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EMR Emergency Medical Responder

 

Are you interested in a career in emergency medical services (EMS)? Would you like to take a step towards being an Emergency Medical Technician/ Primary Care Paramedic or Advanced Care Paramedic? The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) program is the first level of education and training for EMS practitioners in Alberta. 

EMR is an excellent introduction to EMS and provides a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for students continuing on to Emergency Medical Technician/Primary Care Paramedic programs in Alberta. It is also often a prerequisite for those seeking a career in the fire service.

Our EMR Program for 2019 has been approved by the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) and is licensed with the Private Career Colleges branch, Alberta Learning.  

Questions?  Want to enrol? Our EMR Application Package for 2019 will be posted shortly.  Contact us today.  December 7, 2018 - We are having technical problems. Our EMR Application Package will be posted shortly. Please email info@ESAcanada.com if you would like to have an EMR Application Package emailed to you.

Delivery ESA Classes: Full-time (Mondays to Thursdays over 4 weeks) or Part-time (Saturdays and Sundays or Evenings)
Program Length 7 weeks: 3 Online Study + 16 days/4 weeks
Class Size Maximum 24
Next Program Start Date January 7, 2019

Program Details

Important information regarding the EMR Program

Our new EMR program commences January 2019. Significant revisions and additions were made to meet new program standards set by the Alberta College of Paramedics. Some of the major changes include an increase in length of the program (minimum 240 hours) and a practical driving component (corequisite).

ESA program dates and fees are subject to change.

Please note:

  • Access to E-Learning is provided upon acceptance to an EMR program, including receipt of a signed and dated Alberta Enrolment Contract.
  • Early registration and pre-study is recommended, as the program can feel fast paced, especially if your high school or post-secondary education is limited.  This allows extra time to complete the pre-study.

DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  PLEASE CHECK THIS WEBSITE A MONTH IN ADVANCE OF YOUR PROGRAM TO CONFIRM DATES.

EMR 1811 - Monday, November 26 to Thursday, December 20, 2018 (16 days, full-time) 

  • Application Deadline - Monday, November 19, 2018.  No further applications will be accepted after November 19, 2018. 
  • Access to E-Learning - provided with acceptance into program, which is dependent on receipt of a signed and dated Alberta Enrolment Contract
  • ESA Classroom Sessions - Monday, November 26 to Thursday, December 20, 2018; (Mondays to Thursdays - 0830 to 1630 hrs)

***NEW!*** 2019 EMR Dates

EMR 1901 - Monday, January 7 to Friday, February 1, 2019 (20 days, full-time)

  • Application Deadline – Friday, December 14, 2018.  No further applications will be accepted after December 14, 2018. 
  • Access to Online Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation
  • Mandatory Orientation- Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 1700 to 2000 hrs, at ESA
  • ESA Classroom Sessions- Monday, January 7 to Friday, February 1, 2019, at ESA
  • Weeks 1, 2, 3 & 4- Monday to Friday - 0830 to 1630 hrs 

**Driving Component (Corequisite)- APDOC- Alberta Paramedicine Driver Operator Course

  • Register for Week 5 or 6- (Feb 11-15 or Feb 25-Mar 1). Monday to Friday- 0830 to 1630 hrs. Day 1 & 2 Driving Theory at ESA. Day 3, 4, & 5 at a driving track in the Edmonton area.

 

EMR 1902 - Monday, February 4 to Friday, March 1, 2019 (20 days, full-time) 

  • Application Deadline – Friday January 11, 2019.  No further applications will be accepted after January 11, 2019. 
  • Access to Online Learning - Will be provided at the mandatory orientation
  • Mandatory Orientation- Monday, January 14, 2019, 1700 to 2000 hrs, at ESA
  • ESA Classroom Sessions- Monday, February 4, to Friday, March 1, 2019, at ESA
  • Weeks 1, 2 & 4- Monday to Friday - 0830 to 1630 hrs 
  • Week 3- Tuesday to Saturday- 0830 to 1630 hrs 
  • No Classes - Monday, February 18, 2019 (Family Day) - Classes on Saturday, February 23, 2019 in lieu of holiday

**Driving Component (Corequisite)- APDOC- Alberta Paramedicine Driver Operator Course

  • Register for Week 5 or 6 or 7- (Mar 11-15 or Mar 18-22 or Mar 25-29). Monday to Friday- 0830 to 1630 hrs. Day 1 & 2 Driving Theory at ESA. Day 3, 4, & 5 at a driving track in the Edmonton area.

