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Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program (Minnesota)

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Program description

Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minn., in collaboration with Gold Cross Ambulance and Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC), offers the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program with two track options:

  • Associate degree track
  • Certificate track (for college graduates)

The Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program is designed to prepare students for a career as a paramedic. The role of the paramedic is rapidly expanding in the medical profession. The paramedic profession offers a wide variety of employment options, including with advanced life support ground ambulances and air ambulances as well as hospital-based employment.

The paramedic delivers advanced life support to the sick and injured in emergent and nonemergent situations. Students who graduate from the Emergency Medical Paramedic Program are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians — Paramedic written and practical exam.

Program goals

The Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program offers an exceptional educational experience, giving you the knowledge, skills and facilities you need to become a well-rounded paramedic.

Our goals are to:

  • Deliver a challenging, high-quality curriculum using resources rarely available at other teaching institutions
  • Expose the student to a large, diverse patient population
  • Enhance the critical-thinking skills, knowledge base and psychomotor skill set of the paramedic in a wide variety of medical and trauma emergencies by using state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and research facilities available at Mayo Clinic
  • Ensure a superior student-to-faculty ratio to enhance learning
  • Promote an environment based on teamwork and mutual respect

Accreditation

The Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program is pending licensure by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB).

See accreditation information for Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Affiliated institutions

  • Associate degree track. To participate in the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program, you must be enrolled in the associate degree program at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minn.
  • Certificate track (for college graduates). Students may be eligible for the certificate option if they have successfully completed an associate or bachelor's degree before the start of the program. Certificate students are required to complete all the prerequisite course work to be eligible for admission.

Facilities

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn., includes an extensive outpatient complex, Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, and substantial research and education facilities.

This Mayo Clinic site is among the largest, most advanced medical centers in the world.

Mayo Clinic Medical Transport

Mayo Clinic Medical Transport offers significant options for field internships, including 11 Gold Cross Ambulance locations and three Mayo One helicopter locations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Rotations at these locations are a major component of the field internship requirement.

Rochester Community and Technical College

Mayo School of Health Sciences works collaboratively with Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC). RCTC provides classroom and lab space for students in the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program.

Note: Students enrolled at RCTC are required to submit an application and be accepted to the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program. Not all students enrolled at RCTC are guaranteed acceptance into the paramedic program at Mayo School of Health Sciences. See Admissions for details.

Graduation and certification

  • Associate degree track. Students successfully completing the associate degree track of 35 credit hours at RCTC, along with successfully completing the 40 credit hours of the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program, will receive an A.S. degree from RCTC and a certificate from Mayo School of Health Sciences. Graduates will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians — Paramedic written and practical exam.
  • Certificate track (for college graduates). Students successfully completing the 40 credit hours of the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program will receive a certificate from Mayo School of Health Sciences. Graduates will be eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians — Paramedic written and practical exam.

Hours

Learning schedules include eight- and 12-hour days. The days of attendance each week vary according to classroom, clinical, lab and field internship schedules. Expect to attend day and night rotations in the clinical and field internship.

  • Associate degree track. Credit hours average approximately 16 credit hours per semester with an internship during summer session. This credit average is required to attain the degree within 18 months.
  • Certificate track (for college graduates). This track combines didactic course work with a lab, clinical and field internship. The certificate track is composed of 40 credits, which will run concurrently with students in the associate degree track. This is a part-time option for students who already possess at least a two-year associate degree and meet all prerequisite course work.

Class size

Mayo School of Health Sciences admits up to 10 students to its Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program. This ensures a favorable student-to-instructor ratio and a comprehensive educational experience.

  • April 11, 2014
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