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

We are no longer taking applications for the paramedic specialization. However, students interested in becoming a paramedic may be able to take advantage of transfer agreements between the University of South Dakota and area technical and community colleges.

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


The University of South Dakota/Sanford Health Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Hwy 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, Florida 33763

Name Department & Office Contact
Michelle Eccher
  • Academic Advisor/Recruiter
Julian Hall 216