Program Description

Opportunities in Emergency Health Care (OEC) has been a vocational program at Osseo senior High for 21 years. The core class is a two-hour class and is worth two credit hours. Students also receive articulated college credits for the First Responder and EMT portions of the class. These classes are articulated with colleges such as Hennepin Technical College, Anoka Ramsey Technical College, St. Cloud State University, and others.

This class provides students with the chance to learn about and experience various health occupations. After successful completion of the course, students will be:

  • American Red Cross First Aid Certified
  • American Red Cross- Responding to Emergencies Certified
  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR
  • American Heart Association CPR Instructors
  • Minnesota certified First Responders
  • Qualified to take the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians (must be 18yrs old)

Beyond this, OEC develops leadership skills and self-confidence. Also offered is an Internship opportunity to seniors who have taken OEC during their Junior year. Online course opportunities are also available for First Responders.

Awards & Recognition

The OEC program has had staff and students recognized in many ways at both state and international levels. OEC has placed in the top 3 for First Responder, You and Adult, and Emergency Medical Technician competitions.

For All Students

OEC draws students from various High Schools in the metro area. This class is open to in-district, out-of-district, and home school students. Students interested in attending this class should contact the program coordinator at 763-391-8530.


Students have many opportunities to learn and practice skills. OEC has several outside classes that give students teaching that cannot be taught in the classroom. These include camps, competitions, and volunteer opportunities.

Community Service

OEC is committed to giving students the opportunity to become an asset to their community in many ways. They can be involved in teaching CPR classes, providing First Aid at events, training Boy Scouts, and the Adopt-a-Family Program, which provided families in need with gifts during the holidays.

OEC requires service hours for course completion. These hours can be from events and labs hours. These community service hours can also be documented on student transcripts.


OEC students attend camp in the fall and spring. The camp is located near Amery, Wisconsin at Camp Wappogasset. The camp experiences provide the opportunity to offer classes from health care professionals and also opportunities for students to respond to simulated emergencies. These emergencies occur day and night and students respond with equipment and ambulances to put their skills and knowledge to the test.

Although camp is not required, it is a very unique opportunity that is strongly encouraged for all OEC students (class points awarded for participation). It gives students a chance to develop lifelong friendships, to apply their First Aid and EMT skills, and to have a lot of fun.


OEC Participates in two competitions annually. These are not required but class points are awarded for participation and it is exciting to challenge yourself in the skills you are learning.

The Minnesota Youth First Responder Competition is hosted locally. This competition is done in teams of four students who compete in both written tests and simulated emergency scenarios. OEC sends many teams to this competition.

The second competition, International Rescue Emergency Care Association (IRECA) takes place in June. This year the competition will be held in Beaumont, Texas. There are several different levels of competition

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) EMT Level
  • Advanced Life Support (ALS) Paramedic Level
  • Vehicle Extrication
  • Technical Rescue

Teams enter from all areas of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.