Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic
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
- Private Ambulance Companies
- Fire Departments
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.
Paramedic Program Outcomes
CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2020.
The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 81%.
The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 90.5%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.
The most recent retention rate was 75%.
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|
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.
What 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. Students must successfully complete requirements outlined in the application and competitive testing process including:
Criminal background check and drug screening
- Written 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.