Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

Don't miss our EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION! Confirm your registration 2 months before the start date to receive $200 off your tuition or 1 month before the start date for $100 off your tuition!

The Program Standards set by Alberta College of Paramedics took effect January 1, 2019. Any program that starts on or after this date must adhere to these new standards.

Some exciting changes to our program include:
- increase in overall length to 240 hours.
- 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.

No application fee!
Complete the full program in as little as 8-10 weeks
Mostly in-class instruction, lots of hands and practice time
Flexible scheduling options
High ACP exam success rate
Student loans and RESP can be attained
Our fees include texts and other equipment, one of the lowest priced programs in Alberta!

Check out AHASTI's new Medical First Responder and Advanced First Aid programs as well - found under the Professional Responder Programs.

Upcoming Class tentative dates:

Oct 21 - Oct 21, 23, 24, 28-30, Nov 12-14, 18-21, 26-28, Dec 3-6, plus Driving (Nov 6-9) and ITLS (Nov 23/24 or Jan 11/12) courses.

Nov 25 - Nov 25, Dec 2, 3, 6, 9-12, 16-19, 22, 23, 27-30, Jan 2,3 plus Driving (Nov 6-9 or Feb 5-8) and ITLS (Jan 11/12) courses.

Upcoming 2020 start dates!!
Calgary Weekday Schedule: Jan 13, Mar 16, May 11, July 13
Calgary Evening/Weekend Schedule: Jan 10, Mar 13, May 29
Red Deer Weekday Schedule: Jan 13, Mar 16, May 11, July 13

Have group of 6 or more?? We can customize a set of course dates for you over (up to) 12 weeks, email emsprograms@safetyed.ca for details.

*** Please note that extra time will also be needed for patient engagement opportunity, but are available in many flexible options during your program.


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

  • ITLS Basic
  • 40 Hour Driving Course
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Patient Engagement opportunities


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
  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR level C
  • English 30-1 or 30-2 or equivalent
  • Math 10C or 20-1 or Math 20 Applied or 20-2 or equivalent
  • Biology 30 or equivalent
  • OR Mature Student Status - details of experience and additional education will need to be provided.


The AHASTI EMR program is 240 hours. Program classroom dates are primarily in the first 6-8 weeks then the remainder is available to finish the additional required course components. Students may finish their program in as little as 8 weeks, but have 12 weeks for additional flexible scheduling should it be needed!

Please "register" yourself in the date/location you are interested in to be included on our interest list. Online registration will ask for a credit card, but YOU WILL NOT BE CHARGED ANY FEES AT THIS TIME. This will simply hold your spot while you receive more information about the course and decide if you would like to take the program.

EMR program - $2500 Tuition (includes digital textbooks)
ITLS Trauma - $300
Driving Course - $800
Other equipment and textbooks - $150-$400 (depending on digital/hardcopy text, quality of equipment etc)

Full program for as low as approximately $3800!

Travel - there may be a requirement to travel to other locations within the program city and/or province for parts of the EMR 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 ITLS and/or driving course components, etc.

Please also note: An additional $800 will appear on student enrolment contracts. This is required to be on the contract as per Alberta Advanced Education. Should you choose to pursue the Registration exam with the Alberta College of Paramedics**, you will pay this fee directly to them at that time.

** Please note you MUST be registered with the Alberta College of Paramedics in order to work as an EMR in the province of Alberta. Please ensure you go to www.collegeofparamedics.org and review the requirements of licensure.

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

hdgAdditional Information

The AHASTI 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 is 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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