Paramedic Technology

LIMITED ENROLLMENT
Delivery method: On campus (with the option to take certain courses via interactive video)
Paramedic Program begins: Fall only
AEMT Course - On Demand: Fall and Spring
EMT Course begins: Fall and Spring

Program Description

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) and the Paramedic Program at BSC are limited enrollment programs that prepare students to become entry-level Emergency Medical Services providers.  BSC affiliates with CHI-St. Alexius Medical Center, Sanford Medical Center, Metro Ambulance Service, Dickinson Area Ambulance Service and multiple other facilities to provide concurrent hospital clinical and field internship training along with classroom, laboratory and clinical/field education.  The Emergency Medical Services program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 25400 US Hwy 19N, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. Phone: 727-210-2350 or online at http://www.caahep.org.

Emergency Medical Technician Course (EMT)

EMT 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 emergency management, and basic pharmacology in conjunction with hands-on, skill-based training.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician 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 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 Paramedic program 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 and Program Certificate are located on 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.

Sarah Haugen Scholarship

Available to eligible Paramedic students only and is completed in the fall for spring semester. Contact the BSC Foundation.

 

Contact

Darci Grunett • Allied Health Campus 206
701-224-5783
Darci.Grunett@bismarckstate.edu

EMS 110. Emergency Medical Technician

Credits: 4
Prerequisite: Completion of a healthcare provider level CPR (BLS) Course.
Corequisites: EMS 115 and EMS 118.
Typically Offered: FASPSU
This course is required to apply for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. This course provides students with insights into the theory and application of concepts related to the profession of emergency medical services. Specific topics include: EMS preparatory, airway maintenance, patient assessment, management of trauma patients, management of medical patients, treating infants and children, and various EMS operations. Upon successful completion of this course and the corequisites, students are qualified to take the National Registry Examination for Emergency Medical Technician.

EMS 115. Emergency Medical Technician - Hospital

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Completion of a healthcare provider level CPR (BLS) course.
Corequisites: EMS 110 and EMS 118.
Typically Offered: FASPSU
This course is required to apply for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. This course provides students with insights into the theory and application of concepts related to the profession of emergency medical services. Specific topics include: EMS preparatory, airway maintenance, patient assessment, management of trauma patients, management of medical patients, treating infants and children, and various EMS operations. This course consists of demonstrations of emergency procedures for life-saving problems, which will be practiced in the college laboratory and in a local hospital emergency facility. Upon successful completion of this course and the corequisites, students are qualified to take the National Registry Examination for Emergency Medical Technician.

EMS 118. Emergency Medical Technician - Field Internship

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Completion of a healthcare provider level CPR (BLS) course.
Corequisites: EMS 110 and EMS 115.
Typically Offered: FASPSU
This course is required to apply for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. This course provides students with insights into the theory and application of concepts related to the profession of emergency medical services. Specific topics include: EMS preparatory, airway maintenance, patient assessment, management of trauma patients, management of medical patients, treating infants and children and various EMS operations. This course consists of demonstrations of emergency procedures for life-saving problems, which will be practiced in the college laboratory and at a local ambulance service. Upon successful completion of this course and the co-requisites, students are qualified to take the National Registry Examination for Emergency Medical Technician.

EMS 120. EMT Skill Lab

Credits: 1
Corequisites: EMS 110, EMS 115 and EMS 118.
Typically Offered: FASPSU
This course is required to apply for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. The purpose of the laboratory is to discuss, perform, and relate the concepts taught in the EMT didactic lecture. This will be done in group discussion, group and individual scenarios, and group or individual testing. This is a hands-on course where the physical and mental skills necessary for the appropriate assessment and treatment of patients will be taught and tested in small groups and individually. Students should be prepared for rigorous questioning and skill demonstration in front of the instructor and their peers. Upon successful completion of this course and the corequisites, students are qualified to take the National Registry Examination for Emergency Medical Technician.

