[accepting applications soon]

The Medical Education Directive for Innovation & Care (MEDIC) program at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital provides high-quality clinical and didactic education needed to pass the National Registry Paramedic (NREMT) certification exams in prehospital care. This program, located at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, Anschutz Medical Campus, maintains excellence by emphasizing clinical training and an advanced didactic curriculum, while partnering with diverse agencies for the field internships.

Paramedics are the initial contact for patients in the healthcare continuum, providing prompt and professional pre-hospital medical treatment to the sick and injured. Under the direction of a medical control physician, paramedics become an extension of the hospital emergency department, seeking to bring quality care directly into the communities in which they serve. Paramedics are well trained to fulfill the task of rendering advanced lifesaving techniques and to be a resource for healthcare education and safety within the general public.

The UCHealth Medical Education Directive for Innovation and Care (MEDIC) program is designed for individuals seeking to become professional healthcare providers. Rigorous academic and clinical applications enable students to gain a unique and in-depth experience in emergency health services. The UCHealth MEDIC program emphasizes that students demonstrate strong interpersonal skills, critical thinking abilities, good decision-making, and the capacity for making quick and appropriate judgments regarding patient care. Upon successful completion of this program, students are well prepared to assume their duties as patient advocates working always to act on behalf of those in need. As professional healthcare providers, UCH paramedic graduates are taught to interact effectively with other emergency services personnel, become dynamic leaders, value life-long learning and personal development, serve their communities, and above all, respect and sustain human life.

The MEDIC Program at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital has two cohorts scheduled for 2023. Acceptance into the program is very competitive, based on academic and work experiences, GPA, critical thinking abilities and communication skills.

The curriculum includes classroom instruction, laboratory training and hands-on clinical experience. This is an 11 to 13-month program, depending on field internship and clinical scheduling. All instruction is conducted at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. The program utilizes in person lecture, distance learning, lab, simulation and clinical experiences.

The MEDIC Program at UCHealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, color, sex, national origin or disability. Any student who meets the physical and academic requirements is eligible to apply for the program.

Please note that the first cohort will begin in May 2023 and run for approximately 11 months (+/-) depending on pace of clinical rotations and field internship. A second cohort starting in the summer of 2023 is also being scheduled.

Program contact information:

Jena Ferguson
Director of Prehospital Education
University of Colorado Hospital
[email protected]

Admission requirements

Prerequisites

General requirements for acceptance into the UCHealth MEDIC program are as follows:

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Current Colorado Department of Public Health EMT licensure
  • Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR/BLS card
  • Copy of valid driver’s license
  • Copy of health insurance card
  • Transcripts from the highest level of education completed (high school, Associates, Bachelors, etc.)
  • Letter from employer/supervisor verifying your experience as an EMT (recommended 6 months minimum)
  • Two letters of recommendation outlining your strengths (separate from employment verification letter, and not from a relative)

Acceptance into the UCHealth MEDIC program is determined by the combined scores of the written exams and a formal interview.

Pre-admission testing consists of an EMT exam that also includes standardized reading/writing comprehension and a mathematics component.

Applicants who meet or exceed the minimum scores on the exam and have submitted a complete application packet will be invited to interview with the program director and medical directors for the program.

All applicants must be citizens of the United States or have permanent legal status; we are unable to provide a student visa.

Suggestions to be considered a competitive applicant:

  • Grade point average above 3.0 (4.0 grade scale)
  • Direct patient care experience
  • Knowledgeable about the field of EMS
  • Required coursework completed within the last 10 years

Health and physical requirements

Applicants must present evidence of good health and be able to meet the physical requirements of the program. Health insurance is not available through the program. Students will be required to present proof of health insurance coverage at orientation.

In addition, students must have up-to-date vaccinations that satisfy the current requirements for UCHealth employees. These requirements are located here.

Physical requirements based upon UCHealth job description for paramedics:

  • Ability to bend/stoop
  • Climb
  • Kneel
  • Lift & move patients
  • Reach
  • Perform repetitive hand/arm movements
  • Sit
  • Squat
  • Stand for long periods
  • Walk
  • Have audible speech
  • Have hearing acuity
  • Visual depth perception
  • Color perception
  • See far
  • See near
  • Lift/carry/push/pull 0-50 pounds
  • Ability to physically assist patients
Tuition/financial aid

Tuition. Tuition for the class of 2023 is set at $11,000.

Financial aid. The program is administered by the University of Colorado Hospital, Department of Prehospital Care and is not affiliated with the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center; therefore, financial aid is not available through their Financial Aid Office. There are financial assistance sources available:

  • Bound Tree Medical Legacy Scholarship. Bound Tree Medical has assisted children of EMTs and Firefighters interested in becoming EMTs, or furthering their certification by becoming paramedics. Scholarships are awarded nationwide for those who fit the eligibility criteria and are interested in pursuing a state-approved certification program. There are a number of options available for financial assistance. We encourage you to explore these options and apply for anything that fits your needs.
Application process

Application timeline

  • Application window: [coming soon]
  • Application window closes: April 1, 2023 (or when cohort is full)
  • Applicants are notified by email regarding interview slots, dates and times
  • Offer acceptance deadline: April 14, 2023

[Application link coming soon]

Due to the large number of qualified and interested applicants, late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Applications are reviewed and scored by the Admissions Committee and selected individuals will be invited for an interview. While we do use a point system to rank academic performance, other subjective parameters may be used to determine whether an applicant is a good candidate for the MEDIC program which operates out of UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.

All interviews will be conducted at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. They will last approximately 30 minutes.

An aptitude exam will be given to all interviewees. The exam will include questions pertaining to anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, algebra and EMT level care.

No acceptance information will be given by telephone.

A completed application must include the following to be considered:

  1. Complete the program application.
  2. Upload and submit: program application, resume or CV, and personal statement.
  3. Your personal statement should include the following:
    1. Reason for pursuing a career in prehospital care.
    2. Why you want to attend the MEDIC program at UCHealth.
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. One letter of recommendation from current employer
Faculty

General email inbox: [email protected]

Jena Ferguson
Director of Prehospital Education
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
[email protected]

Angela Wright, MD
Medical Director, EMS & Prehospital Care, UCHealth Metro Denver
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
[email protected]

Andra Farcas, MD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
EMS/Prehospital Care
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
[email protected]

Shea Gilliam, MD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
EMS/Prehospital Care
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
[email protected]

Marc Scherschel
Senior Director, Prehospital Care
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
[email protected]

Desi Harris
Clinical Quality Coordinator, UCH-MEDIC
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
[email protected]

Jarred Boyer
EMS Educator/Paramedic, UCH-MEDIC
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
[email protected]