Community Paramedic Certificate Program

What is a Community Paramedic?

As a community paramedic (CP), you will become part of the healthcare community working in collaboration with other health professionals and institutions. Community paramedics assess and evaluate community services and systems, and help identify gaps in services.

The role of community paramedics is to:

  • Navigate and establish systems to better serve communities and clients;
  • Help individuals and communities overcome barriers that prevent them from accessing and benefiting from health services;
  • Serve as an advocate, facilitator, liaison, community broker and resource coordinator;
  • Train and serve as a direct service provider, which ensures basic and advanced levels of care appropriate to prevention, emergencies, evaluation, triage, disease management and basic oral and mental health.

As a CP, you will strive to ensure the overall goal of mentoring and empowering clients, communities and healthcare systems to achieve positive outcomes and to reach the optimal level of wellness for everyone.

About the Program

The Community Paramedic curriculum is based on the North Central EMS Institute Community Paramedic Curriculum, and is used with permission.

The certificate program has seven expected outcomes. You will:

  • Understand and analyze your role in the health care system
  • Understand the social determinants of the health model
  • Understand your role in public health and primary care
  • Become culturally competent
  • Understand your role within the community
  • Understand the importance of balancing stress and wellness while ensuring personal safety
  • Understand and provide clinical care for the identified population

Program Features

The certificate consists of four required courses, which are taken in a single semester. The first three courses are taught online, while the practicum course is on-ground. Students enrolled in the practicum course are required to participate in 135 hours of clinical practice. This practice is mentored by practicum faculty and is under the supervision of physicians, nurse practitioners, other healthcare providers and community practitioners. Maryville has a clinical agreement with Mercy Hospital Systems for placement options.

Required Coursework (12 Credit Hours)

CPAR 101 Roles and Responsibilities of the Community Paramedic 2
CPAR 120 Community Assessment) 3
CPAR 200 Management of Chronic Diseases 4
CPAR 220 Community Paramedic Practicum 3

Admission Requirements

  • Current paramedic license
  • Employed full-time for two years or the part-time equivalent
  • Letter of recommendation from medical director and/or chief EMS officer

Degree Planning Sheet

Degree planning sheets for undergraduate programs at Maryville can be found here.

Program and University Accreditation

The Community Paramedic Program is offered in partnership with St. Charles County Ambulance District which is a Missouri Bureau of Emergency Medical Services Training Entity.  Maryville University of Saint Louis is separately accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504. You can contact them by calling 800.621.7440.

Bonnie Stegman, PhD
bstegman@maryville.edu; 314.529.6595