Paramedic & Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Anoka Technical College Paramedic and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program graduates are prepared to respond to emergency patient care and may work in diverse environments such as ambulance services, emergency rooms, urgent care facilities, treatment centers, corrections, rescue teams, airports, sports/entertainment centers; or as firefighters, law enforcement, paramedics, 911 dispatchers and more.

Anoka Technical College programs follow the National DOT curriculum and are approved by the State of Minnesota

The 60-credit Paramedic program at Anoka Technical College exists to educate candidates to be able to successfully complete the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) cognitive and psychomotor exams and be competent entry-level employees.


Admission Requirement

Program Admission requirements must show proof of the following:

  • State of MN (or current residence) EMT certificate
  • AHA BLS Provider or equivalent
  • Medical Terminology
  • BIOL 1106, Principles of Biology, or equivalent or completion of Biology-base Anatomy and Physiology I course

Program Learning Outcomes

"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."-Required by Committee on Accreditation of Emergency Medical Programs (CoA)

Background Study

Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health; have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate at a clinical site. The student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. For consideration to continue in the program the student must request reconsideration and provide a copy of such request. The student is responsible for requesting the commissioner to reconsider the disqualification.

Full-Time Sequence

TOTAL CREDITS
60
Fall Semester
EMED 1500
Operations /Trauma
4
EMED 1505
Paramedic Skills I 3
EMED 1510 Trauma Provider 1
EMED 1515 Ambulance Clinical I 1
BIOL 2100 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
 TOTAL   13
Spring Semester
EMED 1600 Cardiology/Pulmonology 4
EMED 1605 Paramedic Skills II 3
EMED 1610 Pharmacology for Paramedics 2
EMED 1615 Advanced Cardiac Life Support 1
BIOL 2200 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
TOTAL   14
Summer Semester
EMED 1700 Ambulance Clinical II
2
EMED 1705 Hospital Clinical I
2
EMED 1710 Support Services Clinical
2
SPCH 1200 Interpersonal Communication 3
 OR    
SPCH 1500 Intercultural Communication 3
TOTAL
  9
Fall Semester 
EMED 2500 Medical Emergencies and Special Populations 4
EMED 2505
Paramedic Skills III
2
EMED 2510
Emergency Department Clinical
2
PSYC 1506
Lifespan Development 
4
TOTAL
  12
Spring Semester 
EMED 2600
Ambulance Clinical III
7
EMED 2605
Pediatric Provider Course 
1
EMED 2610
Hospital Clinical II
2
EMED 2615
Airway Clinical 
1
EMED 2620
Program Summative 
1
TOTAL   12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Graduation Requirements

All Students completing the Paramedic program must complete all courses with a grade of “C” or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

The paramedic profession is an emerging, rapidly changing profession. Paramedics work in ambulances (in populated areas) and are also working in hospitals, urgent care centers, and other areas of health care. As with other healthcare professions, the future need is great. The paramedic profession continues to evolve.

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. 

The Anoka Technical College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) certificate is a nine (9)-credit program exists to prepare students for gainful employment in the field of Emergency Medical Services or to transition to further their EMS education. 

Successful completion of the certificate will:

  • Prepare students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (Computer Based Exam)
  • Register the student with the American Heart Association for the Basic Life Support Provider Card
  • Prepare students to take the State of Minnesota skill test for Emergency Medical Technician professionals 

Course Prerequisites

None

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.  

  1. Prepare entry-level EMS providers to be employable upon completion
  2. Provide up-to-date EMS education to all interested parties
  3. Be a sound, responsible partner to stakeholders in the EMS industry
  4. Create pathways of transferability to higher level EMS Education Programs
  5. Manage the finances of the program in a cost-effective, prudent manner

Background Study

Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health; have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate at a clinical site. The student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. For consideration to continue in the program the student must request reconsideration and provide a copy of such request. The student is responsible for requesting the commissioner to reconsider the disqualification.

Full-Time Sequence

TOTAL CREDITS
9
First Semester
EMED 1113
Emergency Medical Technician I
4
EMED 1114
Emergency Medical Technician II 5
 TOTAL   9

Graduation Requirements

All Students completing the Emergency Medical program must complete all courses with a grade of “C” or higher.

Accreditation/Certification

The Anoka Technical College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program follows the National DOT curriculum and is  approved by the State of Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB).


Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and are found in many careers across the nation and beyond. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) hires encompasses all of those that respond to emergencies situations. EMTs are entry level EMS providers capable of performing life-saving interventions within their defined scope of practice.

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Partnerships between the college and emergency health care industries further enhance the knowledge and skills of our students. With advanced training, students become more marketable as emergency providers in the emergency healthcare field. Education as an emergency medical responder (EMR), emergency medical technician (EMT) or an advanced emergency medical technician  (AEMT) can lead to a satisfying and fulfilling profession in the emergency medical system and enhances many careers throughout our nation’s workforce.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. 

The Anoka Technical College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) certificate is a 18-credit program that prepares students for gainful employment in the field of EMS or to transition to further their EMS education.

Successful completion of the certificate will:
  • Prepare students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (Computer Based Exam)
  • Register the student with the American Heart Association for the Basic Life Support  Provider Card
  • Prepare students to take the State of Minnesota skill test for Emergency Medical Technician professionals

Course Prerequisites

EMED 1113, EMED 1114, and NREMT or/and Current State of Residency EMT Certification is a prerequisite for the other EMED courses.

Some courses may require appropriate test scores or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a "C" or better. 

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.  

  1. Prepare entry-level EMS providers to be employable upon completion
  2. Provide up-to-date EMS education to all interested parties
  3. Be a sound, responsible partner to stakeholders in the EMS industry
  4. Create pathways of transferability to higher level EMS Education Programs
  5. Manage the finances of the program in a cost-effective, prudent manner

Background Study

Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health; have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate at a clinical site. The student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. For consideration to continue in the program the student must request reconsideration and provide a copy of such request. The student is responsible for requesting the commissioner to reconsider the disqualification..

Full-Time Sequence

TOTAL CREDITS
18
First Semester
 Course Number
 Course Title
 Credits
 EMED 1113
Emergency Medical Technician I
4
 EMED 1114
Emergency Medical Technician II
5
 HLTH 1040
Medical Terminology
2
TOTAL
  11
 
Second Semester
BIOL 1106
Principles of Biology 4
SPCH 1200 or SPCH 1500
Interpersonal Communication/Intercultural Communication
3
TOTAL   7
 *See Prerequisites

Graduation Requirements

All Students completing the Emergency Medical program must complete all courses with a grade of “C” or higher.

Accreditation/Certification

The Anoka Technical College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program follows the National DOT curriculum and is approved by the State of Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB).

Transfer Opportunities

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College programs or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are found in many careers across the nation and beyond. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) hires encompasses all of those that respond to emergencies situations. EMTs are entry-level EMS providers capable of performing life-saving interventions within their defined scope of practice.

Gainful Employment Report

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Partnerships between the college and emergency health care industries further enhance the knowledge and skills of our students. With advanced training, students become more marketable as emergency providers in the emergency healthcare field. Education as an emergency medical responder (EMR), emergency medical technician (EMT) or an advanced emergency medical technician  (AEMT) can lead to a satisfying and fulfilling profession in the emergency medical system and enhances many careers throughout our nation’s workforce.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.