Community Paramedic Program

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What is a Community Paramedic?

A Community Paramedic responds non-emergently to assist patients in connecting to health care resources, managing their health and medical problems, performing home safety evaluations and education, and performing health assessments in the home. Community Paramedics are educated to find resources for patients, educate them, and function as part of the public health system including immunizations and disease surveillance.  

Who is eligible to participate?  

Participants must be currently certified paramedics with at least one year of experience in paramedic practice.  

Program Features and Benefits  

  • Courses are offered online - Giving you the flexibility to learn anywhere!
  • Expert faculty and curriculum - This ground breaking program was developed in consultation with existing Community Paramedic programs and in collaboration with topical experts from prestigious organizations.
  • History and Reputation for Quality - UCCS Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences has been ranked by US News and World Report.
  • Work while you learn - Our program allows for you to continue in your career while you earn your CE units. 

About the program  

This non-credit program provides 120 hours of instruction and 89 CEU credits.  The program is completely online. This program takes core paramedic knowledge and expands it across many areas including: pharmacology, patient assessment, the health care system, chronic medical conditions, health maintenance, injury and illness prevention, and many others.  

Why earn a Community Paramedic Certificate?  

  • Reduce the misuse of 911
  • Increase the health of your community
  • Career advancement
  • Expand your skills and capabilities
  • Integrate EMS into the public health system  


Admission requirements for the Community Paramedic program

  • Provide a copy of your current paramedic certification (national registry or state certification)
  • Verification of a minimum of 1 year of recent paramedic practice. (attestation form)
  • Obtain a copy of your driver's license or state issued ID
  • Obtain proof of current health care provider CPR training from American Heart Association or Red Cross
  • Complete the Online Extended Studies application - Printable Apply Now Information


  • Complete all required application/registration forms and payment of tuition and fees
  • Have readily available computer and printer access and experience using an online search engine such as Google
    • Students will be expected to conduct online searches and use a word processor

Required registration documents:
     The items below will need to be copied, scanned, and emailed to 

  •      Copy of current paramedic certification (national registry or state certification)
  •      Obtain a copy of your driver's license or state issued ID
  •      Complete the attestation form
  •      Obtain proof of current health care provider CPR training from American Heart Association or Red Cross

The UCCS Community Paramedic Program course(s) are approved for continuing education units. Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences at University of Colorado Colorado Springs is an approved provider of continuing education units by extension of the Children's Hospital of Colorado, an accredited approver and recognized CE Training Group by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Division.  Provider#: CO-049. 

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Notice concerning transferability of Continuing Educational Units (CEUs) to those operating outside the State of Colorado.

UCCS Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences cannot guarantee CEUs will transfer to other states outside of Colorado.  Non-credit courses from UCCS Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences will not be honored for admission to an advanced-degree program, except in limited circumstances. For this reason, it is the students' responsibility to make certain that their attendance in this non-credit program will meet their educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which a student may seek to transfer after attending UCCS Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences non-credit course offerings to determine if the CEUs or non-credit certificate will transfer.

In the case of the Community Paramedic Program, many EMS agencies throughout the nation will likely honor the CEUs obtained through our program.  Students should check with their individual agency to ensure CEU's will be recognized. 

Fall 2014

NHSC 2000 Community Paramedicine

Class#:  36478

Dates:  Starting 8/25

Tuition & Fees: $1500 (includes 89 hrs of CEUs)

Printable Apply Now Information - Fall 2014


Chris Hendricks


Chris Hendricks, RN, NREMT-P, MSN, CEN, CFN, Capt USAF
Community Paramedic Coordinator

Paramedic and nurse Chris Hendricks has been in critical care emergency medicine since 1994. He first volunteered with the Ortley Beach First Aid Squad and soon entered paramedic school at Ocean County College. He has worked at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, a level 1 trauma center, and for Pridemark, where he was a field instructor for six years. He is the creator of the PEAT Scale (Physical Environment Assessment Tool), a tool used by a number of EMS agencies to rate and grade a patient's home environment for safety.

In 2005 Mr. Hendricks received his first nursing degree and has worked on telemetry and in the ICU and ER. He is a commissioned officer in the Air National Guard as a flight nurse and works in the emergency room at Medical Center of the Rockies. He has certifications in ACLS, TNCC, ENPC, CEN, PALS and forensic nursing (CFN). He received his MSN in 2011.  Mr. Hendricks has had a number of articles published in EMS Magazine and on their web site. He has appeared as a guest on webcasts and operates two web sites, one dedicated to nursing and the other to EMS. He was a contributing author to the Brady Paramedic Care fifth edition and is the Community Paramedic Program Coordinator at the Beth El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

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