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Denver Health is the area's leading and only academic Regional Level I Trauma Center for Adults and Level II Trauma Center for Children. The Denver Health Paramedic Division responds to over 100,000 calls per year and our students have the opportunity to learn in a high-volume, fast-paced urban setting.
Clinical opportunities are unparalleled in the field and include working alongside paramedics and physicians at special events, including large concerts, Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies games, and community outreach events like the Shots 4 Tots program.
The Denver Health Paramedic School consists of a rigorous 1300 hour training for those interested in providing advanced emergency medical care to patients. Students who complete the curriculum are eligible to sit for the NREMT-P written and practical exams. The application and admission process is competitive and top graduates are considered for employment at the Denver Health Paramedic Division.
There are two schedule formats for students to choose from: a 12-month or an accelerated 6-month program.
Paramedic School 5 year Data Outcomes for Graduates
Three year outcomes for National Registry pass rate for written exam 96.9%.
Three year outcomes for National Registry pass rate for practical exam is 90%.
Graduate positive placement in the workforce is 97.98.%.
The school's retention rate is 80.3%.
The Denver Health Paramedic School Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
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The application and admission process is competitive and top graduates are considered for employment at the Denver Health Paramedic Division. Training consists of three phases:
Phase 1 - Didactic Phase (Classroom)
The program curriculum is based on the 1999 D.O.T. EMT-Paramedic curriculum and taught by Denver Health Emergency Department physicians.
There are two schedule formats for students to choose from:
- The 12-month program generally meets Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 6 -10pm. Some Saturday classes are required.
- The accelerated 6-month program meets Monday through Friday for 8 hours per day.
Phase 2 - Clinical Rotations
Phase 2 clinical rotations are run concurrently with the classroom training. All students participate in direct patient care in a variety of urban, high patient volume locations at Denver Health, including the ED, Pediatric ED, Operating Room, Intensive Care, Respiratory Therapy, Labor and Delivery and Psychiatric Emergency Service
Phase 3 - Field Internship
The field internship involves the practical application of classroom knowledge and clinical instruction. The field internship represents both an instructional and evaluative phase of the program. During the field internship, the student will be under direct supervision by a preceptor. The field internship phase will be a 30 hour per week commitment.
Pursuant to the State of Colorado Paramedic Training Center rules and regulations, students are required to complete 500 hours of field internship time. The first 100 hours will be done concurrently with the first two phases, and the remaining 400 hours commence immediately after the end of the didactic phase. All of these hours will be spent on a Denver Health Paramedic Division ambulance.
To apply to Denver Health Paramedic School, applicants must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Be a high school graduate or have GED certificate
- Have successfully completed an EMT-Basic training program and have worked at least 6 months as an EMT
- Possess a current CPR certification (CPR Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer)
- Have successfully completed an IV Therapy Approval Course
- Passed Anatomy and Physiology I and II (or its equivalent), as defined by the Colorado Community Colleges and Occupational Educational Services (CCCOES). This requirement can be met through a challenge assessment process that leads to equivalent credit. Information regarding the challenge assessment can be found online.
Applying to Paramedic School
All students applying to the Denver Health Paramedic School are required to have the application package submitted by the deadline corresponding to their desired admission track. The 12-month program accepts 24 students; the 6-month program accepts 12 students.
Applicants will be contacted for pre-admission testing and interviews once the EMS Education office has received and reviewed applications. Should the candidate meet all program requirements and prerequisites, he/she will be notified in writing of pre-admission test dates and locations. A description of the testing process and recommended study materials will be included.
Students who successfully complete the pre-admission testing, and are deemed to have a positive likelihood for success in the program, will be invited for a panel interview. The Paramedic School will then develop a list of eligible candidates for admission to the subsequent class and these individuals will be notified by mail of their acceptance.
The Application Package must include the following:
• Completed application
• An admission essay of approximately 200 words must be submitted with this application to be considered for admission into a program. The essay should state why the applicant wishes to become a paramedic and why he or she wishes to attend the Denver Health Paramedic School.
• EMT or Advanced EMT certification
• High school diploma or GED Certificate
• Current TB test and proof of Hepatitis B vaccination series and MMR vaccination
• Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of anatomy and physiology requirements
• A non-refundable processing fee of $75.00 is required of each applicant for admission to the Denver Health Paramedic School. This fee is not deductible against any other fee charged or other sum required of the applicant by the program.
- 3 Letters of recommendation
Students seeking the regular decision admission track are required to have the application package submitted by the dates below. In order to be considered for regular decision, prospective students must have their A&P prerequisite either completed or in progress with a completion date prior to the start of class.
Deadline for 12-Month Program: July 1st every year
Deadline for 6-Month Program: March 1st every year
Pre-Admission Testing and Interview Process
The Denver Health Paramedic School will evaluate applicants on proven academic competence and potential, goals, understanding of the paramedic's role, and recommendation letters. Pre-admission test results and the panel interview will further aid the program in selecting the most competitive applicants for admission.
Each applicant accepted for admission is required to make a non-refundable $300.00 seat deposit in order to secure a place in the entering class. Seat deposits are due no later than 14 days as postmarked on the notification of acceptance letter. Deposits should be mailed to the Denver Health Paramedic School office at 190 W. 6th Ave. MC 3652, Denver, CO 80204. The seat deposit is applied toward tuition.
There are a number of options available for financial assistance. We encourage you to explore these options and apply for anything that fits your needs.
Denver Health Paramedic Division EMS Diversity Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to increase participation of qualified, diverse individuals within Denver Health's paramedic program and the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Denver Health is committed to enhancing diversity within our Paramedic Division to more closely reflect the vibrant community that we serve. Selected applicants will be awarded a partial tuition scholarship for Paramedic courses at Denver Health's EMS Education Institute. This partial scholarship is available to residents of the City and County of Denver and current Denver Health employees.
Workforce Investment Act (WIA)
Applicants are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) grant to further supplement their tuition for the EMS Education Institute.
US Department Of Veterans Affairs
The Denver Health Paramedic School is a US Department of Veteran's Affairs approved school for both the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment CREATE Grant Program
CREATE assists private and public organizations in improving and expanding the emergency medical and trauma system in Colorado. Applicants must have as their purpose the provision of emergency medical and trauma services in Colorado to be eligible. This grant is intended to provide funding for education and training for emergency medical and trauma services.
Bound Tree Medical Legacy Scholarship
Bound Tree Medical has assisted children of EMTs and Firefighters interested in becoming EMTs, or furthering their certification by becoming Paramedics. Scholarships are awarded nationwide for those who fit the eligibility criteria and are interested in pursuing a state approved certification program
There are a number of options available for financial assistance.We encourage you to explore these options and apply for anything that fits your needs.