Community Paramedic

Community Paramedic assisting an elderly patient

Introducing a new career track for paramedics

Are you a paramedic with at least two years of work experience and an interest in new skills and versatility? Are you intrigued by the job opportunities becoming available as a Community Paramedic working in Minnesota?

Already a national leader in paramedic education, Inver Hills Community College now offers the 300-hour Community Paramedic program, which combines 200 hours of clinical training with 100 hours of theory. The program can be completed virtually anywhere in the nation, with clinical training taking place in a community hospital or medical center. All other coursework is completed online with the exception of two weekends of skills training. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for certification as a Community Paramedic through the Emergency Medical Service Regulatory Board.

Our 300-hour program is tailored to respond to the needs of the state’s diverse communities, with students undergoing clinical training in health care settings within the communities they work. Graduates of the program looking to further their career can transfer seamlessly into the Bachelor of Science in Allied Healthcare Management program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, with as few as 36 Saint Mary’s University credits needed to complete a bachelor’s degree.

What does a Community Paramedic do?

Employed by health care organizations and working under the direction of two physicians – a primary care doctor and an emergency medical services medical director – Community Paramedics provide less expensive, home-centered care to individuals following a hospital stay. They see patients who do not meet the qualifications for other home health services, and deal with a range of non-emergency health care needs that otherwise might send individuals unnecessarily to the emergency room and result in high costs to both the hospital and the patient.

On April 6, 2011, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed the Community Paramedics Bill into law, creating a new certification for emergency medical technicians. Demand for this certification is anticipated to rise as officials recognize the role of the Community Paramedic in greater Minnesota. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of EMTs and paramedics is anticipated to increase by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020.

Learn more about Community Paramedicine and why it's the future of the paramedic profession in the Winter 2013 edition of NAEMT News. PDF

Certificate

Purpose: Provides additional training to certified Paramedics in the areas of public health, health prevention, patient advocacy, triage, disease management, mental health and the management of ongoing illness or injury. The Community Paramedic works under the direction of an EMS Medical Director in cooperation with a primary care doctor. Community Paramedics work for EMS agencies, health care organizations or in other areas of public health.

Community Paramedic Curriculum

Course Number Title
EMS 2900 Role of the Community Paramedic
EMS 2910 Community Assessment
EMS 2920 Pathophysiology and Disease Management for the Community Paramedic
EMS 2930 Community Paramedic Patient Care Experience

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