Health Services 12

Emergency Medical Responder

Sardis Secondary School in partnership with the Justice Institute 

Course Description (from the course calendar) Read this first!

 The Emergency Medical Responder certification is a qualification necessary for Paramedics, recommended for Firefighters, and helpful for anyone looking to enter a Medical Profession.
 This course prepares students for the EMR certification in partnership with the Justice Institute of BC. Assessment will follow Justice Institute criteria including written exams, practical exams, and minimum attendance of 90%. If successful, this is worth postsecondary credits in addition to high-school credits.
 A separate government licensing exam is required if going directly to the workforce with this qualification.
 Some classes will take place at the Justice Institute – Chilliwack Campus

Prerequisites: Application for admission in the EMR program at Sardis Secondary for next school year must be submitted by the end of March ( There is a high level of expectation for this program that requires a strong work ethic and good attendance record. Recommended (not all required) prerequisites include: 

 Enrolled in grade 12 (grade 11 may be acceptable if other prerequisites are met - must be 16 years of age)  Students have either Standard First Aid or Health Services 11, and/or have a strong demonstrated interest in a health care profession
 Minimum GPA of 2.5 (C+) and recommended prerequisite of Biology 12 (or taken at the same time)
 Students must take both Health Services
12A – EMR and Health Services 12B – EMR Independent Study Course concurrently to prepare for the written exam. This will only take one block in your timetable but is enough work for two full courses!
 This course has limited space (15 per class) and requires an application submitted along with your course registration. For the 2018/2019 school year, there will be a course fee of $380.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

1) What is Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)?

EMR is a Canada Wide Standard for industrial first aid as well as an entry level qualification to work for an ambulance service,

2) Who Should Take EMR?

 Any students who are interested in a career in health care or emergency services; such as a nurse, paramedic, firefighter, respiratory therapist, physiotherapist, or doctor.

 Specifically, the EMR course is the pre-requisite to continue on into the Primary Care Paramedic program to work as a paramedic.

3) Who Hires EMRs?

 EMRs may work in industry providing required medical services for worksites, especially higher risk or more remote worksites. 
EMRs may also be hired by ambulance services in rural areas of BC, although Primary Care Paramedic is the preferred qualification for the BC Ambulance Service.
 Some fire departments are also starting to upgrade their firefighters’ medical skills to EMR.  

4) What Do EMRs Learn?

Here is a sample of topics from the course outline:

EMS System, Legal and Ethical issues, Professionalism, Personal Safety, Communicable Diseases, Equipment Use, Basic Anatomy, WHMIS, Reporting Child Abuse, Critical Incident Stress, Scene Evaluation, Primary and Secondary Survey, Decision Making and RTC, Pulse Oximeter, Blood Pressure, Auscultation, Resuscitation, Airway Adjuncts, Suction, Oxygen Therapy, AED, Cardiac and Respiratory Emergencies, Anaphylaxis, Diabetes, Overdose and Poisoning, Cerebrovascular Emergencies, Seizures and Neurological Conditions, Environmental Emergencies, Bites and Stings, Pharmacology, IV Maintenance, Mental Health, Special Populations, Pediatric and Geriatric Considerations, Psychological Emergencies, Pregnancy Complications and Child Birth, Hazardous Materials, Agriculture and Industrial Emergencies, Water Emergencies, Triage (MCI), Transportation Safety, Hemorrhage Control, Skin Conditions and Soft-tissue Injuries, Head/Neck/Face Injuries, Torso Injuries, Spinal Management, Burns and Electrical Injuries, Musculoskeletal Injuries 

5) What do I get in the end?

Students who are successful in the Health Services 12 program (offered in one block during the regular timetable) in partnership with the Justice Institute of BC would receive:

 8 High School Credits: Health Services 12A (in-class), Health Services 12B (online)
 Justice Institute Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Certification
 Red Cross SFA and CPR-HCP Certification (or re-certification if already done)
 Post-Secondary Credits with the Justice Institute

Important note – if you want to be licensed to work as an EMR you must take a separate government exam and pay a licensing fee. This is not required if you go directly to the PCP course. 

6) Where/when does the course take place?

Most of the course takes place within the regular schedule at Sardis Secondary School. Of course, you must complete the online course on your own time at home. About 20% of course will take place at the Justice Institute so that we can use their equipment and facilities. A schedule will be given out before the course starts, and the course will run in either block 1 or block 4 to accommodate the organization of your own transportation between Sardis Secondary and the Justice institute.

For example, if the course is in Block 1, we might meet on Fridays at the Justice Institute from 8:00 to 9:40 and you would be responsible to get from there to Sardis in time for Block 2 at 9:53. 

7) How do I sign-up?

When you register for your classes for next year, sign up for the course. The online application form due at the end of March ( Make sure to also select an alternate class, because there is limited space! 


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