Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

EMT courses run fall and spring semester.

EMT Fall 2022 Course Information

EMS Program Plan


“EMT/Paramedics are trained to provide medical care to people who have suffered from an illness or an injury outside of the hospital setting. EMTs and Paramedics work under protocols approved by a physician medical director to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies and transport patients to definitive medical care. EMTs provide basic life support, and EMT/Paramedics provide advanced life support.”

Mesabi Range Paramedic students participate in regional disaster drills, joint training sessions with area public safety agencies and get a great learning experience.

Paramedic training is composed of in-classroom, didactic instruction; in-hospital clinical practice; and a supervised field internship on an ambulance. Courses typically are competency-based and supported by performance assessments. Instruction provides students with knowledge of acute and critical changes in physiology, psychological and clinical symptoms that they might encounter in an emergency medical situation.

Paramedic Program Planners

Requirements for the Program

  • A Paramedic student is expected to be a high school graduate or the equivalent.
  • A student must be current in their CPR Certification as well as their EMT Certification. Students must remain current with these certifications throughout the program.

This video was designed and created by students in Mesabi Range College’s Graphic Design Media program in collaboration with the faculty and students of the Paramedic program.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for paramedics include: private or public ambulance companies, hospitals, community paramedic, industry and city health agencies, fire departments and law enforcement agencies. Park services, ski patrols, and other groups in many countries often educate their personnel to become EMTs or paramedics as part of their duties. This prepares students to write the National Registry Paramedic Exam.

Paramedic Textbook

Paramedic Care: Principles and Practice, 4th edition, volumes 1-7 by Brady

ISBN-13: 978-0-13-211208-6

EMT Textbook

Coming Soon!


The Mesabi Range College Paramedic Program serves to meet the training needs for the out-of-hospital care of the community, establish goals to meet those needs, and evaluate the partner programs relative to those needs in order to achieve the highest level of training in advanced pre-hospital care.

Guiding principles of the program are:

  • To prepare future field clinicians for a successful career in Emergency Medical Services or an associated medical field.
  • To develop effective communication, interpersonal relationships, problem-solving, decision-making, and critical-thinking skills of pre-hospital care in future leaders of EMS.
  • To promote professionalism.
  • To promote an appreciation for and participation in lifelong learning activities in education in the State of Minnesota, the United States, and globally.
  • To continually assess and improve the scope, depth, and quality of the program offerings.
  • To use and promote a research-oriented model for the study and development of the EMS field.
  • To offer an academic framework for EMS offerings in order to facilitate and provide transferable college credit which will encourage and enhance academic degree completion by current field clinicians, educators, and managers.
  • To adhere to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Emergency Medical Service Regulatory Board (EMSRB) standards and objectives to assure proficient entry-level paramedics through nationally recognized written and practical skill examinations.


“The Paramedic program of Mesabi Range College is accredited by the Commission on 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).”

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756

Outcome Results

In accordance with CAAHEP requirements, the following outcomes have been achieved by students in our paramedic program. The acceptable threshold for each category is established by CAAHEP as being 70%.

There was not a graduating paramedic cohort for 2019, therefore the absence of Outcomes for calendar year 2019

Year(s) National Registry Written Pass Rate National Registry Practical Pass Rate Retention Job Placement
2016-2017 76.5% 94% 94.4% 76.5%
2017-2018 88.9% 100% 90% 88.9%
2018-2019 No graduates No Graduates No Graduates No Graduates
2019-2020 83.3% N/A 70.6% 91.7%


The EMS program at Mesabi Range College is licensed to teach EMR, EMT, and Paramedic curriculum by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board.

Accreditation - Click here (PDF)

Why is accreditation important?

In November 2007, the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) voted to require that paramedic applicants for certification graduate from an “accredited” paramedic program effective January 1, 2013. The NREMT is requiring programmatic accreditation as outlined in the EMS Education Agenda for the Future. Institutional accreditation does not meet the purpose of accreditation outlined in the Agenda. Therefore, the NREMT will be requiring accreditation by the CoAEMSP.

EMS Links



National Registry of EMTs

Paramedic Standards / Curricula


Psychomotor Examination

Preceptor Training


Program Coordinator

Lead Instructor