EMS students

Emergency Medical Services

Category: Emergency and Medical Services
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Program Description

Build the skills necessary to enter the emergency medical services field at HTC. You will gain hands-on experience that prepares you for a career as an Emergency Medical Services Specialist or Emergency Room Technician. This can be the start of a career that makes a real difference and it all begins with getting the real-world knowledge and skills needed to succeed.

EMTs are among the first responders on an emergency or medical scene and help start initial patient care. They also work with other emergency personnel, such as police and firefighters.

The Community Paramedic Clinician navigates and establishes systems to better serve the citizens of their communities. They help individuals and communities overcome barriers that prevent them from accessing and benefitting from health services. They serve as advocates, facilitators, liaisons, community brokers and resource coordinators. Community Paramedic Clinicians also trained as direct service providers which will ensure basic and advanced levels of care appropriate to prevention, emergencies, evaluation, triage, disease management, and basic oral and mental health.

Courses and Delivery
Community Paramedic Clinician (BP/EP) Advanced Technical Certificate: 14 credits

Community Paramedic Technician (BP/EP) Advanced Technical Certificate: 11 credits

Didactic sessions are held synchronously via ZOOM. Didactic sessions are currently being updated to include more asynchronous material. With those classes as a prerequisite, students may then complete specific clinical time according to local community needs.

In early 2009, Dr. Mike Wilcox and Gary Wingrove from Gold Cross Ambulance obtained a Federal Rural Health Grant to teach a “Community Paramedic” course.  At the same time, a bill was working its way through the Minnesota legislature to create the designation in Minnesota, the first State in the Country to do so.  HTC was chosen to be the Institution to teach this pilot.  Dr. Wilcox, Al Benney and Joe Martinez were part of the original team to teach the pilot program. Since that time, HTC has trained over 500 Community Paramedics in nearly every state and two countries.

For more information, contact:

Alan Benney, Faculty

Department: Emergency Medical Services
Phone: 952-995-1333
Email: al.benney@hennepintech.edu

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