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Paramedic Technology

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 is an allied health professional whose goal and focus is to provide high-quality basic life support and care for all patients. Paramedics also provide advanced level assessments and care and interventions for patients whose condition requires a higher level of care and intervention while being transported to definitive care.

What are the features of Casper’s program?

The paramedic technology program at Casper College is health science based. Upon successful completion, you are eligible to sit for the National Registry of EMT’s cognitive and psychomotor exams. Once successfully completed, you are eligible to apply for licensure or certification in any of the 50 states and begin working in your career at your new licensure level, enhancing the already exceptional care that you provide.

Current program faculty include providers that have amassed over 200 years of experience in a variety of delivery models, including private service, fire-based transport and nontransport, critical care ground and flight, besides law enforcement and tactical emergency medical services.

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, the paramedic technology program is a five-semester, 1400 hour program.

What can I do with this major?

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.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

You have to meet certain pre-requisites separate and in addition to admission to Casper College.

Paramedic

Program-specific applications are accepted in the spring — Jan. 1 through March 15 — for fall admission. Applicants must hold a current National Registry of EMTs card at the EMT or AEMT level. Applicants must also hold a current state license at the EMT, AEMT or IEMT level. Applicants must also have a current American Heart Association BLS card. In order for students to have an appropriate workload during the program, it is strongly recommended that prospective students complete all prerequisites and general education requirements before beginning the paramedic technology A.S. degree program.

We accept 12 to 16 students per year, including traditional and hybrid online cohorts. The course is taught in a hybrid online format as well as an in-person class. To take part in the hybrid format, the student can attend lectures online via ZOOM but must physically attend scheduled labs in-person at the college.

Advanced Placement Paramedic

Program-specific applications are accepted in the fall — Oct.1 through Dec. 15 — for summer admission. Applicants must hold a current National Registry of EMTs card at the AEMT level. Applicants must also hold a current state license at the IEMT level. Applicants will also have two-three years of experience at the IEMT level. Applicants must also have a current American Heart Association BLS card in addition to AHA ACLS and PALS. Applicants will also complete a cognitive and psychomotor exam before acceptance. In order for students to have an appropriate workload during the program, it is strongly recommended that applicants complete all prerequisites and general education requirements before beginning the advanced placement paramedic technology A.S. degree program.

The number of advance placement students accepted into the program depends on clinical availability.

How to get into paramedic school

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.

What courses would I take?

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:

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Learning more about other EMS educational and training opportunities provided by Casper College

  • emergency medical technician
  • advanced emergency medical technician
  • intermediate emergency medical technician
  • community EMS technician and clinician

Interested in online learning?

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 program application (online Google Form). This application is separate and in addition to the main Casper College admission application.

Why get an associate degree?

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 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.”

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.

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Program learning outcomes:

Students who completed the Casper College Paramedic Technology Program in 2018 had a 100% pass rate when completing the National Registry of EMTs written exam. Of our 2018 graduates, 88.9% were employed within six months, with many hired before graduation. Of the students starting the program, 81.8% successfully completed the program.

Contact Info

Lupe Kerr

Academic Assistant, School of Health Science

Russ Christianson

Paramedic Technology Program Director

Jeff McCarty

Dean, School of Health Science