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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 a 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 Primary Care Paramedic programs in Alberta. It is also often a prerequisite for those seeking a career in the fire service.

Our EMR Program is approved by the Alberta College of Paramedics and is licensed with the Private Career Colleges branch, Alberta Advanced Education.  

Questions?    Contact us today.   

Delivery Full-time (Monday to Friday)
Program Length 8 weeks: 4 Weeks Pre Study + 4 Weeks Face to Face
Class Size Minimum 8; Maximum 24
Next Program Start Date December 6, 2022

Program Details

Important information regarding the EMR Program

Commencing 2022, EMR 2022-01, the EMR program curriculum and fees will include ESA’s Ambulance Operator Course. The program was developed by ESA to meet the Alberta College of Paramedics Professional Operator Course Objectives and Ambulance Operator Course Standards. The course includes instruction, assessment and evaluation in the academic and simulated setting performance environments. EMR 2022-01 and on will no longer be required to complete the APDOC corequisite.

ESA program dates and fees are subject to change.

2022 EMR Dates

Program Code - EMR 2022-08 (Full Time) - Tuesday, August 2, 2022 to Thursday, September 29, 2022

Application Deadline – Friday, July 22, 2022.  No further applications will be accepted after July 22, 2022. 

Access to Self Study Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation at ESA

Mandatory Orientation (First Day of Program) - Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 1700hrs  to 1900 hrs - at ESA

ESA Classroom Sessions - Tuesday, August 30 to Thursday, September 29, 2022, at ESA

  • Week 1 - 4  - Tuesday to Friday (Aug 30 - Sept 23, 2022) - 0830 to 1630 hrs
  • Week 5 - Monday to Thursday (Sept 26 - Sept 29, 2022) - 0830 to 1630 hrs

 

Program Code - EMR 2022-08B (Part time/Weekends) - Tuesday, August 23, 2022 to Sunday, December 11, 2022

Application Deadline – Friday, August 12, 2022.  No further applications will be accepted after August 12, 2022. 

Access to Self Study Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation at ESA

Mandatory Orientation (First Day of Program) - Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 1700hrs  to 1900 hrs - at ESA

ESA Classroom Sessions - Saturday, September 24 to Sunday, December 11, 2022, at ESA are from 0830hrs to 1630hrs

  • September 24, 25 
  • October 1, 2, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
  • November 5, 6, 19, 20, 26, 27
  • December 3, 4, 10, 11

No Classes: Thanksgiving Weekend (Oct 8 & 9) and Remembrance Day Weekend (Nov 12 & 13)

 

Program Code - EMR 2022-10 (Full Time) - Tuesday, October 11, 2022 to Friday, December 2, 2022 - PROGRAM FULL

Application Deadline – Friday, September 30, 2022.  No further applications will be accepted after September 30, 2022. 

Access to Self Study Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation at ESA

Mandatory Orientation (First Day of Program) - Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 1700hrs  to 1900 hrs - at ESA

ESA Classroom Sessions - Friday, November 4 to Friday, December 2, 2022, at ESA

  • Week 1 - Friday (Nov 4, 2022) - 0830 to 1630 hrs - in lieu of Nov 11, 2022
  • Week 2 - Monday to Thursday (Nov 7-10) - 0830 to 1630 hrs 
  • Week 3 -  Monday to Friday (Nov 14-18) - 0830 to 1630 hrs
  • Week 4 -  Monday to Friday (Nov 21-25) - 0830 to 1630 hrs
  • Week 5 - Monday to Friday (Nov 28 - Dec 2) - 0830 to 1630 hrs

No Classes: Friday, November 11, 2022 Remembrance Day 

 

Program Code - EMR 2022-12 (Full Time) - Tuesday, December 6, 2022 to Friday, January 27, 2023

Application Deadline – Friday, November 25, 2022.  No further applications will be accepted after November 25, 2022. 

Access to Self Study Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation at ESA

Mandatory Orientation (First Day of Program) - Tuesday, December 6, 2022, 1700hrs  to 1900 hrs - at ESA

ESA Classroom Sessions - Tuesday, January 3 to Friday, January 27, 2023, at ESA

  • Week 1 - Tuesday to Saturday (Jan 3-7, 2023) - 0830 to 1630 hrs -Sat in lieu of Jan 2, 2023
  •  Week 2, 3 & 4 - Monday to Friday - 0830 to 1630 hrs 

 

2023 EMR Dates

Program Code - EMR 2023-01 (Full Time) - Tuesday, January 24, 2023 to Friday, March 17, 2023

Application Deadline – Friday, January 13, 2023.  No further applications will be accepted after January 13, 2023. 

