AHASTI - Emergency Medical Responder

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Our EMR course is a 140 hour blend of independent study and instructor guided learning. The 90 hour classroom work is structured to train students to work as members of the EMS community through lecture and lab practice. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 50 hours of independent home study prior to the first day, using the course material provided, to round out the learning process. Topic areas are first presented by examining the theory related to a particular injury followed by the practical aspect of emergency care for that injury. The course outline provides the order of presentation of topics to allow you to study applicable sections prior to delivery of lectures. The last day of the course will be devoted to a written exam and practical testing.

The program offered by the Alberta Health and Safety Training Institute is a high quality, practical-skill based program with a self study component, supplemented by interactive multi-media presentations and internet based review. Our goal is to get the student comfortable as an EMS member in the community. Our professional instructor base is made up of experienced Emergency Medical Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedic personnel who are highly dedicated to their students.

Course Expectations:
100% attendance is mandatory, lateness will also not be tolerated
Respect - for each other, the instructor, the facility, and the equipment
Professionalism - you are expected to demonstrate the same level of professionalism as would be expected of any EMS personal
All assignments, skills and exams must completed on time and at a grade of 80% or higher. Candidates that do not achieve the 80% or higher at any point in the program will be removed at that time and forfeit all fees.

Emergency Medical Responder Job Outlook:
Alberta College of Paramedic Registered EMR's are able to find employment in:
-Rural Centres as Ambulance Attendants
-Patient Transfer Agencies
-Medical Standbys at sporting events, movie sets, concerts, etc...
For more information on the Job Outlook - please go to www.alis.gov.ab.ca and click on occupational profiles.

For current job postings - please go to www.albertaparamedicinecareers.ca.

Do you have more questions, email EMSprograms@safetyed.ca

EMR Program Goals

We will produce students of the highest caliber, able to perform with minimal supervision and an eye for detail. These students shall be leaders both in the community and the EMS field, adhering to all guidelines and policies issued from our governing bodies.

Quality Education:
Courses will be instructed by EMS professionals active in their profession. The curriculum includes all of the competencies outlined in the AOCPs.

Graduates of our program will have the skills to act as leaders in the community. A focus on independence, risk taking and good judgment will be stressed, assisting the student with confidence and leadership abilities.

Students will be trained to the highest standards and competencies as dictated by the Alberta College of Paramedics Code of Conduct. Each participant will understand the aspects and requirements of conducting themselves at all times with professionalism and excellence.

We strive to impart a complete knowledge of EMS and course materials to all our students. We will accomplish this by providing for the student’s individual learning needs. Our program will incorporate visual, hands-on, audio and text learning. Additional resources such as videos, extra text material, journal articles and hands-on equipment will be available to all students.

Our students will emerge from the EMR program with the skills, attitude and confidence to perform professionally and exceptionally in the field of EMS.

Upon Successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to register and participate for the Alberta College of Paramedic’s EMR registration exam and gain employment in industrial and municipal ambulance services.


The following items are covered in this AHASTI - Emergency Medical Responder class:

  • Knowledge of EMS Systems and Health Care
  • Knowledge of EMS Resources
  • Knowledge of EMR Scope of Practice
  • Knowledge of Medical – Legal Issues
  • Knowledge of Governing Legislation
  • Knowledge of Standards of Practice
  • Knowledge of Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Ability to Operate an Emergency Vehicle
  • Knowledge of driving theory and human factors
  • Knowledge of Medical Terminology
  • Knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Knowledge of Pathophysiology
  • Creating and Maintaining a Safe Work Environment
  • Knowledge of Personal Protection Devices
  • Knowledge and Practice of WHMIS Regulation (Includes WHMIS certification)
  • Leadership Skills
  • Assess and Control Situations
  • Identify and Resolve Potential Occupational Hazards
  • Perform Airway Management Assessment
  • Perform a Respiratory Assessment
  • Perform a Cardiovascular Assessment
  • Patient History Gathering
  • Perform Secondary Survey
  • Knowledge of Instrumentation
  • Perform Oximetry Testing
  • Perform Glucometric Testing
  • Procedures to ensure accurate, complete and quality documentation
  • Awareness of Patient's Special Needs
  • Perform Musculoskeletal System Assessments
  • Perform Gastrointestinal / Genitourinary Assessments
  • Perform Psychological/Behavioral Assessment
  • Determine Care for Endocrine / Immune Alterations
  • Determine Care for Poisoning or Overdose
  • Determine Care for Behavioral Crises
  • Perform Obstetrical Assessment
  • Determine Care for Obstetric Crisis Gynecological Patients
  • Determine Care for Neurological Alterations
  • Practice Safe Lifting & Moving Techniques
  • Knowledge of Extrication Principles
  • Perform Spinal Immobilization
  • Perform a Neonatal Assessment
  • Multiple Casualty Incident (MCI)
  • Knowledge of Pharmacology
  • Knowledge of Ambulance Equipment
  • Demonstrate ability to identify barriers to effective communication with all age groups
  • Demonstrate knowledge and/or the ability to operate an emergency communication system
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to understand the concepts of a medical dispatch system


