Paramedic Program

Paramedic Students training in ambulance bayOverview

The paramedic program at Mat-Su College offers a diversified educational experience designed to develop strong field provider skills, as well as management and leadership training among other EMS members. This experience-based learning program involves comprehensive classroom lecture, practical skills training, and real world clinical experiences in the pre-hospital and hospital environments.

Students can attend 100% in person or online with occasional site visits to Mat-Su College each semester for one-week lab intensives. All paramedic students have the opportunity to train in a state of the art facility with live ambulance bay and simulation technology. The paramedic program offers an Associate of Applied Science through University of Alaska Anchorage. The successful student will become a Nationally Registered Paramedic with the ability to function as a team member on an advanced life support ambulance.


CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020.

2020 Paramedic Program Statistics (based on the latest CoAEMSP Annual Report)

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam.  100%
The most recent positive placement rate for graduates. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as 'Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military'. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program  100% (6 out of 6)
 The most recent retention rate.  85.7% (6 out of 7)

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) 


Academic advising is crucial when considering paramedicine as an area of study. The AAS in Paramedical Technology is a competitive program offering a limited number of spaces to qualified students. Mat-Su College advisors are available year-round to explain the different options and guide students in selecting appropriate prerequisite courses.

Outcomes of the Paramedic Program

  • Learn how to provide pre-hospital emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients.
  • Learn to assess and manage patients with emergency medical needs.
  • Train with the latest technology in classrooms, collaborative training events at local and regional hospitals, and during a preceptor internship with local ambulance services.


Pursuing a career as a paramedic is a rewarding choice.

Paramedics play an important role in every community, here in Alaska, in other states, and around the world.

Paramedics are an integral part of the front line team of health care professionals who save lives and provide for the public safety of the community. 

In essence, a Paramedic is able to provide care on a level that is at the same level as an emergency room.

Paramedics provide advanced treatment while EMT's do basic-level life support like bandaging, airway management, and CPR.

Learn about career prospects in this field

Paramedic Advisory Board

  • Ex-officio (non-voting) Members
    Talis Colberg, College Director, MSC  
    Barbara Coopes, Medical Director, MSC
    Paul Perry, Paramedic Program Director, MSC
    Tiffani Perry, Clinical Coordinator, KPC/MSC
  • Voting Members
    Lisa Behrens, Simulation Network Coordinator, UAA |COH
    Tim Benningfield, Chugiak FD
    Lezelda Fiebig, 
    Tracey Loscar, Operations Chief, Mat-Su EMS
    Thomas P Meyer, Fire Training Specialist, AFD
    Erich Scheunemann, Assistant Chief, AFD
    Lee Thompson, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Civilian Seat
    Patricia Vincent, Training Coordinator, Southern Regional EMSC
    Open, Current Paramedic Student


The Associate of Applied Science Paramedic program exceeds Alaska and National standards.

We are regionally accredited by: the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program.

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

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158,  Clearwater, FL 33763
Ph:  727-210-2350
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312, Rowlett, TX 75088
Ph:  214-703-8445
Fax 214-703-8992

* Paramedic Program statistics for Kenai Peninsula College are also available online.