Community Paramedic (CP)
The Community Paramedic certificate program is designed to prepare the student with the necessary skills to obtain licensure and employment as a community paramedic. Community paramedics, known in some areas as Mobile Integrated Health Care Paramedics, act in instances where other health care providers may not be available and primarily respond to patient’s homes. Through advanced patient assessment, medical care, and engagement with other health care professionals and institutions, the community paramedic’s goal is to provide the best treatment to the patient while reducing use of emergency services. Community Paramedics are responsible and accountable to physician medical direction.
NDSCS offers a program certificate in Community Paramedic and is affiliated with F–M Ambulance Service in Fargo. While there currently is no accrediting body for this certificate, NDSCS and F–M Ambulance Service’s paramedic program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
The first semester will consist of lecture and lab courses. Clinical experiences will be completed during the second semester. The program has numerous hospital and field sites across North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Additional sites to suit students’ needs may be added if necessary. Each student will be conducting a needs assessment for their community. This assessment may affect which sites the student will attend.
Prerequisites include current state or national paramedic certification and a clear background check. Qualified applicants will be enrolled in the order in which they apply.
This curriculum is not currently approved for Title IV Federal Financial Aid funding