The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Diploma program is designed to prepare students for all aspects in emergency patient care. The EMS system encompasses a wide field of personnel who respond to emergencies in many different careers across the nation. Occupations that support EMS are: ambulance services, emergency room and urgent care facilities, rest and group homes, career firefighters, law enforcement, treatment centers, security services, the Department of Corrections, government services, public utility services, airline attendants, airports, casinos, sport and entertainment centers, ski slope responders, sport trainers and coaches, fishing and hiking guides, forest and park rangers, and rescue teams.
The courses are delivered in a lecture/lab configuration in which the student must take an active role in lecture and a self-directed approach in lab. Clinical/patient care experience is a required component of the EMS course and is scheduled with hospitals and other emergency healthcare services. All unit courses are available as stand-alone courses; courses taken stand-alone are not eligible for financial aid. The Diploma Program may fulfill all prerequisites for some Paramedic programs.
Minnesota Law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and/or residents at a health care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health; have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate at a clinical site. The student has the right to request reconsideration of the disqualification. For consideration to continue in the program, the student must request reconsideration and provide a copy of such request. The student is responsible for requesting the Commissioner to reconsider the disqualification. The College will withdraw any student who is disqualified by the Minnesota Department of Health.
The Anoka Technical College EMS Program follows the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) curriculum and is approved by the State of Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB). The EMSRB issues the state certification and requires a background check. Upon successful completion of the course, the student is eligible to take the EMSRB skills examination and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) written examination. Upon successful completion of both the EMSRB and NREMT examinations, the students will receive State of Minnesota certification and National Registration.