A Ghanaian student who is training to become a paramedic in Fargo-Moorhead will return home a hero of sorts. Abdul-Rahman Mohammed attends North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) and Fargo-Moorhead (F-M) Ambulance as he prepares to become the first ever paramedic in Ghana.
It won’t be that long until young men and women will be some of the newest paramedics in our region, but one of the NDSCS students who, with his class, trains at F-M Ambulance will travel beyond the borders of Fargo-Moorhead, Minnesota, US. Abdul-Rahman Mohammed will head home to Ghana.
“I will be the first paramedic in Ghana, yes. Pretty amazing,” Mohammed said, “I will go back home and help develop a robust Emergency Medical System (EMS) system. When you go back home with this knowledge, this rich knowledge, and the goal is to back home and teach and share it with my people.”
Abdul will not only be a paramedic in the field in Ghana, but will teach others changing the face of emergency medicine for an entire country. A paramedic is a healthcare professional, predominantly in the pre-hospital and out-of-hospital environment, and working mainly as part of emergency medical services (EMS), such as on an ambulance.
F-M Ambulance Service, in partnership with the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), provides a Certificate opportunity for students to pursue a career in Paramedicine. The program is accredited through CAAHEP. F-M Ambulance Service and NDSCS employ full time faculty for two cohorts: Day (traditional) and Night (non-traditional). Cohort sizes range from 20-30 students annually.
From Open Doors 2015 report, Ghanaian students in the US increased by 6.3%; with 3,099 students, making Ghana is now number 2 in Africa. Ghana has a population of 27 million.
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