Nationally Registered Paramedic (NRP)

The Paramedic Technology program is designed to prepare the student with the necessary skills to complete national certification and obtain employment as a paramedic. Paramedics primarily provide care to emergency patients in an out of hospital setting. Through proper patient assessment and medical care, the paramedic’s goal is to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. Paramedics are an essential component of the continuum of care and serve as a link to other health care professionals. Paramedics are responsible and accountable to a physician medical direction.

NDSCS Paramedic Technology

NDSCS offers a certificate program and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Paramedic Technology and is affiliated with Sanford Health EMS Education in Fargo, ND. Courses start in the fall of each year. The program length is three semesters, which includes a summer semester. Those students wishing to get a jump start on paramedic can take the AEMT course through NDSCS during spring semester before the start of the fall paramedic program. Seven of the credits in the AEMT program will directly transfer into the paramedic program. The paramedic program also has the option of a weekday lab, or a weekend lab.

Clinical and field internship experiences will be completed concurrently with the classroom schedule. Numerous hospitals and ambulance services across North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota are utilized for clinical experience. Students may need to drive various distances to clinical sites. Additional sites may be added to suit student needs. Specific immunizations and a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card will be required before the start of clinicals. four semester evening and weekend program. Both options require a summer semester.

During orientation, students will be required to pay for and complete a background check. A previous felony can prevent a student from attending clinical sites and completing the program. If you have any concerns about your history, please contact the Paramedic Program Director.

The paramedic program does have pre-requisites for acceptance into the program. These are:

  1. Complete the NDSCS Application for Admission if the applicant has not attended NDSCS, or complete a re-application if the applicant has previously attended or is a past graduate of NDSCS.
  2. Hold a current State or National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) EMT or AEMT certification.
  3. Submit official ACT results to Enrollment Services with a minimum score of 16 in writing, 18 in reading, and 21 in mathematics OR submit a Compass placement test with a minimum score of 38 in writing, 80 in reading, and 49 in algebra domain OR submit an official college transcript showing the student is college level ENGL and Math ready. To schedule a Compass placement test call 701-671-2256.
  4. Completion of BIOL 220 and BIOL 220L within the past 5 years with a “C” or higher.
  5. Completion of two, 12 hour internship shifts at F-M Ambulance Service in Fargo, N.D. (Those students who currently working with an ambulance service can have their medical director send a letter of recommendation to waive this requirement)
  6. Applicants will participate in a formal interview process with the Paramedic Program faculty to discuss the internship shifts as well as expectations of the program. Interview points will be graded on a rubric.
  7. Class selection process will be determined by the completion of admission requirements and slots will be filled by order of those who have completed all requirements.  

The NDSCS website has more information, where you can also apply for the paramedic program.

For assistance with course options and registration, contact the program director:

paramedics with patient

Tom Dobrzynski, BS, NRP
2215 18th St. S.
Fargo, ND 58103
(701) 566-0481, (701) 364-1737

The Sanford Health EMS Education/NDSCS Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
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To contact CoAEMSP:
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Program Outcomes

Rates 2013 2014 2015  20163 year Average
NREMT Cognitive Exam Pass Rate 100% 92% 100%  **88%95%
NREMT Practical Exam Pass Rate 100% 100% 100%  100%100%
*Retention 58% 61% 82%  92%73%

* New admission standards implemented in 2015.

** 2016 still testing