Emergency Medicine Education: Paramedic Program

Ridgewater Paramedics in ER Photo

Jonathan Willoughby
HCMC Paramedic Program Director
jonathan.willoughby@hcmed.org
612-873-9142

The Hennepin EMS Education/Ridgewater College Paramedic program started in March of 2007, as a partnership between Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota and Hennepin EMS Education in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

There are three separate sites where the program is offered - at Hennepin EMS Education in Minneapolis and the Willmar and Hutchinson campuses of Ridgewater College.

The Paramedic classes start Summer Session – usually late May or early June - meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-10 pm and approximately one Saturday a month from 8-5. There is also extensive hospital based clinical time and field internship ride time on ambulances in addition to the classroom time. This is not a part-time program.

General education classes are offered at a variety of days/times depending on where you take them. If you have little or no experience as an EMT (at least 50 verifiable EMS calls as a Lead EMT), a BLS Insternship class through Ridgewater is required.

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Information regarding the 2015-2016 Paramedic Program, starting Summer Semester 2015, is available now on Ridgewater College's website.

All admissions and registration for classes are done through Ridgewater College. Please access the Ridgewater College's website to read about the Program and the requirements for admission.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. All the admissions requirements must be met prior to being given a slot in the class.

The Hennepin County Medical Center 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).

CAAHEP CONTACT INFORMATION
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

COAEMSP CONTACT INFORMATION
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
FAX 214-703-8992
www.coaemsp.org