Paramedic Training Fund Receiving Applications

Prospective paramedics are encouraged to apply for the Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) Education Fund, which has provided financial support for training over 400 paramedics since its inception in 2007.

The goal of the Fund is to increase the number of Primary Care Paramedics (PCP) in rural areas of BC and the number of Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP) in the province. To date, the EMA Education Fund has helped 301 individuals study toward the PCP designation and 104 more upgrade their credentials to the ACP level; the total amount of funds disbursed is $3.5 million.

Bursaries for the PCP program are $5,000 and $22,000 for the ACP program. The bursary awards support students by assisting with the costs for tuition, books, fees and other expenses. Preferential consideration is given to PCP applicants who are willing to practice in rural or remote locations.

The next application deadline is June 28. Further information is available online. There are three application deadlines throughout the year.

UBCM co-chairs the Fund's Advisory Committee, which reviews the applications and selects the successful candidates. Other members on the Advisory include representatives from health authorities, CUPE Local 873 and BC Emergency Health Services.

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