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Paramedic

Overview

About This Program

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

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At-a-Glance

Degrees & Credits

A.A.S. Degree (67 credits)

Diploma (52 credits)

Campus
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.

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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for paramedics include: private or public ambulance companies, hospitals, community paramedic, industry and city health agencies, 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. This prepares students to write the National Registry Paramedic Exam.

Faculty

Laura Korpi

Paramedic Program Coordinator

Matt Ashmore

Paramedic Clinical Coordinator, Instructor

Additional Information

Accreditation

The Paramedic program is 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).

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%.
There was not a graduating paramedic cohort for 2019, therefore the absence of Outcomes for calendar year 2019

Year(s) National Registry Written Pass Rate National Registry Practical Pass Rate Retention Job Placement
2016-2017 76.5% 94% 94.4% 76.5%
2017-2018 88.9% 100% 90% 88.9%
2018-2019 No graduates No Graduates No Graduates No Graduates
2019-2020 83.3% N/A 70.6% 91.7%

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.