EMS 160. Advanced EMT (AEMT) - Lecture I

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EMT and Healthcare Provider BLS (CPR).
Corequisite: EMS 161, EMS 165, EMS 168 and EMS 170.
Typically Offered: FASPSU
The primary focus of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This course provides students with insights into the theory and application of concepts related to the profession of Emergency Medical Services, specifically the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) course. Specific topics include: EMS preparatory, airway maintenance, patient assessment, shock and resuscitation and management of trauma patients. Upon successful completion of this course and EMS 161, EMS 165, EMS 168, and EMS 170, students are qualified to take the National Registry examination for Advanced EMT (AEMT).

EMS 161. Advanced EMT (AEMT) - Lecture II

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: EMT and Healthcare Provider BLS (CPR).
Corequisites: EMS 160, EMS 165, EMS 168 and EMS 170.
Typically Offered: FASPSU
The primary focus of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This course provides students with insights into the theory and application of concepts related to the profession of Emergency Medical Services, specifically the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) course. Specific topics include: medical patient management, special patient populations, and EMS operations. Upon successful completion of this course and EMS 160, EMS 165, EMS 168 and EMS 170, students are qualified to take the National Registry examination for Advanced EMT (AEMT).

EMS 165. Advanced EMT (AEMT) - Hospital Clinical

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: EMT and Healthcare Provider BLS (CPR).
Corequisites: EMS 160, EMS 168 and EMS 170.
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course provides students with the application of concepts and hands on practice related to the profession of Emergency Medical Services, specifically the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) course. Students will practice their skills and abilities while attending hospital clinicals where they will be directly supervised by licensed ASL provider or RN. Upon successful completion of this course, and EMS 160, EMS 168 and EMS 170, students are qualified to take the National Registry examination for Advanced EMT.

EMS 168. Advanced EMT (AEMT) - Field Internship

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: EMT and Healthcare Provider BLS (CPR).
Corequisites: EMS 160, EMS 165 and EMS 170.
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course provides students with the application of concepts and hands on practice related to the profession of Emergency Medical Services, specifically the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) course. Students will practice their skills and abilities while attending field internships where they will be directly supervised by licensed ALS providers. Upon successful completion of this course, and EMS 160, EMS 165, and EMS 170, students are qualified to take the National Registry examination for Advanced EMT.

EMS 170. Advanced EMT (AEMT) - Skills Lab

Credits: 2
Prerequisite: EMT and Healthcare Provider BLS (CPR).
Corequisites: EMS 160, EMS 165, EMS 168.
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
This course provides students with the application of concepts and hands on practice related to the profession of Emergency Medical Services, specifically the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) course. The purpose of the laboratory is to discuss, perform and relate the concepts taught in the AEMT didactic lecture. This will be accomplished in group discussion, group and individual scenarios and group and individual testing. This is a hands-on course where the physical and mental skills necessary for the appropriate assessment and treatment of patients will be taught and tested in small groups and individually. Students should be prepared for rigorous questioning and skill demonstration in front of the instructor and their peers. Upon successful completion of this course, and EMS 160, EMS 165 and EMS 168, students are qualified to take the National Registry examination for Advanced EMT.

EMS 194. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

EMS 195. Service Learning

Credits: 1
Repeat Status: Repeatable up to 6.00 credits.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Designed to increase off-campus community involvement and awareness of civic responsibility, Service Learning gives students the opportunity to earn up to six semester hours of college credit while pursuing volunteer activities that have positive impact in the community. Some examples of activities that may serve as vehicles for Service Learning include: volunteer work at non-profit organizations (e.g., Kiwanis, Lions, etc.); serving as unpaid interns in local and state government; and organizing and participating in activities that are beneficial to the community as a whole (e.g. spring clean-up drives, neighborhood watch programs, meals-on-wheels, etc.). Students interested in Service Learning should discuss options with their academic advisors and/or faculty in areas related to the proposed activity.

EMS 201. Anatomy and Physiology

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course prepares the student to understand basic medical terminology, micro and gross human anatomy and physiology. The course goes beyond that covered in the anatomy and physiology review of each section in the curriculum.

