From flight paramedic to teaching

Paramedicine at SCTCC
November 20, 2018

When Paramedicine instructor Kerry Degen isn’t teaching students how to keep stable in the back of an ambulance or insert an IV in an emergency situation, he’s a part-time flight paramedic.

When he’s on call, he responds to emergency call just like paramedics in ambulance calls do, just in a helicopter.

This is the kind of situation that he’s prepping his students for after they graduate from the Paramedicine program.

To be admitted to the program, applicants do need some prerequisites: the first step is to be an EMT certified in Minnesota, then two classes are necessary, medical terminology and human biology.

The Paramedicine program prepare students for the national tests that they will take after graduating so they can become certified paramedics.

Most students who come to the Paramedicine program want to work in a 9-1-1 environment – in the ambulance. Many of SCTCC grads end up working in rural Minnesota or the St. Cloud areas or furthering their education.

One option SCTCC offers for further education is the Community Paramedic certificate. After becoming a certified paramedic, the community paramedic certificate allows for graduates to more broadly serve communities in the areas of primary care, public health, disease management, prevention and wellness, mental health, and oral health. The community paramedic has become a benefit for rural patients.

Kate Wallace
Posted in paramedicine