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Please Note: Beginning in 2023, we will resume requiring Anatomy and Physiology as prerequisites for acceptance into our paramedic school programs.
Richard K. Schachern
Denver Health is the area's leading academic Regional Level I Trauma Center for Adults and Level II Trauma Center for Children. The Denver Health Paramedic Division is the sole 911 provider for the City and County of Denver and responds to over 110,000 calls per year. Our students have the opportunity to learn in a high-volume, fast-paced urban setting. That's why we have been chosen as the Paramedic Training partner of many Fire Departments and Ambulance Services throughout the state.
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. All clinical departments are located on the Denver Health Campus affording the opportunity for our students to receive the best and most consistent training possible, all the while allowing for convenience of not having to travel to different locations for clinical opportunities.
The Denver Health Paramedic School consists of a rigorous 1300 hour training in advanced emergency medical care. 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.
The Paramedic School offers accelerated (6-month) and yearlong (12-month) programs.
Students must submit a complete application packet. After the application has been approved, applicants will be invited for a panel interview. After interviews are complete, candidates will be notified of their acceptance into the course. We offer both an accelerated program and a yearlong program.
The application packet must include ALL of the following:
The Denver Health Paramedic School will evaluate applicants on proven academic competence and potential, goals, understanding of the paramedic's role, and recommendation letters. The panel interview will further aid the program in selecting the most competitive applicants for admission and will include both interview questions and patient scenarios.
After applicants are accepted for admission, they are 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 from the postmarked date 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.
Once admitted into the program, the following documents are required in addition to those outlined in the application process:
If you are a Colorado resident, you may obtain a copy of your vaccination records by going here. A fee may apply and is the responsibility of the applicant. There are no exceptions to the vaccination requirements and/or the background check requirement.
Phase 1 - Didactic Phase (Classroom)
The program curriculum is based on the 1999 D.O.T. EMT-Paramedic curriculum and taught by some of the leading industry experts to include Denver Health Paramedics, Denver Health Physicians.
There are two schedule formats for students to choose from:
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, Cardiac Cath Lab and Psychiatric Emergency Service. Clinical rotation availability may fluctuate due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Phase 3 - Field Internship
The field internship is comprised of four phases and 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. For the accelerated course the field internship will be an approximately 40 hour a week commitment.
Phase 1: First 50 hours (Observation/Orientation Rides)
Phase 2: hour 50-250
Phase 3: Hours 250-400
Phase 4: Hours 400-500 (Capstone Phase)
First Day of Class: June 13, 2022
Applications Open January 20, 2022
Applications Close May 1, 2022
Early Interviews April 4-13, 2022
Final Interviews May 2-6, 2022
(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday nights 6:00pm-10:00pm)
First Day of Class: September 12, 2022
Applications Open March 15, 2022
Applications Close August 1, 2022
Early Interviews July 25-29, 2022
Final Interviews August 8-12, 2022
CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic 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 is for the 2020 calendar year.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756 | 727-210-2350 | www.caahep.org