Emergency Medical Services
The PCC Emergency Medical Services faculty are all experienced, advanced-level EMS providers who have worked in many different EMS agencies, both urban and rural. This gives our programs a great depth of knowledge and experience. Our instructors also have many years of EMS education experience and are great at helping students in classroom and clinical settings. The program medical director has received a commendation from the Committee of Accreditation for EMS program site visitors for providing an exceptional level of physician-student interaction in the paramedic program.
We have up-to-date equipment and facilities, including a simulator lab with high tech manikins for real-life simulations in baby delivery and care, patient assessment and treatment. There is also an ambulance simulator for practice in packaging, moving and caring for patients in an ambulance environment.
What will I learn?
Our EMS program will prepare you to enter the field of emergency medicine. We offer three levels of EMS education: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic. EMT is the entry-level program and the course will teach you the basics of scene size-up, patient assessment, and patient treatment.
Having an EMT certification is a requirement for advancing into the next levels of EMS. The Advanced EMT has an expanded scope of practice with additional medications, assessment and treatment. The Paramedic level is the highest recognized in Colorado for out-of-hospital emergency medical personnel. The Paramedic has a higher level of training in patient assessment, pathophysiology, diagnostics and treatment.
Each of these levels has a national exam and a state certification process. The EMT, Advanced EMT and Paramedic programs require a background check and drug screen before admittance.
PCC has a pass rate on the National Registry of EMTs at 75% for EMTs and 100% for Paramedics.
> More information on the state EMS certification process.
The EMT – Enhanced Certificate includes the courses for EMT certification as well as additional courses to advance the EMTs scope of practice and to open more employment opportunities. The Enhanced certificate includes courses in intravenous therapy, EKG recognition and an EMS field internship. This certificate will open employment opportunities in hospital emergency departments and telemetry departments as well as an EMS agency or fire department.
Bachelor Degree Option
PCC’s fully online Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Advanced Paramedic Practitioner is designed for certified paramedics who have completed an associate degree in Emergency Medical Services or Paramedicine from an accredited college and wish to continue their education and obtain a bachelor’s degree. Our program lets you build on the paramedic experience you have gained by offering a bachelor’s degree that gives you full credit for your paramedic education.
Our experienced instructors provide a student-centered online learning environment designed to enhance career opportunities. You will engage in self-directed learning activities and gain specialized knowledge in critical care, community and behavioral paramedicine. Arrangements for the clinical component of the program can be made in the area where you live.
If you are a paramedic but do not yet have your AAS degree, contact us. In most cases, we can award credit for a noncredit paramedic program and quickly get you on your way toward a bachelor’s degree.
This degree will focus on advancing you into community paramedic, critical care paramedic and behavioral health arenas and qualify you to take the certifying exams for community and critical care paramedic endorsements.
You will focus on patient care in specialized areas and learn the skills you need to be successful.
|PCC Paramedic Program||2019-2020||2020-2021|
|# of Gradates||22||23|
|National Registry Written Pass Rate||100% overall
100% first attempt
95.2% first or second attempt
|National Registry Skill Pass Rate - First or Second Attempt||100%||100%|
|Positive Job Placement||96%||100%|
Professional Licensure Disclosure
The licensure requirements for the Emergency Medical Services program may differ between all 50 states and U.S. territories.
Pueblo Community College (PCC) recommends each student visit National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians page to identify the program requirements for each state in which you plan to live and practice.
PCC can only guarantee that the requirements for the state of Colorado are met with our program.
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
PCC has not determined if the Emergency Medical Services program meets applicable state requirements for the following states and territories: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.