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