Posted on March 5, 2009 by Tia Lalani

The University of Alberta and Lakeland College today finalized an agreement to transfer three EMS programs from the community education to Lakeland.

The University of Alberta and Lakeland College today finalized an agreement to transfer three emergency medical services (EMS) programs from the university’s community education unit at the Augustana campus to Lakeland College.

Effective this September, new intakes of paramedic and emergency medical technician (EMT) programs will be offered by Lakeland College. These programs are offered primarily online with some days spent in class learning technical skills. The on-site portion of the programs will continue to be offered in Camrose.

“We’re proud of the innovative programs that our dedicated staff team has built, particularly to serve students and communities in rural Alberta,” said Roger Epp, Dean of the Augustana campus. “But in our current circumstances we’re convinced that Lakeland is the right long-term home for these EMS programs and that it can provide new educational advancement opportunities for graduates.”

The program transfer corresponds with the Government of Alberta’s recent definition of appropriate roles and mandates for public post-secondary institutions. It does not affect students already enrolled in EMS programs through the university, provided that they complete diploma requirements within the specified time period.

“The paramedic diploma and EMT certificate programs are a great addition to Lakeland College’s emergency services offerings,” said Chris Senaratne, Dean of the emergency training centre at Lakeland College. “The people at Augustana have done a tremendous job with these programs and I can assure future students that we intend to meet and hopefully exceed the high standards they’ve set.”

The new programs help Lakeland College move closer towards its goal of being a leader in all emergency services training. “We’re well known for our emergency services technology diploma program, bachelor of applied sciences: emergency services degree and wide variety of firefighting programming. We’re now looking at opportunities to provide emergency management and emergency preparedness programs,” said Senaratne.

The university’s online emergency medical responder (EMR) program was also transferred to Lakeland College. Lakeland already offers an EMR program onsite at its Vermilion campus and will not be offering the online version this year.

To learn more about the paramedic and EMT programs, please visit or phone 1 800 661 6490, ext. 8527.

Established in 1913, Lakeland College has campuses in Vermilion and Lloydminster, Alberta. Lakeland College offers full-time, part-time and continuing education programs in academic upgrading, agricultural sciences, business, emergency services, environmental sciences, health and wellness, human services, interior design technology, performing arts, tourism, trades and technology and university studies.

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