Access to Self Study Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation at ESA

Mandatory Orientation (First Day of Program) - Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 1700hrs  to 1900 hrs - at ESA

ESA Classroom Sessions - Tuesday, February 21 to Friday, March 17, 2023, at ESA

  • Week 1 - Tuesday to Saturday (Feb 21-25, 2023) - 0830 to 1630 hrs -Sat in lieu of February 20, 2023 (Family Day)
  • Week 2, 3 & 4 - Monday to Friday (Feb 27 - March 17) - 0830 to 1630 hrs 

 

Program Code - EMR 2023-02 (Part time/Weekends) - Thursday, February 16, 2023 to Sunday, June 4, 2023

Application Deadline – Thursday, February 9, 2023.  No further applications will be accepted after February 9, 2023. 

Access to Self Study Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation at ESA

Mandatory Orientation (First Day of Program) - Thursday, February 16, 2023, 1700hrs  to 1900 hrs - at ESA

ESA Classroom Sessions - Saturday, March 18 to Sunday, June 4, 2023, at ESA from 0830hrs to 1630hrs

  • March 18, 19, 25, 26
  • April 1, 2, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
  • May 6, 7, 13, 14, 27, 28
  • June 3, 4

No Classes - Easter Weekend (Apr 8 & 9) and Victoria Day Weekend (May 20 & 21)

 

Program Code - EMR 2023-03 (Full Time) - Tuesday, March 28, 2023 to Friday, May 19, 2023

Application Deadline – Friday, March 17, 2023.  No further applications will be accepted after March 17, 2023. 

Access to Self Study Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation at ESA

Mandatory Orientation (First Day of Program) - Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 1700hrs  to 1900 hrs - at ESA

ESA Classroom Sessions - Monday, April 24 to Friday, May 19, 2023, at ESA

  •  Week 1, 2, 3 & 4 - Monday to Friday (Apr 24 - May 19) - 0830 to 1630 hrs 

 

Program Code - EMR 2023-08 (Full Time) - Tuesday, August 8, 2023 to Friday, September 29, 2023

Application Deadline – Friday, July 28, 2023.  No further applications will be accepted after July 28, 2023. 

Access to Self Study Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation at ESA

Mandatory Orientation (First Day of Program) - Tuesday, August 8, 2023, 1700hrs  to 1900 hrs - at ESA

ESA Classroom Sessions - Tuesday, September 5 to Friday, September 29, 2023, at ESA

  • Week 1 - Tuesday to Saturday (Sep 5-9, 2023) - 0830 to 1630 hrs -Sat in lieu of September 4, 2023 (Labour Day)
  • Week 2, 3 & 4 - Monday to Friday (Sep 11-29) - 0830 to 1630 hrs 

 

Program Code - EMR 2023-08B (Part time/Weekends) - Thursday, August 17, 2023 to Saturday, December 9, 2023

Application Deadline – Friday, August 11, 2023.  No further applications will be accepted after August 11, 2023. 

Access to Self Study Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation at ESA

Mandatory Orientation (First Day of Program) - Thursday, August 17, 2023, 1700hrs  to 1900 hrs - at ESA

ESA Classroom Sessions - Saturday, September 16 to Saturday, December 9, 2023, at ESA from 0830hrs to 1630hrs

  • September 16, 17, 23, 24
  • October 1, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • November 4, 5, 18, 19, 25, 26
  • December 2, 3, 9

No Classes - Truth and Reconciliation Day (Sep 30), Thanksgiving Weekend (Oct 7 & 8) and Remembrance Day Weekend (Nov 11 & 12)

 

Program Code - EMR 2023-10 (Full Time) - Tuesday, October 10, 2023 to Friday, December 1, 2023

Application Deadline – Friday, September 29, 2023.  No further applications will be accepted after September 29, 2023. 

Access to Self Study Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation at ESA

Mandatory Orientation (First Day of Program) - Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 1700hrs  to 1900 hrs - at ESA

ESA Classroom Sessions - Monday, November 6 to Friday, December 1, 2023, at ESA

  •  Week 1, 2, 3 & 4 - Monday to Friday (Nov 6 - Dec 1) - 0830 to 1630 hrs 

 

Program Code - EMR 2023-12 (Full Time) - Tuesday, December 5, 2023 to Friday, January 26, 2024

Application Deadline – Friday, November 24, 2023.  No further applications will be accepted after November 24, 2023. 

Access to Self Study Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation at ESA

Mandatory Orientation (First Day of Program) - Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 1700hrs  to 1900 hrs - at ESA

ESA Classroom Sessions - Tuesday, January 2, 2024 to Friday, January 26, 2024, at ESA

  • Week 1 - Tuesday to Saturday (Jan 2-6, 2023) - 0830 to 1630 hrs -Sat in lieu of January 1, 2024 (New Years Day)
  • Week 2, 3 & 4 - Monday to Friday (Jan 8-26) - 0830 to 1630 hrs 

 

Program Code - EMR 2023-12B (Part time/Weekends) - Thursday, December 7, 2023 to Sunday, March 17, 2024

Application Deadline – Friday, December 1, 2023.  No further applications will be accepted after December 1, 2023. 

