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.

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Program Accreditation

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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College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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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 Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
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 1120 Firefighter Practical 1 credits
FIRE 1130 Rescue Theory & Practices 1 credits
FIRE 1150 HazMat Operational 2 credits
FIRE 1154 Company Functions 2 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
TOTAL CREDITS: 78 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

1. Student will complete all assigned tasks and duties in a manner consistent with the roles and responsibilities of a Firefighter/Paramedic within a Fire/EMS system.
2. Student will demonstrate professional behaviors and attitudes expected by employers and the a firefighter/paramedic profession.
3. Student will complete all assigned tasks and duties within the expected legal and ethical parameters of a professional firefighter/paramedic.
4. Student will demonstrate entry-level competencies of assessment and management of diverse patients.
5. Student will apply the basic concepts of development, pathophysiology, and pharmacology to assess and manage diverse patients.
6. Student will safely manage the scene of an emergency, demonstrating behaviors conducive to effective teamwork.
7. Student will communicate effectively with all fire personnel, healthcare providers, and patients with respect for diversity of culture, age and gender.
8. Student will be a competent entry-level Paramedic in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, with or without exit points as the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder.
9. Student will perform professional firefighting skills as outlined in the National Fire Protection Association standards.
10. Student will operate and maintain fire equipment properly as outlined in the National Fire Protection Association standards.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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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.

Program Faculty

East Grand Forks Campus

  • Dan Sponsler
  • Paramedic Instructor
  • (218) 793-2630