Which Schools in Colorado Offer Paramedic Training?

Find out which Colorado schools offer paramedic training. See admissions requirements and school information, and learn about program costs for a paramedic education in Colorado. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Certificate and degree programs are available for aspiring EMTs and paramedics in Colorado. These programs prepare students for a career in emergency medical services through hands-on and classroom coursework.

What You Need to Know

Paramedics must complete a postsecondary program in order to meet Colorado state licensure requirements. Educational programs for aspiring paramedics award graduates with either a certificate or an associate's degree. Most of these programs require students to complete emergency medical technician-basic (EMT-basic) training or courses before they can advance to classes in paramedicine. Some required courses in these programs cover advanced medical techniques such as administering medications and dealing with cardiac situations. These programs generally require students to complete a clinical internship as well.

Schools in Colorado Offering Paramedic Certificate Programs

Arapahoe Community College

Arapahoe Community College (ACC) offers a certificate program in paramedicine that can be completed on a full- or part-time basis. This program is designed for students who have at least 1 year of experience working as EMTs, and it consists of lectures, lab coursework, clinical experiences and an internship. You can also expect to take courses in anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, cardiology and trauma emergencies.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: 1,200 hours (can be taken on a part- or full-time basis)
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,918 per year for CO residents, $15,006 per year for non-residents (as of 2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: 1 year of EMT-basic (EMT-B) or EMT-intermediate (EMT-I) field experience, basic ECG interpretation class, college-level anatomy and physiology course
  • Requirements: Current CPR certification card, current immunizations or titers (hepatitis B, MMR, tetanus), TB skin test, criminal background check, appropriate scores on HOBET EKG and EMT-B exams
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 11,544 students (all undergraduate)

Colorado Mesa University

The school's paramedic program runs for 1 year, beginning each August. You'll study such topics as medical and trauma emergencies, cardiology and pharmacology. You'll also need to complete an internship.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Technical Certificate
  • Program Length: 1 year
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,627 per year for CO residents, $20,944 per year for non-residents (as of 2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Certifications in EMT-B or EMT-I, Basic Life Saving-Healthcare Provider, EMT IV and basic EKG interpretation certification (not required if you are EMT-I certified), levels 1 and 2 anatomy and physiology courses
  • Requirements: Official school transcripts, current CPR for the Professional Caregiver certification, three letters of recommendation, letter of recommendation from current emergency management services (EMS) director, written essay question response, HOBOT test, pre-admission interview, advisement meeting with EMS program director
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 9,492 students (9,365 undergraduate)

Colorado Mountain College

Over 25,000 students take courses through Colorado Mountain College's 11 locations and online services. The full-time EMT-P program begins each year in January and provides over 1,000 hours of lecture, lab and field experience. Students study such topics as patient stabilization, scene management and advanced life support procedures. You'll have the option of completing the lecture hours at the Edwards campus or online.

  • Program Name: Emergency Management Technician - Paramedic (EMT-P) Certificate
  • Program Length: 1 year (full time)
  • Tuition and Fees: $2,220 per year for in-district CO students, 42,620 per year for CO residents, $11,172 per year for non-residents (as of 2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: EMT-B certification
  • Requirements: Application that includes resume, essay question and letters of recommendation; be at least 18 years old; criminal background check; current immunizations; proof of negative TB test within the last year; current CPR certification card; proof of college-level reading, writing and math abilities (ACT, SAT or Accuplacer scores or college transcript); proof of passing grade in levels 1 and 2 anatomy and physiology courses; proof of national registry and Colorado EMT-B certification; personal interview; pre-test (need score of 80% or better); official college, high school or GED transcript; proof of IV therapy and EKG interpretation certifications is recommended
  • School Type: 4-year (mainly associate's), public; about 5,688 students (all undergraduate)

Community College of Aurora

The Community College of Aurora (CCA) has campuses in Aurora and Denver. Students can opt for a paramedic certificate or an associate's degree in paramedicine. CCA's paramedic program uses a combination of simulations, clinical experiences, manikins and actual patients to prepare students for careers as paramedics.

  • Program Name: Emergency Management Technician Paramedic Program
  • Program Length: 1 year
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,826 per year for CO residents, $14,914 per year for non-residents (as of 2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: EMT-B certification
  • Requirements: Current CPR certification card; current IV certification; department permission; biology, reading and math courses with a grade of 'C' or higher or college assessment test scores of 80 for reading, 95 for sentence skills and 61 for algebra
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 7,981 students (all undergraduate)

Schools in Colorado Offering Paramedic Associate's Degrees

Arapahoe Community College

If you decide to get an associate's degree from ACC, you'll take the same paramedic training courses that you would take if you were to strive for a certificate. In addition, you'll study general education topics, such as human anatomy and physiology, communications, math, psychology and writing. Both the certificate and A.A.S. programs are delivered jointly with HealthONE EMS in Englewood, CO.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedicine
  • Program Length: 1,200 hours (can be taken on a part- or full-time basis)
  • Tuition and Fees: $3,918 per year for CO residents, $15,006 per year for non-residents (as of 2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: 1 year of EMT-B or EMT-I field experience, basic ECG interpretation class, college-level anatomy and physiology course
  • Requirements: Current CPR certification card, current immunizations or titers (hepatitis B, MMR, tetanus), TB skin test, criminal background check, appropriate scores on HOBET EKG and EMT-B exams, IV approval
  • School Type: 2-year, public; about 11,544 students (all undergraduate)

Colorado Mesa University

If you decide to pursue an A.A.S. at Colorado Mesa University, you'll take general education courses in English, psychology, math and kinesiology. However, the school will waive this requirement (except for the kinesiology courses) if you already have an Associate of Science or Arts degree. The school also offers a hybrid program in which you take a blend of online and on-campus classes.

  • Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
  • Program Length: 2 years, plus 1 summer session
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,627 per year for CO residents, $20,944 per year for non-residents (as of 2018-2019)
  • Prerequisites: Certifications in EMT-B or EMT-I, BLS-Healthcare Provider, EMT IV and basic EKG interpretation (not required if you are EMT-I certified), levels 1 and 2 anatomy and physiology courses
  • Requirements: Official school transcripts, current CPR for the Professional Caregiver certification, three letters of recommendation, letter of recommendation from current EMS director, written essay question response, HOBOT test, pre-admission interview, advisement meeting with EMS program director
  • School Type: 4-year, public; about 9,492 students (9,365 undergraduate)

Paramedics in the Colorado area can study at Arapahoe Community College and Colorado Mesa College to receive an associate's degree or a certificate. Other schools offering a certificate program include Colorado Mountain College and the Community College of Aurora.

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