New community paramedicine program aims to fill health care gaps
Seminole State's program can be completed in as little as eight months entirely online.
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Written by: Kimberly Allen
Ask any Floridian, and they’d probably agree that access to quality health care shouldn’t be a luxury. But for those in underserved communities, where health care costs and the distance to major medical facilities are often barriers, it can be hard to come by. That’s where Seminole State College of Florida’s Community Paramedic Certificate program comes in.
The College’s community paramedicine program, set to begin in Fall 2023, aims to train paramedics to address gaps in a community’s health care system. Students in the program will learn to identify community health needs, develop strategies to meet those needs and build community capacity, and locate reliable sources for community health issues.
- Open to Florida-certified paramedics
- 100% online
- Complete in eight months or less
Learn more: sem.st/cpc
In general, community paramedics collaborate with community resources and partners to address health problems within their communities, reduce hospital readmissions, prevent unnecessary ambulance transports and keep patients in their homes. These specially trained paramedics work under local medical care as part of a community-based team of health and social service providers.
Seminole State’s program, offered in partnership with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), is open to paramedics who hold a Florida certification and can be completed in as little as eight months entirely online. Those who complete the program and pass the certification exam can even earn credits toward continuing their education in the College’s Bachelor of Science degrees in Health Sciences or Public Safety Administration.
“We’re adapting content we already have academically to offer this training to certified paramedics across the state so they will be equipped to offer care where its most needed in counties throughout Florida,” said Molly Kostenbauder, associate vice president of Seminole State’s School of Business, Health and Public Safety. “The Florida Department of Health is focusing on rural areas where health care gaps tend to be more prevalent. This is an initiative to support rural communities in a new way.”
FDOH will cover the cost of training (course instruction and materials only) for a limited number of qualified participants. To learn more about the program, including registration information, visit sem.st/cpc.
Seminole State College of Florida, established in 1965, serves more than 25,000 students across six sites in Central Florida. A full-service education provider, Seminole State has thrived by adapting to and meeting the needs of an ever-changing, vibrant community. Seminole State offers 11 bachelor’s degrees in high-demand, high-growth fields; two-year associate degrees; specialized certificates; continuing professional education; adult education and guaranteed admission via DirectConnect to UCF® to the University of Central Florida for Associate in Arts (A.A.) graduates. By offering flexible, affordable, high-quality educational programs and services, the College continues to help students learn, succeed and GO Far. For more about Seminole State, visit seminolestate.edu.
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