EMS 208. Introduction to Advanced Pre-Hospital Care

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALL
This is an introductory course for the Paramedic student. It will build on the knowledge gained during the students EMT-Basic education and experiences and introduces the student to the expanded role of the Paramedic. Topics include roles and responsibilities, EMS systems, the well-being of the paramedic, illness and injury prevention, medical/legal issues, ethics, general principles of pathophysiology, therapeutic communications, and life span development.

EMS 210. Emergency Pharmacology/Fluid Therapy

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course introduces the Paramedic student to venous access, IV therapy, basic pharmacological effects on the body, medication administration, and drug calculations.

EMS 212. Airway Management and Ventilation

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course introduces the Paramedic student to basic and advanced airway management concepts. Skills include, but are not limited to, assessment, airway adjuncts, bag-valve-mask, Combitude, EOA, intubation, and associated pharmacological interventions.

EMS 214. Comprehensive Patient Assessment

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course introduces the Paramedic student to a comprehensive physical examination and assessment, which includes history taking, clinical decision making, communications, and documentation.

EMS 216. Trauma Patient Management

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course prepares the student to identify, assess, and manage patients with traumatic emergencies. Topics include: Trauma Systems, Mechanism of Injury, Soft-Tissue Trauma, Burns, Head and Face Trauma, Spinal Trauma, Thoracic Trauma, Abdominal Trauma, and Musculoskeletal Trauma.

EMS 218. Respiratory Emergencies

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course prepares the Paramedic student to identify, assess, manage and treat respiratory emergencies. Skills include, but are not limited to, assessment, nebulizer therapy, and associated pharmacological interventions.

EMS 220. Cardiac Emergencies I

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course prepares the student to identify single and multi-lead cardiac rhythms and treat those rhythms considered to be life threatening with electrical therapy. Skills include, but are not limited to, assessment, defibrillation, cardioversion, and cardiac rhythm interpretation.

EMS 221. Cardiac Emergencies II

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course prepares the student to assess, manage, and treat various cardiovascular emergencies. These emergencies include, but are not limited to, ventricular fibrillation, bradycardia, tachycardia, myocardial infarction, cardiogenic shock, pulmonary edema, angina pectoris, congestive heart failure, hypertension, PEA, and asystole.

EMS 223. Medical Patient Management

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course prepares the Paramedic student to identify, assess, and manage the patient with a medical emergency. Topics include: Neurology, Endocrinology, allergies and anaphylaxis, Gastroenterology, Urology, Toxicology, Environmental Conditions, Infectious and Communicable Diseases, Behavioral and Psychiatric Disorders, Gynecological and Obstetrical Emergencies, and associated pharmacological intervention.

EMS 224. Special Considerations

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course prepares the Paramedic student to identify, assess, manage, and treat age-related emergencies and other special challenges. The student will also be introduced to the concept of assessment based management. Topics include Neonatology, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Abuse and Assault, Patients with Special Challenges, Acute Interventions for the Chronic Care Patient, Assessment-Based Management, and associated pharmacological interventions.

EMS 226. EMS Operations

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SUMMER
This course introduces the Paramedic student to the concepts of medical incident command, ambulance and rescue operations, hazardous materials incidents, and crime scene awareness. This course will also result in the awarding of certification in Emergency Vehicle Operations and Extrication.

EMS 228. EMS Communications

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: SPRING
This lab course prepares paramedic students for communication processes related to the health care industry. A special focus will engage students in the pre-hospital expectations of communication with both a written (narrative writing) and oral (radio/in person report) focus. This course will also address HIPPA compliance. This course will prepare the Paramedic student to give reports in front of instructor and peers.

EMS 230. ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support)

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course will result in the rewarding of Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification for the period of two years from the America Heart Association. It covers all aspects of treating cardiac patients at the advanced level.

EMS 231. PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course results in the awarding of Pediatric Advanced Life Support certification from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association. The course covers all aspects of the treating pediatric patients.

