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Emergency Medicine Paramedic Overview

Emergency Medicine Paramedic

Career/Program Overview

As the most highly trained pre-hospital emergency care provider in the EMS field, the paramedic accepts the challenging responsibility for patient care.  The willingness to accept this challenge and direct others to carry out the plan is the first step in becoming a paramedic.  Paramedicine is a relatively young field with a wide range of employment opportunities including ambulance services, fire departments, police departments, hospitals, helicopter services, and educational institutions.


Program-related courses may include:  Introduction to Paramedicine, EMS Skills, Pharmacology, Trauma Care, Cardiac Care, Pathophysiology in EMS, EMS Advanced Skills, Special Populations, Ambulance Clinical, Critical Care Clinical and Paramedic Preparation. 

Program/Degree Options

RCTC, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences (MSHS), offers a 75 credit Associate in Science degree as an Emergency Medicine Paramedic.  An Advanced Standing option is also available to working paramedics who are now interested in completing their Associate in Science Degree.

Program Start Date(s)

Students can begin general education requirements any semester.  A second, separate process of applying to the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program at MSHS is also required.  Applicants must be currently state certified and nationally registered as an EMT-Basic or Intermediate.

Additional admissions requirements can be found by visiting the MSHS website at http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/careers/emergency-medicine.

Career Opportunities/Information

Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow 9% between 2008 and 2018, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth in this occupation is due in large part to increasing call volume due to aging population. As a large segment of the population—aging members of the baby boom generation—becomes more likely to have medical emergencies, demand will increase for EMTs and paramedics. In addition, the time that EMTs and paramedics must spend with each patient is increasing as emergency departments across the country are experiencing overcrowding. As a result, when an ambulance arrives, it takes longer to transfer the patient from the care of the EMTs and paramedics to the staff of the emergency department. In addition, some emergency departments divert ambulances to other hospitals when they are too busy to take on new patients. As a result, ambulances may not be able to go to the nearest hospital, which increases the amount of time spent in transit. Both these factors result in EMTs and paramedics spending more time with each patient, which means more workers are needed to meet demand.

Emergency Medicine Paramedic positions are part of ALS ambulances, fire department based ALS, rural EMS services, hospitals, EMS education, fixed wing and helicopter services.

Gainful Employment Programs

The U.S. Department of Education’s (USDE) gainful employment regulations require disclosure of certain program information for programs that lead to certificates or diplomas and are financial aid eligible.

The most current RCTC gainful employment information can be found at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. 

The MSHS Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program has pending accreditation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/.

Additional Information

MSHS Website: http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/careers/emergency-medicine
Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs
More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact

Overview content updated: 2016-11-23
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