 

EMR 1903 - Saturday, March 2 to Sunday, May 26, 2019 (20 days, part-time; Saturdays/Sundays) 

  • Application Deadline – Friday February 8, 2019.  No further applications will be accepted after February 8, 2019. 
  • Access to Online Learning - Will be provided at the mandatory orientation
  • Mandatory Orientation- Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 1700 to 2000 hrs, at ESA
  • ESA Classroom Sessions- Saturday, March 2, to Sunday, May 26, 2019, at ESA
  • Class Days are Saturdays & Sundays - 0830 to 1630 hrs  
  • No Classes - Saturday, March 23 & Sunday March 24, 2019 (Spring Break); Saturday, April 20 & Sunday, April 21, 2019 (Easter); Saturday, May 18 & Sunday May 19, 2019 (May Long Weekend).

**Driving Component (Corequisite)- APDOC- Alberta Paramedicine Driver Operator Course-

  • Register for Week 5 or 6 or 7- (Jun 3-7 or Jun 10-14 or Jun 17-21) Monday to Friday- 0830 to 1630 hrs. Day 1 & 2 Driving Theory at ESA. Day 3, 4, & 5 at a driving track in the Edmonton area.

 

EMR 1905 - Monday, May 13 to Friday, June 7, 2019 (20 days, full-time) 

  • Application Deadline – Thursday, April 18, 2019.  No further applications will be accepted after April 18, 2019. 
  • Access to Online Learning - Will be provided at the mandatory orientation
  • Mandatory Orientation- Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 1700 to 2000 hrs, at ESA
  • ESA Classroom Sessions- Monday, May 13, to Friday, June 7, 2019, at ESA
  • Weeks 1, 3 & 4- Monday to Friday - 0830 to 1630 hrs 
  • Week 2- Tuesday to Saturday- 0830 to 1630 hrs 
  • No Classes - Monday, May 20, 2019 (Victoria Day) - Classes on Saturday, May 25, 2019 in lieu of holiday

**Driving Component (Corequisite)- APDOC- Alberta Paramedicine Driver Operator Course-

  • Register for Week 5 or 6 or 7- (Jun 17-21 or Jun 24-28 or July 8-12) Monday to Friday- 0830 to 1630 hrs. Day 1 & 2 Driving Theory at ESA. Day 3, 4, & 5 at a driving track in the Edmonton area.

 

EMR 1906 - Monday, June 10 to Saturday, July 6, 2019 (20 days, full-time) 

  • Application Deadline – Friday, May 17, 2019.  No further applications will be accepted after May 17, 2019. 
  • Access to Online Learning - Will be provided at the mandatory orientation
  • Mandatory Orientation- Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 1700 to 2000 hrs, at ESA
  • ESA Classroom Sessions- Monday, June 10, to Saturday, July 6, 2019, at ESA
  • Weeks 1, 2 & 3- Monday to Friday - 0830 to 1630 hrs 
  • Week 4- Tuesday to Saturday- 0830 to 1630 hrs 
  • No Classes - Monday, July 1, 2019 (Canada Day) - Classes on Saturday, July 6, 2019 in lieu of holiday

**Driving Component (Corequisite)- APDOC- Alberta Paramedicine Driver Operator Course-

  • Register for Week 5 or 6 or 7- (Jul 15-19 or Jul 22-26 or July 29- Aug 2) Monday to Friday- 0830 to 1630 hrs. Day 1 & 2 Driving Theory at ESA. Day 3, 4, 5 at a driving track in the Edmonton area.

