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Paramedic Fire Science, AAS

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Total Credits: 68

Major Number: 5918
CIP Code: 43.0203

Program Description

This degree program prepares students to enter the dual-role profession of paramedic/firefighter, which is a model utilized by many municipalities locally, out-state, and across the country. The program will prepare individuals to recognize, assess, manage, and treat medical and trauma emergencies, with a focus on emergency surgical procedures; equipment operation and maintenance; patient stabilization, monitoring, and care; drug administration; identification and preliminary diagnosis of diseases and injuries; communication and computer operations; basic anatomy, physiology, pathology, and toxicology; and professional standards and regulation.  A focus on the theory and practice of fires and fire-fighting will include instruction in fire chemistry and physics; combustible materials; computer science; building construction, fire codes and related laws, fire hydraulics; fire command; fire prevention/inspection; fire protection systems; fire suppression systems; fire/arson investigation; occupational safety; communications; and equipment operation.

Program Prerequisites

  1. A completed Century College application
  2. A complete Paramedic Fire Science AAS Degree Program Special Application and Program Readiness Form found at www.century.edu/programs/paramedic-fire-science.
  3. A copy of your official high school transcript verifying graduation or an official GED certificate
  4. Copy of current state EMT certification.
  5. Current certification/license in Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Hazardous Materials Operations OR current enrollment in/concurrently enrolled in/completion of FRTA 1091 , FRTA 1092 , and FRTA 1095  with grades of C or higher.

Special Instructions

  1. A completed Century College general admission application.  
  2. Complete the Century College Paramedic Fire Science Special Application and Program Readiness Determination Form checklist and send to kim.schmitzer@century.edu or mail to Century College, Paramedic Program, 3300 Century Avenue North, White Bear Lake, MN 55110. 
  3. Deadlines for Application and selection process - The Program has an application deadline determined on a semester-by-semester basis. Once all required documentation is received, your application file will be considered complete and you will receive an acceptance letter. Selection is made on a first-come, firstserved basis. Please be aware that this program has a limited enrollment. If the class size limit is met before your file is complete, you will be placed on a wait list and your application will be deferred until the next available start date.
  4. The purchase of a tablet device (9.5 x 7.5) by the student is required for the program to support the use of electronic textbooks, medical applications, and practicum materials. 
  5. Access to structural firefighting gear (including self-contained breathing apparatus) or rental may be required. 
  6. Students must successfully pass the MN Human Services Department and National background studies with no restrictions, to be eligible to participate in required clinical/field experiences. Background checks will be processed during the semester.

Program Requirements

Total Credits: 52

Career/Occupational Elective Requirements


MnTC/General Education Requirements

Total Credits: 7

Goal 2: Critical Thinking

Fulfilled when all MnTC goals for this degree are complete.

Goal 3 and/or 4: Natural Sciences/Math/Logical Reasoning

Minimum of 3 credits; one course from either Goal 3 and/or Goal 4.
NOTE: Goal 3 courses do not have to be lab courses. Goal 4 courses must be numbered between MATH 1025  and MATH 1082 , or PHIL 1041  

Goal 5: History/Social/Behavioral Sciences

Minimum of 3 credits.

Total Credits: 3

Goal 6: Humanities/Fine Arts

Minimum of 3 credits.

Total Credits: 3

Goals 7-10: Theme Goals

Three credits in one Goal area selected from Goals 7, 8, 9 or 10 are required. Many courses from Goals 1-6 also meet Goals 7-10. One course may fulfill a maximum of two Goals. Credits count only once.

Goal 7: Human Diversity

Goal 8: Global Perspectives

Goal 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility

Goal 10: People and the Environment

Total Credits: 16

MnTC Elective Requirements


Additional Elective Requirements


Additional Requirements


Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.

This program is intended primarily for employment preparation rather than transfer to a four-year institution. Some courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges.  If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan.    The EMSE program has  articulation agreements with the following Universities and majors:

St. Mary’s University-Minnesota               

  • BA Healthcare Administration

Bethel University                                      

  • BA Organizational Leadership

Metropolitan State University                   

  • BA Organizational Management

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Perform the paramedic psychomotor skills mandated by the National EMS Standard Curriculum (as assessed by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians).
  • Demonstrate the cognitive and affective skills and competencies mandated by the National EMS Standard Curriculum.
  • Perform the psychomotor skills mandated by the National Fire Protection education standards.
  • Demonstrate the cognitive skills and competencies mandated by the National Fire Protection education standards.

Program Contact Information

Chris Caulkins, Faculty, 651.779.5743 Room 1242B East
Kim Schmitzer, Faculty, 651.779.5798 Room 2297 East

Course Sequence

Please note that this is a cohort course sequence for program completion/graduation to be able to take the National Registry certification exams. The General Education courses listed in the following plan may be taken prior but must be completed by the end of third semester (Summer).

Firefighter 1, Firefighter 2, and Hazmat Operations certifications must be completed and accepted for transfer by the Century College Paramedic Fire Science AAS degree program prior to Fall Semester start, OR the student must be concurrently enrolled in said courses for completion by the end of Fall Semester.  

Students are recommended to contact Paramedic Fire Science program faculty with any questions and for guidance. For detailed program information see the Century College Paramedic Fire Science website at www.century.edu/paramedicfire.  

This information is subject to change.

Total Credits: 18

Spring Semester 2

Total Credits: 20

Total Credits: 20

Total Credits: 10


This information is subject to change. Changes and updates are posted on century.edu

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