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 Outcomes

      NREMT Retention Positive (Job) Placement
      CBT exam academic non-acad. overall    cont. ed. overall
Year Enrolled Completed 1st attempt w/in 3 att. w/in 6 att. attrition attrition retention employed military placement
2020 27 20 55% 75% 80% 11% 11% 78% 100% 0% 100%
2019 11 7* 71% 88% 88% 9% 18% 73% 100% 0% 100%
2018 41 35 85% 97% 97% 7% 7% 86% 100% 0% 100%
2017 11 11 81% 91% 91% 0% 8% 92% 100% 0% 100%
2016 no data 9 33% 56% 56% no data no data no data no data no data no data
2015 no data 9 78% 100% 100% no data no data no data no data no data no data
2014 no data 30 80% 90% 93% no data no no data no data no data no data
2013 0 0 no cohort no cohort no cohort no cohort no cohort no cohort no cohort no cohort no cohort
2012 no data 7 100% 100% 100% no data no data no data no data no data no data

EMT pass rates

  Enrolled Completed Eligible for CBT exam
Year   Course certification 1st attempt w/in 3 att. w/in 6 att.
SP 2020 40 in progress in progress n/a n/a n/a
FA 2019 42 33 27 81% 81% 81%
SP 2019* 44 31 27 85% 93% 93%
FA 2018 47 32 23 81% 90% 90%
SP 2018 40 29 20 56% 72% 78%
FA 2017 60 43 43 47% 61% 66%
SP 2017 25 18 18 38% 56% 56%
FA 2016 56 53 53 47% 63% 67%
SP 2016* 51 46 46 62% 67% 69%


Completed Candidate received a passing grade in the course
Eligible for certification Candidate completed the course with B or better and passed final course practical and written within AZ state rule
Year indicates the year when the student completed (or is expected to complete) program and met eligibility requirements for NREMT.

CBT exam results are tracked up to the maximum 6 attempts.

Retention rates track student attrition for academic as well as non-academic reasons.

Positive placement reflects the number of students who are currently employed in EMS, continuing their education, or serving in the U.S. Military.

2013 No Paramedic Cohort

2019* one student granted a 6 month extension under AZ Rule to finish requirements.

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?

Begin the online application by clicking on the Application link on the right hand side. The application packet will be sent to the email address you provide. It lists all of the requirements which need to be fulfilled prior to enrollment into the class. 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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