Breath for Life Inc

“First Aid & CPR Training in Edmonton and Area”



Breath for Life Program Syllabus:

The following outlines the 240 hour EMR Program approved by the Alberta College of Paramedics.

Mandatory* entry requirements:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Standard First Aid Level C (Must be current within 1 year of certification)
  • English 30 or higher
  • Math 10 or higher
  • Biology 30 (Science 30 is not equivalent)
  • Driver’s license – Class 5 GDL removed
  • A signed copy of the Alberta Student Enrolment Contract for Licensed Vocational Training which must be sent by fax, scan or mail to Breath for Life Inc before BFL can collect a registration fee.

The registrant must provide proof of the above and a copy will be retained for the student’s record.
*Mandatory means that these requirements are firm and your application will be rejected if the requirements are not met.

Certificate Requirements to complete the 240 Hour EMR Program

  • Standard First Aid Level C CPR (Certificate must be current within one year of taking the course. The course must be taken through the Canadian Red Cross, the Heart and Stroke or St. John’s Ambulance). If you do not have an SFA certificate we strongly encourage that you take this course with Breath for Life prior to the course.
  • BLS Provider (will be offered during the course and is offered as a package deal with Psychological First Aid)
  • Psychological First Aid (dates for this course are limited and offered once per month). This course must be done through Breath for Life.
  • ITLS (this is not offered by Breath for Life and you must book into an off-site course).
  • Driver Training (this is not offered by Breath for Life and you must book into an off-site course).

Course Grading:

  • Group Assignment worth: 5%
  • Personal Reflection worth: 10%
  • Legislation Presentation worth: 5%
  • Patient Engagement: 4 assessments and write-ups worth 5% each (total course weight of 20%)
  • Midterm Exam worth: 15%
  • Final Scenario: 20% of overall mark; must achieve better than 80% to write the final exam.
  • Final Exam: represents 25% of the overall mark; must achieve a 75% to pass the course.

Class Time:

  • 8:00 – 5:00 PM

Course Description:

  • The EMR 240 hour Program is designed to meet or exceed the requirements of the Alberta College of Paramedics.

Course Objectives:

  • To empower the student with critical thinking skills to manage practice challenges
  • To prepare the student for success when writing the ACP provincial examinations
  • To achieve a thorough understanding of scope of practice guidelines
  • To build confidence through training and practice so that the practitioner may demonstrate competence during patient contact.

Course Expectations:

  • Professional conduct
  • Appropriate attire
  • Commitment to learning
  • Attendance is mandatory

Course Completion:

  • When a student has successfully completed all of the requirements of the 240 Hour EMR Program they will receive:
    • A Breath for Life EMR Certificate: ACP approved for Alberta only
      • Students have the option of also purchasing a Canadian Red Cross EMR National Certificate and a Canadian Red Cross Advanced National First Aid Certificate (approved by OH&S).
    • One Transcript for personal use, a second transcript will be mailed to the Alberta College of Paramedics on your behalf

The EMR Core Course Topics Includes:

  • EMS Operations
  • Well Being
  • Legalities
  • Communication
  • Critical Decision Making
  • Scene and Patient Assessment
  • Anatomy
  • Pathophysiology: medical and injury management
  • Pharmacology
  • Thermal Stress
  • Poisons
  • Substance Misuse and Abuse
  • Pediatrics
  • Geriatrics
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Reaching and Moving
  • Lifting Program: Body Mechanics
  • High quality CPR – BLS Provider
  • Patient Engagement Practicum