Train to assess and manage patients who are acutely ill or seriously injured.

As part of the paramedic program, you'll experience:

  • Actual patient care in hospital and pre-hospital settings
  • Laboratory simulation
  • Classroom lecture
  • Classroom demonstration

Coursework spans five semesters, with the last semester spent in internship and professional development. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Sioux Falls at the Health Sciences Center, with a lab day one Saturday a month to focus on practical skills. The program is operated through a joint partnership between the School of Health Sciences and Sanford USD Medical Center for Pre-Hospital Care and Emergency Preparedness.

For more information about the paramedic specialization, contact


Now accepting applications for fall 2019.

Early Look: March 15, 2019

Final Deadline: May 15, 2019

*Applicants must apply to USD before applying to the paramedic program

Apply to the Paramedic Program

Students must be certified emergency medical technicians (EMTs) prior to starting.

Request information on becoming an EMT

To apply, complete each of the following forms and return to:

Rachelle Kotnour
University of South Dakota - School of Health Sciences
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069


Application Checklist
Paramedic Application
Core Performance Standards Acknowledgement Form
Physical Exam Form
Fisdap Entrance Exam Account Information
Fisdap Entrance Exam Instructions
Health Affairs Immunization Requirements
Student Verified Credentials Instructions


The University of South Dakota Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status 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. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111‐312
Rowlett, TX 75088
FAX 214‐703‐8992

Name Department & Office Contact
Rachelle Kotnour
  • Advisor
Lee Medicine & Science Hall 149