About the Program

The goal of the Paramedic Science program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

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.

Paramedic Program Admission and Program Requirements

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: Students will be required to purchase a 9.5" x 7.5" (minimum) tablet for classroom and clinical/practicum courses. This may be an Apple OS iPad or PC tablet. Smart phones are not sufficient. The tablet will support the use of electronic textbooks, medical applications, and other clinical materials and replace the need for many of  the traditional textbooks and educational materials. The use of a tablet and etext books will result in cost savings for students as compared with traditional printed materials. Questions may 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.

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Cost & Financial Aid

  • Image of a bar graph explaining Century's Tuition Cost Per Credit.

    Century College can be extremely affordable through financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

    As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities.

    Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our programs qualify for federal financial aid including Pell Grants, Federal Direct Loans, and others.

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Since 1987 the Century College Paramedic program has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 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
9355 - 113th Street North
Suite 7709
Seminole, FL 33775
Phone: 727-210-2350

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214-703-8992

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) National Registry Written Pass Rate National Registry Practical Pass Rate Retention Job Placement
2015-17 100% 100% 93% 100%

The Annual Report has changed for 2018, which yielded the following outcomes:

Year(s) National Registry Written Examination Pass Rate Success Retention Positive Job Placement
2018 90% 75% 100%


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


Student wearing an EMS uniform working with an injured patient.

Potential Job Titles

Five paramedics working on a CPR manikin.
  • Paramedic

Salary Data

Average Wage: $17.30 - 26.44/hour
Top Earners: $31.25/hour

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