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Emergency Medical Responder/Technician (EMR/EMT) Certificate

A One-Year Program
Program Coordinator: James Medford

When people are in need and lives are on the line, well-trained emergency medical professionals can be the difference between life and death.  This comprehensive 1-year program will challenge you academically and spiritually as you prepare for service in a demanding and rewarding career.

Credentials Awarded
Certificate of Ministry from Prairie as well as certification in Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) from Professional Medical Associates (PMA). 

Professional Medical Associates has approval through the Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP) and the Health Disciplines Board of Alberta. The EMR/EMT program is accredited as a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program. Accreditation of the program by the Canadian Medical Association allows for national mobility and recognition. Successful completion of the EMR and EMT courses provides eligibility to write the ACP exams. Successfully completing these exams provides eligibility for registration with the Alberta College of Paramedics.

Program Overview
This program combines a biblical/theological foundation from Prairie with credentialed faith-integrated emergency medical services training from Professional Medical Associates delivered in a seamless holistic experience.

Students complete all of the classroom courses and labs on Prairie’s campus. This allows for a unique student experience that includes chapel, spiritual life conferences, service opportunities, small groups, sports and other co-curricular activities.

Students are required to successfully complete the biblical/theological courses in the Fall semester in order to enter the EMR course beginning in January. The EMR course is designed to develop competencies required to appropriately manage traumatic and medical emergencies. Successful completion of the EMR course, a practical scenario as well as a selection exam/interview process is required to enter the EMT course.

The EMT course includes material in Section 12(1) of the Health Disciplines Act, as well as the Alberta Competency Profile from the ACP and the National Occupational Competency Profile of the Paramedic Association of Canada at the PCP level. The classroom component of the EMT course will be completed by the end of June.

Students will then be involved in a hospital component as well as an ambulance practicum which takes place at a supervised emergency ambulance service in Alberta.

Academic Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma with a 60% average in five Grade 12 subjects including English.

Non Academic Admission Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Up-to-date immunizations.
  • CPR Health Care Provider Level Certificate must be updated every 12 months
  • Criminal Record Check (CRC) with a Vulnerable Sector Search. Students are responsible for informing faculty of any changes to their PIC's. The Police Information Check must be dated no earlier than ninety (90) days prior to the start of the EMT program.
  • Free of any medical condition that would interfere with your performance in emergency medical care such as infectious disease, a physical condition that would prevent you from lifting and carrying a stretcher of an adult patient, and/or uncontrolled epilepsy or other convulsive disorders.

For further information about admissions requirements please contact the Admissions Office at (800) 661-2425 or



Fall Semester - Term 1
ST 100 The Christian Life (3 cr)
OT 112 Reading the Torah (3 cr)
HF 110 Written Composition (1.5 cr)

Fall Semester - Term 2
NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts (3 cr)
TH 105 Theology in Vocation (3 cr)
HF 110 Written Composition (1.5 cr)

Winter Semester - Term 1
Emergency Medical Responder Course

Winter Semester - Term 2
 Emergency Medical Technician Course

Practicum (July - September)
We cannot guarantee that practicum sites will be available in the Three Hills vicinity. Practicum length varies dependent on the call volume and student aptitude. Practicum completion is based on competency, not merely fulfilling a prescribed amount of hours.

Integrating the faith growing experience with emergency medical service training requires an intensive consecutive one-year program, with only intermittent short breaks.

For costs and breakdown of fees click here.

  • Variations in costs are dependent on scholarships, number of tuition credits taken, transfer credits.
  • EMR/EMT textbooks are provided and costs are included in the program fee.

Costs not included in the fees:

  • Costs associated with practicum such as travel, food and lodging
  • Criminal Record Check (CRC) with vulnerable sector selected
  • Textbooks for any courses other than EMR/EMT specific courses
  • Stethoscope (Approximately $105 for the correct type)
  • Uniforms are provided during the EMT program (one pants, one shirt). Additional uniforms may be purchased.  Also, recommended at the EMT level but not provided are a uniform style belt (not a belt carrier) and uniform black CSA approved boots though shoes are acceptable provided they are CSA approved.
  • ACP EMR exam
  • ACP EMT exam
  • ACP EMR Registration Fee
  • ACP EMT Registration Fee

There is no tuition refund for the EMR or EMT course after beginning the specific course. All course refunds will follow refund policies as outlined in the Academic Guide. 

Financial Aid
For Prairie Financial Aid click here.

Student Loans
Full-time provincial student loans are not available for the EMR/EMT Certificate program. Part-time Canada student loans may be applied for but only for the EMR/EMT portion of the program delivered by Professional Medical Associates (PMA) which begins in January.

Call our Financial Aid Office (403-443-3042) for more information on how to fill out the application and where to send it once it is completed.



Prairie Bible Institute
Box 4000
Three Hills, AB T0M 2N0

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