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Emergency Medical Responder
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Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Who should take EMR?
A:  Any student interested in a career in emergency 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?
- Standard First Aid (OFA I equivalent) card that is good for 3 years. 
- Red cross basic life suppor (BLS - highest CPR ) , good for 3 years

-  EMR certificate (assuming you pass all the exams).  
 If you want to go into the Primary Care Paramedic program, all you need is the certificate. 
- This allows you to write your EMR license exams from the government if you wish to work as an EMR.
- With EMR government license, students can apply for Worksafe BC OFA III equivalency

Q:  Is there a fee?
A:  Yes, a fee of $300 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 little note taking or lecturing.