Paramedic Training in South Dakota

South Dakota requires that all paramedics be licensed by the state in order to practice or work.

Paramedic Training in South Dakota

· You must be at least 18 years old.

· You must be a high school graduate or have a GED.

· You need to have your EMT-Basic license for the state of SD.  Remember that being state licensed/certified is not the same thing as being Nationally Registered.  The NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) is a non-governmental agency that registers and maintains a database of certified EMTs.  You can learn more at

· You will likely be asked by a college/paramedic program to provide references, as well as show proof of immunizations (such as Hepatitis B), and likely submit him or herself to a criminal background and/or drug screening.  Things like a valid driver’s license and a copy of one’s Social Security card, too, will need to be provided.

· If you’re an international student, a school may ask you to provide more information and/or require you to take the English language test TOEFL.

· You will also need to provide proof of their CPR certification and/or ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification, as well.

Paramedic School in South Dakota

Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their programs:

Lake Area Technical Institute  – Watertown, SD
230 11th St NE
Watertown, SD – 57201-0730

Rapid City Fire Department
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
10 Main Street
Rapid City, SD 57701

Sanford Health
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
1305 W 18th St
Route 5684
Sioux Falls , SD 57117

Western Dakota Technical Institute – Rapid City, SD
800 Mickelson Drive
Rapid City, SD – 57703


Paramedic training courses can typically be found at community colleges.

Generally, an EMT-P course often provides students with a mixture of classroom and in-hospital clinical experience, as well as some field experience.

You will want to make sure that whichever paramedic training program in South Dakota you select is an accredited program.

Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in South Dakota?

In general, make sure you visit the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( to find an accredited paramedic training program.  This is important, because as of January 1, 2013, all students will need to complete paramedic education at an accredited school in order to take the paramedic NREMT exam.

South Dakota has a couple of options in this area as Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls has an accredited paramedic program, as does Lake Area Technical Institute in Watertown.

Do I need EMT experience to apply to a paramedic training program?

No, usually you don’t.  There are many students who take the National Registry exam for EMTs, pass it successfully, and immediately enroll into a paramedic program without ever riding in an ambulance.  Some programs do however recommend students have EMT experience, as they believe it serves the students better both in class and in the field.

How long will it take me to become a paramedic

Typically, you can expect to participate in a program anywhere from six months to two years.

How much will a paramedic training program cost?

The cost of a program ranges from school to school, and certainly state to state.   But typically, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 for a paramedic program.  Tuition costs can certainly exceed this amount, however.


After you successfully complete the required paramedic training course, you will want to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam.  This is both a computer adaptive test (cognitive examination) as well as a skills test (psychomotor examination).

Cognitive Examination

The cognitive examination will cover the entire spectrum of EMS care.  This includes Airway, Ventilation, Oxygenation, Trauma, Cardiology, Medical, and EMS Operations.  The maximum amount of time you will be given to pass this portion of the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Psychomotor Examination

The psychomotor examination consists of 12 separate skills laid out in a scenario-type format to approximate the abilities of the EMT-Paramedic to function in the out-of-hospital setting.  Those taking the test are actually allowed to bring their own equipment to the exam provided it is approved for testing by the National Registry Representative in attendance at the examination.

The psychomotor exam portion of the paramedic NREMT exam will test your knowledge and competency in each of the following skills: Patient Assessment-Trauma, Ventilatory Management, Cardiac Management Skills, IV and Medication Skills, Oral Station, Pediatric Skills, and Random Basic Skills.


In South Dakota, you must be state licensed in order to work as a paramedic.  Paramedics are licensed through the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners.

How much money does a paramedic make annually?

An average paramedic salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011, is about $34,030 per year.

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