Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Participants will learn and demonstrate all knowledge and skills needed to provide appropriate patient assessments, interventions, and on-going care, including the transportation of a patient to a healthcare facility. Course content may vary depending on jurisdictional requirements and, in addition, follows the National Occupational Competency Profiles (NOCP) as defined by the Paramedic Association of Canada. Participants will be engaged in dynamic training techniques including video, media presentations, skills demonstrations, practice sessions, discussions and scenarios based on real-life situations.

Additional pre-reading required

Duration: 120 hours in class (15 days, Monday-Friday) plus 18 hours online learning

Cost: Includes price of materials

Prerequisites: No first aid training required (OFA 1 , 2 or 3 is not required for this course).


  • Successfully demonstrate the required skills
  • Minimum 75% mark for written, closed book, knowledge evaluation
  • Successfully complete two evaluated scenarios (one medical and one trauma)
  • Attend and participate in 100% of the course

Participants must be present for the entire course and pass the exam in order to pass the course.


3-year certification in Emergency Medical Responder (digital certificate issued upon successful completion)
1-year certificate in Basic Life Support (BLS)

Course Content:

  • The Professional Responder
  • Responding to the call
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Assessment
  • Airway management and respiratory emergences
  • Circulatory emergencies
  • Shock
  • Hemorrhage and soft tissue trauma
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Chest, abdominal and pelvic injuries
  • Head and spinal injuries
  • Acute and chronic illnesses
  • Poisoning
  • Environmental illnesses
  • Pregnancy, labour and delivery
  • Special populations
  • Crisis intervention
  • Reaching, lifting and extricating patients
  • Transportation
  • Multiple-casualty incidents
  • Pharmacology
  • Marine environment
  • Workplace requirements
Includes any other content required by specific legislation
Please note: The course scheduled for September 3-20, 2024 will be from 8am – 6pm Tues-Fri in the first week to accommodate for the holiday on 2nd September. The remaining 2 weeks will be from 9am-5pm.
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