 

EMR 1907 - Monday, July 8 to Friday, August 2, 2019 (20 days, full-time)

  • Application Deadline – Friday, June 14, 2019.  No further applications will be accepted after June 14, 2019. 
  • Access to Online Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation
  • Mandatory Orientation- Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 1700 to 2000 hrs, at ESA
  • ESA Classroom Sessions- Monday, July 8 to Friday, August 2, 2019, at ESA
  • Weeks 1, 2, 3 & 4- Monday to Friday - 0830 to 1630 hrs 

**Driving Component (Corequisite)- APDOC- Alberta Paramedicine Driver Operator Course-

  • Register for Week 5 or 6 or 7- (Aug 12-16 or Aug 19-23 or Aug 26-30) Monday to Friday- 0830 to 1630 hrs. Day 1 & 2 Driving Theory at ESA. Day 3, 4, & 5 at a driving track in the Edmonton area.

 

EMR 1909 - Saturday, September 21 to Sunday, December 8, 2019 (20 days, part-time; Saturdays/Sundays) 

  • Application Deadline – Friday August 30, 2019.  No further applications will be accepted after August 30, 2019. 
  • Access to Online Learning - Will be provided at the mandatory orientation
  • Mandatory Orientation- Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 1700 to 2000 hrs, at ESA
  • ESA Classroom Sessions- Saturday, September 21, to Sunday, December 8, 2019, at ESA
  • Class Days are Saturdays & Sundays - 0830 to 1630 hrs  
  • No Classes - Saturday, October 12 & Sunday October 13, 2019 (Thanksgiving); Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10, 2019.        

**Driving Component (Corequisite)-

  • Register for Week 5 or 6 or 7- (Dec 16-20 or Jan 6-10, 2020 or Jan 13-17, 2020) Monday to Friday- 0830 to 1630 hrs. Day 1 & 2 Driving Theory at ESA. Day 3, 4, & 5 at a driving track in the Edmonton area.

 

EMR 1911 - Monday, November 18 to Friday, December 13, 2019 (20 days, full-time)

  • Application Deadline – Friday, October 25, 2019.  No further applications will be accepted after October 25, 2019. 
  • Access to Online Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation
  • Mandatory Orientation- Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 1700 to 2000 hrs, at ESA
  • ESA Classroom Sessions- Monday, November 18 to Friday, December 13, 2019, at ESA
  • Weeks 1, 2, 3 & 4- Monday to Friday - 0830 to 1630 hrs 

**Driving Component (Corequisite)- APDOC- Alberta Paramedicine Driver Operator Course-

  • Register for Week 5 or 6 or 7- (Jan 6-10, 2020 or Jan 13-17, 2020 or Jan 20-24, 2020) Monday to Friday- 0830 to 1630 hrs. Day 1 & 2 Driving Theory at ESA. Day 3, 4, 5 at a driving track in the Edmonton area.

 

**As required by the Alberta College of Paramedics, EMR students must complete an ACP approved, 40 hour professional driving course. The Alberta Paramedicine Driver Operator Course (APDOC) will be taught by industry leaders, Canadian Traffic Education Centre (CTEC). All driving component fees will be paid directly to CTEC by the student. The student will be responsible for registration and payment of fees to CTEC. Successful completion of the ESA EMR Program requires successful completion of the 40 hour Professional Driving Course. ESA recommends that students take the APDOC with CTEC which will fill Week 5 first, then Week 6, then Week 7. Maximum 8 students per course. Register early to secure your spot. Once a course is full, an additional course will be opened. Both components (EMR Program and APDOC) must be successfully completed within 6 months in order to receive an EMR Program Certificate and Transcript from ESA.

  • Graduates of the ESA EMR program will be proficient as per the Paramedic Association of Canada definition of proficiency, to the standards and competencies outlined by the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) for Emergency Medical Responder. 
  • Staff, faculty, partners, and students of ESA will be provided with a safe and respectful working and learning environment.
  • Learning at ESA will be supported through provision of access for students to experienced, qualified faculty, and the support and guidance of professional administrative staff.
  • Achievement of proficiency will be supported through access to high quality learning materials and equipment, effective instructor to student ratios, and appropriate practical training environments. 
  • Professional development of ESA students and graduates will be enhanced through ESA’s demonstrated commitment to patient focused, evidence-based EMS, modeling of a team based approach to public safety, and an established culture of accountability to ethical and professional standards.

