About This Program

Paramedics are trained to provide advanced level medical care to people who have suffered from an illness or an injury outside of the hospital setting. Paramedics work under protocols approved by a physician medical director to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies and transport patients to definitive medical care. Paramedics provide advanced life support.

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Degrees & Credits

A.A.S. Degree (67 credits)

Diploma (52 credits)

Mesabi Range - Eveleth

Program Features

Classroom, hospital, and supervised field experience

Paramedic training is composed of in-classroom, didactic instruction; in-hospital clinical practice; and a supervised field internship on an ambulance. Courses typically are competency-based and supported by performance assessments. Instruction provides students with knowledge of acute and critical changes in physiology, psychological and clinical symptoms that they might encounter in an emergency medical situation. Students also participate in regional disaster drills and joint training sessions with area public safety agencies.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for paramedics include: private or public ambulance companies, hospitals, community paramedic, industry and city health agencies, flight medical facilities, fire departments and law enforcement agencies. Park services, ski patrols, and other groups in many countries often educate their personnel to become EMTs or paramedics as part of their duties.


Laura Korpi

EMS Education Director/Paramedic Program Manager

Matt Ashmore

Paramedic Clinical Coordinator, Instructor

Alan Slatten

Paramedic Clinical Coordinator, Instructor

Additional Information


The Paramedic program is 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).

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%.

CAAHEP-accredited Paramedic educational programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Paramedic educational programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Outcome 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Retention 94.40% 90% 91.70% 76.90%
NREMT or State cognitive exam 94% 100% N/A 100%
Placement 76.50% 88.90% 91.70% 76.90%

There were no graduates during the 2019 and 2022 reporting year.



Guiding Principles

  • To prepare future field clinicians for a successful career in Emergency Medical Services or an associated medical field.
  • To develop effective communication, interpersonal relationships, problem-solving, decision-making, and critical-thinking skills of pre-hospital care in future leaders of EMS.
  • To promote professionalism.
  • To promote an appreciation for and participation in lifelong learning activities in education in the State of Minnesota, the United States, and globally.
  • To continually assess and improve the scope, depth, and quality of the program offerings.
  • To use and promote a research-oriented model for the study and development of the EMS field.
  • To offer an academic framework for EMS offerings in order to facilitate and provide transferable college credit which will encourage and enhance academic degree completion by current field clinicians, educators, and managers.
  • To adhere to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Emergency Medical Service Regulatory Board (EMSRB) standards and objectives to assure proficient entry-level paramedics through nationally recognized written and practical skill examinations.