For Community Paramedics
The CP-C Examination
Community Paramedicine is an emerging healthcare delivery model that increases access to basic services by utilizing specially trained emergency medical service (EMS) providers in an expanded role. Community Paramedics care for patients at home or in other non-urgent settings outside of a hospital under the supervision of a physician or advanced practice provider. Community Paramedics can expand the reach of primary care and public health services by using EMS personnel to perform patient assessments.
Over the past decade, local healthcare gaps around the U.S. and internationally have been filled through Community Paramedic programs that use EMS personnel to fill gaps in the healthcare system, particularly in round-the-clock management of non-acute illnesses, mental health issues, and chronic care follow-up needs. The Community Paramedic is ideally suited to provide better care for the community through non-emergency interaction with patients in the community, integration and coordination with a variety of needed services and improved patient navigation. Community Paramedic services will help reduce unnecessary trips to the emergency department, reduce readmission to the hospital, improve the patient's quality of life and decrease overall healthcare costs.
Community Paramedic Exam Candidates
The expectation for the CP-C exam candidate is competency in mobile integrated healthcare and expanded EMS services in rural and urban settings, including various healthcare, mental health, and housing and social service needs. This examination is not meant to test entry-level knowledge, but rather to validate competency of those paramedics providing services beyond the roles of traditional emergency care and transport.
To obtain certification, the candidate must hold an unrestricted license or certificate to practice as a EMT, paramedic, or other nursing or community health worker with appropriate education and training as defined by local rule or regulation.
Click here for the Handbook
Community Paramedic Certification Renewal InformationThe purpose of the recertification program is to support continuous competence and professional development of IBSC certificants. The recertification cycle for the Certified Community Paramedic (CP-C) is every four (4) years. During the four (4) year period you must demonstrate ongoing continuing education and/or position duties that exemplify your continued growth in safety related education in the critical care transport industry.
Recertification can be achieved one of two ways:
1. Successfully retake the written certification examination
2. Complete the required recertification hours
Click here for the Recertification Guidelines
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