(see also: More Info - Paramedic Program Web Site)
National and/or local ambulance services
See also: Health Science Career Pathways
Students earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paramedic upon successful completion of this program. This program is regionally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and CoAEMSP.
After successful completion of the AAS students may complete a Bachelor of Applied Science degree fully online.
Paramedic applicants must go through a competitive entrance process, once the prerequisite courses are completed. Applications are accepted once a year (usually mid-summer).
Students must already hold a current National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) card.
- Normal human anatomy and physiology
- Anatomy of the respiratory system, its relationship to the other systems of the body, the pathophysiology of diseases of the respiratory system, and treatment modalities of pulmonary disease
- Pathophysiology and management of cardiovascular disease and related emergencies
- Pathophysiology and the management of trauma
- Normal and abnormal obstetrical problems
- Pharmacology and electrocardiology
- Recognize, assess and appropriately manage emergencies of acutely ill or injured patients prior to arrival at a hospital
- Maintain documentation of each patient care situation
- Direct and coordinate the rescue, care and transportation of patients
- Training will include classroom instruction, skills laboratory and hospital clinical practice and supervised field internships
- Prepares the paramedic student for the national registry paramedic exam
Job Outlook and Pay Info
|Median Wage (MT)*||$23,680.00|
|Median Wage (US)*||$29,330.00|
|Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010)||$39,874.20|
|Expected growth (MT)*
(projection through 2016)
|Expected growth (US)*
(projection through 2018)
|*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau|
|COT Graduate Placement Data|
- Biology and/or science classes
- Anatomy & Physiology classes
- The abillity to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand
- Actively looking for ways to help people
- Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
- Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
- The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
- The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
- Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.