58 Credits    DIP 3310,  Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Degree Description

As the most highly trained pre-hospital emergency care provider in the EMS field, the paramedic accepts the challenging responsibility for patient care. A willingness to accept this challenge and direct others to carry out treatment plans 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.  The program is fully accredited by the The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, 25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763 P:727-210-2350 Fax:727-210-2354).

Campus: North Mankato
Program Start Date: Fall Semester

Estimate for 58 credit program

Tuition is paid on a semester by semester basis and will vary depending on the courses and total credits you take.

Tuition and Fees: $11,525
Tools and Equipment: $ n/a
Total Estimated Cost: $11,525 *

Compare the costs and you'll see that tuition at South Central College is much more affordable than other institutions.

*Based on 2021-22 tuition rates. Does not include extra expenses for online delivery, course fees, or course differental. Books, transportation, and living expenses also not included.

The course requirements listed below are specific to the current school year (noted above). If you need to view the program from previous years view our Catalog Archive.

Required Technical Courses (15 Courses)

Complete the following classes:

ICP 1000 Introduction to Paramedicine (3 Credits)

The Paramedic has a variety of duties. This course demonstrates the difference between the various levels of the Emergency Medical Technician and the responsibilities that accompany each level of training. It also includes introductory topics that the individual must understand in order to function as a paramedic. Such topics include medical/legal issues, communications, stress, system structure, lifting mechanics, medical terminology, infection control, etc. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Paramedic Program. All classes must be taken in sequence.)

ICP 1005 Applied Anatomy and Physiology for EMS (3 Credits)

This course is designed as an introduction to body structure and function. An emphasis will be placed on body systems specifically related to paramedicine and how that knowledge can be applied to EMS care. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Paramedic Program. All classes must be taken in sequence.)

ICP 1010 EMS Skills (5 Credits)

EMS SKILLS focuses on the Basic Life Support skills that the EMT-P must master along with this introduction to advanced skills. These include: Patient assessment, airway control with adjuncts, IV therapy, suctioning, communication skills, AED's, intubation, medication administration, cardiac skills, and other invasive techniques. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Paramedic Program. All classes must be taken in sequence.)

ICP 1020 Pharmacology for EMS (3 Credits)

The intent of this course is to introduce the student to basic pharmacological concepts, principles of drug safety and basic drug categories. Legal aspects of drug administration, drug standards, and use of reference material will be included. Specialized medications utilized in ALS transports will also be discussed. This course will have a primary focus on specific drugs used by paramedics. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Paramedic Program. All classes must be taken in sequence.)

ICP 1040 Cardiac Care in EMS (4 Credits)

The course will prepare the EMT-P to assess and manage those cardiac emergencies that result from coronary atherosclerosis, along with a number of conditions involving pathology of peripheral/central circulation. The interpretation of cardiac dysrhythmias receives much emphasis in this course. ACLS Provider certification may be included. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Paramedic Program. All classes must be taken in sequence.)

ICP 1050 Trauma Care (3 Credits)

This course deals with the many aspects of trauma, including kinematics, evaluation, management, packaging, and transport. Advanced ITLS certification may be obtained. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Paramedic Program. All classes must be taken in sequence.)

ICP 1060 Pathophysiology in EMS (5 Credits)

This course discusses a variety of topics and medical conditions that occur in the various body systems. Emphasis is placed on field management of medical emergencies. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Paramedic Program. All classes must be taken in sequence.)

ICP 2010 EMS Advanced Skills (5 Credits)

This course is designed to orient the student to the rescue environment. Emphasis is placed on the role and responsibilities of the paramedic during a rescue response, including essential skills needed to keep the paramedic and the patient safe. Topics include Mass Casualty Incidents (includes ICS & START disaster response), hazardous materials, basic rescue, water and ice rescue awareness, high level-low angle rescue, emergency driving, special rescue situations and auto extrication for the paramedic. Also included is an introduction to advanced intensive care paramedic skills. Additional clinical rotations will also be completed. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Paramedic Program. All classes must be taken in sequence.)

ICP 2030 Critical Care I (3 Credits)

This courses orients students to the emergency room, intensive care unit, cardiac intensive care, telemetry unit and critical care departments. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Paramedic Program. All classes must be taken in sequence.)

ICP 2040 Critical Care II (3 Credits)

Clinical areas may include: Psychiatric Unit, Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Geriatrics. (Prerequisite: Admission into the Paramedic Program. All classes must be taken in sequence.)

ICP 2050 Field Internship I (3 Credits)

This internship involves experiences with an advanced life support system provided by a fire service, municipal, hospital or other. (Prerequisites: Admission into the Paramedic Program. All classes must be taken in sequence.)

ICP 2060 Field Internship II (3 Credits)

This internship involves experiences with and advanced life support system provided by a private service. (Prerequisites: Admission into the Paramedic Program. All classes must be taken in sequence.)

ICP 2070 Special Populations (5 Credits)

This course covers medical considerations in areas such as geriatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, neonates, pediatrics, behavior disorders, and patients with special needs. PALS certification may be obtained. (Prerequisites: Admission into the Paramedic Program. All classes must be taken in sequence.)

ICP 2080 Paramedic Refresher (3 Credits)

This course is a comprehensive review of the technical courses and designed to prepare the candidate to challenge the National Registry Exam. It also meets the requirements for the 48-hour refresher. (Prerequisites: Admission into the Paramedic Program. All classes must be taken in sequence.)

ICP 2090 Hazardous Materials (1 Credit)

This course is designed to meet the training standards designed in NFPA473 "Standards for Competencies of EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials Incidents". The class combines didactic training with audio-visual materials that will provide a review of pertinent "awareness" level information. To insure a safe EMS response to a hazardous materials situation at the Operations Level, additional information and practical laboratory time will be provided as necessary. (Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor)

Required Arts and Sciences (6 Credits)

Complete 6 credits from any of the 10 MNTC Goal Areas.

PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.