A New Way of Thinking and a Key Role

Accredited colleges and universities will drive the Community Paramedic Program—not just institutions with EMS training programs, but any institution with connections to rural and remote communities. 

The Community Healthcare and Emergency Cooperative (CHEC) developed a standardized curriculum that colleges in any state, province or nation can customize for their own certification program. The curriculum features these phases:

  • Phase 1—Foundational Skills (Approx. 100 hours, based on prior experience) Comprehensive didactic instruction in advocacy, outreach and public health, performing community assessments and developing strategies for care and prevention
  • Phase 2—Clinical Skills (Range of 15 to146 hours, based on prior experience) Supervised training by medical director, nurse practitioner, physician assistant and/or public health provider

A Catalyst for New Careers

The Community Paramedic Program introduces appealing career options for future and current EMS professionals. Given the structure of the training, students can enter the program at different points, including:

  • Community Health Workers with training in community development but no clinical skills
  • Existing paramedics with some clinical skills but no training in community development
  • Other health/social service professionals looking for a career change

Participating colleges and graduating students will register with theNorth Central EMS Institute(NCEMSI), which maintains a Community Paramedic registry and central clearinghouse for job opportunities.


Join the Movement

CHEC will help institutions collaborate with prospective partners to make the Community Paramedic Program a reality.

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