Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic

The EMS Program at Mohave Community College is accredited as recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (http://www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Why is this important?

In November 2007, the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) voted to require that paramedic applicants for certification graduate from an “accredited” paramedic program effective January 1, 2013. The NREMT is requiring programmatic accreditation as outlined in the EMS Education Agenda for the Future. Institutional accreditation does not meet the purpose of accreditation outlined in the Agenda. Therefore, the NREMT will be requiring accreditation by the CoAEMSP.

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Are you ready to become a part of a very rewarding, challenging and growing field of emergency medicine? Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and Paramedics are used in a wide variety of careers, including work in:

  • Emergency 911 services
  • Hospitals
  • Private Ambulance Companies
  • Fire Departments
 Paramedic Program 2012 2013 2014 2015
Program Pass Rate 100% No Data 93%  100%
Pass Rate* 100% No Data 80% 78%
Retention Rate ** 78% No Data 71%  No Data


* Pass rates are determined by the number of graduates who pass their National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) Paramedic written exam on the first attempt.

** Retention rate for the Paramedic Program is effected by students who graduated with a Paramedic Certificate and are eligible to test for NREMT.

Note:  There were no Paramedic Cohorts in 2013

EMS worker assisting patientWhat is the difference between an EMT and a Paramedic?

The biggest difference is in the amount of training required, and the scope of skills that you are allowed to do. EMTs usually receive approximately 120-150 hours of training, and Paramedics a minimum of 1,000 hours. Once you receive a minimum of 1 year of documented field time as an EMT, you will be eligible to apply to our Paramedic Program, with the option of completing a degree in Paramedics as well.

How do I get started?

Print out a copy of the application (located on the right side of this page) or stop by the campus and obtain one from the EMS Office. The application packet lists all of the requirements which need to be fulfilled prior to submitting the application. Any other questions can be directed to our office; contact information is located on the right side of this page.

Here is how you climb the ladder to a career as a Paramedic:

  • Complete the 16-week semester EMT course at MCC
  • Gain one year of documented pre-hospital work experience in the Emergency Medical Services field
  • Complete the one-year Paramedic Certificate program
  • Complete one more year to earn your Associate of Applied Science degree with a paramedic emphasis

In addition to the EMT certificate and Paramedics degree, MCC offers refresher and other continuing education courses for current providers, along with American Heart Association CPR and First Aid courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to become a Paramedic?

To become a Paramedic, the individual must obtain an appropriate score on assessment test or successful completion of PCS 021, TRE 089 and TRM 090, as well as hold a current certification as an Emergency Medical Technician with one (1) year of documented working experience. Students must successfully complete requirements outlined in the application and competitive testing process including:

Criminal background check and drug screening

  • Written exam
    Practical exam
    Oral interview panel
    Program Director authorization

How do I renew my certification?

To renew your certification, you have to complete a state approved Refresher Course.

How do you become state certified?

After successful completion of the program, the student must successfully pass a National Computer Based Testing Examination.

How long is the certification valid?

The certification period is two years.

What if I have a criminal record?

There is a criminal history component to the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of EMS certification application. A criminal history will not prevent you from participating in the Mohave Community College training program, but it could prevent you from being certified as an EMT-Basic with the AZDHS/BEMS. If you have any questions regarding this, you must contact the Arizona Department of Health Services.

What is the process to enroll into the Paramedic program?

To be accepted into the Paramedic program, an applicant must successfully pass a 250 question EMT-Basic written examination, successfully pass a practical skills examination (National Registry Patient Assessment – Trauma, and a Random Skill), successfully complete an Oral Board Evaluation.

When is the EMT course offered?

The Basic EMT course is offered each semester.

 

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