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The School of Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

The Avera McKennan School of EMS is transitioning to our new name, School of EMS.  We are committed to the success of each student, exceeding the goals set forth within our accreditation, and improving the clinical standard of the EMS field.  We are excited about this transition and the opportunities that it provides, not only for the program but all those that it serves.  If you have any questions regarding the transition, please feel free to discuss them with your instructor or Julie Swenson, Program Manager.

The School of EMS is an innovative, professional emergency medical program offering the finest in out-of-hospital programs and the highest National Registry exam pass rate of any program in the region.

Explore our Programs

Choose an option to find out more about the program, including course details, registration instructions and more.

Why Choose Our Program?

  • Earn a paramedic certificate in one year.
  • Experience exciting hands on educational experience, with our main campus right here in Sioux Falls.
  • Day, evening, and weekend classes are available.
  • We have the highest pass rate for the National Registry exam of any program in the region.
  • Starting salaries between $35,000 and $55,000.
  • Our program costs less than $7,500.
  • Financial aid is available.

Current Student Resources

Students have access to our innovative resources and experienced staff throughout the program. Use the links on this page to access information if you are currently a School of EMS student.

Paramedic Alumni Connections

If you are a graduate of the School of EMS paramedic program, connect with your classmates and others on Facebook. We would love to have photos of every class, starting with the class of 1984-85! Visit us on Facebook.

Contact the School of EMS

Have a question or need more information? Call us at 605-322-2086, contact us online or find location and mailing details.

Contact our team

Save the Date!

2017 EMS Refresher Conference

January 26 - 28, 2017, 0800-1700

PHTLS, ACLS, PALS, and CPR Refresher course dates TBA.

Registration will open in December.

Registration Info

Resources for Students and Visitors

School of EMS Videos

Inside the Avera McKennan School of EMS

Training Heroes and Saving Lives

Live Better. Live Balanced. Avera.

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