90 Hours


The following are the prerequisite that a student is required to have before being allowed into this course:

  • Must be 18 Years of age or older by the first day of the program.
  • Standard First Aid with Level C-CPR & AED certification from one of the follow agencies ONLY, Canadian Red Cross, St. John's Ambulance, Canadian Ski Patrol, SAIT, Heart and Stroke or Life Saving Society and must have been taken no more than 1 year before the EMR course start date. This is a two day course or 1 day if re-certifying. Standard First Aid with Healthcare Provider (HCP) CPR will also be accepted. Standard First Aid with Levels A or B CPR will NOT be accepted.
  • It is the student's responsibility to ensure your prerequisites are correct. If you are uncertain, please contact our EMS Program Coordinator at 1-888-670-5406 or by email at EMSprograms@safetyed.ca.


The program we offer is a high quality practical, skill-based student education. There is a self study component, supplemented by interactive multi-media presentations, internet based review and pre-assignments to get you comfortable as an EMS member in the community. Our professional instructor base is made up of Emergency Medical Responders, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedic personnel.

Home Study Component:
You will be responsible for 50 hours of home study prior to the course start date. Home study information will be handed out with the student packages once full payment is received by our office.

Pre-course Assignment:
A pre-course assignment will be included with the home study package. This assignment is required to be handed in for marking first thing on day one. Candidates will not be admitted into class without handing in a completed pre-course assignment. Candidates must obtain a minimum grade of 80% to complete this program.

Daily Assignments:
Assignments that will need to be completed outside of the course scheduled time (homework) will be assigned to each candidate on a daily basis. Candidates must obtain a minimum grade of 80% to complete this program.

Midterm Evaluation:
Candidates will complete a midterm written exam and practical scenario half way through the program. Candidates must obtain a minimum grade of 80% to continue with the program.

Final Evaluation:
Candidates will complete a final written exam and practical scenario on the final day of the program. Candidates must obtain a minimum grade of 80% to complete this program.

For further information on the course evaluation criteria or general questions, please email EMSprograms@safetyed.ca

hdgCertifications Earned

Upon successful completion of this program you will have earned the following tickets:

  • An ACP Approved EMR Program Certificate. Please be aware that in order to work as an EMR, all successful candidates must become registered at the provincial level. In Alberta, the legislative body is Alberta College of Paramedics (ACP).
  • All transcripts will be available for pick up or will be mailed within 7 business days after the last day of the program.
  • Candidates wishing to register for an ACP EMR Provincial Exam are encouraged to register for an EMR course that has a minimum completion date of 1 week prior to the ACP cut off.
  • All EMR courses that end on an ACP cut off day will not be provided with documentation or transcripts on the last day. Transcripts will be available or mailed within 7 business days.
  • It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with the continuation of the process to being registered as an EMR in Alberta with the Alberta College of Paramedics. If you have questions, please contact our EMS Program Coordinator at EMSprograms@safetyed.ca or 1-888-670-5406

hdgAdditional Information

Candidates must achieve a minimum of 80% throughout the program including the pre-course assignment, daily quizzes and the midterm and finals. Candidates will be provided with a second attempt for each, however if the candidate is not able to achieve 80% on the second attempt they will not be eligible to continue on with the program and will not be entitled to a refund for the remainder of the course.

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