Delivery method: On campus (with the option to take certain courses via interactive video)
EMT Course begins: Fall and Spring
The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and the Paramedic Program at BSC are limited enrollment programs that prepare students to become entry-level Emergency Medical Services providers. BSC affiliates with healthcare facilities throughout North Dakota to provide concurrent training with classroom, laboratory, and clinical/field education.
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
9355 113th St. N, Suite 7709 • Seminole, FL 33775
727-210-2350 • www.caahep.org
Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312 • Rowlett, TX 75088
214-702-8445 • FAX 213-701-8992 • www.coaemsp.org
Emergency Medical Technician Course (EMT)
EMT study encompasses 16 weeks of classroom, lab, and clinical/field education offered in the fall and spring 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.
Paramedic study begins in the fall and encompasses three semesters of classroom, lab, 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.
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.
EMT 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 in Applied Science degree with 62 credits or program certificate with 47 credits.
All students completing the EMT or Paramedic program must take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians cognitive and psychomotor exams to become certified as an EMT or Paramedic.
Detailed program requirements for the Paramedic Technology Associate in Applied Science degree and Program Certificate are located on the degree plan.
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.
Sarah Haugen Scholarship
Available to eligible Paramedic students only and is completed in the fall for spring semester. Contact the BSC Foundation.