If you are a strong leader who can quickly solve problems, are calm and efficient under pressure, and want to help those in need, look to a future in Emergency Medical Services.


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Not for the faint of heart, a career in Emergency Medical Services is challenging yet rewarding. We’ve partnered with NAIT and southern Alberta EMS departments to offer two Emergency Medical Services programs.

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 their lives.

Medical First Responder (MFR)

The first step in your EMS career, the Medical First Responder program is also beneficial if you’re thinking of a career related to fire rescue, police service or safety and security enforcement. 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.

Start your EMS career today – apply to the Medical First Responder program.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Accredited by the Canadian Medical Association, our Emergency Medical Technician program is based on the National Occupational Competency Profile and builds on the essential life-saving skills learned in the MFR program. Through a combination of lecture, self-study and extensive labs and practicums, you’ll learn all the national and provincial competencies necessary for your career as an EMT. With 392 hours on campus, 40 hours of hospital practicum and a minimum of 200 hours in an ambulance practicum, assessing and treating patients in medical and trauma emergencies will become second nature.

Advance in your EMS career – apply to the Emergency Medical Services program.

Your future

Upon successful completion of these programs, you’ll be ready to save lives in any corner of the province.

Delivery Format
Medical First Responder (MFR)
Medical First Responder (MFR)
Program length: 80 hours theory


  • Current Standard First Aid
  • CPR - C
  • 18 years or older
EMT Admission Assessment
EMT Admission Assessment


  • 18 years or older
  • Successful completion of EMR or NAIT or Lethbridge's MFR
  • Current CPR for health care providers


  • TBA
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Program length: 392 hours theory and lab; hospital and ambulance practicum to follow.


  • 18 years or older
  • Successful completion of EMR or NAIT or Lethbridge's MFR
  • Current CPR for health care providers
  • Successful completion of EMT Student Assessment

All applicants must contact Lenna Greer prior to registering with Student Services to ensure that all pre-requisites have been met. Once all pre-requisites have been satisfied the student will be able to register.

You cannot register yourself online for these courses. Please contact Lenna at the phone number above.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Medical First Responder (MFR) Program $2,075.00 $25.00 $0.00
EMT Admission Assessment $236.25 $0.00 $0.00
Emergency Medical Technician Program $8,645.00 $250.00 $0.00

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Please Note: There may be additional fees related to these courses such as text books, uniforms, Apple iPad, etc.

  • Costs are estimates only and are subject to change.
  • Fees subject to GST.

NAIT programs in southern Alberta

Both the EMT and MFR programs are offered by NAIT and delivered at the Lethbridge College campus, meaning you can receive a NAIT certificate all while remaining close to home in southern Alberta. The top-notch education delivered through this partnership has been recognized on the provincial and national levels.

  • The MFR program is approved at an Advanced First Aid Level by Alberta Occupational Health and Safety.
  • The EMT program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association.

That’s not all. The EMT program is recognized by the Canadian Forces. You won’t find a more exhilarating career opportunity. Find out more at forces.ca.

Hands-on, immersive learning

SPHERE: A learning environment like no other

Experience realistic health training made possible by on-campus and industry collaboration.

SPHERE: A learning environment like no other

When textbooks and lectures can’t teach you everything, the Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education (SPHERE) fills in the gaps. What can you expect in SPHERE? Well, the simple answer is: anything you might encounter on the job.

All the theory in the world can’t prepare you for the reality of dealing with an acute stroke and subsequent end-of-life incident. But SPHERE can. For example, the creation of this new scenario involved working closely with Alberta Health Services Stroke Committee and Cornerstone Funeral Homes Ltd. Best evidence-based practices and inter-professional perspectives were used to shape a realistic scenario.

Imagine encountering a real-patient actor who has been stabbed in the chest and has a history of untreated bipolar disorder and substance use disorder. As you care for this individual, she begins going through alcohol withdrawal, becoming increasingly aggressive to the point where she’s fighting back and resisting treatment. How do you respond? Find out during a high-fidelity scenario.

Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education

The Simulated Patient Health Environment for Research and Education (SPHERE) is an evolving learning facility primarily for students in the Centre for Health and Wellness. Using high-tech manikins and human simulation, SPHERE provides a comprehensive range of health-related scenarios to enhance your education and better prepare you for your job. SPHERE features:

  • six SPHERE/nursing labs
  • two high-fidelity patient rooms with control and debrief rooms
  • one massage lab
  • one EMT/TRG lab

SPHERE is heavily focused on creating collaborative opportunities within the Centre for Health and Wellness as well as for other campus departments and industry stakeholders. It’s an aspect that makes SPHERE unique from other institutions where the norm is to have the simulation centre support only the Health programs. And it means more realistic experiences for you.

High-fidelity patient rooms

It’s like walking into a hospital room – without leaving campus. Two high-fidelity patient rooms provide the highest level of simulation before a real-life environment. It’s controlled chaos without the real-life consequences.

Created in collaboration with programs to meet their specific needs, scenarios either use high-tech manikins or actual people to role-play the patient and family members. This level of simulation encourages students to treat a patient just as they would during a clinical experience, with a few exceptions:

  • you are allowed to take physicians’ orders as though you were a practising licenced nurse, which is not permitted for students during a clinical experience
  • you can “pause” the scenario as needed to gather your thoughts, collaborate with your peers on the treatment plan or find information required to move forward with the scenario

Typically, scenarios are conducted in groups of six or eight. Half the group cares for the patient while the other half observes through a real-time video feed in the debrief room.

Experience the realism of the job
Experience the realism of the job

If you're going to experience it on the job, why not experience it during your education?

Experience the realism of the job

Crashed cars, stab wounds, victims on the ground, blood and chaos – you’ll experience it all on the job, so why not experience it during your education?

Adding a level of realism to our students’ learning that simply cannot be accomplished in the classroom, we stage a mock disaster every spring. Students have to respond to an unknown situation in real-time, just as they would on the job as first responders, emergency personnel, nurses and members of the media.

Whether they’re facing a car crash, a stabbing or any of the other scenarios our instructors come up with, students have to think on their feet and respond to the situation as they’ve been trained, working cooperatively with others in related professions. It’s an experience that puts everything learned in the classroom to the ultimate test. And it’s an experience students won’t soon forget.

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Drew Clark

Emergency Medical Technician

“The program offered a mixture of class lectures and hands-on training and allowed me to feel prepared and confident when entering the workforce. If sitting at a desk is not your thing, I recommend you take this program and enter an extremely exciting, fast-paced and essential industry.”

Japhia Epp

Emergency Medical Technician

Japhia was featured in a September article in the Pincher Creek Echo highlighting her work with Pincher Creek Emergency Services. “Japhia is a valued member of our team and really brings a compassionate client care focus on every call she does,” said PCES deputy chief Margaret Cox in the article. “She’s energetic, enthusiastic and much appreciated by her co-workers. We’re really fortunate not to just have her working in our community, but that she decided to become a permanent part of it.” Japhia noted in the article that Pincher Creek Emergency Services is a unique service to work for because of the variety of calls and situations encountered as a result of being in a tourist-dense region with a thriving rural population.

– From Winter 2016 Wider Horizons

Success stories from Wider Horizons

COLLABORATION ON CAMPUS: Solid teamwork, creative cooperation and innovative partnerships thrive in all corners of the college campus

In the classrooms and on the playing courts, in the library and in the Lethbridge community, Lethbridge College students, staff, alumni and partners can be found working together on a variety of projects of all sizes and ambitions.