• Credits: 78
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: East Grand Forks

Program Overview

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.

The employment outlook for firefighters in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 4%, a low growth career.

The employment outlook for emergency medical technicians and paramedics in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 32.4%, a very high growth career.

Potential Job Titles

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Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
EMTB 1101 Emergency Medical Tech 6
EMTP 1130 BLS Ambulance Clinical 1
EMTP 1150 Paramedic I 4
EMTP 1155 Paramedic Skills I 4
EMTP 1160 Critical Care Clinical 2
EMTP 1170 Support Services Clinical 1
EMTP 1180 ALS Ambulance Clinical 4
EMTP 2114 EMS Technical Rescue 1
EMTP 2150 Paramedic II 4
EMTP 2155 Paramedic Skills II 4
EMTP 2230 ACLS 1
EMTP 2240 Emergency Room Clinical 3
EMTP 2250 Acute Care Clinical 3
EMTP 2270 Fire/Paramedic Internship 6
FIRE 1100 Intro to Fire Service 1
FIRE 1102 Firefighter Fitness 2
FIRE 1110 Firefighter Basic 6
FIRE 1130 Rescue Theory & Practices 1
FIRE 1150 HazMat Operational 2
FIRE 2240 Company Functions 3
HLTH 2208 Pathophysiology 3
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

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Program Specific Requirements

1. Completion and approval for clinical participation of the Minnesota Department of Humans Services Licensing Division Background Study prior to entering EMTP1130. Completion and approval for clinical participation of a National Background Study through Verified Credentials cost $50.
2. Current CPR certification. CPR for Health Care Providers (American Heart Association) prior to the end of the first week of the EMTB1101.
3. Current Minnesota Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) certification is a prerequisite for EMTP1150, EMTP1155, and EMTP1130 (or currently enrolled in EMTB1101).
4. All required courses for the program must be completed with a grade of C or better.
5. Completion of the College Health Screening & Immunization form prior to enrollment in EMTP1130.
6. All students must have structural firefighting personal protective equipment, which consists of a helmet, protective hood, coat, pants, gloves, and boots.
7. EMTP1150 and EMTP1155 require the course application form to be completed and submitted to the program director in order to reserve a seat in the courses. The cover letter explains the application process.


  • Health and Human Services students must comply with both Minnesota law and clinical facility requirements related to immunizations and background screenings.
  • Students who do not comply with the required health and immunization requirements may not be permitted to attend clinical which WILL affect program progression and completion.

Program Accreditation

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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Program Faculty

  • Dan Sponsler
  • Paramedic Instructor
  • Campus: East Grand Forks
  • Tel: (218) 793-2630
  • Toll Free: 1.800.959.6282

Why Choose Northland?

Northland offers a multitude of opportunities, whether you're beginning your degree or returning to college. We're affordable, convenient, and flexible. Northland Community & Technical College – it’s more than just a great education. It’s about making a career out of what you love to do. Thinking about a new career? Think Northland!

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