• 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.

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.

Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
EMTB 1101 Emergency Medical Tech 6 credits
EMTP 1130 BLS Ambulance Clinical 1 credits
EMTP 1150 Paramedic I 4 credits
EMTP 1155 Paramedic Skills I 4 credits
EMTP 1160 Critical Care Clinical 2 credits
EMTP 1170 Support Services Clinical 1 credits
EMTP 1180 ALS Ambulance Clinical 4 credits
EMTP 2114 EMS Technical Rescue 1 credits
EMTP 2150 Paramedic II 4 credits
EMTP 2155 Paramedic Skills II 4 credits
EMTP 2230 ACLS 1 credits
EMTP 2232 PHTLS 1 credits
EMTP 2240 Emergency Room Clinical 3 credits
EMTP 2250 Acute Care Clinical 3 credits
EMTP 2270 Fire/Paramedic Internship 6 credits
FIRE 1100 Intro to Fire Service 1 credits
FIRE 1102 Firefighter Fitness 2 credits
FIRE 1110 Firefighter Basic 6 credits
FIRE 1130 Rescue Theory & Practices 1 credits
FIRE 1150 HazMat Operational 2 credits
FIRE 2240 Company Functions 3 credits
HLTH 2208 Pathophysiology 3 credits
BIOL 2252 Anatomy & Phys I 3 credits
BIOL 2254 Anatomy & Phys II 3 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
ENGL 2207 Technical Writing 3 credits
MATH 1110 College Algebra 3 credits

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