There are definite advantages to taking your EMR training at ESA:

  • The ESA EMR Program is approved by the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP).
  • Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) exam success rates for ESA students are excellent.
  • Low student to instructor ratios for practical training are maintained.
  • ESA instructors are career Fire Fighters, EMT/PCPs, Advanced Care Paramedics and Physicians.
  • ESA uses a case based program design.
  • Face to face learning is supplemented by online learning.    
  • The ESA EMR Program is licensed by the Private Career Colleges Branch of Alberta Advanced Education.

Accreditation

The ESA Emergency Medical Responder Program is approved by the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) and is licensed by the Private Career Colleges Branch, Alberta Advanced Education.

 

 

Credentials Awarded

  • ESA Emergency Medical Responder Certificate
  • BLS Provider Certificate (Heart & Stroke Foundation)
  • PDIC Certificate (Alberta Safety Council)

Credentials Awarded in 2019

  • ESA Emergency Medical Responder Certificate
  • BLS Provider Certificate (Heart & Stroke Foundation)
  • ITLS Basic Certificate

 

  • Driving Component (Corequisite)- APDOC Certificate (Alberta Paramedicine Driver Operator Course) issued by CTEC.

Prerequisites 

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Transcripts of Grade 12 High School Diploma/ GED/ equivalent or post-secondary education. As of January 1, 2019, this must include- English 30, Math 10 and Biology 30.
  • CPR- dated within one year as of the first day of the program, accepted courses include- BLS Provider, CPR Level C or Health Care Provider
  • ​Standard First Aid Certificate- dated within three years as of the first day of the program
  • Driver’s License- Class 5 minimum. GDL Removed.

Mature Students- If you are applying as a Mature Student, submit a transcript that includes your highest level of education completed in English, Math and Sciences.

**Driving Component (Corequisite)-

  • Register for Week 5 or 6 or 7,  Monday to Friday- 0830 to 1630 hrs. Day 1 & 2 Driving Theory at ESA. Day 3, 4, & 5 at a driving track in the Edmonton area.
  • It is recommended that you participate in an APDOC course following your EMR Program, although, you can choose to participate in an APDOC course prior to your EMR program. Both the EMR and APDOC must be successfully completed within 6 months.

**As required by the Alberta College of Paramedics, EMR students must complete an ACP approved, 40 hour professional driving course. The Alberta Paramedicine Driver Operator Course (APDOC) will be taught by industry leaders, Canadian Traffic Education Centre (CTEC). All driving component fees will be paid directly to CTEC by the student. The student will be responsible for registration and payment of fees to CTEC. Successful completion of the ESA EMR Program requires successful completion of the 40 hour Professional Driving Course. ESA recommends that students take the APDOC with CTEC which will fill Week 5 first, then Week 6, then Week 7. Maximum 8 students per course. Register early to secure your spot. Once a course is full, an additional course will be opened. Both components (EMR Program and APDOC) must be successfully completed within 6 months in order to receive an EMR Program Certificate and Transcript from ESA.

 

 

Application

To apply for the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Program at ESA, you must use the ESA application package from this website. There are two files to download near the top of this page.  Click on:

  • Download Alberta Enrolment Contract EMR
  • Download ESA Application - December 7, 2018 - We are having technical problems. Our EMR Application Package will be posted shortly. Please email info@ESAcanada.com if you would like to have an EMR Application Package emailed to you.

It is the responsibility of an applicant to ensure an application submitted to ESA is complete:

  • Application is filled out and signed
  • Prerequisites are complete and included
  • Payment is included
  • Alberta Enrolment Contract is completed, signed and dated.  

An applicant is not accepted into an EMR Program until a complete application has been processed and approved by ESA.  This includes a signed Enrolment Contract (a copy may be included in application; original signed copy of the contract must be submitted to ESA before classes start at ESA). 

Applicants will be accepted into the program until the application deadline or until the maximum class size of 24 is reached. At the maximum, students can be added to a wait list or select an alternate EMR program.

Mature Students

Mature Students may be accepted into an EMR Program at ESA.

