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Emergency Medical Services Degrees & Certificates

Whether you have years of experience working in the Emergency Medical Services field, or are just beginning, our EMS Program can meet your needs.

Degrees in EMS

PPCC offers the following program options:

  • Certificate of Completion for Emergency Medical Technician
  • Certificate of Completion  for EMT Enhanced Curriculum
  • Certificate of Completion for Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
  • Certificate of Completion in Paramedicine
  • EMT Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Paramedicine  Associate of Applied Science Degree
    • With an AAS in EMT or Paramedic,  you can continue your education in the ESA Bachelor of Applied Science

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR): This course provides the student with core knowledge and skills to function in the capacity of a first responder arriving at the scene of a medical/trauma emergency and provide care until advanced EMS help arrives.  Upon successful course completion, the student will be eligible to take the NREMT certification exam at the Emergency Medical Responder level.


Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  This course prepares the student to become an Emergency Medical Technician. Pikes Peak Community College adheres to the National EMS Educations Standards and Instructional Guidelines as well as the Colorado Department of Health and Environment Chapter One and Chapter Two Rules for all relevant courses. The program includes both written and practical examinations, as well as a clinical component. Upon completion, the student is eligible to take the NREMT certification exam at the Emergency Medical Technician level. Prerequisites: Passing grade for CCR 092 and MAT 055 or Accuplacer scores of ENG-over 94 and MAT- EA of 45 or higher.


Paramedic: This program provides the education necessary for the Emergency Medical Technician to progress to Paramedic with the opportunity to complete the educational requirements for the AAS degree in Emergency Medical Services. The program is separated into 12 topics with lectures and concurrent labs. The program consists of 360 hours of lecture instruction, 245 hours of hands-on lab instruction, and 300 hours of clinical experience. The field internship phase consists of 500 hours with various ALS agencies throughout the region. Prerequisites: Successful completion of college-level anatomy and physiology with a C or higher and current Colorado State EMT certification. IV certification is encouraged.

Traditional cohorts begin every Fall semester. Accelerated cohorts begin in January. The application process will open in January. If you have any questions contact

Retention: Retention is affected by academic and non-academic factors. Each cohort is different, but the average retention since 2001 is 70 percent.

NREMT Pass Rates: Students who complete the PPCC paramedic program have a 100 percent first attempt pass rate on the NREMT.

Placement outcomes: The five-year average for positive placement is 94.7 percent for graduates.


Wilderness First Responder (WFR): Provides the student with those skills and emergency medical care techniques used by guides, trip leaders and others providing primary care in the back-country setting. The student will be able to respond correctly to those medical and trauma situations commonly encountered when entry into the EMS system is delayed or unlikely.


Community Paramedic: This program is designed around the Community Healthcare and Emergency Cooperative curriculum for Community Paramedicine, A Community Paramedic works to close the gap by expanding the role of EMS personnel in areas such as:

  • Primary care
  • Public health
  • Disease management
  • Prevention and wellness
  • Mental health
  • Oral health

The Community Paramedic Program adapts to the specific needs and resources of each community. It will succeed through the combined efforts of those that have a stake in maintaining the health and well-being of its residents.


EMT Refresher: Provides the student with a refresher course designed to meet the recertification requirements for the State of Colorado and/or a portion of the recertification requirements for the National Registry.


EMT Intravenous Therapy: Focuses on cognitive and skill practice as required by the Colorado Prehospital Care program for EMT- level IV endorsement. Examines criteria, procedures and techniques for IV therapy, discusses fluid and electrolyte balance and principles and treatment for shock.

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