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Health Sciences (EMS) Diploma

  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Courses in this program are offered using online and/or hybrid delivery method in Winter/Spring 2021 due to COVID-19. Confirm directly with JIBC about the learning method.

  • Program Start Date
    September, January, May
  • Campuses
    New Westminster


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    City of New Westminster
  • Length
    60 credits (Two Years)
  • Tuition Estimate
    $11,200 Total
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2000 - $2500 Total
  • Credential Granted
  • Learning Method Options
    • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online)
    • Temporarily online/hybrid for Winter/Spring 2021

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

All applications and supporting documents must be received by JIBC no later than the application deadline. 

Program Start Date

Application Open

Application Deadline

Winter (January) 2021

May 18, 2020

October 23, 2020

Summer (May) 2021

May 18, 2020

February 19, 2021

Fall (September) 2021

May 18, 2020

June 25, 2021

*Check admission deadlines for future program start dates directly with JIBC (click on Application Due Dates tab)*

Application Fee: $75

1) Program Admission Requirements

Academic (minimum grade needed in brackets)

1. One of:

  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • mature student status

2. English

One of:

  • English 12 (C)
  • English 12 First Peoples (C)
  • equivalent

3. Math 11 (C) or equivalent 

4. Biology

One of:

  • Life Sciences 11 (C+)
  • Biology 11 (C+)
  • equivalent
Note: Mature students (at least 25 years old) are exempt from the high school graduation requirement but must meet the course requirements.


  • current Emergency Medical Responder Certification (PCP, ACP and ITT Practitioners must provide proof of completion of the higher level of certification to be exempt from this requirement)
  • completed Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) Certificate or meet the admission requirements for the PCP Certificate

Admission Advice

1. If you do not have Emergency Medical Responder (EMP) Certification, you can take it at JIBC. Click here to see JIBC's 15-day EMR program

2. If you do not have Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) certification or equivalent, you must submit a separate application to JIBC's PCP program. The PCP component has additional admission requirements (detailed on the PCP program page), which are not covered in the list above. It is recommended that you secure a seat in the PCP program before submitting your application to the Health Sciences Diploma program. 

3. If you are missing academic entrance requirements, you have the option of taking upgrading courses. 


2) Institution Admission Requirements

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

English Language Requirements


One of the following (minimum score):

  • A "C" grade in English 12 or English Literature 12 or equivalent 
  • A TOEFL iBT = 80 overall, with at least a score of 20 in each of the Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing sections
  • An IELTS = 6.5 overall, with no band less than 6.0
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Placement Test (CLB) = 7 Listening, 7 Speaking, 7 Reading, 7 Writing
  • Canadian Academic English Language Test (CAEL) = 60 overall, with at least 50 on all subtests 
  • Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) = "C" in C1 Advanced 
  • VCC's ELSK 0815 and ELSK 0820 (with a grade of "Satisfactory" on both
  • A grade of 3 or "C" in Advance Placement (AP) English Language or Literature
  • A grade of 6 or "C" in International Baccalaureate English Level A (higher level)
  • An undergraduate degree from an English speaking post-secondary institution
  • Other equivalents may be considered by the registrar

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

English Language Requirement - You must have proficiency in English at a level suitable for your desired program.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

There are no specific institute admission requirements beyond the regular program admission requirements for JIBC program offerings.


There are no specific institute admission requirements beyond the regular program admission requirements for JIBC program offerings.

BC Transfer Student

Click here for information on transfer credits.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

Click here for information on transfer credits.

Mature Student

Not Applicable


International Student

Admission requirements for international students can be found on this page

Click here for details on JIBC's International Programs.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Not Applicable

How to Apply

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