purchasing uniforms and textbooks. The cost of textbooks is approximately $1,500.



Throughout the ACP Program, students will be documenting skills, simulations and patient contacts on electronic Patient Care Records in both the classroom and practice education environments. The program will be evaluating student competency and performance through the use of CompTracker, our competency management system. Students are required to have either an Apple iPad or Android tablet during the program to support the use of this system.


Practice Education

There may be times when students will need to travel outside their region for practice education shifts. Students must be prepared to accept the financial cost of travel and living expenses associated with attendance at these shifts.

STEP ONE - Apply to the Program

Check the program application deadline date.

Complete and submit the Online Program Application Form using Education Planner BC.


STEP TWO - Submit Supporting Documents

Prepare your ACP Program Document Submission Form and submit this form along with your supporting documents by mail or email to be received by the application deadline.


Admissions Office
Justice Institute of British Columbia
715 McBride Boulevard
New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4



Admission Requirements 

Admission to the Advanced Care Paramedic Program is competitive based on the availability of seats, completion of admission criteria, and applicant ranking as determined by a process of selective admission evaluation. The JIBC ACP program has recently made changes to its admission requirements using a phased approach. Starting with the 2021 intake all applicants will require the Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS) or equivalent..

General Requirements

  • High school graduation diploma (or equivalent) or mature student as defined in JIBC's Admissions Policy
  • Grade 12 English / grade 12 First Peoples English with a minimum grade of C (or equivalent)


ACP Program Specific Requirements (2021 program intake)

Upcoming course dates can be found at under the Program Details tab.

Applicants who have successfully completed equivalent courses may apply for a review of those courses to meet the admission requirements for entry into the ACP Program. Please email your request to and include a copy of your transcript. 

This Course Equivalency Table may help you, you may use these course numbers to look for equivalencies in the BC Transfer Guide.

All the required courses must be complete at time of application.

Final Requirements 

Upon acceptance to the program you will be required to provide the following:

  • Criminal Record Check (CRC) from the Criminal Records Review Program (RCMP check is NOT acceptable). You will be provided with full instructions as well as the required access code.
  • Completed Immunization Checklist Form - The BC Health Authority immunization requirements are different from the BCEHS employee immunization requirements. Click here for Immunization FAQs.


Selection Process 

Candidates who have met admission requirements will be invited to complete two assessment elements:

  • Medical Knowledge Test
  • Panel Interview

Medical Knowledge Test

This online test will assess a candidate's level of knowledge relative to the Primary Care Paramedic knowledge needed for entering the ACP Program. You will be provided with access to the Candidate Assessment Online Campus which also contains some practice quizzes to help you prepare.

Panel Interview

Some of the job dimensions for an Advanced Care Paramedic include:

  • Critical Thinking and Learning Motivation
  • Maturity and Self-awareness
  • Work Standards and Initiative
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Planning and Organizing Skills, and
  • Stress Tolerance

Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend a 20-30 minute interview where we will discuss your application, interest, and suitability for the ACP Program.

Extra consideration will be given to those students for the following:

  • Completion of all courses required for admission
  • Completion of JIBC Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS) or an equivalent level of post-secondary education
  • PCP experience/patient contacts
  • Volunteer experience within the last 2 years (must be supported by a reference letter from the organization)


Financial aid & awards

Candidates for this program may be eligible for JIBC awards and bursaries including the Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) Education Fund Award. All students are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Student Services or the Financial Aid & Student Awards Advisor at


International applicants

This program does not accept international applicants at this time. International applicants are encouraged to contact JIBC's Office of International Affairs at


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