Paramedicine - Associate of Applied Science
- Most of the application is online; however, you will need to upload several documents.
- Please note via the application instructions (pdf), that the last page of the instructions is a Job Shadow form that will need to be printed, taken to your job shadowing session(s), signed off by the technologist that you shadow with, and uploaded to your online application.
- Access the detailed application instructions and the onlline application link, which is imbedded in the instructions, on our Health Professions Programs' Application webpage (https://mc.umt.edu/health/applications).
Missoula College of the University of Montana implemented a new Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in paramedicine to begin in Fall Semester 2020. The college is partnering with Missoula Emergency Services, Inc (MESI) to provide this 16-month program.
The primary goal of the Missoula Paramedic Program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.
This program prepares students to provide emergency medical care to victims of illness, accident or injury, assessing patients and performing critical medical interventions. As members of the allied healthcare team, Paramedics work as part of a comprehensive EMS response, applying their advanced knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to provide advanced life support care to patients.
Paramedics are employed by ambulance services, fire departments, within hospitals and as members of emergency flight crews. They employ life-saving strategies such as managing airways, establishing vascular access, performing CPR and administering pharmaceuticals, often while transporting patients to critical care facilities. Students who demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning, civic engagement, and service to their communities are invited to apply.
Missoula College’s Paramedicine Program is delivered through a community partnership with Missoula Emergency Services, Inc., which has been training paramedics since the 1980s. The Program is a candidate for Accreditation by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Admission to the program is competitive, and requires prior completion of 16 credits of pre-requisite coursework, as well as a current National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Certification. The Program’s core classes begin every fall semester and include 57 credits of classroom and laboratory instruction, as well as hundreds of hours of experiential, hands-on clinical training within hospitals and aboard ambulances.
Student progress is evaluated in the classroom through testing of cognitive knowledge, and in labs and clinical rotations through observation of the technical and psychomotor skills used in the profession. The Program maintains high standards for ethical and professional behavior. Upon graduating, the student qualifies for an examination administered by the NREMT, successful completion of which earns a national certification and allows the individual to practice in all states.
U.S. Department of Education Notice
The U.S. Department of Education now requires that all programs leading to State Licensure or National Certification must disclose whether or not their program meets the requirements of Licensure in each state.
The Paramedicine Program at Missoula College -- UM has not yet made a determination regarding whether our curriculum meets requirements for licensure by examination in states outside of Montana.
The University of Montana catalog details degree specific credits and course requirements.
- Cyndi Stary - Administrative Associate, Department of Health Professions
Office: MC 441
- Dan Funsch - MS, RT(R) - Program Academic Advisor
Office: MC 420
- Dave McEvoy - MS, NRP & CC Paramedic - Program Director
Phone at Missoula College: 406-243-7904
Office at Missoula College: MC 326
MESI Ambulance Training Officer
Phone at MESI: 406-549-2325
Office at MESI: Missoula Emergency Services, Inc., 2680 Palmer St., Missoula, MT
- Kathy Andress - MESI Education Director
Office: Missoula Emergency Services, Inc., 2680 Palmer St., Missoula, MT