Paramedic Technology

Current BLS (Healthcare Provider) CPR Certification
Current certification or licensure as Emergency Medical Technician

This degree option is available for students pursing an Associate in Applied Science degree who are already Nationally Registered or State Licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Current EMT certification or licensure is required prior to entry into the EMS 200-level courses. Emergency Medical Technician courses are available through Bismarck State College to meet this prerequisite.

Associate in Applied Science

Prescribed Technical Program47
General Education15-16
Total Degree Credits62-63
Plan of Study Grid
Fall SemesterCredits
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements  
Select one of the following pairs: 4
Concepts of Anatomy & Physiology
and Concepts of Anatomy & Physiology Lab
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Anatomy and Physiology I Lab
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 232 PHTLS-Prehospital Trauma Life Support 1
EMS 235 Paramedic Summation 1
EMS 282 Field Capstone 3
EMS 284 Skill Lab III 2
 Total Credits47
General Education Requirements
Communications I
ENGL 110College Composition I3
Communications II
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
Arts & Humanities/Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Recommendations include:
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Business, Math, Science & Technology (Two areas of study)6
Recommendations include:
Anatomy and Physiology I
and Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1
Anatomy and Physiology II
and Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
College Algebra (3-4 credits)

College Degree Requirements

General Education & Diversity Course Matrix Requirements

 A GPA of 2.0  "C" or higher must be earned in all prescribed technical program requirement courses 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 Certification Examination.

Paramedic Application Process

Application Deadline           
Fall: July 20th

  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. Student cannot be admitted to the Paramedic course if they are not admitted to BSC due to an incomplete Admission file.
    3. Note: Pre-Paramedic Technology requires placement assessments in Math, English, and Reading.
  2. Complete application for Paramedic course: Paramedic Application.
    1. Submit applications to: Bismarck State College; EMS/Paramedic Program Director; PO Box 5587; Bismarck ND 58506.
  3. Complete the interview process with the EMS/Paramedic Program Director.
    1. Interview will be scheduled once the course application is received and reviewed.
    2. Following a successful application and interview process, students will be offered placement into the course as space allows. Students accepting this offer will need to pay a $100 tuition deposit.
  4. Upon acceptance into both BSC and the Paramedic course:
    1. Students will attend program orientation and registration. There is no registration for EMS courses prior to this day. We will schedule this orientation and registration day after acceptance to the course. 
  5. Following acceptance, students will need to complete the Castlebranch Compliance Tracker ($153 student expense) to ensure the following requirements are met: 
    1. AHA BLS (Healthcare Provider) CPR
    2. Background/Exclusions Check
      1. No felony convictions. Misdemeanors will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
    3. Vaccinations:
      1. MMR- 2 vaccinations or titer (blood test).
      2. Varicella- 2 vaccinations or positive titer (blood test). (We cannot accept a statement or doctor note stating that you have had chickenpox or shingles.)
      3. Tuberculosis (TB)- 2 step TB skin test or QuantiFERON or T-SPOT.TB or negative chest x-ray.
      4. Tetanus (Td/Tdap)- Current up to date (within 10 years).
      5. Hepatitis B series- 3 doses of vaccine or titer (blood draw); recommended, not required.
      6. Current year influenza vaccination- due by November 1 for Fall semesters.
    4. 12 Panel Drug Screen
      1. Forms are available only from the EMS/Paramedic Program Director.
    5. Current State Licensure or National Registry Certification at the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Level or Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) level.

For additional information or questions contact:

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