Graduates of this Associate in Applied Science degree program will be qualified and skilled as entry level Firefighter/Paramedics. This program provides an opportunity for students to obtain basic and advanced instruction in fire fighting, rescue, hazardous materials incident response and paramedic knowledge, skills and techniques. The Firefighter/Paramedic is a person who works in the exciting, expanding field(s) of Fire Protection Services and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The program consists of general education and technical coursework, including classroom as well as technical hands-on training to enable the student to become familiar with all aspects of an entry level Firefighter/Paramedic. The specialization and advanced education and training in the care and transport of the critically ill and injured can mean the difference between life and death. A.A.S. degree graduates have enhanced potential for upward progression in the career of a Firefighter/Paramedic.
Career opportunities for Firefighter/Paramedic include public and private fire protection services that offer Advanced Level Support (ALS) medical response. Nationwide demand exists for students wanting to become professional Firefighter/Paramedic. Typically job titles will be as a starting Firefighter/Paramedic with a municipal fire department, but in some cases industry or other governmental institutions will hire graduates with these capabilities. This degree program prepares students for the National Registry of EMT's Paramedic Exam as well as Minnesota Fire Fighter I & II certification exams.
According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic in the state of Minnesota is $17.28 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 17.3%, a very high-growth career.
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View semester order by campus: East Grand Forks
|Course #||Course Name||Credit(s)|
|EMTB 1101||Emergency Medical Tech||6|
|EMTP 1130||BLS Ambulance Clinical||1|
|EMTP 1200||Intro to EMS||1|
|EMTP 1205||EMS Trauma Care||1|
|EMTP 1210||EMS Pharmacology||1|
|EMTP 1215||EMS Med Emergencies||3|
|EMTP 1220||EMS Cardiac Care||1|
|EMTP 1225||EMS Special Populations||1|
|EMTP 1235||Paramedic Skills||2|
|EMTP 1240||Paramedic Assessment 1||2|
|EMTP 1300||Paramedic Clinical||5|
|EMTP 1305||Paramedic Field Exp||3|
|EMTP 1400||Paramedic Assessment 2||3|
|EMTP 1415||FF/Paramedic Capstone||6|
|FIRE 1102||Firefighter Fitness||2|
|FIRE 1110||Firefighter Basic||6|
|FIRE 1150||HazMat Operational||2|
|FIRE 1165||Technical Rescue||2|
|FIRE 2208||Firefighter Practical||3|
|FIRE 2240||Company Functions||3|
|HLTH 1106||Medical Terminology||2|
|BIOL 2252||Anatomy & Phys I||3|
|BIOL 2254||Anatomy & Phys II||3|
|ENGL 1111||Composition I||3|
|ENGL 2207||Technical Writing||3|
|MATH 1110||College Algebra||3|
1. All students must have structural firefighting personal protective equipment, which consists of a helmet, protective hood, coat, pants, gloves, and boots.
2. Completion and approval for clinical participation of the Minnesota Department of Humans Services Licensing Division Background Study and fingerprinting (cost approximately $10) prior to enrollment in EMTP1130. Completion and approval for clinical participation of a National Background Study through Castle Branch. Cost $45.75 first year, $26 second year (if needed).
3. Completion of the College Health Screening & Immunization information requirements through Castle Branch (cost $35) prior to enrollment in EMTP1130.
4. Current American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider level CPR is required prior to, or by the end of the first week of the EMTB1101.
5. Current Minnesota Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license is a prerequisite for the Paramedic courses.
6. All required courses for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.
7. Admission into the Paramedic courses requires the completion of BIOL 2252, BIOL 2254, HLTH 1106, EMTB 1101 with current MN EMT licensure, EMTP 1130 or equipvalent work expereince AS WELL AS the course application form to be filled out and submitted to the program director in order to reserve a seat in the courses. The cover letter explains the application process.
8. Advanced Placement into the Firefighter-Paramedic Program will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Items that will be considered will include, but may not be limited to, prior Paramedic coursework complete, skill validations, clinical experiences and liberal arts coursework.
Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The program is accredited by the MN Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in cooperation with the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoAEMSP).
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