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/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
Rachelle Kotnour
  • Advisor
Julian Hall 218