If you do not meet the education requirements (Transcripts of Grade 12 High School Diploma/ GED/ equivalent or post-secondary education including English 30, Math 10 and Biology 30), forward an advance inquiry to ESA summarizing your education and work experience. Include the following details in your inquiry:

  • Formal education completed
  • Degrees, diplomas, certifications, courses or other relevant training
  • A transcript that includes your highest level of education completed in Math, English and Sciences
  • Work experience
  • Current occupation

Forward your inquiry to info@ESAcanada.com for review by the Registrar. You will be advised if you may proceed with an application to an EMR Program as a mature student.

2019 EMR Fees- Effective January 1, 2019

  • Administration Fee:     $125.00
  • Program Materials Fee (5% GST included):     $550.00
  • Tuition Fee (including Registration Fee of $500.00):     $2,400.00
  • Total EMR Fees- Payable to ESA:     $3,075.00

  • Additional Driving Component (Corequisite) Fee- Payable Directly to CTEC for APDOC : $1,150.00 + GST.

Payment of ESA Fees for EMR:

  • First Payment for EMR - Administration Fee ($125.00) + Program Materials Fee ($550.00) + Registration Fee ($500.00 credited to tuition) for a total payment of $1,175.00. This payment must be submitted with the Application to ESA.  
  • Registration Fee is credited towards Tuition. 
  • Second payment for EMR - Balance of Tuition Fees $1,900.00.  Due at the Mandatory Orientation at ESA.  

ESA may only accept the second payment before the Orientation at ESA if the fee is paid by a third party such as a government agency approved by the Private Career Colleges Branch. Third party payments may be made as a single payment covering all fees before the program at ESA.

Refund of Fees

  • Administration Fee: Non-refundable.
  • Program Materials Fee: Non-refundable once Online Learning has been accessed.
  • Registration Fee: If the Enrolment Contract with ESA is cancelled within five business days of signing, the Registration Fee is refunded. After five business days, the Registration Fee is non-refundable.
  • Tuition Fees: The EMR Program at ESA is licensed by the Private Career Colleges Branch, Alberta Advanced Education. Cancellation and refund policies for the EMR Program are made in accordance with Section 17(1) Private Vocational Training Regulation. Any refunds of tuition fees depend on the percentage of training provided as of the withdrawal date and are listed in the Enrolment Contract signed by ESA and the student.

Methods of Payment:  All program fees are payable to Emergency Services Academy Ltd. Payments may be made by cash, cheque, Visa, MasterCard, Amex and Debit Card. Cash payments must be for the correct amount as ESA does not keep any cash onsite.

Funds may be transferred to Emergency Services Academy Ltd. by INTERAC e-Transfer. There are two steps:

  1. Set up the e-transfer through your bank using the ESA email address: e-transfers@ESAcanada.com
     
  2. Send an email to e-transfers@ESAcanada.com with the answer to your security question.

Tuition Fees: Include EMR lectures and labs.

Online Learning: Students will receive an access code and course ID to access their online resources at the Mandatory Orientation.

EMR Fees provide accidental health and dental insurance coverage for students while attending ESA classes, off-site training and during practical assignments. EMR students are not covered under Workers Compensation.

Additional Expenses for the EMR Program & Additional Equipment Required

Stethoscope 

Students are required to have their own stethoscope for the EMR Program. This is not included in Program Materials Fees nor supplied by ESA. A Littman stethoscope is recommended. The Littman Classic II is the model used by ESA EMT/PCP students. This model is available online, with prices ranging from $75 to $120. Lower priced stethoscopes are also acceptable for the EMR Program.  

Safety Glasses

Students are required to have safety glasses for use during the EMR Program.
Safety glasses provide eye protection during practical training involving bodily fluids such as blood. Prices range from $15 to $100 and are available online and at many retailers such as Home Depot and WalMart.

Optional Expenses

Equipment is provided by ESA for students' use during the EMR Program. Purchase of optional equipment may include:

  • a mini maglite
  • universal scissors

Post Graduate Costs - ACP Fees

Registration as an EMR at the provincial or territorial level may be required before graduates can work as an EMR in Canada. Please confirm requirements and costs with the regional governing body in the area where you plan to work.

In Alberta, EMR graduates must pass the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) provincial exam and be registered with ACP before they are licensed to work as EMRs in Alberta. The ACP exam must be written within one year of graduating from the EMR Program.

