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Emergency Medical Services Department Overview


Rapid Response to Help People
South Central College’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) programs educate you to provide emergency care essential to helping people in crisis. As the most highly trained pre-hospital emergency care provider in the EMS field, the Paramedic accepts the challenging responsibility for patient care and directs others to carry out treatment plans. The Emergency Medical Technician program and the Emergency Medical Responder training focus on the public service field such as ambulance personnel, law enforcement officer, fire and rescue personnel or industry safety officer. If you are interested in a fast-paced job in the medical field, check out the Emergency Medical Services programs at South Central College.

The EMS offerings at South Central College include credit and hour based instruction ranging from the more comprehensive Intensive Care Paramedic training to CPR and First Aid Training. For current Paramedics the college offers additional training in the Advanced Medical Services Paramedic track. South Central College provides an assortment of options to train you for work in Emergency Medical Services.

The Emergency Medical Service Program Includes Training In:

  • CPR
  • Airway Management
  • Cardiac Care
  • Trauma Care
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Special Populations
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Incident Management
  • Rescue

Employment Outlook
The South Central College Emergency Medical Services programs offer numerous options for a career in the emergency medical field. Employment opportunities for you are varied in nature and depend on your career goals.

  SCC Market Area Minnesota National
2014 Jobs 508 4,190 240,574
2019 Jobs 560 4,536 268,591
Growth % 10.3% 8.2% 11.6%
Average Hourly Wage $12.18 $16.46 $14.91
Average Annual Wage
(based on 40 hours worked per week)
$25,330 $34,240 $31,000

Source: QCEW data compiled by Economic Modeling Specialist, Inc.

Department Faculty

Brenda Baldwin,   Nona Niemeier

Emergency Medical Services Majors