Which Arizona Schools Offer Paramedic Training?

Learn about paramedic training programs in Arizona. See degree options, program requirements and courses in order to make an informed decision concerning your education. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

In Arizona, paramedics is the highest level of emergency medicine. Find Arizona certificate and degree programs to prepare you for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) paramedic exam, and explore the programs' associated prerequisites and costs.

What You Need to Know

Students interested in completing a paramedic training program in Arizona may earn a certificate or an associate's degree in the field. Such programs are offered by two-year, public schools throughout the state. Some paramedic training programs require a high school diploma, GED, or parent signature for applicants under 18 years old; students over 18 years must demonstrate the ability to do college-level coursework. Some programs mandate that applicants already hold EMT (emergency medical technician) certification at the basic level. All paramedic programs include some element of hands-on training in the field.

Paramedic Certificate Programs in Arizona

Arizona Western College

Arizona Western College offers a 45-credit paramedic certificate program with a curriculum sanctioned by the NREMT. Students who graduate from the program with at least an 80% average in each of the 3 required courses may qualify to sit for the national certification exam. In order to participate in the program, students need to disclose any criminal history they may have.

  • Program Name: Occupational Certificate in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic
  • Program Length: 45 credits (around 3 semesters full-time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,540 per year for in-state students and $9,530 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: For those under 18, a GED, high school diploma or parent signature is required; those over 18 must transfer from another college or demonstrate the ability to do college-level work
  • School Type: 2-year, public; approximately 7,700 undergraduate students

Northland Pioneer College - Show Low Campus

Northland Pioneer College offers a Certificate of Applied Science in Paramedicine that helps students prepare for paramedic certification. If you choose this option, you need to complete a total of 58 credits, including some general education classes. A 52-credit Certificate of Proficiency option is also available if you want to focus more on the skills.

  • Program Name: Certificate of Proficiency or Certificate of Applied Science in Paramedicine (EMT)
  • Program Length: 52-58 credits (roughly 5 semesters full-time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,712 per year for in-state students and $7,880 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: 24-hour hazardous materials class for first responders; pharmacology and basic ECG courses
  • Admission Requirements: Possess EMT-Basic certification and 1 year of EMT experience, meet math and English placement requirements and have TB test and immunizations
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 3,200 undergraduate students

Paramedic Associate's Degree Programs in Arizona

In Arizona Western College's paramedic associate's degree program, you take 3 paramedic courses to prepare for certification. When you combine these with 21 credits of general education courses, you can earn the 66 credits required for your associate's degree. In addition to math and English classes, you can take general education courses in areas like humanities, physical science and behavioral science.

Arizona Western College

  • Program Name: Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services Paramedic
  • Program Length: 66 credits (about 5 semesters full-time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,540 per year for in-state students and $9,530 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Applicants under 18 need a GED, high school diploma or parent signature; individuals 18 or older have to transfer from another college or demonstrate the ability to do college-level work
  • School Type: 2-year, public; around 7,700 undergraduate students

Central Arizona College - Superstition Mountain Campus

The paramedicine associate's degree program at Central Arizona College's Superstition Mountain Campus includes 9 paramedic-training courses, plus the general education requirements you need to fulfill to earn your associate's degree. Once you complete the paramedic courses, you'll be eligible to sit for the NREMT paramedic exam and earn AZ state certification. Applicants need to go through an interview process to gain admission to the program.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine
  • Program Length: Just under 1 year for paramedic courses, but completing AAS degree requirements takes additional time
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,460 per year for in-state students and $10,740 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016) * Admission Requirements: AZ Basic EMT certification and 1 year of work experience, background check, current CPR certification and 24-hour Hazardous Materials Operations training
  • School Type: 2-year, public; roughly 5,900 undergraduate students (all campuses of Central Arizona College)

Northland Pioneer College - Show Low Campus

Students in Northland Pioneer College's paramedic associate's degree program complete 2 paramedic courses that take 1 semester each, and they're also required to complete the school's general education requirements for an associate's degree. In addition to meeting the program's admission requirements, applicants also need to complete several first responder courses, participate in an interview and pass an entrance exam to gain admission. The program meets the curriculum requirements of the NREMT.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine (EMT)
  • Program Length: 70 credits (roughly 6 semesters full-time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,712 per year for in-state students and $7,880 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: 24-hour hazardous materials course for first responders; classes in pharmacology and basic ECG
  • Admission Requirements: Have EMT-Basic certification and 1 year of EMT experience, meet math and English placement requirements and have TB test and immunizations
  • School Type: 2-year, public; around 3,200 undergraduate students

Pima Community College - Community Campus

Pima Community College's paramedic associate's degree program includes coursework on topics like pharmacology, patient assessment and trauma systems. To gain admission, students must complete a rigorous selection process that includes an oral interview. The program is also offered at the college's East Campus.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic
  • Program Length: 70-72 credit hours (approximately 6 semesters full-time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,974 per year for in-state students and $8,610 per year for out-of-state students (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Be at least 18, have current EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate certification and American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider certification
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 28,100 undergraduate students

For those wanting to become paramedics in Arizona, you will find several schools that will prepare you for certification. Arizona Western College and Northland Pioneer College offer certificate programs; and Arizona Western College, Central Arizona College, Northland Pioneer College, and Pima Community College all offer paramedic certification programs with associate's degrees.

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