A survey of community paramedicine course offerings and planned offerings

Introduction: This paper reports on the results of a survey that was sent to every recipient of a standardised Community Paramedic™ (CP) curriculum. The survey was sent out to 223 post-secondary educators and Government officials. Out of 223 total surveys, 68 (30.49%) responses were received. Forty-seven of the 68 responses (69.11%) answered the question: ‘When are you planning on giving a community paramedic course?’; 35 of the 47 respondents (74.46%) indicated that their institution had already conducted a CP course, was currently conducting a CP course, or are planning on conducting a CP course within the next five years; of the additional 12 programmes (25.53%), 6 (13.0%) were waiting for state approval, and the other 6 (13.0%) were unknown as to when they would be offering a course.Conclusions: At the time of the survey, many CP courses were in planning stages by programmes that had received the standardised CP curriculum, both in the US and internationally. It appears that the CP curriculum that has been disseminated internationally has been broadly accepted and will be widely utilised.

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