Paramedicine

Program Applications

  • Applications are accepted every spring for fall admission.  The application cycle usually opens mid-February with a mid-April submission deadline.
  • Access the detailed application instructions and the application link, on our Health Professions Programs' Application webpage (https://mc.umt.edu/health/applications).

Program Overview

Dave McEvoy, MS, NRP and CC Paramedic, Program Director

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.

Accreditation Status

The University of Montanan Missoula College Paramedic program holds a Letter of Review, which is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, but is a status granted by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP:
214-703-8445
www.coaemsp.org

Program Outcomes

  • Missoula College Paramedicine Program Retention (Completion) Rates
    • 2020:  No reporting data (initial year of program so no graduating class that year)
  • Missoula College Paramedicine Program NREMT Paramedic Exam Pass Rates
    • 2021:  100.0% (initial graduation class of the program)
    • 2020:  No reporting data (initial year of program so no graduating class that year)
  • Missoula College Paramedicine Program Positive Placement Rates
    • 2020:  No reporting data (initial year of program so no graduating class that year)

Working Outside of Montana After Graduation 

Once graduates have successfully passed all certification exams required in Montana, they may be eligible to apply for certification in other states. 

If you are considering working outside of Montana after graduating from a Montana paramedicine program, please do your research. The information below may provide you the information you need to choose a location that is right for you.

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 every state outside of Montana.  See below for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians for further information.

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

The National Registry of EMTs is an independent, not-for-profit organization. National EMS Certification is not a license to practice, but is the process utilized to validate competent practice by EMS professionals. For information about licensure, contact the Office of EMS in the state you desire to work. https://www.nremt.org/ 

State EMS Agency Map:  https://www.nremt.org/resources/state-ems-offices 

Curriculum

Degree-specific Requirements

The University of Montana catalog details degree specific credits and course requirements.

  • Subject:  Paramedicine
  • Type:  Associate of Applied Science
  • Program Handout: Includes program overview, course list by semester, and cost.

Contact Information

  • Dave McEvoy - MS, NRP & CC Paramedic - Program Director/Advisor  
    Email at Missoula College:  Dave.McEvoy@umontana.edu 
    Phone at Missoula College: 406-243-7904
    Office at Missoula College:  MC 326
    MESI Ambulance Training Officer
    Email at MESI:   DMcEvoy@missoulaparamedics.com
    Phone at MESI:   406-549-2325
    Office at MESI:  Missoula Emergency Services, Inc., 2680 Palmer St., Missoula, MT
  • Marcus Granger - BSRN, CC Paramedic  - Lead Instructor
    Email:   Marcus.Granger@mso.umt.edu
    Office:  MC 325
  • MESI Office
    Phone:  406-549-2325
    Website contact form: https://www.missoulaems.com/contact 
    Office:  Missoula Emergency Services, Inc., 2680 Palmer St., Missoula, MT