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EMS Technician
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
EMT COURSES AND PARAMEDIC PROGRAM


TECHNICAL / LIMITED ENROLLMENT
For more information contact:
Darci Grunett 701-530-7712
Darci.Grunett@bismarckstate.edu

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Paramedic program and the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course are limited enrollment programs that prepare students to become entry-level Emergency Medical Services providers. BSC affiliates with St. Alexius Medical Center, Metro Area Ambulance Service and multiple other facilities to provide concurrent hospital clinical and field internship training along with classroom, laboratory, and Internet course education.

Paramedic Program
Paramedic study begins in the fall and encompasses three semesters of classroom and hospital clinical/field education. Coursework includes anatomy and physiology, cardiology, pharmacology, patient assessment, airway management, and medical /trauma emergency management in conjunction with hands-on, skill-based training.

Emergency Medical Technician Course
EMT study encompasses 16 weeks of classroom and clinical/field education offered in the spring and fall semesters.  Coursework includes basic anatomy and physiology, airway management, medical and trauma emergency management, and basic pharmacology in conjunction with hands-on, skill-based training.

PREPARATION
EMTs and Paramedics often work with police officers, firefighters, nurses and doctors. They may be out in any weather and have irregular hours. Work is physically strenuous and can be stressful. Potential students must be emotionally stable, able to lift and carry heavy loads, and have good dexterity, eyesight, and accurate color vision.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Paramedic students who complete the curriculum requirements receive a Program Certificate with 44 course credits or an Associate of Applied Science degree with 60 credits. EMT students who successfully pass the course are job ready to enter the workforce.

All students completing the Paramedic program or the EMT course must take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians cognitive and psychomotor exams to become certified as an EMT or Paramedic.

Prerequisites for entry into the EMS program:
  • High school diploma or GED (will be waived if currently enrolled)
  • Admission to Bismarck State College
  • Application to Emergency Medical Services program for EMT or Paramedic
  • Criminal background check
  • Successful completion of program interview
  • Current Healthcare Provider CPR Certification
  • Current Emergency Medical Technician Certification (Paramedic candidates only).
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Employment of EMTs and Paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent through 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.  In North Dakota, smaller communities and oil-impacted locations will have the greatest demand and opportunities for EMTs and Paramedics.  Job prospects will be best for those with advanced education and certifications.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
The national Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAHEP) accredits the Emergency Medical Services program.  

Sarah Haugen Scholarship
Available to eligible Paramedic students only.  Contact the BSC Foundation at (701) 224-5700 or (800) 272-2586.

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