Innovative, accessible certification training program provides new career track for paramedic.

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 community paramedic certification training program at Hennepin Technical College in Eden Prairie, MN.

Our innovative program trains and certifies paramedics to help fill the ever-widening gaps in the health care delivery system by expanding access to health care for under-served groups in Minnesota and significantly reduce costs for health care providers and taxpayers in the state.

program overview

On April 6, 2011, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law the Community Paramedic Bill, creating a new certification for emergency medical technicians.

With the help of MN State Representative Tara Mack, MN State Sen Julie Rosen, and the MN Ambulance Association, Minnesota became the first state in the U.S. to pass this landmark legislation.

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.

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 144 hours of classroom instruction with:

  • 72 hours of classroom instruction (face-to-face or via interactive TV)
  • 72 hours of online format/D2L
  • 196 hours of clinical training, which can be arranged in your area

To expand and enhance the program, HTC has received a Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) grant to train 90 (30 per year)  community paramedics by 2015 in collaboration with:

Community paramedics will take on various roles including:

  • Outreach
  • Wellness
  • 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.

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.

The cost is $2,310, plus $260 for textbooks and a Fisdap/Scheduling Fee of $80. Students earn 14 college credits.

Last updated by admin : 2018-05-24 14:44:45