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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 2,100 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 or comparable 9.5 x 7.5 tablet device 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

Since 1987 the Century College Paramedic program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N
Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-210-2350, Skype: 727-210-2350

Outcome Results

In accordance with CAAHEP requirements, the following outcomes have been achieved by students in our paramedic program. The acceptable threshold for each category is established by CAAHEP as being 70%.

      Year(s)       Overall Written Pass Rates Written 1st Attempt Pass Rates Overall Practical Pass Rates Practical 1st Attempt Pass Rates Retention Job Placement
2014-16 94.7% 79.6% 93.6% 80.7% 82.6% 46.4% *

* Job data is derived from returned surveys and student contact. Because not all students are readily accessible after program completion, the above data is incomplete. We believe the actual placement rates are significantly higher. In addition, the above statistics reflect the National Registry for Psychomotor data beta testing and transition to the new psychomotor exam.

Licensure

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

Transfer

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Potential Job Titles

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  • Paramedic

Salary Data

Paramedic
Average Wage: $23.69/hour
Top Earners: $35.49/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careerwise.mnscu.edu

Learning Outcomes

EMS Paramedic Science - AAS 69 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 - Diploma 56 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.