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Emergency and Critical Care Education

Paramedic Program

The Hennepin EMS Education Paramedic Program started in March of 2007.

Since September, 2010, the program has been 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).

We offer two courses a year. One is Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6 pm to 10 pm for 12.5 months. We offer a Monday only course that meets 9 am to 4:30 pm for 15 months. 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.

You must be a State of Minnesota certified EMT to start the Paramedic Program.

If you have little or no experience as an EMT (at least 50 verifiable EMS calls as a Lead EMT), you will be required to ride 100 hours with local fire departments to gain experience as an EMT at the beginning of the Paramedic Program.

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.


Program Outcomes

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2021.

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 100%.

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 100%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military. Positive placement is measured after the program.

The most recent retention rate was 78.6%.


Contact Information

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992


Toby Oehler

Lab Coordinator

Office: 612-873-4857
Cell: 952-256-0117


Andrew Pearson

Program Director

Office: 612-873-9345
Cell: 612-505-9613
[email protected]

Dylan Geiger

Clinical Coordinator

Office: 612-873-4360
Cell: 612-500-3958
[email protected]


Our staff work with over 4,200 students, conducting over 59,000 student hours of instruction annually. 

Paramedic Program

Training paramedics to be experienced healthcare providers.

Emergency Medical Services

Providing medical support to the community, sporting events, and venues.

Law Enforcement

Courses provide instructional skills for front-line patrol personnel and field investigators.