Pursue an exciting and rewarding career in the field of medical first response. Offered in partnership with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), Medical First Responder is a comprehensive program for those looking to work or volunteer in the area of first response as part of fire rescue services, police services, industrial sectors, safety and security.

As a first responder, you’ll care for the sick or injured before they arrive in the emergency room, playing a critical role in saving lives. Not for the faint of heart, a career in Emergency Medical Services is challenging yet rewarding. The Medical First Responder program is a foundational step toward becoming a Primary Care Paramedic.

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Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Medical First Responder and Primary Care Paramedic programs, you will be ready to save lives in any corner of the province in settings such as:

  • provincial, private and industrial ambulance services
  • emergency service departments
  • large industrial job sites
  • other healthcare-related environments

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You complete four credentials: International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Basic Provider, Heart and Stroke Basic Life Support (BLS), Healthcare Provider CPR and Medical First Responder (MFR).


of Alberta's paramedics work with private companies

88 hours

of theory and practical skills



September and January

Credential / Accreditation


Dates and Deadlines

Each intake is limited to 18 students on a first-come, first-served basis.


This program is not available for International Students.

Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older
Valid Heart and Stroke or Red Cross standard first aid certificate
Canadian citizen or permanent resident

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Delivery Formats

The Medical First Responder program, delivered in collaboration with NAIT, is available through a blended format.


This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.


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You will receive 88 hours of theory delivered in evening class time. Through a mix of classroom theory and lab exercises, you’ll gain the essential skills needed to provide first-on-the-scene basic emergency care.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will achieve the following certifications: International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Basic Provider, Heart and Stroke Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider CPR, and Medical First Responder (MFR). NAIT’s MFR Program meets the Edmonton Fire Rescue Services recruitment qualifications and is approved at an Advanced First Aid level by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety.

Students must purchase textbooks prior to first class. Cost is not included in the tuition fee.

All course fees and material fees are non-refundable.

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Tuition and Fees

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Year 1
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Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

Fees subject to GST.

All tuition and fees are non-refundable.

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