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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/Paramedic Program Orientation/Advisory meeting: November 13, 2017 6:00pm at SWC in the EMS classroom (SWC is located @CMU across Orchard Ave. north of CMU tennis course, 1060 Orchard Ave.
    • April for fall semester class.
    • November 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:
    • June 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate intellectual reasoning, rational inquiry, and effective problem-solving skills while maintaining empathy, professionalism, and compassion for another. (Intellectual Skills: Critical Thinking)
  2. Recommend access to resources necessary to meet the diverse health care needs of individuals, families, and communities within cultural, ethical, legal, social, economic, and professional parameters. (Specialized Knowledge/ Applied Learning)
  3. Manage the collaborative health care of individuals, families, and communities through use of clear, effective, thorough, and accurate communication (Intellectual Skills/ Communication Fluency)
  4. Practice Paramedic level care, which includes emergency care, illness and restorative care, and health education based on a systematic assessment that is reflective of current emergency theory and research (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  5. Demonstrate NREMT standards of practice, including legal basics, principles for delegation, and principles of documentation while maintaining a culture of respect and safety. (Specialized Knowledge/ Applied Learning)

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

Certificate

EMT-Basic

Career Pathways

Career pathway programs prepare students for employment in industries while also providing a stepping stone to an associate degree, bachelor’s degree and beyond. Learn more about career pathways.

Career Pathways Certificate Length of Program
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) 1 semester (10 credits)

Paramedic

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

Certificate
EMT-Paramedic, CERT

Associate
EMT-Paramedic, AAS

Gainful Employment

EMT Paramedic - 51.0904