Health Care - EMS Training

Ridgewater College is recognized as a regional leader in the delivery of emergency medical services training.

This reputation is built upon years experience in the education of Emergency Medical Technicians and First Responders. Individuals in the field often come back to Ridgewater to expand their skills and knowledge, or to take refresher courses.

If you are interested in the field of emergency medical services, Ridgewater is the place to start!

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic

  • Blended online/classroom
  • 7-credit college class
  • Convenient evening classes in Willmar and Hutchinson
  • Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the National Registry of EMT written and practical exams

First Responder

  • 2-credit college class
  • Convenient evening classes in Willmar and Hutchinson

Paramedic, EMT and First Responder Refreshers

  • Review skills and knowledge from the Paramedic, EMT and First Responder courses.
  • Meets MN requirement for recertification as EMT-P, EMT-B or First Responder
  • Convenient ongoing training plans for all members of your service (44 Plans)
  • Training programs delivered at client locations

Long-Term Care Training at Ridgewater College

Programs Include

  • Nursing Assistant (Initial and Refresher) 
  • Nursing Assistant Certification Testing
  • Medication Administration for Unlicensed Personnel (TMA)
  • Home Health Aide
  • BLS/CPR for Healthcare Providers
  • Feeding Assistant
  • Direct Care Activity Training
  • LPN Refresher
  • Nursing Skills Competency


Mental Health Continuing Education at Ridgewater College

Southwest Minnesota Symposium on Mental Health

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
The Southwest Minnesota Symposium on Mental Health is an outstanding spring event with something for everyone. The event kicks off each spring with an outstanding keynote speaker followed by numerous break-out sessions covering different topics.

Topics for include:

  • "Your Bucket List, Your Legacy"
  • Sex Trafficking in Rural Minnesota
  • Childhood Trauma
  • Internet Crimes
  • Mental Health & Emergencies
  • Investigations Q & A

Rule 31 for Chemical Dependency: Adolescent Development

Minnesota law requires chemical dependency counselors to understand the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of adolescents. Better help your adolescent clients by understanding today's mental health issues, substance use/abuse, and technology use/abuse.


Ridgewater College has established itself as a national leader in the development and delivery of simulation training in healthcare. 

Using SimLab L1, SimAmbulance, and our high-tech simulation equipment, Customized Training has the ability to bring the benefits of hi-fidelity simulation instruction directly to you!

SimLab L1

SimLab L1 is a mobile simulation lab capable of delivering the latest in high-tech simulation training anywhere the road take it. 

The lab features:

  • Laerdal SimMan 3G 
  • Mock Emergency/Patient Care Room
  • Noelle Birthing Simulator
  •  Baby Hal Pediatric Training Simulator
  • State-of-the-Art Monitors, Pumps, and Equipment

Benefits of SimLab L1

  • Customized Training Scenarios
  • Safe, Hands-On Training
  • Improved Critical Thinking Skills 
  • Training on Low-Frequency, High-Risk Scenarios
  • Enhanced Clinical Learning Experiences
  • Reduced Medical Errors/Liability
  • Enhanced Clinical Learning Experiences
  • Healthcare Professionals' Experience, Confidence, Awareness and Efficiency

Health Care Skills and Certifications at Ridgewater College

Ridgewater offers a number of programs and courses designed specifically for professionals in all areas of healthcare. Whether you are in need of an industry certification, or just interested in updating some of your skills, turn to us!

Programs Include

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (Initial and Refresher) 
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (Initial and Refresher)
  • Neonate Resuscitation Program (NRP)
  • BLS/CPR for Healthcare Providers
  • First Aid 
  • IV Variance
  • Phlebotomy
  • EKG Interpretation
  • RN/LPN Refresher
  • Code Blue Team Leadership
  • Nursing Skills Competency​