Getting Started.
 

First, be sure you are admitted to Pueblo Community College. Go to pueblocc.edu, click on "Apply Now" and follow the instructions to enroll at PCC.

A career in EMS is built in steps. Where you start depends on your current level of training and your job requirements.

I'm totally new to this!
I'm currently a First Responder.
I'm currently an EMT-Basic.
I'm currently an EMT-Intermediate.
I want a degree.



I'm totally new to this!
Start your training as a First Responder or an EMT-Basic. These are entry level courses that cover the basics of patient evaluation, care and transport. You can obtain your Colorado certification at both of these levels. First Responders usually function within a work place setting; EMT-Basics may work on ambulances, in hospitals or in other clinical or workplace settings.

I'm currently a First Responder.
Your next step is EMT-Basic. You must be a certified EMT-Basic to advance to higher levels of training. 

I'm currently an EMT-Basic.
You have several choices for your next step. The EMT Intravenous Therapy course will allow you to start IV's and administer certain medications. This will improve your chances of being hired. 

Generally speaking, it is highly recommended that you have clinical experience before moving on to other levels of training. However, this is not a requirement at PCC.

Your next step may be to become an EMT-Intermediate. This level of training adds additional skills and allows you to provide Advanced Life Support care. This is an excellent level to master knowledge and skills before moving on to the Paramedic level.  

Note: The new national standard of EMS does not include the Intermediate level of training. The State of Colorado will continue to train and certify EMT-Intermediates as a critical level of care provided to patients throughout the state. In support of this effort, PCC will continue to train EMT-Intermediates as long as there is a certification process available for them. 

Your next step may be to become a Paramedic. This is a difficult course that requires significant hours of study and clinical practice. If you have extensive clinical experience, you may be able to move directly from EMT-Basic to Paramedic. Most EMT-Basics without clinical experience find that it is better to go through the EMT-Intermediate level and gain clinical skills first.

I'm currently an EMT-Intermediate.
You have two options at this point. You may take the full 2 semester Paramedic course.  You may also opt for the Intermediate to Paramedic Bridge course, which decreases the didactic hours by about 10 credits. Either way, you will then need to complete a 500-hour internship to become eligible for testing for certification.

I want a degree.
If you complete the Paramedic training or the Intermediate to Paramedic Bridge course, you are only a few credit hours from achieving an Associates Degree in EMS. Please contact us to schedule an advising appointment to discuss how you can get your degree in EMS.

 


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