EMS students during drill

Emergency Medical Services

What will I learn?

Our 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. EMT is the entry-level program and the course will teach you 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 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 has a pass rate on the National Registry of EMTs at 67% for EMTs and 100% for Paramedics. We don’t yet have data on the AEMT program which launched in fall 2019.

Certificate Option

The EMT – Enhanced Certificate includes the courses for EMT certification as well as additional courses to advance the EMTs scope of practice and to open more employment opportunities. The Enhanced certificate includes courses in intravenous therapy, EKG recognition and an EMS field internship. This certificate will open employment opportunities in hospital emergency departments and telemetry departments as well as an EMS agency or fire department.

Bachelor Degree Option

PCC’s fully online Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Advanced Paramedic Practitioner is designed for certified paramedics who have completed an associate degree in Emergency Medical Services or Paramedicine from an accredited college and wish to continue their education and obtain a bachelor’s degree. Our program gives you the option of advancing your degree without leaving the field of EMS or going into management.

Our experienced instructors provide a student-centered online learning environment designed to enhance career opportunities. You will engage in self-directed learning activities and gain specialized knowledge in critical care, community and behavioral paramedicine. Arrangements for the clinical component of the program can be made in the area where you live.

If you are a paramedic but do not yet have your AAS degree, contact us. In most cases, we can award credit for a noncredit paramedic program and quickly get you on your way toward a bachelor’s degree.

This degree will focus on advancing you into community paramedic, critical care paramedic and behavioral health arenas and qualify you to take the certifying exams for community and critical care paramedic endorsements.

You will focus on patient care in specialized areas and learn the skills you need to be successful.

Student Outcomes

PCC Paramedic Program 2017-2018 2018-2019
# of Gradates 20 14
National Registry Written Pass Rate 100% overall
90% first attempt
93% overall
57% first attempt
National Registry Skill Pass Rate - First or Second Attempt 100% 100%
Retention 87% 83%
Positive Job Placement 100% 100%




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.

Degree & Certificate Offerings in Emergency Medical Services:

Program Information

Pueblo Campus, Fremont Campus, Southwest
Health Professions
Certificate, AAS, Mini-Certificate, BAS
Course Availability
Day, Evening
Program Start
Every Semester


Ann Flores

BAS Program Contact
Dawnelle Mathis