Emergency Medical Services

Western Colorado Community College offers Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and Paramedic certifications through the Emergency Medical Services program.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) This course is the basic information and skills to work in an emergency scene. No requirements. Students can apply on MavZone.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) This 10-credit hour certificate program provides the basic skills to work in emergency rooms, ambulances, fire departments and on the ski patrols. After completion of this course, students will be eligible to take the National Registry written and practical examinations. Requires Instructor Approval.

Paramedic The  AAS paramedic program provides advanced medical care of the sick and injured. It has four components: Lecture, Lab, Clinicals and Field internships. This is approximately 1200 hours. The student must complete all coursework, lecture, lab, clinical and field internship, as well as pass all academic and practical components before sitting for the National Registry Examination. Requires Instructor Approval.

 Applications: EMR does not require pre-applications. 

                       EMT Application

                       Paramedic Application

**Class kick off meeting for EMT and Paramedic courses**

It is recommended that you attend the Class Kickoff Informational meeting to obtain information on the course that you are seeking. 

June 15 for Fall Semester

November 15 for Spring Semester: 6:00pm at the Student Wellness Center (1060 Orchard Ave.), Room 102. 

Costs and Fees 

Please check the CMU website for current tuition costs for the course you are taking.

Additional Fees are listed under the specific courses.

Emergency Medical Technician


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)

Emphasis/Degree Options

»Technical Certificate

Emergency Medical Responder


»Associate of Applied Science

Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic


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.

Program Requirements

  • Applicants must be at 18 years or older before clinicals.
  • Possess current EMT certification.
  • Possess current AHA CPR certification.


Gainful Employment

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