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Community Paramedic

Community Paramedicine offers optimal positioning of EMS resources to fill an identified gap in the healthcare system. This Community Paramedic Program closes the gaps within the healthcare system by expanding the role of EMS personnel within the community. The Community Paramedicine Program is flexible by design to meet the needs and resources of the local community. Expanding the role of EMS personnel allows healthcare services to reach those where access to physicians, clinics, or hospitals may be difficult, non-existent, or unobtainable. The Community Paramedic has a proven ability to efficiently and professionally serve as a primary care provider, and when deployed to a patient’s home as an extension of a patient-centered primary care plan, Community Paramedics assist with chronic disease management and prevention. Through a standardized curriculum of advanced education, EMS responders are educated at the appropriate level to serve communities more broadly in the areas of primary care, prevention and wellness, public health, mental health, disease management, readmission prevention, oral health, and human services.

The Community Paramedic Program at Mineral Area College is a 16-week hybrid course. All didactic material will be presented online. There will be one lab day (two options, students must attend one of the two) as well as 40 hours of scheduled clinical experience.

To be enrolled in the Mineral Area College Community Paramedic Program, a current Paramedic License is required.

Successful course completion will allow the currently licensed Missouri Paramedic to obtain a State of Missouri endorsement as a licensed Community Paramedic.

If you have any questions, please direct them to the Office of EMS Education Programs by calling (573) 518-2123.