Access to Self Study Learning – Will be provided at the mandatory orientation at ESA

Mandatory Orientation (First Day of Program) - Thursday, December 7, 2023, 1700hrs  to 1900 hrs - at ESA

ESA Classroom Sessions - Saturday, January 6, 2024 to Sunday, March 17, 2024, at ESA from 0830hrs to 1630hrs

  • January 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
  • February 3, 4, 10, 11, 24, 24
  • March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17

No Classes - Family Day Weekend (Feb 17 & 18)

  • 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.
  • Alberta College of Paramedics 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 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)
  • ITLS Basic Certificate (ITLS)
  • Driving Component (Corequisite)- APDOC Certificate (Alberta Paramedicine Driver Operator Course) issued by APDOC Provider.

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 or equivalent.
  • 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. 

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

Commencing 2022, EMR 2022-01, the EMR program curriculum and fees will include ESA’s Ambulance Operator Course. The program was developed by ESA to meet the Alberta College of Paramedics Professional Operator Course Objectives and Ambulance Operator Course Standards. The course includes instruction, assessment and evaluation in the academic and simulated setting performance environments. EMR 2022-01 and on will no longer be required to complete the APDOC corequisite.

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 

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 educational requirements, please contact ESA to request a Mature Student Application form.  

Forward your completed Mature Student Application form 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.

2023 EMR Fees - Effective for EMR Programs starting after January 1, 2023

  • Administration Fee:     $125.00
  • Program Materials Fee (5% GST included):     $600.00
  • Tuition Fee (including Registration Fee of $500.00):     $3,400.00
  • Total EMR Fees - Payable to ESA:     $4,125.00

Commencing 2022, EMR 2022-01, the EMR program curriculum and fees will include ESA’s Ambulance Operator Course. The program was developed by ESA to meet the Alberta College of Paramedics Professional Operator Course Objectives and Ambulance Operator Course Standards. The course includes instruction, assessment and evaluation in the academic and simulated setting performance environments. EMR 2022-01 and on will no longer be required to complete the APDOC corequisite.

​Payment of ESA Fees for EMR (2023):

  • First Payment for EMR - Administration Fee ($125.00) + Program Materials Fee ($600.00) + Registration Fee ($500.00 credited to tuition) for a total payment of $1,225.00. This payment must be submitted with the Application to ESA.  
  • Registration Fee is credited towards Tuition. 
  • Second payment for EMR - Balance of Tuition Fees $2,900.00.  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 using the ESA email address:  e-Transfers@ESAcanada.com

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

Commencing 2022, EMR 2022-01, the EMR program curriculum and fees will include ESA’s Ambulance Operator Course. The program was developed by ESA to meet the Alberta College of Paramedics Professional Operator Course Objectives and Ambulance Operator Course Standards. The course includes instruction, assessment and evaluation in the academic and simulated setting performance environments. EMR 2022-01 and on will no longer be required to complete the APDOC corequisite.

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.   

Safety Glasses

Safety glasses provide eye protection during practical training involving bodily fluids such as blood. This is not included in Program Materials Fees nor supplied by ESA.   

Watch

Students are required to have a watch for the EMR program. This is required for taking vital signs. This is not included in Program Materials Fees nor supplied by ESA.   

Penlight

Students are required to have a penlight for the EMR program. This is not included in Program Materials Fees nor supplied by ESA.   

Optional Expenses

Equipment is provided by ESA for students' use during the EMR Program. Purchase of suggested equipment includes:

  • universal scissors

Post Graduate Costs

The Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) Exam

A registration exam is a requirement for most new EMR, PCP and ACP applicants for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics. (The exception to this is those who are licensed in another province or have education or experience deemed equivalent by the Registrar.)

The Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) examinations are the approved registration examinations required of applicants applying to the general register of the College. (Please note: The COPR examinations now take the place of the former Provincial Registration Examinations. For more information, please see Changes to Alberta Exams.)

The COPR examinations are currently issued in all three currently recognized designations in Alberta:

  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  • Primary Care Paramedic (PCP)
  • Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP)

Information on the COPR Examinations

Information on the COPR Examinations can be found here: https://www.copr.ca/examinations/information-and-application-process/

COPR has many resources for exam candidates, including an Examination Handbook that includes information about the process, including: eligibility requirements, what to expect when applying for the exam, what happens after you apply for the exam, what happens on exam day and what to expect following the exam.

If you have any questions, please email Exams@ABparamedics.com.

The EMR registration exam for Alberta registration is now being offered by COPR. All registration for the next exam is being coordinated by COPR.

Click here for instructions.

