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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:

  • Stretchers
  • Splints
  • Backboards
  • Oxygen
  • Advanced airway equipment
  • IV therapy
  • Medications

You must be a current EMT-B or higher and have a current Health Care Professional CPR card to be accepted to the program.

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
  • Hospitals
  • Industry
  • 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. 

You cannot apply online – a paper application is required

More information regarding the Summer 2015 Paramedic classes will be available soon.

Please note the Diploma option is only available to applicants with extensive experience as an EMT which is explained in detail in the packet.

Any applicant who already has their EMT and Healthcare Provider CPR completed should submit copies with the application.  If you have any questions, please contact Sally Kerfeld, Director of Admissions at 1-800-722-1151 or

The Ridgewater College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
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



Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.