As a paramedic, you will learn to evaluate a patient’s condition and administer life-saving care. Our 11-month extensive program will enable you to start your career path in hospital or emergency medical services. Graduates from Central Arizona College’s program enjoy careers with fire departments, ambulance companies, government agencies and hospitals.
Our program utilizes state-of-the art technology for a perfect mix of classroom, simulation laboratory, clinical and field experiences,. Your program will consist of over 500 classroom hours with an additional 320 hours of vehicular experience and 186 hours of hospital clinical experiences. You will attend a four (4) hour cadaver lab where you will learn from experienced faculty members.
The Central Arizona College Paramedic Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (www.caahep.org). The program received its first accreditation in January of 2015 and completed it’s re-accreditation site visit in September of 2018. Central Arizona College maintains national accreditation by adhering to standards established by CAAHEP and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Professions (www.coaemsp.org). ‘
The Prerequisites for the Paramedic Program are:
- Have a current EMT (Basic) Certification in the state of Arizona
- At least (1) year of experience as an EMT (Basic). Please contact the Program Director/Coordinator II for acceptable experience
- Current CPR certification – Basic Life Support/Healthcare Provider
- DPS (Arizona Department of Public Safety) fingerprint clearance card or equivalent as determined by the EMS Program Director/Coordinator II
- Proof of Immunization to include MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella) titer or vaccine; TB Skin test within the last 6 months; Tdap (Tetanus/Diptheria/Pertussis titer or vaccine); Varicella titer or vaccine, Influenza vaccine and Hepatitis B series.
- 24-Hour Hazardous Materials First Responder certification (FSC129 is offered at Central Arizona College, if needed).
- Negative 12 panel drug screening
- Students are required to maintain health insurance during the program. Any injury or illness received during the program will be the responsibility of the student.
Our next program will be starting in January of 2019 in Apache Junction, Arizona. The application to the Paramedic Program can be found here: Para Application. The paramedic information will be provided soon. Testing for the program includes the following:
- 100 Question Basic EMT written examination
- Skills assessment from the National Registry of EMT Skills sheets
- Interview process
- Approval from the Medical Director, Dr. Gary Smith
To apply for the program please submit the application with the necessary documents to the Program Director at 480-677-7744 (fax) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need any further questions, please feel free to contact us at 480-677-7735.
Instructors for the January 2019 Program:
- Jeff Ehrlich, NRP (Lead)
- Eileen Blackstone, NRP (Lead)
- Matthew Greenwell, RN, NRP
- Travis Yates, NRP
- Kevin McColm, NRP
- Steven Knox, NRP
2014 Pass Rates by National Registry of EMT’s 2014-nremt-pass-fail (1)
2015 Pass Rates by National Registry of EMT’s 2015-nremt-pass-fail
2016 Pass Rates by National Registry of EMT’s 2016-nremt-pass-fail
2017 Pass Rates by National Registry of EMT’s 2017-nremt-pass-fail
2016-2018 Retention/Placement Rates 2016-2018 Retention Rates