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EMS FAQ

 

What is the difference between an EMT and a Paramedic?
Do I have to be an EMT before I can be a Paramedic?
What are the prerequisites for the programs?
How long does it take to complete the programs?
When do classes start?
What schedule do they run on?
How many credits will I earn?
Will they transfer to another college?
Can I get an associate degree?
How much will it cost?
Is financial aid available?
What jobs are available for EMT’s and Paramedics?
How much does an EMT or Paramedic make?
Do you offer CPR classes?
Where is your program located?
Who can I contact for more information?

 

What is the difference between an EMT and a Paramedic?
An EMT and a Paramedic are both Emergency Medical Technicians. While either can make critical interventions to those needing emergency care, the EMT performs basic life support skills while a Paramedic can perform advanced life support skills.

Do I have to be an EMT before I can be a Paramedic?
Both in the State of Colorado and nationwide, in order to become certified as a Paramedic, you must first become certified as an EMT. The Community College of Aurora EMS program also requires additional prerequisites prior to application to the Paramedic program.

What are the prerequisites for the programs?
To enroll in the EMT course you must be able to demonstrate basic competencies in both Mathematics and English. Prior to enrolling in the Paramedic program, you must be certified as a Colorado EMT, have completed an IV course, and BIO 106 (Basic Anatomy & Physiology). There are also several other requirements that include vaccinations and a background check. For more specific information please contact Cindy Smith at (303) 340-7070 or at Cindy.Smith@ccaurora.edu.

How long does it take to complete the programs?
The EMT program can be completed in one semester. The Paramedic program can be completed in three semesters or one year (dependent upon the student). The first two semesters primarily consist of the classroom portion. The last semester is when the clinical portion of the program is completed.

When do classes start?
EMT program starts every semester. The Paramedic program has both Spring and Fall entry dates.

What schedule do they run on?
A variety of options are available for both programs. In order to meet your needs classes are available during the day, nights, weekends and on a rotating shift schedule basis.

How many credits will I earn?
After completing the EMT program you will receive twelve (12) credits from the Community College of Aurora. Once the Paramedic program is completed forty-five (45) credits will be awarded by the Community College of Aurora.

Will they transfer to another college?
The credits you will receive at the Community College of Aurora will transfer to the majority of colleges within Colorado. The Community College of Aurora is currently working on articulation agreements with specific Universities to ease the transition to a four-year school. For more specific information, contact an advisor at the school you intend to transfer to.

Can I get an associate degree?
The Community College of Aurora offers an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paramedicine. The credits from the Paramedic program are applied towards this degree. In addition, the completion of general education requirements will be necessary to complete the sixty (60) college credits that are needed to obtain the degree. Advisors are available to help explain the process and assist with the goal of degree completion.

How much will it cost?
Tuition and fees are always subject to change. It is also dependent on residency within the State of Colorado. For the most up to date tuition and fees please click here.

Is financial aid available?
The EMT and the Paramedic programs are both eligible for financial aid provided your declared degree program is a Paramedic Certificate or the A.A.S. in Paramedicine. The Community College of Aurora has several programs to help pay for college. For more information on how to apply for financial aid or if you have further questions please click here.

What jobs are available for EMT’s and Paramedics?
National statistics reveal that in the next ten year period, the need for EMS providers across the country will have up to a thirteen percent increase. That is a projected 62,000 jobs nationwide. On a local level, it is anticipated that the need will be even greater and a twenty-one percent increase can be expected.

How much does an EMT or Paramedic make?
Throughout the United States of America, the median annual income for an EMS provider is $32,000.00 annually. In Colorado the median income is slightly higher.

Do you offer CPR classes?
Yes, here is some information about our CPR Classes.

Where is your program located?
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Who can I contact for more information?
For more information about our programs, or if you have more questions, please contact Cindy Smith at (303)340-7070 or at Cindy.Smith@ccaurora.edu. Or, click here and fill out the form to have someone contact you.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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