Paramedic Technology

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

This degree option is available for students pursuing a program certificate 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.

Program Certificate

Prescribed Technical Program43
Required Program Electives4
Total Degree Credits47
Plan of Study Grid
Fall SemesterCredits
Prescribed Technical Program Requirements
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
Required Program Electives
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
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

College Degree Requirements

All Paramedic Technology classes must be taken in sequence.

A GPA of 2.0 "C" or higher must be earned in all prescribed technical program requirement courses and required program electives in order to continue in the program.

Upon successful completion of the above curriculum, the student will receive a Program Certificate for Paramedic Technology and is eligible to take the National Registry Certification examination for Paramedics.

Paramedic Application Process

Application Deadline           
Fall: May 1

  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.
  2. Complete application for Paramedic Program: Paramedic Application.
    1. Applications received after the deadline will only be considered as space allows.
  3. Complete the interview process with the Paramedic Program Interview Panel.
    1. Interview will be scheduled once the application is received and reviewed.
    2. Following the application and interview process, students will be notified of acceptance as space allows. Students accepted into the program will need to pay a $100 tuition deposit.
  4. Upon acceptance into both BSC and the Paramedic Program: *
    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 program. 
  5. Following acceptance, students will need to complete the Castlebranch Compliance Tracker (student expense) to ensure clinical admission requirements are met. 
    1. A detailed list of clinical admission requirements is outlined in the program application.
  6. A certain level of English proficiency is necessary for academic success in paramedic technology as well as for patient safety. In addition to general college English proficiency requirements, all applicants for whom English is not their native language (including International and/or U.S. residents) and who have not attended 4 years of U.S. high school and achieved a HS GPA of 3.0 or higher must meet additional language proficiency requirements for admission to the Paramedic Technology Program.

Minimum TOEFL Scores for Admission to the Paramedic Technology Program
To be considered for admission to the Paramedic Technology Program, English as a second language (ESL) applicants must achieve minimum scores on the TOEFL internet based test (TOEFL iBT) of:

Minimum Cumulative Score of:

  • ​​86 Combined

AND Minimum Individual Scores of:

  • 26 in Speaking
  • 20 in Writing
  • 20 in Reading
  • 20 in Listening
* Program acceptance is conditional until the completion of the required background check through Castlebranch.
  • Applicants who have a history of criminal convictions may be required to complete a background check through Castlebranch prior to acceptance.
  • Any background check that reveals a candidate may be a potential risk to the program, faculty, patients, or preceptors will be denied acceptance into the program.
  • Any background check that reveals a candidate is not eligible for State Licensure and National Certification through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians will be denied acceptance into the program.
  • Students with any criminal record should be prepared to submit official court documents to the State EMS office for review.
  • The program director may request that the student supply official court documents relating to the listed offenses.
  • Students who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor need to investigate how this will affect their ability to earn certification credentials, eligibility to take national certification examinations by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, as well as licensure through their State EMS office. This is the sole responsibility of the student prior to and during their EMS Program.

For additional information or questions contact:

701-224-2429 or