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 Bridging course is 5 days in length. This course requires students to have successfully completed an OFA Level 3 (2 week) course prior to starting.
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.
Prerequisites (As of March 2016)
Admission requirements for the EMR Bridging (5 days) course are:
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.
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:
- 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
- Fire Services and other First Responder organizations
- Entry level ambulance service
- Industrial settings as a designated first-aid attendant
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