Paramedic Technology

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Available On Campus
Limited Enrollment

For more information contact:
Kelli Sears • 701-224-2695
Office: Allied Health Office
Kelli.Sears@bismarckstate.edu

Program Description
The EMT Course, AEMT Course and Paramedic Program are limited enrollment courses that prepare students to become entry-level Emergency Medical Services providers. BSC affiliates with CHI-St. Alexius Medical Center, Sanford Medical Center, Metro Area Ambulance Service, Dickinson Area Ambulance Service and multiple other facilities to provide concurrent hospital clinical and field internship training along with classroom, laboratory, and Internet course education.
 
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, basic pharmacology and limited advanced skills in IV therapy and Supraglottic airway management in conjunction with hands-on, skill-based training.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) Course
AEMT study encompasses 16 weeks of classroom and clinical/field education offered in the fall and spring semesters.  Coursework includes basic anatomy and physiology, airway management, medical and trauma management, basic pharmacology and limited advanced skills in IV therapy and Supraglottic airway management in conjunction with hands-on, skill-based training.

Paramedic Program
Paramedic study begins in the fall and encompasses three semesters (fall, spring, summer) 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.

Preparation
EMTs, AEMTs, 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
EMT and AEMT students who successfully pass the specified or required courses are job ready to enter the workforce.
Paramedic students who complete the coursework requirements receive an Associate of Applied Science degree with 60 credits or program certificate with 44 credits.
All students completing the EMT, AEMT, or the Paramedic course must take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians cognitive and psychomotor exams to become certified as an EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic.

Career Opportunities
Employment of EMTs, AEMTs, 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, AEMTs, 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 (CAAHEP) accredits the Emergency Medical Services program.

The Bismarck State College Paramedic Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
 
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs  
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North • Suite 158 • Clearwater, FL 33763  
727-210-2350www.caahep.org
 
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Sarah Haugen Scholarship
Available to eligible Paramedic students only and is completed in the fall for spring semester. Contact the BSC Foundation.

Gainful Employment Information
Certificate programs only, excludes degree-seeking students
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