Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Start Date

  • TBD

Course Description

The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course offers an introduction to healthcare education forthose intending to apply to the Primary Care Paramedic program or challenge provincial licensingexaminationsto seek employment.The EMR curriculum contains foundational education in anatomy,physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology. Current best practices in trauma life-support andtreatment guidelines forman experiential,courseis led by skilled paramedic field-practitioners focusingon the development of the learner to attain core-competencies as defined by the Paramedic Associationof Canada (PAC).Optional EMR WordPress Online Resource will provide the students with an opportunity to study theEMR Modules, Lessons and Skill Videos and also complete quizzes prior to coming into the EMR Class.Provincially-licensed EMR graduates are employed within areas including: ambulance services; firedepartments; industrial projects; life guarding and ski-patrol.


  • 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.
  • Full Time Weekday commitment: Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

Course Goals

  • To prepare students for further education or a career within health care
  • To provide successful students with an Emergency Medical Responder certification for provinciallicensing applications
  • To provide successful students with cardio-pulmonary resuscitation certification level ‘C’–Health Care Provider (CPR-HCP)
  • To provide 4 elective credits towards the British Columbia Dogwood Diploma, allocated through the BC Ministry of Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Describethe components of the Emergency Health Services system
  2. Describe the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology
  3. Assess and manage a broad range of life-threatening traumatic and medical emergencies
  4. Demonstrate a secondary assessment involving historytaking and diagnostics
  5. Demonstrate basic airwayand breathingmanagementand critical interventions
  6. Demonstrate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED)
  7. Demonstrate spinal-injurymanagement procedures and techniques8.Demonstratethe following specific treatments and medical interventions:
    1. Acute coronary syndrome symptom relief withoxygen,nitroglycerin and acetylsalicylicacid
    2. Blood glucose sampling and glucose administration to treat diabetic emergencies
    3. Pain management through the administration of nitrous oxide gas
    4. Emergency childbirth and neonatal/pediatric basic life support
    5. Basic first-aid techniques including minor wound care and at-work treatment
    6. Maintenance and dosage calculations of an intravenous line
  8. Describe mass casualty and special rescue considerations

Course Topics/Content

  • Fundamentals of Emergency Medicine
  • Assessment and Diagnostics
  • Medical Conditions and Emergencies
  • Traumatic Emergencies and Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Diverse Populations and EMS Operations


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

  • 2 multiple choice interim written examinations 
  • CPR/HCP written exam: 25 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) 

Upon successful completion of the EMR course students will receive a JIBC EMR certificate (valid 3 years) and a Canadian Red Cross CPR/HCP card (valid 3 years).

Students are given an opportunity to do one (1) retest for their either their final written, medical scenario or trauma scenario) should they be unsuccessful in their final exams. Retest(s) are to be completed within 60 days of completing the EMR course in order to pass their EMR certification.