Emergency Medical Responder

This program is taught by highly experienced health professionals and combines online theory, onsite practical labs, professional driving and clinical training. You will develop the specific knowledge and skills to effectively and safely administer emergency medical assistance to patients with injuries or illnesses.

You will begin your program by attending an orientation in Lac La Biche. Learning continues with asynchronous, paced, online learning and ongoing support from your instructor. You will attend a total of 12 days of onsite lab sessions interspersed throughout the first 16 weeks. During the final lab session you will perform a final simulation evaluation and a written examination prior to your clinical placement. An additional four weeks will be provided in order for you to complete your clinical placement.

Graduates are eligible to write the Provincial Registration Examination and become a registered practitioner with the Alberta College of Paramedics which is required to practice as an EMR in Alberta. Information pertaining to the provincial exam costs, schedules and membership fees can be found on the Alberta College of Paramedics website.

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Career Potential
Registered EMRs may be employed in ground ambulances, clinics, fire services, and industrial settings. 


Admission Requirements

  • Biology 30 with minimum 60%
  • English 30 or 30-1 with minimum 60% OR English 33 or 30-2 with minimum 70%
  • Math 20 pure or Math 20-1 with minimum 50% OR Math 20-2 minimum 60%
  • Chemistry 30 strongly recommended

Other Requirements & Documents:

  • Minimum age 18
  • Standard First Aid Certificate (issued within one year of program start date)
  • CPR certificate for Health Care Provider or Level C (issued within six months of program start date)
  • Class 5 Alberta driver's license (not a GDL) and a signed waiver stating understanding of employment requirements for a Class 4 license for some employers
  • Police Information Check and Vulnerable Sector Search (issued within 3 months of program start date)
  • Signed Police Information Check waiver form
  • Signed Immunization form
  • Signed Immunization and Placement Disclosure waiver form
  • Signed Health Status form
  • Please refer to the following link for Moodle minimum technical requirements: Moodle page.
  • ESL - ALL students whose first language is not English must meet one of the following:
    IELTS Academic Format with minimum scores as follows: Listening 7.5; Reading 6.5; Writing 7.0; Speaking 7.0.
    TOEFL iBT (internet Based) with minimum test scores as follows: Listening 23; Reading 21; Writing 25; Speaking 22.
    Note: Testing must have been completed within two years prior to application to the program 

Registration as an EMR with the Alberta College of Paramedics is a pre-requisite for Primary Care Paramedic.

Emergency Medical Responder


    Course ID: BIOL230

    Name: ANATOMY I

    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides an in-depth study of the structures of the human body and their interrelationships using a systems approach. The correlations between structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) are noted. Major topics include body organization, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, endocrine, urinary and reproductive systems, the general and special senses, and human development. This course is designed to prepare students in medical fields of study for advanced courses in their respective fields, as well as other university transfer students.


    Course ID: BIOL231


    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course provides a study of the overall function of the human body. Major topics include fundamental chemistry, homeostasis, cytology and cell physiology, cell signaling and communication, and muscle, nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, endocrine, urinary and reproductive physiology, as well as fundamental genetics as it applies to human physiology. This course is designed to prepare students in medical fields of study for advanced courses in their respective fields, as well as other university transfer students.


    Course ID: COMM135


    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course explores basic and therapeutic communication skills for the health professional. Communication skills required for the development of caring relationships and to overcome barriers will be discussed, as well as, the skills needed for interprofessional practice, group and family communication. Conflict resolution, self-reflective practice and health teaching are key components of this course.


    Course ID: HEED105


    Hours: 45

    Credits: 3

    This course introduces students to the physical, social, mental, occupational, emotional, environmental and spiritual dimensions of health. Students will be expected to integrate knowledge of the seven dimensions and apply this knowledge to a self-analysis of personal health. Students will incorporate change management theory to develop, implement and evaluate a personal wellness plan. The purpose is to promote a healthy lifestyle. By examining determinants of health, the current health care system, the seven dimensions of health and applying these concepts to personal health, students will be better equipped to function as role models and change agents for health promotion in their own communities.


    Course ID: EMRC105


    Hours: 15 Theory 78 Lab

    Credits: 2

    This course provides the knowledge and technical skills to prepare students to perform the duties required of an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). During the mandatory on-site labs, students integrate theory from this course, knowledge from other foundational courses such as A & P and technical skills in a simulated environment to meet the required competencies at the level of proficiency.


    Course ID: EMS250


    Hours: 8 Theory, 8 Lab

    Credits: 1

    Students complete the provincially recognized driving course for EMS providers in Alberta. Certification is provided upon successful completion. *This course will require additional time using a driving simulator to complete all requirements for the driving component as required by the Alberta College of Paramedics.


    Course ID: EMTA140


    Hours: 15

    Credits: 1

    In this first professional paramedics course students learn about the history and evolving role of paramedics. Values, ethics, legalities and legislation that affect paramedic practice are introduced. Topics include legislative requirements under the Health Professions Act (HPA), the role and responsibilities of the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) and the Alberta Paramedic Association (APA) are core concepts. ACP Guiding documents such as Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice provide the framework for professional practice.


    Course ID: EMRP100


    Hours: 80

    Credits: 2

    The EMR Placement Course is designed to facilitate student application of newly acquired knowledge and skills into practice with diverse patients in a health care setting. Students will act as a member of the multidisciplinary heath team and develop an awareness of the roles and responsibilities of other health professionals while developing strategies to work effectively within a team setting. The overall outcome of the EMR placement is for the student to meet entry to practice EMR competencies.

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