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What is EMR?

​This Flyer will answer a lot questions about EMR.  You can also read the frequently asked questions below.


Q:  Who should take EMR?
A:  Any student interested in a career in emerency services (police, ambulance, fire), medical careers (nurse, LPN, doctor) or just interested in having more training.

Q:  What level of first aid is EMR?
A:  It is the highest level of first aid short of taking a paramedic course.  The next level after EMR would be the Primary Care Paramedic program.

Q:  Where is the course offered?
A:  At Rutland Senior Secondary School

Q:  How many credits is EMR?
A:  EMR is 8 credits towards graduation.  There is an online course and a classroom course, so consider it like taking two courses

Q:  Can a student form another school take EMR at Rutland Senior?
A:  Yes.  It is open to the whole district.  You woul be responsible for getting here.  Schedules match with OKM, GESS and MBSS.  Students from KSS should consult with their counsellor.

Q:  What kind of certification will I get?
A:  You will get a Advanced First Aid - Health Care Provider card that is good for 3 years.  You will also get your EMR certificate (assuming you pass all the exams).  This allows you to write your EMR license exams from the government if you wish to work as an EMR.  If you want to go into the Primary Care Paramedic program, all you need is the certificate.  EMR students can also challenge their First Responder exam if they wish to be firefighters.

Q:  Is there a fee?
A:  Yes, a fee of $270 is paid to the Justice Institute of BC (whose course we are using).  Note that outside of high school the EMR course costs about $1500.

Q:  How is EMR compared to other classroom courses?
A:  EMR is different in that most of the theory is learned on your own through the online course.  Most of the classroom course is used for hands-on practical training.  There is very little note taking or lecturing.