Emergency Medical Services Paramedic

A.A.S. - Occupational Degree

This program is offered for both professionals and community members. Emergency medical classes are available for everything from CPR and first aid to paramedic training. The program offers courses sanctioned by various agencies such as the Arizona Department of Health Services, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, the American Heart Association, and the National Safety Council. Students must maintain 80% or higher in each EMS course specified in the program in order to test for state and national certification. Criminal history self disclosure required.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in emergency medical services that will prepare them for employment as paramedics and (2) critical thinking skills in AWC’s General Education focus areas.

Learning Outcomes

  • Perform peripheral and central venipuncture.
  • Perform endotracheal intubation using various methods.
  • Perform patient assessment to National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians standards.
  • Assess and provide paramedic level care for patients with cardiovascular and respiratory complaints.
  • Apply techniques of personal stress management.
  • Demonstrate correct EMS patient documentation to local standards.
  • Discuss current pre-hospital research issues.
  • Interpret and analyze 12 lead electrocardiography, with emphasis on detection of myocardial infarction.

Program Map

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

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

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

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

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

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
Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Additional Information

This degree requires additional forms to be submitted.

File Name Downloads
Application Checklist Download

Check the EMS -EMT / Paramedic program page for any additional information.

Contact Lupe.Fuentes@azwestern.edu with any questions.