David J. Gurchiek, Ph.D.
Dean, Highlands College of Montana Tech
David Gurchiek started his healthcare career over forty years ago as a hospital corpsman in the United State Navy. After serving his country he obtained his paramedic certificate in 1977 where he went on to work for an EMS system in Indiana. In 1985 he became the EMS coordinator for a hospital in northern Indiana where he taught/coordinated all levels of EMS providers (EMT, AEMT, Paramedic). In 1990 he was hired as the paramedic education coordinator for Deaconess Medical Center in Billings Montana responsible for teaching the first paramedics in the state that would go on to sit for national certification. In 1996 he was offered a paramedic program director/tenured faculty position at Montana State University Billings (MSUB).
During his 21-year tenure at MSUB he served as a department chair (nursing, health, and public safety), interim associate dean, paramedic program director, union president, academic senator, and IRB member. He also served as a CAAHEP programmatic site visitor, self-study reader and lectured at over 100 state and national EMS conferences throughout the United States.
Currently, Dr. Gurchiek is the Dean for Highlands College of Montana Tech, where he works on building new community partnerships that will assist the college with meeting the needs of the regional workforce of the 21st century.