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Emergency Medical Responder

Portage College

Portage College

Established in 1968, Portage College serves over 1,000 full-time students each year. The corporate centre is located in Lac La Biche, with regional service centres in Cold Lake and St. Paul, and community campuses in Frog Lake, Saddle Lake, and Boyle. 

Portage offers more than 50 certificate and diploma programs in areas such as academic upgrading and job readiness, business, forestry and natural resources, general studies, health and wellness, human services, Native cultural arts, trades and technical, and university studies. In addition, many courses transfer to other colleges and universities.

Portage College provides small class sizes to allow more time with instructors. The Learning Assistance Centre offers educational support to help students achieve academic success. The Lac La Biche campus includes a student residence, full service cafeteria, family housing, and a student activity centre. The College is a strong competitor in ice hockey, and offers recreational facilities for students, as well.

Satellite Campuses or Offices

Boyle, Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Goodfish Lake, Saddle Lake, St. Paul


Box 417, 9531 - 94 Avenue
Lac La Biche, Alberta, T0A2C0, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
Admission Requirements

Program Description: The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) program is designed to provide entry level pre-hospital training for individuals wishing to start a career in emergency medical services (EMS). The format of the Portage College EMR program offers individuals a unique alternative to traditional full-time on-campus programs by providing multi-modal instruction in a computer-mediated delivery format so students can remain in their home communities for the majority of the training period. Students attend a 3 day (Friday-Sunday) on-site orientation followed by 8 weeks of online learning. During those 8 weeks students will attend 3 more weekend sessions. The final weekend will be the testing weekend. The program includes - training in pharmacology, glucometric testing, Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) management, traction splints, Nasal Pharyngeal Airway and pulse oximetry as per the Alberta Occupational Competency Profile. Under the Alberta Ambulance Services Act, registration as an EMR is the minimum level of training required to work on an ambulance. Entrance Requirements: Valid CPR (level C) within six months and Standard First Aid Certificate within one year. Must be minimum 18 years of age. For software requirements, please refer to the following link.

Distance Delivery Options


Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $3,614.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,025.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $254.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated October 22, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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