Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) 2019

The Emergency Medical Responder programs in Alberta are changing!

The Program Standards set by Alberta College of Paramedics are set to take effect January 1, 2019. Any program that starts on or after this date must adhere to these new standards. AHASTI has updated our program to meet these requirements.

Some exciting changes to our program include:
- increase in overall length to 240 hours.
- new entrance requirements.
- addition of 40 hour driving program including simulation and in-vehicle drive time.
- addition of the ITLS Basic program.
- addition of Patient Engagement, this is some basic clinical time practicing some skills on sick and/or not sick adults.

Check out AHASTI's new Medical First Responder program as well - found under the Professional Responder Programs.


The following items are covered in this Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) 2019 class:

  • ITLS Basic
  • Alberta Paramedicine Driver Operator Course
  • Psychological First Aid


240 hours


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

  • 18 years of age
  • Class 5 driver's license (no GDL) or equivalent
  • English 30-1 or 30-2 or equivalent
  • Math 10 Pure or 20-1 or Math 20 Applied or 20-2 or equivalent
  • Biology 30 or equivalent
  • Standard First Aid with CPR level C - current within one year of the start of the EMR program


The new AHASTI EMR 2019 program is 240 hours over 12 weeks.

Listed starts date are proposed start dates and are still subject to change. Please feel free to "register" yourself in the date to be included on our interest list for a January class. The interest list will be notified as changes are confirmed. YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED ANY FEES AT THIS TIME.

$2500 Tuition
$1800* for ITLS Trauma and Alberta Paramedicine Driver Operator Course (APDOC)
$400* Course equipment, texts, and other fees

* Fees are estimated based on common fees.

Travel - there will be a requirement to travel to other locations within the program city and/or province for parts of this new program. Travel and all related expenses will be at the expense of the student and are not included into the course fees. Examples include: Patient Engagement time off site, travel from Red Deer to Calgary/Edmonton for driving course components, etc.

For additional questions, please email emsprograms@safetyed.ca

hdgCertifications Earned

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

  • Canadian Red Cross EMR
  • ITLS Basic
  • Driving Course
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Optional Certifications include Advanced First Aid, H2S Alive, WHMIS, TDG etc.

hdgAdditional Information

This new 2019 EMR program is approved by the Alberta College of Paramedics at the Emergency Medical Responder level which permits candidates to pursue their practice permit through registration and provincial exam.

This program will be licensed through Alberta Advanced Education under the Private Vocational Act. All terms of registration/payment schedules are for this program are regulated by a Student Enrolment Contract.

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