Paramedic Technology Program Certificate

Program Certificate

College Degree Requirements

Prescribed Technical Program45
General Education4
Total Degree Credits49
Plan of Study Grid
Fall SemesterCredits
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 Credits45
General Education Requirements
Select 4 credits of general education courses in 2 areas of study4
Total Credit4

General Education & Diversity Course Matrix Requirements

Students, who may later pursue the AAS in Paramedic Technology, should select their four credits from the Associate in Applied Science in Paramedic Technology Degree Plan.

All Paramedic Technology classes must be taken in sequence and be completed with a grade of 80% or higher and students must pass the final FISDAP exam with a 76% or higher to be eligible to take the National Registry Examination for Paramedics.

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

This degree option is available for students pursuing a Program Certificate 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, Paramedics often work in hospitals or in safety positions in other industries.

The EMT certification is required prior to entry into the Paramedic Program.

Paramedic Technology Program Application Deadline

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

Fall Application Deadline:  July 15th

Paramedic Technology Program Certificate Prerequisites

  1. Admission to Bismarck State College.
    1. Apply as "Pre-Paramedic Technology" or as "non-degree seeking".
    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. Complete application packet to the Paramedic Program - must be submitted to EMS/Paramedic Program Director, 500 E. Front Avenue, Suite 206, Bismarck, ND 58504. Complete application packets include the following items - incomplete packets will not be reviewed until complete:
    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, one must be from current supervisor.
    5. Submission of required essay.
  4. Completed CastleBranch Compliance Tracker ($153 - student expense)
    1. North Dakota and National Registered EMT (please provide copy of each - 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 - all 3 shots must be complete.
      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.
      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 Program Director.

    1. Students entering the Paramedic program must complete the FISDAP Entrance exam during their interview.  The Entrance exam is $24.
  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.

For additional information or questions contact:

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