All students seeking acceptance into the Paramedic Program must first apply to the Ridgewater College HEALTH SCIENCE major. Once you have met all the required admission criteria for the Paramedic program, a second application is submitted. The application and all of the requirements for the AAS and DIPLOMA Paramedic program are included in these application packets.
The Paramedic program focuses on assessment of a patient’s condition and treatment of emergency medical conditions and injuries.
Potential students should enjoy working with people and have a desire for challenging work, including quick decision making.
Students learn to use various emergency equipment:
- Advanced airway equipment
- IV therapy
Graduates of the Ridgewater College - Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) program will have the education and training necessary to respond to these situations. As a qualified and skilled paramedic professional, you will be prepared to work in the exciting, expanding field of Emergency Medical Services.
When a 911 call alerts authorities of an emergency, paramedics are often the first at the scene. Whether it is an automobile accident, a medical emergency, a fire, or some other disaster, the paramedic is responsible to assess a patient’s condition, give appropriate emergency medical treatment, and transport the patient to the hospital. Often, paramedics make the difference between life and death.
Career opportunities are available with:
- Private ambulance companies
- City health agencies
- Fire departments
- Law enforcement agencies
Professional paramedics are replacing volunteers, the population is aging, and urban populations are growing. A result of these factors is that job opportunities for paramedics are increasing rapidly.
The Ridgewater College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
CAAHEP CONTACT INFORMATION
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
COAEMSP CONTACT INFORMATION
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX (214) 703-8992