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Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program (Minnesota)

How to Apply

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Enrollment options

There are two enrollment options into the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program. The associate degree track is designed for those who wish to complete the program with an associate degree. The certificate track has been designed for those who have already completed an associate or bachelor's degree. Please continue reading to determine which is the right track for you.

Associate degree track

If you plan to complete the associate degree track in the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program, you must also enroll in the associate degree program at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) in Rochester, Minnesota.

If you are not currently enrolled at RCTC, you will be able to do so upon acceptance to the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program.

If you are currently enrolled at RCTC, you are required to apply and be accepted to the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program. Not all students enrolled at RCTC are guaranteed acceptance into the paramedic program at Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Certificate track (for college graduates)

You may be eligible for the certificate option if you have successfully completed an associate or bachelor's degree before the start of the program. Certificate students are required to complete all the prerequisite coursework to be eligible for admission.

Students who have successfully completed an associate or higher-level degree may be eligible for the certificate track if they have completed a college-level anatomy/physiology course or equivalent. Students with a degree that does not include a college-level anatomy/physiology course (or equivalent) must complete a college-level anatomy/physiology course or equivalent before the end of the program.

Admission requirements

Prerequisites

To be eligible for the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program, you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate
  • Possess current national certification at the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level
  • Be currently certified in Basic Life Support
  • Associate degree track only: It is recommended that students pursuing the associate degree track submit ACT scores and/or Accuplacer results. This helps demonstrate college readiness and the academic skills needed to enroll in BIOL 1217, CHEM 1117, and ENGL 1117.

Advanced placement

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences does not currently offer advanced placement to students who are seeking to graduate or become eligible to take the National Registry or state examination at the paramedic level.

All students seeking to graduate or become eligible for the National Registry or state examination must complete all of the requirements of the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program.

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

See the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences non-U.S. citizen applicants policy.

More information

See further Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information

Application process

Your application and all supporting documentation must be received between Nov. 1 and May 1 of the year you wish to begin classes. The program begins the following August. 

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Nov. 1-May 1 August

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select – Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select – Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section
    • Complete the Recommendation Request section

Additional required items

  • CV/resume.
  • EMT license information.
  • Essay is to include the following and then be uploaded in the Supplemental Items section:

Mayo Clinic is well known for its RICH TIES (Respect, Integrity, Compassion, Healing, Teamwork, Innovation, Excellence, and Stewardship). The Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program believes in these RICH TIES and they are well infused within the program.

In 300-500 words, explain why you were drawn to EMS and how your experiences align with the RICH TIES of Mayo Clinic and the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program.

  • Unofficial high school and college transcripts may be uploaded in the Supplemental Items area for application purposes. If admitted, official copies of all transcripts will be required prior to the start of the program. They must be sent directly from the institution by email to Koenigs.amy1@mayo.edu (preferred) or by postal mail to:

Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program
Attn: Amy Koenigs
Mayo Clinic
Siebens Building, 5th Floor, Room D-E
200 First St. SW
Rochester, MN 55905

  • Two letters of recommendation are required and must be completed in the Recommendation Request section. Each recommender will receive an email with a link to complete a rating form and upload a letter.
    • Academic: Choose a person familiar with your educational qualifications and your potential for success in the EMS field. References may include current or former teachers, counselors, or professors.
    • Professional: Choose a person familiar with your professional qualifications and your potential for success in the field of EMS. References may include employers or supervisors. Your Emergency Medical Services (EMS) supervisor is preferred. 

Interview process

Qualified candidates considered for acceptance into the program are invited for an on-campus interview process at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. These sessions will be in-person, as we are unable to offer distance interviews at this time.

During the on-campus interview process, applicants will interview with several faculty members of the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program. Applicants will learn if they are accepted into the program during this interview session.

Acceptance

If accepted, you will return the next day for onboarding and other program-related materials. Those who are invited back should bring documents such as:

  • Immunizations
  • Actual certification cards (state, national, BLS AHA Healthcare Provider, NIMS 100, 200, 700, and AWAR 160)
  • Current and valid driver’s license

Application to Rochester Community and Technical College

Once you are accepted into the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program, you must also apply for admission to Rochester Community and Technical College (for associate degree track only). Representatives from RCTC will be present to help with the application process.