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Primary Care Paramedic Certificate


Intake
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer

Study Options
  • Work
    Experience
  • Program Start Date
    Varies based on enrollment
  • Campuses
    Chilliwack

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    Kelowna

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    City of Kelowna
    New Westminster

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    City of New Westminster
    Victoria

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    City of Victoria
  • Length
    30 Credits (8 months full-time; OR 17 months part-time)
  • Tuition Estimate
    (domestic students)
    $5,000 Total (domestic students); $14,650 Total (international students)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $1,350 Total
  • Credential Granted
    Certificate
  • Learning Method Options
    • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online)
    • Off-site

    Full-time (1-month online + 4-month classroom + off-site practicum); or Part-time (1-month online + 12.5-month workshops delivered in various rural and regional sites + off-site practicum)

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out JIBC's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice

Please visit the Primary Care Paramedic Certificate Program Webpage for details pertaining to dates and deadlines of upcoming intakes (click on the “Program Details” tab).

Application Fee: $75 (domestic students); $150 (international students)

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade in brackets)

1. High school graduation or mature student status (be at least 21 years old)

2. English 12 (C) or equivalent

Non-Academic

  • Proof of completion of both Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Certificate and Basic Life Support (BLS) within the last 3 years*
  • Up-to-date immunizations (including the required Hepatitis B serology report confirming immunity) 
  • Fill out the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Program Document Submission Form (in addition to an online application to JIBC)
  • Take the online EMR Level Medical Knowledge Test
  • Criminal Record Check (upon acceptance into the program; instructions will be provided to you)
Note(*): Basic Life Support (BLS) is included in the JIBC EMR Certificate. If you complete your EMR Certificate outside of JIBC, you will may need to complete your BLS certificate separately. 

Admission Advice

1. The full-time program will be offered in New Westminster, Victoria, Chilliwack and Kelowna as well as two to three larger community locations (such as Prince George, Terrace and Trail) in British Columbia.

2. Acceptable equivalent Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Certificate include the following completed within the last three years (you will need one of):

  • JIBC PARA-1050 
  • JIBC PARA-1051
  • Valid EMR License PLUS Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Non-JIBC EMR Certification PLUS Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Current OFA Level 3 PLUS Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Other requests for equivalency will be reviewed at time of application. Equivalent must include Basic Life Support (BLS)

3. As part of the selection process, candidates will be ranked based on the results of the EMR Level Medical Knowledge Test combined with any supporting documents that have been received through the admissions process. This online test will assess your level of knowledge relative to the medical science knowledge needed for entering the PCP program. This test will be administered online over a set 3-day period for each intake.  Exam dates can be found with the application intake/deadline information (click on the 'Program Details' tab).  You will be provided with access to the Candidate Assessment Online Campus just prior to the exam dates.

4. Admission to the Primary Care Paramedic program is contingent of availability of seats, completion of all admission criteria, submission of supporting documentation and applicant ranking as determined by a selection process.

5. Additional points may be granted in the selection process for the following:

  • A Grade 12 science course (biology, anatomy & physiology, chemistry, or physics), and/or
  • Previous volunteer work (supported by letter of reference from organization) 

6. If you are an international student, please note about the additional English proficiency requirements. For more information, please view the International Application Package or email international@jibc.ca


 

2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy JIBC's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you are required to take English Language Proficiency Requirement through one of the following ways:

  • English 12 (C) or English Studies 12 (C) or English First Peoples 12 (C) or equivalent 
  • One of the testing options (must be written within 24 months of the program start date):
    • IELTS Academic = at least 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0
    • TOEFL iBT = at least 80 overall, with at least 20 in each band
    • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Test) = at least 60 overall, with 50 in each skill band
    • Cambridge English Exams = score of C in C1 Advanced
    • CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test) = at least 7 in each skill band
    • PTE (Pearson Test of English) = at least 58 overall
    • Duolingo English Test = at least score of 110 (taken after February 1, 2020 and will be accepted for the Winter 2022 intake)
  • Vancouver Community College's ELSK 0815 (S) and ELSK 0820 (S)

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

Institutional Admission Requirements for all JIBC programs of 30 credits or more are listed as below:

1. High school graduation or mature student status (21 years or older)

2. English 12 (C) or English First Peoples 12 (C) or equivalent

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

In addition to satisfying JIBC's Institutional Admission Requirements, you must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile for JIBC in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database.

Out-of-Province

In addition to satisfying JIBC's Institutional Admission Requirements, you must meet the specific admission requirements of your intended program. The program-specific admission requirements are detailed within each program profile for JIBC in EducationPlannerBC's Program Search Database.

BC Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward a program at JIBC. Please refer to JIBC's Transfer Credit web page. Use BC Transfer Guide to check course transferability/equivalency of courses completed in BC. 

Transfer credit is not done automatically. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process. To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission, along with a Transfer Credit Request form. A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you have completed some post-secondary studies at another institution, you can possibly earn transfer credits toward a program at JIBC. Please refer to JIBC's Transfer Credit web page

Transfer credit is not done automatically. Students are responsible for initiating the transfer credit process. To receive transfer credit, you must submit an official transcript with your Application for Admission or Readmission, along with a Transfer Credit Request form. A detailed course description may also be required before credit can be evaluated (if your education was obtained outside of BC and/or was completed some years ago).

Mature Student

Mature Student = an applicant who does not have high school graduation or equivalent, and is at least 21 years of age. Applicants in the mature student admission category must meet all other admission requirements of their intended program of study. 

 

International Student

Details for international applicants on how to apply is available here. 

Click here for details on JIBC's programs and resources for international students

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Not Applicable

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