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Emergency Medical Services Certificates

Offered at: Boulder, Larimer, Westminster


12 credits
(1 semester)

This certificate program provides students with entry-level skills required for employment with a fire department, ambulance service, hospital emergency room, disaster relief. This EMT Program also prepares students who are interested in continuing their careers and/or education in nursing, paramedicine, medical school.

Students who complete the EMT certificate will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) examination. After completing the NREMT exam, you can apply to the state for certification to work as an EMT in Colorado.

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25 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate combines EMT-Basic training with the additional training and classes that prepare a student for entry into a paramedic training program.

Pre-Paramedic certificate: See required courses.

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Hands-On Experience

Our students work with state-of-the-art mannequins and equipment. Students gain practical experiences in a cadaver lab and a lab with a fire department where you practice extrications from motor vehicles. All students also complete clinical internships in emergency departments, fire departments, and ambulance services companies.

Transfer Options

Many EMS students continue their education to earn associate degrees in paramedic studies or bachelor’s degrees in pre-medicine majors. With the clinical experience gained in both the EMT Basic and Pre-Paramedic certificate programs, you’ll also gain excellent patient care experience, further boosting your physician assistant or medical school applications.

Fulfill EMT Continuing Education Requirements

Emergency medicine professionals can fulfill their continuing education requirements and advance their careers with the following courses:

EMT and Paramedic Salaries

Entry Average Experienced
EMTs and Paramedics

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2014)

Learn more about employment and career pathways in this industry.

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