The certificate consists of four required courses which are taken over the course of a single semester. The first three courses are taught online while the practicum course is conducted in-person. Students enrolled in the practicum course are required to participate in 135 hours of clinical practice. This practice is mentored by practicum faculty and is under the supervision of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, other health care providers and community practitioners. At the conclusion of the four course sequence, professional paramedics will have a greater understanding, as well as practical knowledge, of how they can enhance and provide service within their community.
The Community Paramedic certificate is designed to provide the student with professional development that enhances their skills and knowledge for caring for members of their community. The Community Paramedic curriculum is based on the North Central EMS Institute Community Paramedic Curriculum, and is used with permission. As such, the certificate has seven program goals:
- The Community Paramedic will understand and analyze their role in the health care system.
- The Community Paramedic will understand the social determinants of the health model.
- The Community Paramedic will understand their role in public health and primary care.
- The Community Paramedic will become culturally competent.
- The Community Paramedic will understand their role within the community.
- The Community Paramedic will understand the importance of balancing stress and wellness while ensuring personal safety.
- The Community Paramedic will understand and provide the clinical care of the identified population.
Please note that this is an educational program only. You must follow your state laws and regulations concerning community paramedic certification in your area. This program does not provide certification. For more information contact Dr. Bonnie Stegman, Coordinator Community Paramedic Program at 314. 529.6595 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Current Paramedic license
- Employed full-time for two years or the part-time equivalent
- Letter of recommendation from Medical Director and/or Chief EMS officer
Program and University Accreditation
The Community Paramedic Program is offered in partnership with St. Charles County Ambulance District and utilizes their CoAEMSP accreditation for this specific program. Maryville University of Saint Louis is separately accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.You can contact them by calling 800.621.7440.