Students in Idaho interested in earning a paramedic degree can choose to complete an associate's degree or technical certificate in paramedicine; one bachelor's degree program in paramedicine is also offered. To be admitted to a paramedic program, students must usually be licensed EMTs and possess CPR certification. Such programs include practicum requirements, such as an internship or externship, in addition to general education and laboratory training.
The programs at the four schools below meet standards and requirements for state licensing for paramedics.
College of Southern Idaho
The 56-credit hour Paramedic Technical Certificate program at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls consists of three paramedic lecture courses with corresponding clinical and laboratory sections. Additionally, students take general education courses in psychology, English, biology and mathematics. An associate's degree program is also available; this program involves the same coursework as the certificate program with the addition of classes in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, bioethics and medical terminology. The associate's degree program requires 69 credit hours for completion. Students in both programs can take advantage of state-of-the-art facilities, including patient simulators.
College of Western Idaho
Located in Nampa, the College of Western Idaho offers a paramedic certificate program consisting of 300 clinical hours, 240 field hours and 900 classroom hours. Students learn about emergency patient care, medication utilization, IV setting, EKGs, intubation and many other areas. Classes for this program start up every January.
Idaho State University
Located in Pocatello, Idaho State University offers an Associate of Science in Paramedic Science program. The curriculum is normally completed in four semesters with the last semester consisting of a 10-week field practicum. Admission to the program is competitive, with only 20 students accepted each year. During the first semester of the program, students take fundamental paramedic courses and study EKG interpretation and pharmacology. The rest of the coursework covers trauma care, advanced emergency care, rescue operations and caring for special populations.
Lewis-Clark State College
Students at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston can pursue a paramedic major and earn an Associate of Applied Science or a Bachelor of Applied Science. The associate's degree program takes 62 credits to complete. To earn the bachelor's degree, students must complete a combination of requirements from the associate's degree program, general education and additional coursework for a total of 128 credits. Paramedic courses typically meet in the evenings twice a week. Students learn to administer critical and emergency care and transport patients to the hospital.
To practice as a paramedic in Idaho, individuals must graduate from an approved and accredited paramedic program and pass a certification examination administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). They must also submit to a criminal history check.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Paramedic Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|College of Southern Idaho||2-year, public; remote town|| Technical Certificate (Paramedic),
Associate of Applied Science (Paramedic)
| $2,880 (in-district)
|College of Western Idaho||2-year, public; rural fringe||Paramedic Certificate Program|| $3,264 (in-district)
|Idaho State University||4-year, public; small city||Associate of Science in Paramedic Science|| $6,784 (in-state)
|Lewis-Clark State College||4-year, public; small city|| Associate of Applied Science (Paramedic),
Bachelor of Applied Science (Paramedic)
| $7,224 (in-state)
Source: *NCES College Navigator