Program Description The Paramedic program, the Advanced EMT course, and the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course at BSC are limited enrollment programs. These course 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 (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.
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.
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 Paramedics, AEMTs, and EMTs 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 an Associate of Applied Science degree with 60 credits. AEMT and EMT students who successfully pass the course are job ready to enter the workforce.
All students completing the Paramedic program, AEMT, or the EMT course must take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians cognitive and psychomotor exams to become certified as an EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic. Detailed program requirements for the Paramedic Technology Associate in Applied Science degree is located on the second page of the degree plan.
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 1361 Park Street • Clearwater, FL 33756 727-210-2350 • www.caahep.org
Sarah Haugen Scholarship The Sarah Ann Haugen Memorial Scholarship through the BSC Foundation is available to eligible Paramedic students only. The scholarship is $1,250 per year. Contact Christina at the BSC Foundation at (701)224-2486.