Paramedic Application Information
HCMC Paramedic Program
Our cost estimate is $10,500 while other Programs are $16,000 and above. We are no longer eligible for financial aid, but the program is VA/GI Bill® eligible and WIOA eligible.
We are currently talking with several Metro area colleges about a possible partnership for students looking for a local degree pathway. In the meantime, we have instituted a payment program in which you pay $1000 down and at least $250 a month until the tuition is paid off (deposit non-refundable 30 days from the start of class, $250 cancellation fee before then). You will not be able to test for paramedic certification until your balance is paid off. Additional expenses are $1000 or less. We are limiting the required books and loaning out other books to lower the costs.
The Tues/Thurs Night course lasts 12 months, and the Monday Day class course lasts 15 months. We are limiting our classes to 24 students per cohort. In the event of more than 24 candidates, the candidates will be ranked on their FISDAP entrance exam scores.
Please keep in mind that our paramedic program is within a Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center and Clinic & Specialty Center; our HCMC campus is at the heart of medical care in downtown Minneapolis. We are fortunate to offer robust learning experiences that most programs cannot provide.
We are a CAAHEP accredited program, and you will be required to pass NREMT Cognitive and Psychomotor exams to obtain your certification.
FISDAP Paramedic Entrance Exam - This is a proctored exam at EMS Education. You must schedule a time with the Paramedic Program to take this exam. You will be registered and pay for the exam when you arrive at EMS education to take the exam. The fee for this exam is $12 and must be proctored by our EMS Education Staff or their designee.
Paramedic Program Cost Estimate
NREMT Practical Exam Fee
NREMT Written Exam Fee
Estimated Total (excluding room, board & transportation):
Included or loaned
$200.00 - 400.00 (Estimated)
$11,343.42 - $11,497.13
The HCMC Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Frequently Asked Questions
8-16 hours of class
One 10 hour Field shift
One 10 hour hospital shift
Quizzes, Homework, Studying 8 - 16 hours
We do not have financial aid at this time. We have applied for GI Bill benefits and Workforce benefits. We are looking to partner with a metro-area school so that our students can use financial aid. Paying your tuition over the course of the class makes it interest-free. Getting student loans and running up a large bill in interest doesn't help you out.
We have articulation agreements with schools that will give you credit for completing our program when you apply to those schools.
Davenport University - 39 credits for completing program transfers toward BS in Health Services Administration, BS in Medical Case Management, or BSN-Nursing (Nursing degree would require to attend Davenport University in Michigan).
Columbia Southern University - 29 credits for completing program. 10% tuition discount. No application fee.
We are CoAEMSP accredited through 2020 and will continue to be accredited well beyond. We will be partnering with Normandale Community College to strengthen our student experience and educational opportunities for our students. Hennepin Healthcare, Hennepin EMS, and HCMC Paramedic Program are pillars of the healthcare community and are not going anywhere.
Anyone who said that was never in the military. We require our students to wear a uniform with pride (i.e. clean, wrinkle-free, polish on boots) and that they address staff, preceptors, and patients as Sir or Ma'am. It is a sign of professionalism and respect.
If you had someone show up to the worst day of your life, would you want them to look disheveled and call you Dude or Man?
We are preparing you for a job in which you treat people with skills and knowledge. "I didn't go to class that day. We went over this medical emergency..." is not what a patient wants to hear when you start treating them. Also, in order to be employable, you are required to show up to work on time and ready to go. We expect the same.