ACP fees for 2018 are listed on the ACP website. 

  • ACP Application                      $100.00
  • ACP EMR Exam Fees             $800.00
  • ACP Annual Registration        $525.00

Provincial exam dates are scheduled by ACP throughout the year and are independent of training at ESA. Exam dates and current fees are listed on the ACP website.

Funding

The EMR Program at ESA is not eligible for Canada Student Loans and provincial loans and grants, as the period of study is shorter than the minimum 12 weeks required under these programs.   

For suggestions for alternate funding such as RESPs, please refer to Student Services on this website: www.esacanada.com/student-services#financial-aid

E-Learning Module

ESA's EMR Program has an e-Learning module which is to be completed in advance of the first day of classes at ESA.

Access to E-Learning is provided three weeks in advance of the first day of classes. 

E-Learning or pre-course/classtime preparation includes an orientation with an outline and review of the program materials, course preparation and study.  Access to e-Learning will be available for three months following the end of the program.

The EMR classes at ESA until December 31, 2018, consisted of sixteen days or 112 hours of instruction:

  • Theory and lectures using an online platform and e-Learning.  Access to a computer after classes is required.  Use of an iPad or similar computer (Windows or MAC) during classes is an option.
  • Practical training (scenarios and labs)

Additional study time is also recommended as the program is intensive.

EMR Program Content

The following lessons and labs are covered in classroom theory and practical lab sessions:

  • CPR
  • Introduction to Pre-hospital Care
  • Legal Considerations
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Primary Assessment
  • Airway Management
  • Respiratory Emergencies
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Automated External Defibrillation
  • Moving the Patient (Self Study)
  • Chest Trauma
  • Secondary Assessment
  • Abdominal Injuries
  • Abdominal Emergencies
  • Head Injuries
  • Special Senses Emergencies
  • Seizures
  • Unconscious Patients
  • Shock
  • Soft Tissue Injuries (Self Study)
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries (Self Study)
  • Burns
  • Cold Emergencies
  • Heat Emergencies
  • Diabetic Emergencies
  • Poisonings and Overdoses
  • Bites and Stings (Self Study)
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatric Emergencies
  • Psychological Support
  • Communications/Patient Care Reports
  • The Ambulance
  • Aeromedical Patients
  • Patient Management Simulation (Scenarios)
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Hazardous Materials (Self Study)
  • Multi Casualty Incidents (Self Study)
  • Geriatric Emergencies
  • Vehicle Extrication Theory
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Psychological Support
  • Pharmacology for the EMR

The most recent change to the EMR program in Alberta and required by ACP was the addition of a Professional Driver Improvement Course (PDIC) or driving component. At ESA, this content was added in March, 2015. This course is all didactic or theory and does not include any practical driving.  Topics covered:

  • Principles of defensive driving
  • The driver (attitude, fatigue, distractions, etc.) 
  • Vehicle care and inspections
  • The road and its users
  • Intersections
  • Winter conditions

Certificate Awarded: Upon successful completion of the Professional Driver Improvement Course, students will receive a Certificate issued by the Alberta Safety Council (ASC).  

Curriculum in 2019

Online Learning

ESA's EMR Program includes online learning which is to be completed in advance of the first day of the program at ESA and ongoing throughout the program.

Students will receive an access code and course ID to access their online resources at the Mandatory Orientation.

Program Hours

The EMR program at ESA includes twenty full-time days and 200 hours of instruction:

Program Hours:

Mandatory Orientation- 3 hours

The following information will be reviewed at the orientation:

  • Program Materials
  • Login information for online access to iTunesU
  • Login information for online access to JBLearning textbook and quizzes
  • Pre Study material and expectations
  • Program Schedule
  • Mark weighting
  • Didactic requirements
  • Practical requirements
  • Fitness requirements
  • Mental Health requirements
  • Patient Engagement requirements
  • Driving Component (Corequisite)
  • Daily Expectations

Online Learning- 20 Pre-Study hours + 16 hours

  • Students will receive their pre-study material at the orientation. Students must complete a pre-study assignment prior to the the first day of the program. On the first day of the program, students will submit their assignment and write an exam covering the pre-study material.
  • Students will need to schedule approximately 4 hours per week to complete online reading, chapter review and chapter quizzes.

