Paramedic Technology | Casper College, Wyoming

Paramedic Technology

Casper College paramedic training simulation

Paramedics are often one of the first to arrive at an emergency scene and are specially trained to provide pre-hospital care and transport of patients.

The paramedic technology program at Casper College is health science based and prepares you to provide immediate primary emergency care under the direction of a physician.

You will develop the knowledge and skills needed to be:

  • Certified by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians-Paramedic
  • Licensed by the state of Wyoming as an EMT-Paramedic

The program has a 70% retention rate. Program graduates have a 90% first-time pass rate on these written and practical exams.

All graduates of the program are successfully employed in EMS.

Also, our instructors continue to work in the profession. By doing so, they can keep up with the ever-changing field.

How long does it take to complete this program?

Clinical and field experiences add months to the process of earning an associate degree, which is sometimes thought of as a two-year degree. At Casper College, paramedic technology program usually takes between two-and-a-half to three years.

Employment info

Graduates often work at fire departments, EMS companies, dispatch centers, and hospitals. They volunteer with an EMS or fire service. Opportunity also exists in the industrial setting.

Certified paramedics in Wyoming can expect to earn $25,000 to $35,000 a year. Paramedics in the nation's larger cities make up to $48,000.

Degree info

This program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

For requirements and more information about this program, view its listing in the academic catalog:

The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA), the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE), and the International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics (IAFCCP) released a joint position paper on the importance in getting your associate's degree: 

"... the time has come for paramedicine to join the community of health professions that require a college degree. We believe that a two-year associate degree is the appropriate entry level of education for practitioners at the current paramedic level. In addition, we believe that paramedics involved in specialized practice, such as flight paramedics and community paramedics, among others, should be required to complete upper level undergraduate coursework up to and including a bachelor's degree as a prerequisite to specialty certification. These requirements should apply to paramedics entering our profession and we recommend the EMS community within the United States enact such requirements by 2025."

How to get into paramedic school

We accept 12 students into the program every academic year.

You must apply for the paramedic technology program separate and in addition to the Casper College admission application. Both the application packet and written interview form must be completed.

Interested in studying online?

We offer the paramedic technology program in the classroom setting or partially online.

  • We try to limit the online cohort to six students.
  • Online students attend class online but are also required to travel to Casper every two to four weeks for lab sessions.
  • Online students need dependable internet service and a computer capable of streaming.
  • Preference is given to students who are not located in the Casper area.
  • To apply for online participation, complete the appropriate information on the application sheet. This application is separate and in addition to the main Casper College admission application.
Advance placement

We also accept applications for entrance into the paramedic technology advanced placement program. For more information about this program, contact the program director or clinical coordinator.

What is the difference between an "EMT" and a "Paramedic"?

The state of Wyoming has three levels of emergency medical technicians:

  • EMT-Basic
  • EMT-Intermediate
  • EMT-Paramedic

At the basic level, all emergency life-support providers transport patients on an ambulance.

But EMT-Paramedics train in the use of many emergency procedures that other levels of EMTs do not. Also, EMT-Paramedics administer many medications that other technicians are not authorized to administer.

An EMT-Basic course is approximately 160 hours in Wyoming. Basic EMTs provide initial and ongoing assessment and treatment for a patient. Wyoming EMT-Basics are well trained in basic life support. They also care for the trauma or medical patient. Basics assist patients with certain prescribed medications such as breathing inhalers or nitroglycerin. Wyoming EMT-Basics cannot provide invasive treatments.

The next level of EMT is the EMT-Intermediate. In Wyoming, the length of the course is dependent on the intermediate courses taken. Intermediate students must also spend time in the emergency room to start IV access. Students will also hone assessment skill in the emergency room.

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic is the highest level of EMT. The classroom time and clinical time required to become a paramedic is at least 1,200 hours. Classroom time is much more in-depth. Students focus on the abnormal physiology of various disease processes. Students look at pharmacology and medication administration. They learn about traumatic injury and medical emergencies. They learn critical thinking involved in caring for the ill or injured person. Students have increased exposure to a variety of emergencies. This also allows students the ability to connect their learning in the classroom and lab.

Accreditation details

The Casper College Paramedic Technology Education Program 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).

To contact CAAHEP: Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756; 727-210-2350; www.caahep.org.

To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088; 214-703-8445 (phone); 214-703-8992 (fax); www.coaemsp.org.

Contact

Academic Assistant, School of Health Science
Office: HS 202
307-268-2235
Paramedic Program Director
Office: LH 294
307-268-2693
Interim Dean, School of Health Science
Office: HS 202A
307-268-2495