Programs and Courses

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Entry Level Courses

Courses available for applicants beginning their studies to enter the professional health education and emergency services career pathways.

First Responder Provider (FR) 

This course is about saving lives. Participants will acquire the life-saving skills and knowledge to perform patient care to the public until the arrival of the ambulance. Many Fire Fighters take the First Responder course across British Columbia. 

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Emergency Medical Responder Accelerated

This course is a foundational course in emergency medicine that teaches students the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed within the health care field. The EMR course is one of the prerequisites to gain entry into the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) course and can also be applied within the industrial medical setting and within rural ambulance services.  

Advanced Education

Programs and courses available for applicants that meet pre-requisite entry requirements and wish to advance their professional education and careers.

Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) 

The PCP program will equip you with a solid foundation to prepare you for employment opportunities to practice as a paramedic in a wide variety of paramedical environments.

Primary Care (PCP) Refresher 

This stand-alone course is offered in a blended online and classroom format. During the four weeks facilitated online portion participation is required while learners review PCP program resources, complete quizzes, engage in group discussions and write assignments. 

Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS) 

This program builds upon the Primary Care Paramedic certificate and offers a foundation of liberal studies and health sciences that will ensure graduates are prepared to lead Emergency Medical Services (EMS) into the future.

Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) 

The Advanced Diploma program responds to the continuing growth and evolution of today‚Äôs healthcare needs. This program trains students to think critically, solve problems, and function as leaders while providing the highest possible standards of patient care.

Continuing Education

Programs and courses available for applicants currently within health care professions or those building pre-requisites to enter professions or advanced education.

Centre for Professional Health Education (CPHE) 

The Centre provides worldwide consultation, curriculum development, and customized programming to national and international clients. Training and education is offered in British Columbia, or delivered internationally to your specific location. The Centre for Professional Healh Education delivers the following courses: 

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • International Trauma Life Support
  • Dysrhythmia Interpretation
  • Cardiac Arrest Management
  • CPR-C (HCP) Certification
  • Intravenous Therapy and Protocol
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • Pediatric Education for Pre-Hospital Professionals

OFA Level 3 Certification (formerly Paramedic in Industry)

Candidates in possession of current Emergency Medical Assistants (EMA) License, may apply for an OFA certificate at the appropriate level from an authorized training Agency.

Last updated January 31, 2019