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Emergency Medical Responder

The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course is an entry-level Paramedic course that will prepare individuals for employment in a variety of pre-hospital, industrial and first responder settings. The EMR course is designed to provide participants with the basic knowledge and skills to be able to manage any medical and trauma related emergency.

We have now been running this EMR course for almost 10 years and our students have had great success with many going on to take their Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) course and full-time employment with the BC Ambulance Service. Many have gone on to working in the gas and oil Industry in Northern BC and Alberta. Come join in on your success!

This course has been designed to meet or exceed the National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCP) for Emergency Medical Responder, as developed by the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC). 

The EMR course also meets the requirements as a prerequisite for the Emergency Medical Assistant Licensing Board (EMALB) licensing practical and written exams in BC. Once licensed by EMA Licensing, the EMR license issued by EMA Licensing is valid for a period of five year provided that the Continuing Medical Education (CME) and required patient contacts are maintained throughout the license period. 

To prepare students for the licensing exams, we use final exam scenarios that were written by a former licensing examiner for EMA Licensing here in BC.

Once you are licensed in BC we can help you to achieve licensing in the other jurisdictions such as Alberta, without further testing.

The EMR course is 16 days in length inclusive of certification evaluations. The full-time course is delivered Monday through Friday over a three week period plus an OFA 3 exam day on the Saturday following the second Friday of the course.

Students are accepted for enrollment by meeting the course prerequisites. Maximum enrollment is 18 participants per class.

Instructors in the EMR course are experienced educators in pre-hospital training.

Frequently Asked Questions About the EMR Course


Prerequisites (As of July 2014)

Admission requirements for the Full EMR (16 days) course are:

  • Minimum 16 years of age
  • WorkSafe BC Statement of Fitness (this is done during the course)
  • The Carnegie Mellon University ‘Anatomy and Physiology course 

 

Admission requirements for the EMR Bridging (6 days) course are:

 

 


Course Material

Pre-reading of course material is required.

Once the applicant has completed the registration process including payment in full, he/she is eligible to receive the course material. Students may arrange to pick up the course material directly in Victoria or we can courier the materials out at an additional cost.

To register for the EMR course click the Register button on the Course Schedules page.


Course Goals

The EMR course is an entry-level training course that provides the skills and knowledge required to practice as an Emergency Medical Responder. At the end of the EMR course you will be able to:

  • Perform a standardized patient assessment
  • Conduct a scene assessment
  • Assess and manage life-threatening traumatic emergencies
  • Assess and manage life-threatening medical emergencies
  • Assess patient vital signs
  • Monitor patient blood pressure and pulse oximetry
  • Conduct a secondary assessment consisting of a physical examination, medical history, and vital signs
  • Conduct chest auscultation
  • Administer CPR according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
  • Perform basic wound and fracture management including the application of a Sager Splint
  • Maintain airways and ventilation using Pocket Mask and Bag-Valve-Mask devices
  • Meet all Occupational First Aid Level III requirements
  • Conduct lifting, loading, extrication, and transportation of patients
  • Perform spinal immobilization and cervical immobilization
  • Perform emergency childbirth
  • Perform oropharyngeal airway suctioning
  • Perform oxygen administration
  • Perform Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  • Maintain intravenous lines
  • Administer the following oral, sublingual, or inhaled medications:
    • Nitroglycerin
    • Glucogel
    • Nitrous Oxide (Entonox)

Evaluation and Certification

The course has a series of formal evaluation requirements including written exams, skill stations, and simulations. Successful graduates will receive Emergency Medical Responder Certification. This certificate is valid for 3 yrs.

EMR Licensing in BC 

To practice as a licensed Emergency Medical Responder in British Columbia, students must also complete a formal evaluation conducted by the Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) Licensing Branch. For further information on EMR licensure please contact the EMA Licensing Branch at 250-952-1211 or visit their website at www.healthservices.gov.bc.ca/ema/ 

*Please note, Any fees levied by EMA Licensing are not included in our course fees


Employment Opportunities

  • Fire Services and other First Responder organizations
  • Entry level ambulance service
  • Industrial settings as a designated first-aid attendant

Registration

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EMR and OFA 3 Combined Course (16 Days)

This EMR Full Course combines both the OFA-3 certification with EMR training.


Prerequisites:



  • WorkSafe BC Statement of Fitness (this is done during the course)

  • The Carnegie Mellon University ‘Anatomy and Physiology course 

  • Minimum 16 years of age


This course is recognized in British Columbia

As low as: $185.00

 

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FR3 to EMR Bridge Course (5 Days)

This EMR Course is for the student who already holds a valid FR3 certification.Students upgrades must take place within 1 year of original(FR3) certification.


Prerequisites:



    A copy of current First Responder 3 certificate; Please note: Students upgrades must take place within 1 year of original(FR3) certification.


    The Red Cross EMR Workbook must be completed pror to the start of class.



This course is recognized in British Columbia.



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OFA 3 to EMR Bridge Course (6 Days)

This EMR Course is for the student who already holds a valid OFA-3 certification


Prerequisites:



  • Current OFA Level 3 certification 

  • WorkSafe BC Statement of Fitness (this is done during the course)

  • The Carnegie Mellon Univeristy ‘Anatomy and Physiology course 

  • Minimum 16 years of age



This course is recognized in British Columbia.



As low as: $1,085.00

 

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