Paramedic Students Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate on National Certification Exam

All EMS program Class of 2022 graduates employed with various agencies

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Paramedic Class of 2022 achieved an impressive 100 percent, first-attempt pass rate on the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) certification exam. Throughout their two years of education, the resilient class continually adapted to multiple challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“From limited hospital clinical access to online learning, the class persevered and overcame many adversities in a remarkable way,” said Gordon Kokx, PhD, NRP, EMS department chair. “Students from the nationally-accredited Inver Hills EMS Paramedic program completed extensive simulation and ambulance field time to meet their required minimum graduation requirements.”

Gordon Kokx

Dr. Kokx added that the 100 percent, first-attempt exam performance by the paramedic students is 27 percent higher than the national average. He noted that the outstanding exam outcome shows the dedication the Inver Hills EMS students and alumni have for the paramedic profession and the patients they serve.

“In addition to the 100 percent pass rate, all Class of 2022 graduates are now employed with various agencies,” Dr. Kokx reported. “Our entire program is very proud of their accomplishments.”

Learn more about the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Paramedic program at Inver Hills by contacting:
EMS Department Chair/Faculty
Inver Hills Community College

Admissions Team
College Center

More about the EMS Paramedic program at Inver Hills…

Join a health care team that saves lives on the front lines. Train at Inver Hills to become a paramedic or emergency medical technician (EMT). Paramedics provide care in a variety of emergency medical and traumatic situations. With enough education or experience, EMTs and paramedics can become emergency service supervisors, managers, directors, or executive directors.

Why major in EMS at Inver Hills?

Earn your EMT certificate on your way to becoming a paramedic.
The 9-credit Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program delivers a basic education in emergency medical care. As a student in the program, you will develop the competencies you’ll need to take the national certification exam, which you’ll need to pass to become an EMT, a requirement to enroll in our paramedic A.S. degree programs.

Learn how to care for people during medical emergencies.
As a student in our EMT certificate program, you’ll learn to be responsible for delivering emergency care to critically sick or injured people. You’ll develop the skills to use and maintain basic emergency equipment. Topics covered include patient assessment, trauma skills, and care and recognition of heart disease and respiratory problems. This program will give you clinical experience in the field. An EMT certificate is required to enroll in our A.S. in EMS program.

Be the go-to professional in extreme-stress situations.
Our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) degree and diploma programs deliver comprehensive educational and occupational preparation in advanced, prehospital emergency care. As a paramedic, you will be employed by advanced, life-support ambulance services as well in various out-of-hospital care settings to provide care in medical and traumatic emergencies.

Three options to advance your paramedic career.
Our EMS Paramedic program offers two degree tracks, Traditional and Accelerated. Both lead to an A.S. in Emergency Medical Services. We also offer a diploma option if you already have a degree or are seeking a career as a paramedic without completing additional liberal arts coursework.

Trust in the quality of your EMS education.
The Inver Hills EMS program 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).

Attention paramedics looking for innovative training opportunities.
Our 12-credit Community Paramedic certificate provides additional training to certified, experienced paramedics in the areas of public health, health prevention, patient advocacy, triage, disease management, mental health, and the management of ongoing illness or injury. As a community paramedic, you’ll work for an EMS medical director in cooperation with a primary care doctor.

Be the first to respond in an emergency.
Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMT) provide first-line medical care for sick and injured people at the scene of an emergency, which could be almost anywhere, including a private residence, accident site, terrorist attack, or disaster area.

EMS Career Paths

Career Opportunities

Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMT) provide first-line medical care for sick and injured people at the scene of an emergency, which could be almost anywhere, including a private residence, accident site, terrorist attack, or disaster area.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “Employment of EMTs and paramedics is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.”

Paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and first responders are primarily employed at the following locations, public safety agencies, hospitals, private and public ambulance services, and fire departments

As an EMS program graduate, you are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) written and practical exams to become certified nationally and in the state of Minnesota.


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