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"There is no higher honor than to be given the responsibility to care for another human being." - 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 120,000 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, Colorado Rockies games, and community outreach events. 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 rigorous 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 & 9-month) and yearlong (12-month) programs.
First Day of Class: June 10, 2024
Applications Open November 20, 2023
Applications Close May 6, 2024
Early Interviews March 11-21, 2024
and April 1-11, 2024
Late Interviews May 1-10, 2024
First Day of Class: January 31, 2024
Applications Open September 8, 2023
Applications Close December 7, 2023
Early Interviews November 6-9, 2023
Final Interviews December 11-14, 2023
(Monday-Wednesday nights 6:00pm-10:00pm)
First Day of Class: September 11, 2023
Applications Open March 13, 2023
Applications Close August 1, 2023
Early Interviews July 24-28, 2023
Final Interviews August 7-11, 2023
Students must submit all prerequisite documents for their application packet to be considered complete. There is a non-refundable $75 application fee that applies. After you submit your application fee, you will receive a confirmation email and instructions for document submission. Once required documents have been submitted, 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 a 6-month and 9-month 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.
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 2021 National EMS Education Standards and taught by some of the leading industry experts to include Denver Health Paramedics, Denver Health Physicians, and guest lecturers.
There are three schedule formats for students to choose from:
(Additional days may be required.)
Phase 2 - Clinical Rotations
Clinical rotations are run concurrently with the classroom training. Clearance for each clinical is granted as students progress through didactic modules and as minimum skills competencies are met. All students participate in direct patient care in a variety of high patient volume locations at Denver Health, including the Adult ED, Pediatric ED, Operating Room, Intensive Care Units, Respiratory Therapy, Labor and Delivery, Cardiac Cath Lab, Well Baby, and Psychiatric Emergency Service.
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 6-month accelerated course the field internship will be an approximately 40 hour per week commitment, for the 9-month accelerated course the field internship will be an approximately 20-30 hour per 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)
The Denver Health Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
727-210-2350 | www.caahep.org
To Contact CoAEMSP:
214-703-8445 | www.coaemsp.org
The minimum goal for this program is to prepare entry-level Paramedics who are competent in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains to enter the profession. We have adopted goals beyond the minimum required goals and ensure that each of our students meet these expectations prior to graduation from this program.
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 2021 calendar year.