Theory & Practical at ESA- 140 hours

  • Theory includes a combination of online learning and face to face lectures. Practical training includes scenarios, skill stations and high fidelity simulation.
  • Includes CPR recertification & ITLS Basic certification

Patient Engagement at ESA- 16 hours

  • EMR students will participate in high fidelity PCP scenarios throughout the program. Students will be required to assist in moving the patient, stretcher handling, obtaining vitals signs and patient history. Students will also be required to work as a team with other “healthcare providers” as well as develop a rapport with the patient.
  • Other options for Patient Engagement may include assessments on Fire or PCP students, interacting with clients at the Robin Hood Association or residents at Seniors Residences or blood pressure clinics in public facilities.

Fitness- 12 hours (minimum)

  • Students will receive a customized fitness plan developed by a professional fitness trainer. The fitness plan will include a variety of strength and cardiovascular workouts. Students will be required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of fitness training during the program.

Driving Component (Corequisite)- 40 hours

The Alberta Paramedicine Driver Operator Course (APDOC) is required for the completion of the EMR Program.

  • APDOC training is a 5 day demerit point reduction course approved by the Alberta College of Paramedics.
  • The course consists of 2 days of classroom theory and 3 days of practical exercises. These exercises cover vehicle inspections, defensive driving and skid recovery in a driving simulator.
  • On track exercises are performed in an ambulance to assist in the knowledge of vehicle dimensions, and cornering techniques. The exercises are practiced on a secure, closed course being supervised by highly experienced Advanced Driver Training Instructors. These exercises provide precise training with a complete understanding and control of the vehicle dynamics.

EMR Program Content

The following lessons and labs are included in the theory and practical training at ESA:

  • CPR
  • Automated External Defibrillation
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Pre-hospital Care
  • Legalities
  • Patient Assessment
  • Vital Signs
  • History Taking
  • Patient Management Simulation (Scenarios)
  • Pharmacology for the EMR
  • Medication Administration
  • Airway Management
  • Moving the Patient
  • Respiratory Emergencies
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Shock
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Head Injuries
  • Chest Trauma
  • Abdominal Injuries
  • Abdominal Emergencies
  • Neurological Emergencies
  • Seizures
  • Diabetic Emergencies
  • Poisonings and Overdoses
  • Burns
  • Bites and Stings
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatric Emergencies
  • Geriatric Emergencies
  • Psychological Emergencies
  • Mental Health for the First Responder
  • Communication and Documentation
  • Aeromedical Patients
  • The Ambulance
  • Multi Casualty Incidents
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Vehicle Extrication Theory

ESA Exams

  • EMR Essentials Exam
  • HSF - BLS Provider
  • ITLS Basic
  • Midterm
  • Final Exam
  • Final Skills Evaluation
  • Final Scenario Evaluation

Alberta College of Paramedics- Provincial Registration Examination

Graduates of the ESA EMR Program may apply for Provisional Registration as an EMR with the Alberta College of Paramedics. Once registered, graduates may apply to take the Provincial Registration Examination. Upon successful completion of the Provincial Registration Examination, you will receive an EMR Practice Permit and be added to the General Register.

 

Thanks for the Referral!

If a new student is accepted into an EMR, EMT/PCP or Professional Fire Fighter Program at ESA, and lists the name of a former/ current ESA student on their original application form in response to the question "How did you learn about ESA?", then we will mail the former/current ESA student a cheque. Referrals are paid out semi-annually. Our way of saying “Thanks for the referral!”

Referrals for EMR are $50.

 

Employment Standards

ESA is committed to providing a quality program that will produce a confident and competent EMR. Our graduates are employed by industry, ambulance services and fire departments.

EMRs work in all areas including rural and remote locations where they may provide the highest level of pre-hospital care. Many are involved with volunteer service organizations.

EMR is often a prerequisite for employment in Fire, EMS or integrated Fire/EMS services in Canada.  

ESA Graduates

Recent graduates from the ESA Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Program are working for various EMS, Fire and industrial services in Canada. Many of our EMR graduates have also taken our Professional Fire Fighter Program or Primary Paramedic Program and with the two/ three certifications, are successful in their applications to work for large emergency services departments.

