Emergency Medical Services

Program Details


The mission of the Inver Hills Community College Emergency Medical Services programs to instill professionalism and excellence in our students through inclusive and innovative education for the benefit of our communities.

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Apply for the Paramedic Program

This application is for those who have completed EMT education and want to pursue their paramedic certification.

Request Credits for EMS Accelerated Track (Paramedic) Program

This request is for paramedics who have completed a program and have a current National Registry or Minnesota EMSRB Certification and are seeking credits based on their current certification.

If you do not have a Star ID, you will receive this via email after completion and processing of your Inver Hills Application

Important Notice

If you have been arrested, charged, or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge, or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state, and other higher education financial aid.

Some courses within this program require a criminal background study to successfully complete. Please see the course description section of the catalog for more details. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.

Emergency Medical Services at Inver Hills

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About the EMS Program


The Inver Hills Community College Emergency Medical Services department vision is to be acknowledged as a leading-edge educational provider for emergency medical services.


We live by our department program values. These core values serve as our cultural cornerstones and guide our department in all we do.

We are a program that is professional, inclusive, and respectful. Our faculty provide innovative academic excellence to our students in preparation of serving our community partners beyond the campus experience. We are dedicated and committed to educate students along their educational journey to serving our communities.

Professional: We promote professionalism in the delivery of EMS education locally and nationally.

Inclusive: We embrace a culture of inclusivity and diversity in the student experience and clinical partnerships.

Respectful: We ensure a respectful and appreciative learning environment for all students in our EMS program.

Innovative Academic Excellence: We promote innovation, research and development of the EMS field and provide academic excellence and hands-on education in support of these efforts.

Dedicated and Committed: We are dedicated and committed to providing accessible, high-quality education to all students.


The EMS Paramedic program at Inver Hills is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

EMS Paramedic program goal: To prepare competent entry-level paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT) and/or emergency medical technician (EMT), and/or emergency medical responder (EMR) levels.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992


Inver Hills Community College Paramedic Program Outcomes 

Year Retention National Registry Pass Rate Positive Employment
2023 88% 100% 100%
2022 81.8% 100% 100%
2021 92% 92% 83%
2020 (No cohort)

Transfer Information

The A.S. in Emergency Medical Services at Inver Hills has an transfer agreement with the following four-year institutions:

Student Clubs

Emergency Medical Services Student Association (EMSSA)

Purpose: EMSSA members offer CPR classes and education to the public about the emergency medical services profession. We provide first aid stand-by services for sporting events and community events. Most of our members are EMT-Basic certified college students who are studying to become paramedics at Inver Hills.

Learn more by emailing EMSSA at emssainverhills@gmail.com.

EMS at Inver Hills Adds Up

What you’ll accomplish as a student in our EMS department:

  1. Experience fast-paced emergency situations where your actions make a difference
  2. Treat a wide range of patient conditions through a deep understanding of the human body
  3. Provide quality patient care alongside a paramedic and other healthcare professionals
  4. Work directly with experienced, student-centric EMS faculty
  5. Benefit from small class sizes and collaborating with likeminded classmates
  6. Obtain clinical experience in the field
  7. Get firsthand experience working with EMS professionals on collaborative, large-scale simulations
  8. Save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt

According to U.S. News & World Report, national student loan debt topped $1.7 trillion in the second quarter of 2021, or roughly $740 billion more than U.S. total credit card debt.

In Minnesota, 900,000 student loan borrowers owe an average $31,250 in federal and private student debt. That debt translates into an average monthly payment topping $250. 

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,500. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000+ at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver Hills getting a topflight, hands-on education from knowledgeable, caring and experienced faculty and then transfer to a four-year school as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars.