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November 24, 2011

More training options for future BC paramedics

BC government provides $685,000 in one-time funding to expand delivery of the Primary Care Paramedic program

Future paramedics throughout BC will benefit from additional student spaces in JIBC’s Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) program.

The BC government is providing up to $685,600 in one-time funding to support the expanded delivery of the program. The additional funding will allow up to 75 part-time students to complete the program in several communities over the coming year.

"First responders are vital in ensuring that patients have access to the care that they need,” said Minister of Advanced Education Naomi Yamamoto. “That's why it's important that we continue to support programs across BC to train primary care paramedics."

The program is already underway in Port McNeill, with 18 students beginning their classroom training earlier this month. Students will attend weekend workshops approximately once every three weeks until May 2012, when they are scheduled to begin their on-ambulance practicum. The Town of Port McNeill has contributed to the program by providing the classroom space at no cost.

In addition to the program in Port McNeill, student applications are now being accepted for the part-time program in Smithers, Dawson Creek, and Kamloops. Plans are underway for a January 2012 start in Smithers and a spring 2012 start in Dawson Creek and Kamloops.

"Regional delivery of our education programs is an institutional priority,” said JIBC President Jack McGee. “The additional funding provided for this program will help to fulfil our commitment to ensuring that families, communities, and businesses across the province are served by professionals and volunteers who receive the finest education and training possible and contribute to a continuum of safety - from prevention to response to recovery."

This one-time funding will increase the number of training seats in rural BC to support the BC Ambulance Service's paramedic recruitment and staffing needs.

These courses are in addition to regular, full-time PCP program offerings at JIBC campuses in New Westminster, Victoria, and Kelowna.

For information about the program and how to apply, see the Primary Care Paramedic page.

Tags: BC Government, funding, Port McNeill, Primary Care Paramedic, School of Health Sciences

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