Employment places for ESA EMR graduates include:

  • Alberta Health Services, Alberta
  • Arctic Response Canada Ltd., Yellowknife NT
  • Associated Ambulance
  • CALA Safety, Lac La Biche AB
  • Calgary Fire Department, Calgary AB
  • Canadian Industrial Paramedics, Edmonton AB
  • City of North Bay Fire Department, North Bay ON
  • Devon Fire Rescue, Devon AB
  • Echo Medical, Safety & Training, Edson AB
  • Edmonton Emergency Response Department, Edmonton AB
  • Edmonton Fire Rescue, Edmonton AB
  • Firemaster
  • HSE Integrated, Whitecourt AB; Grande Prairie AB
  • Interhospital Ambulance Services (IHAS), Edmonton AB
  • IPSEMS, Nisku AB
  • Koala-T First Aid Services, Dawson Creek BC
  • Leading Edge Medical Services
  • Marmot Ski Basin, Jasper AB
  • Maskwacis Ambulance Authority
  • Mud Creek Medics, Rocky Mountain House AB
  • Rocky Mountain Medical Mobile Services, Edson AB
  • Scott Safety
  • Stantec Consulting Ltd., Edmonton AB
  • Strathcona County Emergency Services, Sherwood Park AB
  • Team Alberta Lacrosse Medical
  • Vegreville Emergency Services, Vegreville AB

​If you are a graduate of our EMR Program and successful in finding employment, please contact ESA so that we can maintain current records.

 

  • Coworkers who work in the emergency services told me that ESA was "the king of all EMR schools". ESA prepares its students the best for their ACP exams.  (Sarah, EMR 1501C)
  • I really enjoyed the knowledge and expertise that the instructors possessed. They created a focused environment with the drive to learn and develop. (Ian, EMR 1501B)
  • Instructors were great. Doing hands on scenarios was very helpful. (Morgan - EMR 1104)
  • Excellent instructors and facilities, and extremely professional. Loved the course and was very well prepared for the ACP Exam. (Andrea - EMR 1107)
  • I learned a lot and I am looking forward to taking my Professional Fire Fighter program and EMT course at ESA in the near future! I will highly recommend ESA for EMS/Fire training to anyone interested. (Adam - EMR 1104)
  • [I enjoyed] the hands on learning and different perspectives of the instructors. I was also pleased with the pre-study quizzes. They really encouraged the students to be diligent and stay on course. If we were having trouble with anything, it was very clear that extra help was always available. (EMR 1107B)
  • I'm convinced that ESA's tough love learning system is the best in Alberta. (Michael - EMR 1301C)
  • Fast paced program with good delivery. (Gordon - EMR 1311A)
  • I really enjoyed the EMR program.  It was very challenging but I felt it prepared me well both for the ACP exam and for the EMS industry. (Kirsetn - EMR 1311B)
  • Your program was awesome.  I had found training related employment before joining the army as a Medical Technician, and am currently stationed in Borden, Ontario.  (Naomi - EMR 1207)
  • Working in industry is very eye-opening.  I was one of the very, very few EMRs to work in a clinic...with Paramedics who were willing to teach and help me along.  (Jesse - EMR 1305)
  • I really enjoy my career as an EMR.  I work full-time in the Oil & Gas industry.  Thank you for the excellent training.  Cheers! (Connie - EMR 1308)
  • Really good instruction! Wouldn't change anything about having different teachers everyday. It's nice to fill the toolbox from everyone!
    (Linda - EMR 1503B)
  • The instructors are great, they're fun, share lots of real life experience, and give the class a relaxed atmosphere. The "real" scenarios and MCIs were an amazing shift in perspective from the stiff word for word surveys we practiced,to learning to apply it effectively in stressful and dynamic situations.
    (Michael - EMR 1503B)
     

FROM THE BEST...

"As I am applying for Paramedic scool, I am finding that I am very prepared, especially looking through my old EMT school work. I felt prepared for my EMT career when I left ESA, but I am only now beginning to realize how in depth the EMT course was and it's going to benefit me as I prepare to return to school. "
- Heidi, EMT