COMMUNITY PARAMEDIC PROGRAM
HENNEPIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE FIRST IN U.S. TO
OFFER COMMUNITY PARAMEDIC TRAINING
Innovative, accessible certification training program provides new career track for paramedics
Are you a paramedic with at least two years of experience who would like to expand and enhance your career opportunities? Do you feel limited by the job opportunities available to you as a paramedic working in greater Minnesota?
If so, you should consider enrolling in the first and only Community Paramedic certification training program in the U.S. at Hennepin Technical College (HTC) in Eden Prairie.
Accessible, flexible program
Whether you live in the Twin Cities metro area or greater Minnesota, you can be considered for the program if you have two years of paramedic experience. This accessible, innovative program will be offered this summer at HTC and starts on August 28, 2013. Cost is $1,884, plus $320 for textbooks, and a Fisdap/Scheduling Fee of $80. Students earn 12 college credits. Learn more here about current program offerings.
The first training program began in May 2011 and included 13 students, who graduated and received their certification on July 19, 2012 at HTC from the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board.
Fast growing profession
Are you looking for a viable way to advance your career as a paramedic? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of EMT’s and paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020 -- much faster than the average for all occupations.
The new HTC program will train and certify paramedics to help:
Fill the ever-widening gaps in the health care delivery system by expanding access to health care for underserved groups in Minnesota
- Significantly reduce costs for health care providers and taxpayers in the state
Leading the way
HTC is at the forefront of training experienced paramedics to address minor and chronic health problems in the home, rather than automatically driving patients to a hospital emergency room. Developed in partnership with the Minnesota Ambulance Association , the program includes:
112 hours of classroom instruction with:
64 hours of classroom instruction (face-to-face or via interactive TV)
48 hours of online format/D2L
- 196 hours of clinical training, which can be arranged in your area
Paramedic role evolving
Community paramedics will take on various roles including:
- Health screening assessments
- Health instruction
- Dispensing of immunizations
- Disease management
- Mental health assistance
- Wound care
- Safety programs
- Extension of physicians in rural clinics and hospitals
As a community paramedic you’ll work with public health agencies to identify needs in underserved communities and develop methods to better treat them.
Studies have shown that utilizing community paramedics can result in economic savings because they help citizens and communities overcome barriers that prevent them from accessing health care services.
All of the roles and activities of community paramedics are overseen by a medical director.
Community Paramedics Bill
On April 6, 2011, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law the Community Paramedics Bill, creating a new certification for emergency medical technicians. With the help of the Minnesota Ambulance Association, state Rep. Tara Mack, and state Sen. Julie Rosen, Minnesota became the first state in the U.S. to pass this landmark legislation.
To expand and enhance the program, HTC has received a $241,538 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) grant to train 24 community paramedics a year over the next three years in collaboration with:
- HealthEast Care System
- Allina Health System
- North Memorial Health Care
- Hennepin County Medical Center
Contact Kai Hjermstad at 952-995-1313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated by drogalla : 2013-09-04 12:05:39