Emergency Medical Responder

The EMR course offers fundamental medical training for anyone entering the health care field.

This course focuses on the skills needed to respond to trauma and medical emergencies. Training also includes the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology. The Emergency Medical Responder course is a prerequisite course for the Primary Care Paramedic Program

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Emergency Medical Responder (PARA-1050) Course Information

Course Outline


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


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

Training Locations

  • This course is offered at the following JIBC campuses Maple RidgeNew WestminsterChilliwackKelowna and Victoria.  In addition, we offer this course in other locations throughout BC at other post secondary institutions, colleges and private facilities.  Check the catalogue for scheduled dates and locations.

Dates and Times

This course is offered in various formats at our campuses. 

  • Full Time Weekday: Monday to Friday | 15 days | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
  • Part Time Weekend: Saturday and Sunday | 15 days | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.
  • Other schedules may be offered. Check catalogue for details.


Students are assessed and coached throughout the course. Formal evaluations are as follows:

  • 1 mid term: 50 multiple choice questions 
  • BLS written exam: 20 multiple choice questions
  • 6 skills assessments built into days 1-13
  • Final comprehensive written exam: 100 multiple choice questions
  • Final practical examinations (1 medical scenario/1 trauma scenario)

Students must pass with a minimum 75% for each of the written and practical exams.

Upon successful completion of the EMR course students will receive the following: 

  • JIBC EMR certificate and a Canadian Red Cross BLS card/certificate (valid 3 years).

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 course end date will result in a ‘FAIL’ grade.

Required Textbooks

Learners must purchase the required textbooks and must have them on hand for reference during class. The following textbooks are required for this course: 

  1. Pearson's, Emergency Medical Responder: A Skills Approach (5th Edition)
  2. Canadian Red Cross, Basic Life Support Field Guide (2018)

Contact the JIBCStore to order.

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.

Fees and Refunds


PARA-1050 Emergency Medical Responder

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.


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 jibc.ca/scholarships.

Student Learning Supports & Disability Resources

Please advise the JIBC of your disability when you register.  It is your responsibility to intiate contact with the Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources who will work with you to determine the services for which you are eligible and to assist you in setting up an academic plan.

International Students

The JIBC welcomes and assists all international students who wish to complete their studies with us.

International learners who are interested in completing the EMR Program or are interested in completing both the EMR and PCP Programs with the JIBC must contact the JIBC International Studies Department directly via email at international@jibc.ca.


Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board (EMALB)

  • The Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board is responsible for examining, registering and licensing all emergency medical assistants (EMAs) in B.C., including first responders.  Students have one year to complete their licensing exams after they complete and pass their EMR course.

BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS)

  • The BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS) is aligned with the Provincial Health Services Authority. BCEHS has two main lines of business: BC Ambulance Service, which provides pre-hospital emergency health services throughout the province, and the BC Patient Transfer Network, which provides information on available beds and assists physicians with the timely transfer of patients to the appropriate level of care.

General EMR Careers

  • Students can continue their training and find employment within ambulance services, fire departments, police organizations as well as many allied health professions including health and safety, nursing, and medicine.  For more information please visit WorkBC online.

FAQ's | Prospective Students

Is my nursing degree equivalent to the EMR level? 

Do I need to complete a Criminal Record Check to apply for the EMR course?

  • 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. 

Can I access funding for the EMR courses?

  • Currently, applicants can only access funding through their Employment or Education support services. No JIBC funding is available for this level of training.  

Is there a dress code?

  • Yes, casual, comfortable attire and closed-toe footwear (i.e. running shoes) is recommended.

Last updated March 19, 2020