Paramedic students reflect on their career choice during National EMS Week

 May 24 2017
Paramedic students reflect on their career choice during National EMS Week
EMS Strong: Always in Service is the theme for National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 21-27. Bismarck State College salutes all of our students preparing to be EMS professionals as well as those already working in the field.

Tanner Arthaud wanted to better understand what was going on in the emergency room where he was a certified nursing assistant, so he took an EMT class at BSC, and found he much preferred the action he found there. To him, “it’s more interesting to be where emergencies happen,” he says.

Arthaud graduated from BSC's Paramedic Technology program in 2016 and today he is employed by Metro Area Ambulance in Bismarck. He likes the daily challenges found in emergency services.

“In EMS, we have two, sometimes three people on a call. It’s us, the firefighters and police. You’re on your own making decisions about patient care. You’re the provider treating patients in different situations.”

Cierra Archambeau is a current student in the BSC Paramedic program and has plenty of opportunities in her future. She will complete the program this summer with plans to continue her education at Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, Minn., to become a firefighter/paramedic. 

Archambeau has always been interested in the medical field but truly feels that a career in EMS is the best fit for her.

"I don’t think I could work in a hospital. I like what I do in between their house and the hospital," she says.

Might the BSC Paramedic Technology program be right for you? If you'd like to learn more, make plans to attend the BSC Summer Open House on June 9.