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Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Director: Joel Henderson

A hybrid option is available for this program. Please contact the Program Director for more information.

Program Website

Program Application  (Fall 2019 application available February 15th)

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel play a primary role in providing care and transportation of the sick and injured in a pre-hospital setting. GFC MSU offers an AAS degree for the Paramedic program.

Upon completion of the Paramedic program, students will be prepared to sit for the National Registry Certification Examination to gain licensure and begin a successful career as a top-level pre-hospital care provider.

The Paramedic program is nationally accredited through CAAHEP, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, in collaboration with CoAEMSP, the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.

Admission Requirements

The Great Falls College MSU Paramedic Program is a limited enrollment program, accepting a restricted number of students each year. Interested students are urged to contact the Program Director or the Advising & Career Center Advisors for student advising specific to program admission requirements and criteria for program acceptance.

Eligibility for Admission into the Paramedic Program

All eligibility forms and documents are enclosed in the Paramedic Program Information and Application Packet.

To be eligible to apply for admission into the Paramedic Program, applicants must:

  • Be admitted to Great Falls College MSU
  • Be in good academic standing

Required Paramedic program admissions qualifications include:

  • Current National Registry Certification as an EMT
  • EMT or AEMT state licensure prior to enrollment
  • Current certification in BLS HCP (CPR)
  • A math course in the MUS Core with a grade of at least C-
  • WRIT 101 College Writing I or higher with a grade of at least C-
  • BIOH 104 Basic Human Biology & Lab or higher with a grade of at least C-
  • AHMS 142 Intro to Medical Terminology or higher with a grade of at least C-

Graduates are prepared to:

Program Cognitive Objective:

  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to his role as an entry-level Paramedic in Cascade County, the State of Montana, and the U.S.

Program Psychomotor Objective:

  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of entry-level Paramedic in Cascade County, the State of Montana, and the U.S.

Program Affective Objective:

  • Demonstrate professional and employer expectations for the entry level Paramedic in Cascade County, the State of Montana, and the U.S.

Estimated Resident Program Cost*

Tuition and Fees $8,544
Application Fee $30
Lab Fees $948
Ambulance Third Rider $480
Books/Supplies $2,419
Total $12,420

Many students need preliminary math, science, and writing courses before enrolling in the program requirements. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement before planning out their full program schedules.

GFC MSU Additional Graduation Requirement

COLS 103Becoming a Successful Student +1

General Education Prerequisite Requirements

Fall Semester
AHMS 142Intro to Medical Terminology +1
ECP 131EMT with Clinical +7
M 121College Algebra (OR Any math course in the MUS Core ) **,+3
WRIT 101College Writing I **,+3
Spring Semester
BIOH 104Basic Human Biology & Lab **,+4
Electives ***7
Select one of the following: +
COMX 115Intro to Interpersonal Communc +3
PSYX 100Introduction to Psychology +3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology +3

Degree Requirements After Formal Acceptance into the Paramedic Program

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ECP 203 Fundamentals of Advanced Care *,+ 3
ECP 209 Paramedic I *,+ 3
ECP 210 Paramedic II *,+ 3
ECP 211 Paramedic I/II Lab *,+ 2
ECP 212 Advanced Cardiac Life Support *,+ 1
ECP 215 Clinical I *,+ 3
HTH 140 Pharmacology for HC Providers + 2
ECP 237 Paramedic III *,+ 3
ECP 238 Paramedic IV *,+ 3
ECP 239 Paramedic III/IV Lab *,+ 2
ECP 241 Pediatric Advanced Life Supprt *,+ 1
ECP 245 Clinical II *,+ 4
ECP 240 Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Suppt *,+ 1
ECP 298 Field Internship *,+ 6
 Total Credits37