Paramedic Technology

Associate in Applied Science

College Degree Requirements

Prescribed Technical Program45
General Education16-17
Paramedic Technology Required Program Electives4
Total Degree Credits65-66
Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterCredits
General Education Requirements  
Arts & Humanities/Social & Behavioral Sciences  
General Education Matrix (Arts & Humanities/Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
Business, Math, Science & Technology  
BIOL 220 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIOL 220L Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Spring Semester
General Education Requirements  
Business, Math , Science & Technology  
Select one of the following: 3-4
College Algebra  
Applied Algebra  
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Fundamentals of Public Speaking  
Paramedic Technology Required Program Electives  
BIOL 221 Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 221L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1
2nd Year
Fall Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements  
EMS 201 Anatomy and Physiology 2
EMS 208 Introduction to Advanced Pre-Hospital Care 2
EMS 210 Emergency Pharmacology/Fluid Therapy 3
EMS 212 Airway Management and Ventilation 1
EMS 214 Comprehensive Patient Assessment 2
EMS 218 Respiratory Emergencies 1
EMS 220 Cardiac Emergencies I 2
EMS 240 Hospital Clinical I 2
EMS 242 Field Experience I 1
EMS 244 Skill Lab I 1
Spring Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements  
EMS 216 Trauma Patient Management 2
EMS 221 Cardiac Emergencies II 2
EMS 223 Medical Patient Management 2
EMS 224 Special Considerations 3
EMS 228 EMS Communications 2
EMS 250 Hospital Clinical II 2
EMS 252 Field Experience II 2
EMS 254 Skill Lab II 1
Summer Semester
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements  
EMS 226 EMS Operations 3
EMS 230 ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) 1
EMS 231 PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) 1
EMS 233 CPR - Instructor 1
EMS 282 Field Capstone 3
EMS 284 Skill Lab III 2
 Total Credits65-66

General Education & Diversity Course Matrix Requirements

Additional electives may be required to maintain fulltime status for financial aid purposes.

A GPA of 2.0 must be earned in all EMS classes and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained in order to continue in the program.

All Paramedic Technology classes must be taken in sequence.  Successful completion is required to be eligible to take the National Registry Examination for Paramedics.

This degree option is available for students pursuing an Associate in Applied Science degree with prior coursework in EMT.  The Paramedic is the most advanced level of prehospital patient care provider, trained in both basic and advanced life support.  Paramedics typically work in ground and air ambulances, however, they often work in hospitals or in safety positions in other industries.  The EMT certification is required prior to entry into the Paramedic Technology program.

Paramedic Program Prerequisites

  1. Admission to Bismarck State College.
    1. Apply as "Pre-Paramedic Technology."
    2. Check Campus Connection to ensure all of your "To Do List" items have been completed.  Students cannot be admitted to the Paramedic program if they are not admitted to BSC due to an incomplete Admissions file.
  2. The EMS/Paramedic Program requires placement assessments in English and reading.  This assessment will be waived if you have taken college level English (course must transfer in as ENGL 110).
  3. Completed application packet to the Paramedic Program- must be submitted to EMS/Paramedic Program Director, PO Box 5587, Bismarck, ND 58506. Complete application packets include the following items:
    1. Students must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of entrance to the program and a high school graduate/GED (provide transcripts).
    2. Application to the EMS Program - Paramedic Program.
    3. Valid driver's license (please provide copy).
    4. Three letters of reference.
  4. Completed CastleBranch Compliance Tracker ($153 - student expense)
    1. North Dakota or National Registered EMT (please provide copy - cannot expire during the program).
    2. AHA Healthcare Provider BLS/CPR (please provide copy - cannot expire during the program).
    3. Background Check
      1. No felony convictions.  Misdemeanors will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
      2. Multiple entities checked.
    4. Vaccinations:
      1. Completed Hepatitis B vaccination series.
      2. Two (2) negative Tuberculosis skin tests (TB-Tine Test) or negative TB Titer or negative chest x-ray.
      3. Two (2) Varicella vaccinations or positive Varicella Titer.  (We cannot accept a statement or doctor note stating that you have had chickenpox.)
      4. Current year Influenza vaccination.  (Due by November 1 for Fall Semesters.)
      5. Two (2) MMR vaccinations or a positive Rubella Titer, a positive Rubeola Titer and a positive Mumps Titer.
      6. Current Tetanus (Tdap or DTaP) vaccination.
    5. 12 Panel Drug Screen
      1. Will be completed upon the Program Director's request and forms are available only from the Program Director.
  5. Successful completion of interview process with EMS/Paramedic Program Director.

  6. After acceptance to both BSC and the Paramedic program:​

    1. You are required to complete program orientation and registration.  There is no registration for Paramedic courses prior to this day.  We will schedule this orientation and registration day after acceptance to the course.

Paramedic Program Application Deadlines

The Paramedic Technology program is offered in the Fall of each year.

Fall Application Deadline: July 20th

For additional information or questions contact:

Kelli Sears, BS, NR-Paramedic at 701-224-2695 or email