Any COPR exam application questions should be directed to: coordinator@copr.ca

The Alberta College of Paramedics Registration Fees

To practice paramedicine or use the title of paramedic in Alberta, all Emergency Medical Responders (EMR), Primary Care Paramedics (PCP) and Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP) must be registered with the College and hold an active practice permit.

Alberta College of Paramedics registration fees are listed on the Alberta College of Paramedics website.  abparamedics.com

 

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

Curriculum

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 Google Classroom
  • 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-  Pre-Study hours - 32 hours

  • Students will receive their pre-study material at the orientation. Students must complete a pre-study assignment and an Anatomy & Physiology online course 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 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 be provided with 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 and log a minimum of 12 hours of fitness training during the program, on their own time.  Sample strength and cardio workouts are included in the EMR Google Classroom program. Students are encouraged to also engage in other physical fitness activities.

Driving Component - 40 hours

Commencing 2022, EMR 2022-01, the EMR program curriculum and fees will include ESA’s Ambulance Operator Course. The program was developed by ESA to meet the Alberta College of Paramedics Professional Operator Course Objectives and Ambulance Operator Course Standards. The course includes instruction, assessment and evaluation in the academic and simulated setting performance environments. EMR 2022-01 and on will no longer be required to complete the APDOC corequisite.

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 Provider
  • Midterm
  • Final Exam
  • Skills Evaluation
  • Final Scenario Evaluation

Alberta College of Paramedics - Provincial Registration Examination

A registration exam is a requirement for most new EMR, PCP and ACP applicants for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics. (The exception to this is those who are licensed in another province or have education or experience deemed equivalent by the Registrar.)

The Canadian Organization of Paramedic Regulators (COPR) examinations are the approved registration examinations required of applicants applying to the general register of the College. (Please note: The COPR examinations now take the place of the former Provincial Registration Examinations. For more information, please see Changes to Alberta Exams.)

Thanks for the Referral!

If a new student is accepted into an EMR, 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 e-transfer the former/current ESA student. 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 EMR graduates 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)
  • I am definitely happy I chose ESA for the EMR program, don't think I could've gotten better instruction anywhere else. (Ramsey - EMR 1809)
  • Loved the course and the instructor. No questions went unanswered! (Conner - EMR 1809)
  • I really enjoyed learning from instructors who are currently in the field, and have a ton of real world stories/experience to share with the lessons. (Niklaus - EMR 1810)
  • I really enjoyed the EMR program. I loved having a variety of instructors with different backgrounds and experiences and I felt like it was a great atmosphere overall. The format of the classes made for very practical learning. (Lindsay - EMR 1801)
  • I enjoyed the real life experience of all instructors, the daily scenarios were a lot of fun, every day flew by. (Shane - EMR 1810)
  • *very hands on *brilliant instructors *great admin staff *high expectations *team like structure *t shirts *instructors were always respectful of students and each other (Jenica- EMR 1810)
  • The half days of scenarios were a blast and all the skill stations were a lot of fun, along with the teachers because every single teacher was friendly and super helpful. (Cole - EMR 1902)
  • I enjoy the content and the scenario practice a lot, the instructors and environment were very positive. (Aidan - EMR 1902)
  • I enjoyed the small classes which really ensured that teacher to student ratio was good. (Calista - EMR 1905)
  • The hands on work and slides were fantastic. The instructors are very knowledgeable and patient. (Amanda - EMR 1906)
  • it was a great introduction to the emergency services field. the information was always interesting and i never found myself bored. the instructors were amazing. (Natalie - EMR 1906)
  • I really enjoyed the amount of hands-on experience we got with this course. The instructors were all very clear, concise, and helpful with any questions I had! (Tina - EMR 1907)
  • The EMR program was very well put together, the instructors were very helpful and easy to get along with and willing to take the time to help every student succeed. I had a lot of fun during this course. (Sally - EMR 1907)
  • I enjoyed how small my class was and how hands on the learning and training was. (Jeremy - EMR 1908)
  • I loved the instructors, all were very nice, helpful, and funny. Scenario practice helped a lot! (Cassandra - EMR 1911)
  • Nearly everything about the program was great. Having different, active duty instructors coming through and sharing their knowledge and experiences was extremely valuable. The equipment was well maintained and utilized. The facility was clean and professional looking. (Cailtin - EMR 1911)
  • The instructors were what made the learning experience so enjoyable. (McKenna, EMR 1911)

FROM THE BEST...

""To all of you from ESA who were instrumental in 0909, I want to say thank you. A couple weeks ago my chief handed me a red helmet, lieutenant badge, and radio. ESA 0909 was such a critical part of allowing me to have some success as a firefighter, and now as a fire officer. Thank you for your investment in providing solid and passionate training to the fire service. I, for one, appreciate it more than I can say, but I will say, thank you." Message received from Chris - Fire 0909. Congratulations Chris!"
-Chris, Fire 0909