EMS 232. PHTLS/ITLS

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
This course will award a certification in Prehospital Trauma Life Support good for a period of three years. Topics include, but are not limited to Kinematics, Trauma Airway Management, Thoracic Trauma, Extremity Trauma, Thermal Trauma, Shock and Fluid Resuscitation, Head Trauma, Spinal Trauma, and Musculoskeletal Trauma.

EMS 233. CPR - Instructor

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: The student must carry an AHA healthcare provider card.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
The course prepares the student to become a CPR/BLS Instructor through the American Heart Association. The student will learn various teaching strategies, course organization, and safety issues.

EMS 240. Hospital Clinical I

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALL
This course allows the Paramedic student to apply learned classroom skills and knowledge in clinical settings such as laboratory, preoperative holding, emergency department, anesthesia department, and triage. The student will function under the direction of a preceptor. The student will input patient contact information into the FISDAP Internet data collection system.

EMS 242. Field Experience I

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: FALL
This course is designed to introduce the Paramedic student to BLS and ALS prehospital operations and allows the student to gain meaningful experience as a provider on an ambulance service. The student will become familiar with procedures and care provided by paramedics in the field. The student will function under the direction of a preceptor. The student will input patient contact information into the FISDAP internet data collection system.

EMS 244. Skill Lab I

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: FALL
This is the first in a series of three paramedic lab courses. The purpose of the laboratory is to discuss, perform, and relate the concepts taught in the paramedic didactic courses. This will be done in group discussion, group and individual scenarios, and group or individual testing. This is a hands-on course where the physical and mental skills necessary for the appropriate assessment and treatment of patients will be taught and tested in small groups and individually. Students should be prepared for rigorous questioning and skill demonstration in front of the instructor and their peers.

EMS 250. Hospital Clinical II

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: SPRING
This course allows the Paramedic student to apply learned classroom skills and knowledge in clinical settings such as anesthesia, emergency department, same-day surgery, operating room, and respiratory care. The student will function under the direction of a preceptor. The student will input patient contact information into the FISDAP Internet data collection system.

EMS 252. Field Experience II

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: FALL
This course allows the student to gain meaningful experience as a BLS and ALS provider on an ambulance service. The student will become familiar with procedures and care provided by paramedics in the field. The student will function under the direction of a preceptor. The student will input patient contact information into the FISDAP internet data collection system.

EMS 254. Skill Lab II

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: SPRING
This is the second in a series of three paramedic lab courses. The purpose of the laboratory is to discuss, perform, and relate the concepts taught in the paramedic didactic courses. This will be done in group discussion, group and individual scenarios, and group or individual testing. This is a hands-on course where the physical and mental skills necessary for the appropriate assessment and treatment of patients will be taught and tested in small groups and individually. Students should be prepared for rigorous questioning and skill demonstration in front of the instructor and their peers.

EMS 282. Field Capstone

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: FALL
The Field Capstone course is designed to allow the student to function in the role of Paramedic under direct supervision of a Paramedic preceptor. Successful completion of the Capstone, which may include additional shifts/patient contacts, will conclude when all requirements are met and with the assigned preceptor documenting that the student is capable of functioning independently as a Paramedic in the field.

EMS 284. Skill Lab III

Credits: 2
Typically Offered: SUMMER
This is the third in a series of three paramedic lab courses. The purpose of the laboratory is to discuss, perform, and relate the concepts taught in the paramedic didactic courses. This will be done in group discussion, group and individual scenarios, and group or individual testing. This is a hands-on course where the physical and mental skills necessary for the appropriate assessment and treatment of patients will be taught and tested in small groups and individually. Students should be prepared for rigorous questioning and skill demonstration in front of the instructor and their peers.

EMS 294. Independent Study

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
An independent study course is one designed jointly by the student and faculty member to address an advanced topic of particular interest to the student and in the instructor's field of expertise. The course, when developed, must be approved by the department chair as being relevant to the discipline and of sufficient rigor for the credits to be awarded.

EMS 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.