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. 

Credential
Certificate

Admission Requirements
Educational:

  • 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
  • Must attend mandatory selection day
  • 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 

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

Emergency Medical Responder

  • EMR THEORY

    Course ID: EMRC100

    Name: EMR THEORY

    Hours: 96

    Credits: 7

    Lectures focus on entry-level knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, and the initial assessment and treatment of injury and illness in the pre-hospital setting.

  • EMR PRACTICAL

    Course ID: EMRC101

    Name: EMR PRACTICAL

    Hours: 78

    Credits: 3

    Lab component includes simulations, hand-on practice of assessments and use of equipment.

  • EMR PLACEMENT

    Course ID: EMRP100

    Name: EMR PLACEMENT

    Hours: 16

    Credits: 1

    EMR Placement

  • PROFESSIONAL DRIVING

    Course ID: EMS250

    Name: PROFESSIONAL DRIVING

    Hours: 16

    Credits: 1

    Students complete the provincially recognized driving course for EMS providers in Alberta. Certification is provided upon successful completion.

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