Students in Minnesota interested in going to school to become a paramedic may choose to earn a certificate, diploma, or associate's degree in the field. Some programs include basic emergency medical technician (EMT) training, while others may be open only to those already licensed as EMTs. All programs include practicum elements, such as fieldwork experiences. Degree programs include general education classes and some classes in paramedic programs may be available online.
This school, located in White Bear Lake, has diploma and associate's degree programs in paramedicine. The programs have strict admission criteria and include factors such as possession of a Minnesota EMT license and at least 50 emergency medical response runs. Both the diploma and degree programs have options that require fewer courses for those who already have EMT, registered nurse or military corpsman experience. Diploma programs in this field require a limited amount of general education courses. The paramedic programs offer some of the lecture courses through an online format.
Inver Hills Community College
Students at this Inver Grove Heights school can earn an associate's degree or certificate. Those who want to qualify for the NREMT - Paramedic exam without earning a degree can enroll in the 45-credit certificate program. The traditional paramedic degree program requires 75 credits of education, including advanced EMS courses, patient experiences and general education courses. For those who are currently paramedics, an accelerated program is offered, and students can earn their degree through 64 credits of study with general education studies as the greater balance of coursework.
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
Students can earn their associate's degree at this school in Virginia, Minnesota. This is a 5-semester program that includes lectures, clinical practice and internships. Courses include studies in dosage calculations, advanced life support, hazardous materials training, advanced pediatric care and general paramedicine. All of the instructors in this program are certified paramedics.
Northland Community and Technical College
Although the school is located in Thief River Falls, the paramedic associate's degree program is offered at the East Grand Forks campus. Some of the admission requirements include providing a copy of EMT - Basic certification, submitting to a background study and meeting the program's health standards. This is a 60-credit program that includes clinical studies, lectures and internships as well as general education courses.
This school offers both diploma and degree programs for aspiring paramedics at its Willmar and Hutchinson campuses. Students can earn the diploma through 42 credits of study, or they can earn their associate's degree by completing a 66-credit program. Prospective students must have acceptable CPR certification and at least EMT - Basic certification to be eligible for either of these programs. Both programs include courses in airway and patient assessment, pharmacology, cardiology, clinical practice and field internships.
Rochester Community and Technical College
In Rochester, this institution offers a degree program. To participate in this programs, students must have current EMT certification and be registered with the NREMT, pass a criminal background check, meet program health standards, and have a letter of recommendation from an ambulance or medical director. Along with the traditional degree path, a degree program option is open exclusively for those who are currently licensed paramedics but haven't received their associate's degree. The curriculum for this program includes studies in pharmacology, pathophysiology, trauma care and special populations.
South Central College
The North Mankato-based school provides aspiring paramedics with associate's degree and diploma programs with part-time/evening options. Applicants need to be certified EMTs with at least 50 ambulance runs. They also need to undergo a state-conducted background study. The diploma program has limited liberal arts and sciences requirements, and technical courses range from anatomy and physiology and cardiac care to trauma care and special populations. The associate's degree involves more liberal arts and sciences credits, but the technical curriculum is the same.
St. Cloud Technical and Community College
To apply for acceptance into this St. Cloud school's associate's degree program, students will need to have current EMT certification and show that they've met all the general education and prerequisite course requirements. This program prepares students to take the NREMT - P exam. For detailed information regarding the program, prospective students are urged to attend an information session where they can meet the faculty and tour the school's training facilities.
Minnesota requires aspiring paramedics to complete an education program that's approved by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board in order to earn certification. To earn board approval, a program must be accredited through the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Applicants must also pass the board's written and practical exams, although certification can be granted without these exams if an applicant already holds a National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification. All eight schools profiled in this article offer CAAHEP-accredited paramedic programs.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Paramedic Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Century College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Diploma in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic,
Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Science
|Inver Hills Community College||2-year, public; large suburb|| Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic (Traditional or Accelerated Track),
|Mesabi Range Community and Technical College||2-year, public; remote town|| Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic,
|$5,311 in-state, $6,493 out-of-state*|
|Northland Community and Technical College||2-year, public; remote town||Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic||$5,534*|
|Ridgewater College||2-year, public, remote town|| Paramedic Diploma,
Associate in Applied Science in Paramedic
|Rochester Community and Technical College||2-year, public; midsize city||Associate in Science in Emergency Medicine Paramedic||$5,638*|
|South Central College||2-year, public; small city|| Diploma of Occupational Proficiency in Intensive Care Paramedic Technician,
Associate of Applied Science in Intensive Care Paramedic Technician,
Community Paramedic Certificate
|St. Cloud Technical and Community College||2-year, public; small city|| Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine,
Community Paramedic Certificate
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator.