Students in South Dakota desiring to become emergency medical technicians (EMTs) may complete a basic course, or earn a diploma, associate's, or bachelor's degree in the field. EMT training compounds -- students must complete levels of training in order. Programs generally include a clinical component in addition to classroom and lab training. Specializations may be available through some schools.
Lake Area Technical Institute
Located in Watertown, Lake Area Technical Institute offers various pathways for EMT training. A Paramedic Diploma and an Associate of Applied Science in Med/Fire Rescue are two program options that students can pursue here. The latter program has a specialization option for emergency medical specialists. Additionally, students can pursue an Online Emergency Medical Technician Certification via this single-semester program. While most of the courses can be taken online, the program has some in-person components that will require students to be on campus.
University of Sioux Falls
Named after the city it is found in, Sioux Falls, the University of Sioux Falls offers a Bachelor of Science in Paramedic Technology. This is a program that is intended for students who want to earn an EMT-Paramedic license. Biology of microorganisms, general chemistry, medical terminology, human physiology, and human anatomy are just some of the classes paramedic students here take. The general education portion of the program has a foundation in the liberal arts. The entire program is 128 semester hours in length and students who complete it qualify to take the National Registry Examination.
Western Dakota Technical Institute
Located in Rapid City, the Western Dakota Technical Institute has enrollment options for EMT and EMT refresher courses. The non-credit EMT training program has been approved by the state and is offered by the Corporate Education Center at this school. The EMT refresher class is offered yearly and meets the requirements for national and state basic EMT recertification. Related programs here that students might be interested in include CPR training courses and a Paramedic Associate in Applied Science degree program. The paramedic program requires students to take classes on assessment, cardiology, cardiac monitoring, rescue, and hazardous materials.
There are four levels for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) that are recognized by the state of South Dakota. These levels are EMT - Basic, EMT - Intermediate/85, EMT - Intermediate/99 and EMT - Paramedic. To become a licensed EMT, students have to complete the appropriate training program, register in the National Registry and pass a practical and cognitive examination.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||EMT Training Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Lake Area Technical Institute||2-year, public; remote town|| Associate of Applied Science in Med/Fire Rescue (with an Emergency Medical Specialist Option),
Online Emergency Medical Technician Certification
|University of Sioux Falls||4-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Bachelor of Science in Paramedic Technology||$18,280*|
|Western Dakota Technical Institute||2-year, public; fringe rural|| EMT Training Program,
EMT Refresher Course,
Paramedic Associate in Applied Science
Source: *NCES College Navigator.