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If you are interested in a career helping others through emergency medical response, the EMR program is for you.

Why take our EMR program?

Students take our EMR program for several different reasons. 
Some of the most common are:
  1. Firefighting: To complete their credentials for Firefighter certification (IFSAC seal application)
  2. 911 Dispatch:  To apply for 911 dispatch positions with Fire and EMS departments including the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service.  We have many successful students working in this capacity and they love it.
  3. Pre-PCP:  Many students complete our EMR program to prepare for future Primary Care Paramedic training.  Some do so to ensure that this is a vocation that they will love before spending a larger amount of time & money on a PCP course.  Others simply want to prepare themselves as best they can to do well in their PCP training.  PCP programs are expensive and students consider our EMR program a wise investment as they boost their success in completing it.
  4. Industry Medical Positions:  Many industries require staff with advanced medical training.  Many of these individuals complete our EMR program which provides them with stable and well paying jobs.
  5. Rural Ambulance Positions:  To work on an ambulance in any Canadian province, the responder must be licensed by the government agency responsible for health care.  In Manitoba that agency is Manitoba Health: Emergency Medical Services division.  S.M.A.R.T. is a recognized post secondary agency and successful completion of our Emergency Medical Responder course allows students to apply for the licensing process with Manitoba Health.

To obtain an EMR certificate through SMART, three components must be completed.  

1: The first is the theory component which consists of text book and work book material.  This should be read and completed prior to the classroom sessions if possible.  Although students can do well with little pre-reading time, it obviously helps students do better to be as well prepared as possible.

2: The classroom component can be done by either completing the  Part Time evening course or the Full Time BLITZ course.

The Part Time evening EMR course is a convenient way to work your way through the Emergency Medical Responder course.  It will run over two evenings / week for 6 weeks followed by skill sessions until competent.

The Full Time EMR Blitz course is a quick and efficient way of completing the classroom component and is held from 9:00 - 4:00 for 7 days. This is by far the quickest, most efficient means of gaining your Emergency Medical Responder certificate.  Students do very well in this format if they have time to pre-study and the week available for the course.
3: Following either method of the EMR Classroom training mentioned above, there are also skills nights that integrate the theory and practical skills to combine your knowledge and skills.


Successful completion of the EMR course provides the student with an accredited Emergency Medical Responder certificate.  Many students go on to write the provincial technician  exam and start working on the ambulance, or go on to higher levels of Paramedic training, fire fighting, 911 dispatch, law enforcement, etc.  The provincial exam needs to be taken within one year of completing the program.

Both courses are the same cost:  $1350.00.  

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