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Emergency Medical Services

Western Colorado Community College offers both Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic training through the Emergency Medical Services program.

Application Process

For both the EMT and Paramedic programs, the following steps must be taken:

  1. Submit the EMS Program Preliminary Application.
  2. Attend the mandatory EMS Program Orientation/Advisory meeting:
    • April for fall semester class.
    • October for spring class.
  3. Submit a CMU or WCCC application for admission (not required for currently enrolled students). 
  4. Submit the your program application (EMT Application | Paramedic Application) by the following deadlines:
    • July 15 for a fall start
    • November 15 for a spring start
  5. PARAMEDIC ONLY: Upon review of your completed application, you will be scheduled for an oral board interview.
  6. Students will be notified of CONDITIONAL acceptance into the EMT/Paramedic Program and will be contacted by WCCC to confirm your intent to register.
  7. WCCC will complete your registration for the required program courses.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

EMT is the first component of the emergency medical services system. Students learn to care for patients at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction. In addition, students learn to use and maintain common emergency equipment such as backboards, suction devices, splints, oxygen delivery systems, and stretchers.

The EMT program is a one semester program which includes three courses taken simultaneously. EMT is offered during the spring (registration available for day and night cohorts) and fall (registration available for the night cohort, day cohort may be added depending on demand) semesters.

Program Requirements

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age at the time of state testing.
  • No prerequisites are required.
  • AHA (American Heart Association) CPR certification is required and will be provided within the course (fee required).

Emphasis/Degree Options



Paramedics are employed by fire, police and rescue agencies, hospitals, private ambulance companies and in a variety businesses and industries with a high potential for accidental injury or illness. 

The Paramedic Program will be offered during the fall semester and spring semester (depending on demand). This is a rigorous accelerated program (33 credit hours) for the student who is ready to become a street ready Paramedic in one semester. The student will be required to complete an Internship (12 credit hours) upon successful completion of classroom instruction.

Program Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Possess current EMT certification.
  • Possess current AHA CPR certification.

Emphasis/Degree Options

EMT-Paramedic, CERT

EMT-Paramedic, AAS

Gainful Employment

EMT Paramedic - 51.0904