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Are you a paramedic with at least two (2) years of experience who would like to expand and enhance your career opportunities? Do you feel limited by the job opportunities available to you as a paramedic working in your area?
If so, consider enrolling in the Community Paramedic certificate program at Eastern Maine Community College, offered in partnership with WGH Group LLC and United Ambulance Service. Our Community Paramedic certification training class consists of 72 hours of classroom lecture and 72 hours of Navigate 2 Advantage Access for Community Health Paramedicine (online), and 196 clinical hours.
The Community Paramedic class is intense and requires external research and assessment in a county or large city where you will be potentially providing services as a Community Paramedic. During the clinical portion of the class you will have the opportunity to conduct advanced assessments, practice interview techniques, make patient care recommendations, use equipment, and perform suturing with preceptor approval.
Classes start Tuesday, March 20th, 2018.
To apply for our Community Paramedic program, please download and complete the following:
Email materials to email@example.com or mail to: Eastern Maine Community College, Attn: Business & Industry, 354 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401.
What is a Community Paramedic?
A Community Paramedic in Maine is a Maine EMS licensed paramedic who has graduated from a nationally recognized college based community paramedicine program, or possesses a nationally recognized equivalent set of training and experience. These providers may address all health care issues deemed appropriate by their primary care and EMS medical directors. Specific patient interaction will be on an episodic basis as requested by a physician.
The purpose of Community Paramedicine evolved from a need to address unmet health needs in rural and other underserved communities. It also sought to bring advanced life support to communities far from hospitals so that patients requiring critical care would be likelier to receive it. Placing a paramedic in such a community and giving them a primary care role that employed their medical skills between emergency calls might meet both needs more affordably. More recently, urban and suburban health systems have learned to employ community paramedicine services to their advantage as an integral member of community health teams in the rapidly changing health care environment.
Community Paramedic roles can include: health outreach; community health assessment and planning; wellness; health screening assessments; health teaching; providing immunizations; disease management, including a thorough understanding of monitoring diabetes, congestive heart failure and other high cost diseases and the methods and medications used to treat them; recognition of mental health issues and referral into the existing mental health care system; wound care; safety programs; and, generally functioning as physician extenders in community health teams.
Community Paramedic Program (National Standard Curriculum)
Community Paramedics will be prepared in the process of providing health services where access to physicians, clinics, or hospitals is difficult or where Community Paramedicine provides an advantageous patient care solution in the evolving health care system.
Community Paramedics work within community health teams and are trained to monitor and provide certain treatments to patients with chronic diseases and perform minor medical procedures in the patient’s home and other out of hospital settings.
In Maine, Community Paramedicine practice is limited to those areas served by an ambulance service with a Maine EMS approved Community Paramedicine program.