The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course and Paramedic Program are offered for both professionals and community members. The program offers courses sanctioned by various agencies such as the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), the American Heart Association (AHA).

Graduates of EMS-152, the basic EMT course, will be able to function as EMT in the field working in a clinical environment or ambulance, using Basic Life Support (BLS) skills.

  • Provide BLS airway management and control
  • Provide BLS bleeding and shock control
  • Treat and asses medical and trauma situations in the pre-hospital setting at the BLS level.   

Graduates of the Paramedic Academy will be able to function as Paramedic in the field working in a clinical environment or ambulance using BLS and Advance Life Support (ALS) skills.

  • Provide ALS airway management and control
  • Provide ALS bleeding and shock control
  • Provide peripheral and central venipunctures.
  • Interpreting and analyze 12 lead electrocardiography and cardiac monitoring. 
  • Treat and asses medical and trauma situations in the pre-hospital setting at the ALS level.   

Approval and Accreditation

The Program is approved by:
Arizona Department of Health Services
150 North 18th Avenue
(928) 542-088

The Program is accredited by:
CoAEMSP     
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445

CAAHEP
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
(727) 210-2350

Program Outcomes

Course/Programs

EMS 152 (Basic Emergency Medical Technician) is a prerequisite for the Paramedic programs below.

EMS 152 - Basic Emergency Medical Technician

EMS 152 Requirements

  1. Students must submit an EMT application and be accepted into the EMS-152 course by the Director of EMS and the Medical Director of EMS.
  2. Finger print security card level 1.
  3. Meet the requirements of the Arizona State Department of Human Services.
    1. T.B. clearance card within 90 days prior to attending class.  
    2. 255 or higher reading score.
    3. Must have a current AHA BLS provider card
    4. Must 18 years of age prior to the completion of the program.
    5. The person shall be a United States citizen or a legal resident.
    6. The person shall be a high school graduate or have successfully completed a General Education Development (G.E.D.) examination. 
    7. The student shall not have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Arizona. 
    8. The student shall not have been dishonorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces. 
    9. The student shall not have been previously denied certified status, revoked or have his/her current certified status under suspension pursuant to ADHS/BEMS R-9-25-402.

Please email completed application and all documents to Lupe.Fuentes@azwestern.edu.

Program Map

Fall: First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EMS 152 Basic Emergency Medical Technician or be EMT certified 12  
    12  

 

Click on a program to get more information.

AAS in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

Paramedic Program Requirements

  1. Students must submit a Paramedic Program application and be accepted into the Paramedic Program by the Director of EMS and the Medical Director of EMS.
  2. Must have a current Arizona EMT-B certification, or current NREMT EMT-B certification. 
  3. Must have a current AHA BLS provider card.
  4. Finger print security card level 1.
  5. T.B. clearance card within 1-year of NREMT certification.  
  6. Students must have all their vaccinations updated
  7. Pass a 7-panel drug test.

Please email completed application and all documents to Lupe.Fuentes@azwestern.edu.

Program Map

Fall: First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EMS 152 Basic Emergency Medical Technician or be EMT certified 12 Program Prerequiste
BIO 160 Introduction to Anataomy and Physiology/GE (recommended) 4 GE-Physical/Biological Science
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Science
    19  

Spring: Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EMS 293 Paramedic Academy 1 15 Major Requirement
ENG 100 or ENG 101 Freshman Composition/GE  3 GE- Composition
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Humanities
    21  

Fall: Third Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EMS 294 Paramedic Academy 2 15 Major Requirement
ENG 101 or ENG 102 Freshman Composition/GE  3 GE- Composition
SPC 215 Public Speaking/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Additional Courses
    21  

Spring: Fourth Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EMS 295 Paramedic Academy 3 15 Major Requirement
MAT 105  Mathematics for the Applied Sciences OR approved higher level math 3 GE- Mathematics
    18  

 

Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

Paramedic Program Requirements

  1. Students must submit a Paramedic Program application and be accepted into the Paramedic Program by the Director of EMS and the Medical Director of EMS.
  2. Must have a current Arizona EMT-B certification, or current NREMT EMT-B certification. 
  3. Must have a current AHA BLS provider card.
  4. Finger print security card level 1.
  5. T.B. clearance card within 1-year of NREMT certification.  
  6. Students must have all their vaccinations updated
  7. Pass a 7-panel drug test.

Please email completed application and all documents to Lupe.Fuentes@azwestern.edu.

Program Map

Fall: First Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EMS 152 Basic Emergency Medical Technician or be EMT certified 12 Program Prerequiste
    12  

Spring: Second Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EMS 293 Paramedic Academy 1 15 Major Requirement
    15  

Fall: Third Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EMS 294 Paramedic Academy 2 15 Major Requirement
    15  

Spring: Fourth Semester

Course Course Title Credits Area
EMS 295 Paramedic Academy 3 15 Major Requirement
    15  

 

Explore the Program & Lab

AWC's paramedic lab features state-of-the-art technology and simulators. Here, the paramedic program students engage in a variety of skills labs and life-saving simulations.

Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of the paramedic program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations and annual median wages.

Paramedic
Administer basic or advanced emergency medical care and assess injuries and illnesses. May administer medication intravenously, use equipment such as EKGs, or administer advanced life support to sick or injured individuals.
$35,400
Fire Fighter Paramedic
 Provide advanced medical support in addition to handling the work of a firefighter.
 
Flight Paramedic
Flight Paramedics provide direct patient care in accordance with GMR protocols and/or medical direction.
$71,635
Emergency Management Directors
Plan and direct disaster response or crisis management activities, provide disaster preparedness training, and prepare emergency plans and procedures for natural (e.g., hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), wartime, or technological (e.g., nuclear power plant emergencies or hazardous materials spills) disasters or hostage situations.
$74,590

Contact Information

Lupe Fuentes
Senior Secretary, Public Safety Institute
(928) 317-6452
Joseph Waterford
Director of Emergency Medical Services
(928) 317-6068
 

Arizona Western College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or CAAHEP up to the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions or CoAEMSP.

To contact CAAHEP:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org
To contact CoAEMSP:
Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the EMS Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
214-703-8992 (fax)
www.coaemsp.org

For more information about this year's registration deadlines contact Lupe Fuentes.