Each year accepted students begin a rigorous course of study leading to a certificate of completion and eligibility to sit for the NREMT-P written and practical exams. The application and admission process is competitive and top graduates are considered for employment at the Denver Health Paramedic Division. The Paramedic School is housed at the Rita Bass Trauma and EMS Education Institute. This state-of-the art facility is situated on the Denver Health campus and is solely dedicated to the education of the next generation of healthcare professionals.

The Denver Health Paramedic School curriculum consists of over 1300 hours of preparation and training and is comprised of three phases:

Phase 1 - Didactic Phase
The program curriculum is based on the 1999 D.O.T. EMT-Paramedic curriculum. There are two schedule formats for students to choose from. The 12 month schedule is a format in which students generally meet on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 6pm-10pm. Some Saturday day classes are required. Students also have the option of attending the accelerated track. This class meets Monday through Friday, 8 hours per day, and graduates in 6 months' time. The didactic phase is conducted on the Denver Health Campus and is primarily taught by Denver Health emergency department physicians.

Phase 2 - Clinical Rotations
Phase 2 clinical rotations are run concurrently with the didactic phase during the year. All students participate in direct patient care in a variety of urban, high patient volume locations, including:

  • Denver Health Emergency Department
  • Denver Health Operating Room
  • Denver Health Medical Intensive Care Unit
  • Denver Health Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Denver Health Respiratory Therapy
  • The Denver Emergency Center for Children at Denver Health
  • Denver Health Labor & Delivery Deck
  • Denver Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Denver Health Psychiatric Emergency Department

Phase 3 - Field Internship
The field internship involves the practical application of didactic knowledge, psychomotor skills and clinical instruction. The field internship represents both an instructional and evaluative phase of the program. During the field internship, the student will be under direct supervision by a preceptor. The field internship phase will be a 30 hour a week commitment.

Pursuant to the State of Colorado Paramedic Training Center rules and regulations, students are required to complete 500 hours of field internship time. The first 100 hours will be done concurrently with the first two phases, and the remaining 400 hours commence immediately after the end of the didactic phase.

All of these hours will be spent on a Denver Health Paramedic Division ambulance. Denver Health Paramedic Division is part of the Denver Health and Hospital Authority, and is the sole provider of 911 EMS for the City and County of Denver, Colorado. Our system has a peak staffing of 23 dual paramedic ambulances that are dynamically dispersed throughout the City and County, responding to over 80,000 calls per year. Approximately 45% of these returns come back to Denver's only Academic Level 1 Trauma Center- Denver Health Medical Center (formerly Denver General Hospital), which is our base hospital. The remaining transports go to a system of 12 other "911 participating" hospitals in the Denver metro area.

We are a proud recepient of funding from the Emergency Medical and Trauma Services Account Grant Fund through CREATE.