| Traditional Program
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 (76 credits)
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic-Diploma (59 credits)
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.
New for Fall 2012: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*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.
This Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) since 1987.
Application Requirements for EMS-Paramedic Associate in Applied Science degree and Diploma
** Not accepted as Goal 1 in Nursing-Paramedic Mobility Track
- A completed Century College application
- An official high school transcript verifying graduation or an official GED certificate.
- 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.
- Assessment score placement into RDNG 1000 or completion of RDNG 0090 with a grade of C or higher.
- Assessment score placement in ENGL 1021, or completion of ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher.
- Completion of one of the following: COMM 1021**, COMM 1031, COMM 1041, COMM 1051, or ENGL 1021 with a grade of C or higher.
- Verification of current state EMT certification (state verification)(Course offered at Century – EMSB 1020, 9 credits).
- 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)
- A valid driver's license and signed MnSCU Vehicle Use Agreement.
- A current AHA BLS for the Healthcare Provider (CPR) certification (EMS 1010, 1 credit).
- MN Department of Human Services background study with no restrictions.
(Journal of Emergency Medical Services – http://www.jems.com/photos/test)
Average Wage: $35,000.00/year
Top Earners: $52,800.00/year
(seven county metro area - www.iseek.org)
The EMS program at Century is licensed to teach EMR, EMT, and Paramedic curriculum by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board.