Hennepin EMS paramedics have successfully completed education through an accredited institution and hold licensure in the State of Minnesota through the EMS Regulatory Board (EMSRB). Most of our paramedics are also licensed through the National Registry of EMTs. Paramedics are required to hold certificates in BLS and ACLS, although many exceed this through education in PALS, ITLS, and many other specialized courses. Job requirements also include training in Advanced Driving Skills/Emergency Vehicle Operations.
The onboarding process for a new paramedic includes:
- Candidate completes an online application
- Candidate completes an interview
- Candidate completes a background check, psych evaluation, and physical agility test
New-hire paramedics are evaluated through a 6-month probationary period that is made up of classroom/didactic education (3 weeks), third-person ride time (3 weeks), and Field Training Officer evaluations (4 months). All new-hire paramedics to successfully complete their probationary period are celebrated at an Academy Graduation Ceremony, in which a family member, friend, FTO, or other significant person to the graduate removes their silver probationary badge, and pins them with their permanent silver and gold badge.