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Community Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

The CEMS provider is a new resource that will work to fill critical gaps in our communities’ health care systems. Many of these gaps lie within the underserved communities or chronically ill that either lack access to appropriate care or need additional help. Certified community EMS providers work to assist patients in navigating health care challenges, overcoming barriers, and establishing ties within their community. CEMS is broken into two different specialties, the technician and the clinician.

What are the features of Casper’s program?

Community EMS has two levels of providers:

  • Technicians can evaluate and connect an underserved population with underutilized resources. Community EMS technicians provide health services where access to physicians, clinics, and/or hospitals is difficult or may not exist.
    • This course is available to EMS providers at the EMT, AEMT, IEMT, and paramedic level
  • Besides the skills and resources used by technicians, clinicians have an expansion of capabilities, including more in-depth physical examination techniques, evaluation of treatment effectiveness, performing approved interventions and treatments, collaborating with other health care professionals, and more.
    • The CEMS clinician course is available only to paramedic providers

Community EMS training is now available for currently licensed emergency medical technicians, advanced EMTs, intermediate EMTs, and paramedics. Pass the technician course to apply for endorsement as a community EMS technician, based on rules and regulations in the state where you reside and seek employment. Upon completing the CEMS technician and clinician courses, students receive a certificate of completion, as this program is approved by the Wyoming Community College Commission. Paramedics who complete the certificate program are eligible to sit for the IBSC Community EMS Provider exam.

What can I do with this major?

Enhance the service you provide your community in the areas of:

  • Specialty care.
  • Prevention and wellness.
  • Public health.
  • Mental health.
  • Disease management.
  • Readmission prevention.
  • Telehealth.
  • Social services.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

  • As a reminder, students must apply to Casper College as degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking students.
  • Candidates will need a current National Registry Certification that does not expire during the course.
  • Candidates will need to obtain Wyoming State Certification that does not expire during the course.
  • Candidates will need to provide a current AHA BLS Provider card that does not expire during the course.
  • Advanced-level candidates will need to provide current AHA, ACLS, and PALS cards that do not expire during the course.
  • Instructor permission and/or approval is required for this course.
  • Any student considering and/or selected for any EMS Course is required to submit and pass a background check. This will be discussed in detail within the first week of your course.

How many students are selected per program course?

  • Twelve students will be selected per CEMS Program.
  • A minimum of 10 students must be registered one week before the start of courses in order to run this course.

How is this course taught?

  • CEMS is taught via traditional in-person learning along with hybrid online learning. Students are able to partake in the hybrid learning option via Zoom lectures. Students will be required to attend in-person specialty certifications, lab days, and guest lectures when indicated in the course outline and course syllabus.

What courses would I take?

For requirements and more information about this program, view its listings in the academic catalog:

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Contact Info

Lupe Kerr

Academic Assistant, School of Health Science

Sandy Bruning

EMS Program Director

Douglas Neubert

Interim Dean, School of Health Science