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EMS-Paramedic | Traditional Program

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Delivery: A mix of daytime and blended online classes for the didactic portion of the program*
Start: Fall or Spring Semester; Full-time only

Prerequisite and General Education/MnTC courses are available in a mix of daytime, evening, and online classes; Fall, Spring, and Summer; Full- or Part-Time

Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic-Associate in Applied Science (72 credits)
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic-Diploma (59 credits)

About the Program


Admission into this program requires a special application and is highly competitive. The college may not be able to accept all applicants that meet the minimum admission standards.

Century College’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program began in 1972 with Minnesota’s first state-approved EMT program, and the following year, we offered one of the region’s first paramedic programs. To date, more than 1,000 paramedics have graduated from Century College. We prepare our students to deliver high quality advanced pre-hospital emergency care through a tradition of excellence that meets the high standard of instruction set by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Paramedics possess the highly skilled techniques of advanced life support and emergency care procedures. Career opportunities are available with hospitals, clinics, ambulance services, police, fire, and rescue departments. The Paramedic program major meets the criteria for the education of paramedics as recommended by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

NOTE: All students will be required to purchase an iPad 2 or higher for use in the Paramedic Program. This will support the use of electronic textbooks, medical applications, and clinical materials. The iPad will replace the need for many of the traditional textbooks and educational materials and will be a cost savings for students. Questions can be directed to Kim Schmitzer, Paramedic Faculty, at 651.779.5798 or kim.schmitzer@century.edu.

*Delivery of courses for the didactic portion of the program, which is roughly the first half of the program, is a mix of daytime and blended online classes. Clinical and field internships are held during the second portion of the program and are often the most difficult part to manage as they are potentially on any day of the week, all hours of the day, and may be scheduled or changed on short notice. A flexible schedule is essential.

Accreditation


This Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) since 1987.

Application Requirements


Application Requirements for EMS-Paramedic Associate in Applied Science degree and Diploma
  1. A completed Century College application
  2. An official high school transcript verifying graduation or an official GED certificate.
  3. Assessment score placement in MATH 0070 or above, or completion of MATH 0030 with a grade of B or higher, or completion of MATH 1000 with a grade of B or higher.
  4. Assessment score placement into RDNG 1000 or completion of RDNG 0090 with a grade of C or higher.
  5. Assessment score placement in ENGL 1021, or completion of ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher.
  6. Completion of one of the following: COMM 1021**, COMM 1031, COMM 1041, COMM 1051, or ENGL 1021 with a grade of C or higher.
  7. Verification of current state EMT certification (state verification)(Course offered at Century – EMSB 1020, 9 credits).
  8. Documentation of 50 911-generated ambulance runs, which must include patient treatment and/or transport. At least 50% must have been completed within two years of acceptance into this program. These must be completed after EMT certification. The run log must include the date, nature of the run, and involvement. Each page must also include the supervisor's signature and phone number. Alternatively, if the applicant is an emergency department technician (EDT), registered nurse (RN), or has military medical experience (MOS 68W or equivalent), a minimum of 100 patient contacts while certified as an EMT are required. These patient contacts must be within the past 24 months. An RN, unlike the other means of experience, may be in their first EMT certification period. Military medical experience must be in the last five years. OR
    Successful completion of EMS 1025 and EMS 1026 with a grade of B or higher in each (can be taken in the same semester)
  9. A valid driver's license and signed MnSCU Vehicle Use Agreement.
  10. A current AHA BLS for the Healthcare Provider (CPR) certification (EMS 1010, 1 credit).
  11. MN Department of Human Services background study with no restrictions.
** Not accepted as Goal 1 in Nursing-Paramedic Mobility Track

Potential Job Titles


Paramedic

Salary Data


  • Paramedic
    Average Wage: $35,000.00/year
    Top Earners: $52,800.00/year
(Journal of Emergency Medical Services – http://www.jems.com/photos/test)
(seven county metro area - www.iseek.org)

Learning Outcomes


EMS Paramedic Technology - AAS 76 Credits

  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to the role of EMS.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role as an EMS provider.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making and critical thinking skill abilities.
  • Demonstrate affective behavior, acumen, and rapport with patients and healthcare colleagues.

EMS- Paramedic Technician - Diploma 59 Credits

  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to the role of EMS.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role as an EMS provider.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in written and verbal form.
  • Demonstrate effective decision making and critical thinking skill abilities.
  • Demonstrate affective behavior, acumen, and rapport with patients and healthcare colleagues.

Licensure


The EMS program at Century is licensed to teach EMR, EMT, and Paramedic curriculum by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board.

Gainful Employment Program Information


Contact Information


Admissions Office 651.773.1700 admissions@century.edu Room 2350 West
Counseling & Advising Office 651.779.3285 Ask Century Room 2410 West
Financial Aid Office 651.779.3305 finaid@century.edu Room 2320 West

Program Contact Information


Chris Caulkins, Program Director 651.779.5743 chris.caulkins@century.edu Room 1242 East
Kim Schmitzer 651.779.5798 kim.schmitzer@century.edu Room 1242 East
Dave Borrett 651.748.2612 david.borrett@century.edu Room 1246 East
Lynda Goerisch 651.773.1720 lynda.goerisch@century.edu Room 1222 East