Advanced Care Paramedic

The Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) Advanced Diploma Program responds to the continuing growth and evolution of today’s healthcare needs.

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

Program courses focus on the following themes:

  • Clinician Skills
    critical thinker, problem solver, leader, effective communicator
  • 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

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

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the Advanced Care Paramedic Program is competitive based on 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 which will see the requirement of a Diploma or equivalent by the year 2021. These additional courses will be introduced using a phased approach as outlined below. For the 2020 program intake, you must have completed all admission requirements with the required grade at time of application.

JIBC General Requirements:

ACP Program Specific Requirements - 2020 program intake:

For upcoming course offerings please go to and click on "Courses"

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. Click here for Course Equivalency Table. 

For the 2021 program intake, upon application you must have completed all the above courses with the required grade prior to being accepted, including three additional courses below:

 OR: - The Diploma in Health Sciences (EMS) or Equivalent

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.

How to Apply

  1. Check for program application deadline dates.
  2. Submit the Online Program Application Form on Education Planner BC
  3. Prepare your ACP Applicant Information Form and submit this form along with your documents in person or by mail or email by application deadline to:

    Justice Institute of British Columbia
    Admissions Office (Student Services Centre)
    715 McBride Boulevard
    New Westminster, BC V3L 5T4

View the application package for the EMA Education Fund Award and information on other financial assistance.

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)

Program Format

Program Length

20 months / 3 terms

Program Schedule 

September 2020 Intake Schedule

Teaching and Learning Methodologies

The blended delivery approach includes:

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

Practice Education

Students will have practice education placements each term which includes hospitals and on-ambulance rotations which will take place 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.


The Advanced Care Paramedic courses are taught by senior practitioners who combine academic theory with current experience in the field. Most of these instructors have graduate degrees or equivalent credentials in a related field (e.g. ACP, RN or MD), while others have completed an Emergency Services Instructor Training (ESIT) program. Many have completed additional certification in adult education, such as the Provincial Instructor Diploma.

Learning Objectives

ACP graduates will be able to:

  • Meet the ACP competencies and the entry-to-practice requirements as an Advanced Care Paramedic
  • Demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes in areas such as use of advanced technology, pre-hospital care clinical decision-making, current treatment methodologies and pharmacology
  • Work collaboratively in interprofessional environments
  • Function as leaders by utilizing effective problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Act as patient advocates while maintaining the highest possible standards in patient care


Advanced Care Paramedic - Term 1

Course Name 

Course Code



Health and Wellness




Professional Practice




Foundations of Paramedic Practice




Classic Cases - Respiratory & Cardiovascular




Clinical Practice Education I




Click here for Term 1 Course Outlines

Advanced Care Paramedic - Term 2

Course Name 

Course Code



Classic Cases - Trauma




Health Care in Communities




Classic ACP Cases II




Clinical Practice Education II




Click here for Term 2 Course Outlines

Advanced Care Paramedic - Term 3

Course Name 

Course Code



Complex ACP Cases




Clinical Practice Education III




Click here for Term 3 Course Outlines

Cost - Tuition

Total tuition for the program is approximately $17,000

This amount is payable in instalments over the three terms as follows:

Term 1  
   Deposit $500.00
   Tuition $6,813.94
   Learner Service Fee $148.56
Term 2  
   Tuition $5,486.64
   Learner Service Fee $106.95
Term 3  
   Tuition $3,656.94
   Learner Service Fee $71.30

Note: Tuition Fees effective 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 prior to the start of an ACP Program term they receive a 100% refund less deposit of that terms 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 terms tuition.

After the first two weeks in any term there is no refund of tuition paid for that term.

Financial Assistance

StudentAid BC may be available to supplement your own financial resources to help you reach your educational goals.

Students may also be eligible for other forms of assistance, such as the Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) Education Fund Award and we encourage all students to apply.

For more information please visit Student Services or contact the Financial Aid & Student Awards Advisor at or 604.528.5762 (toll-free 1.877.528.5591).

Cost - Books, Supplies, Other

Textbooks & Uniform

Once you have been accepted to the program, you will be given information about purchasing uniforms and textbooks. Cost of textbooks is appromimately $1,500.00.


Throughout the ACP Program you 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.

Exam Retest Fees

If a student does not demonstrate that they have met an acceptable standard in a program exam component, they may be provided an opportunity to retest. An examination fee of $150 will be charged for each practical exam and $75 for each OSCE retest. Only one retest per each exam component is allowed.

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.

ACP and PCP Program Guidelines

JIBC Policy and Procedures

Last updated March 19, 2020