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  • Paramedic
  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: July

    Award: AAS, Certificate

    Average Class Size: 13

    Program Length: 4 Semesters

    Part-Time or Full-Time: Full-Time

    Course Availability: Day

    Program Locations: Pueblo, Southwest

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  • Career Information
    As an EMS professional, you may work for an ambulance service, fire department, in tactical EMS, critical care transport, or as an emergency department technician. If you graduate with an AAS degree, you have additional career opportunities in administration and management in the pre-hospital field.

    Salary ranges from $23,091.00 to $47,750.00

    What Will I Learn
    The 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. The EMT is the entry level and the course will teach 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 an 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 Paramedic Program 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
     # of Gradates 8 18 1118
     National Registry Written Pass Rate  100% overall
     72% first attempt
     100% overall
     83% first attempt
     91% overall 
     81% first attempt
    100% overall
    88% first attempt
     National Registry Skill Pass Rate - First or Second Attempt  100% 100% 100%100%
     Retention 77% 95% 92%87%
     Positive Job Placement  100% 100% 100%100%


    Our Experienced Faculty
    The PCC EMS 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 depth of knowledge and experience. Our instructors also have many years of EMS education experience and are great at helping students in the classroom and clinical setting. The program medical director has received commendation from the Committee of Accreditation for EMS program site visitors for providing an exceptional level of physician student interaction in the paramedic program.

    Our Cutting Edge Facilities
    The EMS program at Pueblo Community College has up to date equipment and facilities. This includes a simulator lab with high tech manikins for real to 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.

    The Pueblo Community College Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP); Website: www.coaemsp.org.

    THC (marijuana) is part of the required 10-panel drug screen prior to admittance into any Health Professions or Public Safety program at PCC. The passage of Amendment 64 in the State of Colorado, does not overrule Federal law, which states this is still an illegal substance. Students testing positive for THC (marijuana, including prescription marijuana) will not be allowed entrance or re-entrance into a Health or Public Safety program.