EMT Program Success Stories


Jessica Burns

As an undergraduate at Colorado State University, Jessica thought veterinary school was in her future—but decided as she neared graduation that human medicine would suit her better. She came to Front Range Community College after graduating from CSU in the spring of 2008 to pursue her Emergency Medical Technician certificate. “The program emphasizes physiology as well as symptom treatment, so students understand why they are giving treatments,” she says. “Unlike other EMT programs, FRCC has been doing this for years. I’ve been totally impressed by the professors and how they emphasize scenario-based practice.” Today, Jessica works for Northglenn Ambulance, teaches as an instructor at FRCC, and is applying to physician assistant (PA) schools—many of which require at least 1,000 hours of direct clinical patient care experience. “I know being an EMT has helped me build a strong foundation. It will make a huge difference in my ability to get into and succeed in a PA program.”


Scott Symonds

With radiologist parents, Scott became interested in medicine at an early age. After completing his freshman year at Williams College in Wiliamstown, Mass., Scott returned home to Denver and decided to earn an EMT certificate at FRCC. “I knew I wanted to work in EMS at some point in my life, and I learned that Front Range had a great program,” he says. Scott got EMT-certified in the summer of 2010, and when he returned to Williams in the fall, went through the process of becoming certified in Massachusetts. Now he works one to three shifts a week for Village Ambulance Service in Wiliamstown, managing to juggle work, school (he’s a double-major in chemistry and Spanish), and swimming for Williams’ swimming team. When he graduates, Scott may go to paramedic school or medical school. “I was very impressed with the experienced instructors and the quality of teaching at Front Range. Their emphasis on thorough patient assessment and quality practical instruction has made me a better EMT in the field.”