Arizona has about 18-20 schools that offer EMT Training and courses offered include; EMT Basic Certificate, Certification of Completion in EMT Training, Paramedic courses etc.
Students who want to pursue advanced EMT or Paramedic Training must be certified at the basic level. Students may also achieve certification and an associate’s degree. For students advancing to Paramedic training, there is an option to earn a certificate, an associate’s degree or successfully complete EMT-to-Paramedic training.
Certificate programs requires applicants to be certified at a basic level at the least while degree programs are different; some include EMT Basic training.
A Glance at the Certificate and Degree Programs offered:
- EMT Basic Certificate
- Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic studies. (AAS)
- EMT Program
- Certificate of Proficiency- EMT Basic
- AAS in Paramedicine
- Certificate of Completion in EMT
- AAS in Emergency Response and Operations
- Paramedic Certificate.
All states require EMTs and Paramedics to be licensed. In Arizona, students who hold an NREMT Certificate are offered certification and pass a criminal background check.
EMT Certification Requirements:
Emergency Medical Technicians in Arizona are certified by the Arizona Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma System.
- Individuals must be at least 18 years of age at the time of certification
- Individuals are required to produce a national identity.
- Successful completion of EMT Training from a state-approved center.
- Successful completion of a state-approved CPR training.
- Qualify for the NREMT examination
- Strong mental and physical health
- Fluency in English
- A background check and a clear criminal record.
EMT Training Schools in Arizona.
Arizona Western College.
Located in Yuma, provides an occupational certificate for Basic EMTs. A single 12 credit course is required for this certification and this course is offered in order to prepare students for the EMT certification examination.
Central Arizona College.
Central Arizona College is situated in Coolidge. Courses provided include CPR training and EMT training. Students graduate from this college with a number of important skills and this includes; treating respiratory arrest, providing oxygen, identify required medications, management of cardiac arrest, managing spine injuries and understanding allergic reactions.
Coconino Community College.
A community college located in Flagstaff, offers an associate’s degree in Paramedics. This degree program aims to prepare students for certification through the NREMT Standard examination. It also provides certification for firefighters and meets life support standards laid out by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
East Valley Institute of Technology.
Located in Mesa, provides a high school and daytime training for potential EMT professionals. The program takes two semesters to complete and includes studying and training. Courses taught are; how to provide basic medical aid, how to provide CPR and treating patient injuries. This program aims to develop students and prepare them for certification and careers as firefighters or Emergency room technicians.
Eastern Arizona College.
Eastern Arizona College has a campus located in Thatcher and offers two EMT programs. The EMT Certificate course includes of Basic and Paramedic. Students are trained on EMT procedures, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and trauma care. On the contrary, the Paramedic course provides Paramedic training, advanced cardiac and pediatric life support and medical pharmacology.
The associate’s degree program in Para-medicine include three levels of paramedic training namely, an introduction to medical pharmacology, trauma patient management and advanced life support. The course can be completed in two years and also prepares students for the state and national examinations.
Glendale Community College
Situated in Glendale. This community college provides a few certificate programs and an associate’s degree program for students who wish to build a career as Emergency Medical Technicians. The Basic certificate program covers basic EMT techniques such as preparing patients for transport.
The Para-medicine certificate program trains students on emergency cardiac care, advanced life support techniques and more. It also provides students with hands-on experiences.
The associate’s degree program offers four options which are fire operations, Para-medicine, emergency management and fire science. Whatever course a student chooses, he/she will be trained on fitness, hazardous materials, trauma management and ethics.
Mesa Community College.
In Mesa, this community college provides an EMT Basic and Paramedic Certificate program. A paramedics associate’s program is also available.
The EMT Basic program teaches students medical care. Students can gain experience by working with professionals or through traditional classroom sessions.
The Paramedic Certificate of Completion prepares students to work as certified paramedics.
A.A.S in Emergency Response and Operations offers courses on fire science, fire operations, emergency management, fire investigation and advanced emergency medical technology-paramedic. Skills taught include; trauma management and how to treat patients in shock.
Mohave Community College.
Located in Kingman, aims to prepare students for the NREMT examination through a certificate and associate degree program. Graduates are prepared for careers in pre-hospital caring.
Paradise Valley Community College.
In Phoenix, this college offers an EMT certificate program. On successful completion of the course, students are prepared for basic duties such as performing CPR.
Pima Community College.
Situated in Tucson. Has six campuses and aims to prepare students for certification as an EMT Basic or EMT Paramedic.
The Basic EMT Certificate teaches students basic skills used in medical emergency situations. Applicants must be 18 years old and CPR certified in order to take the NREMT exam.
- Arizona Academy of Emergency Services – Mesa, AZ
- Cochise College– Sierra Vista, AZ
- Flagstaff Medical Center– Flagstaff, AZ
- Phoenix College-Maricopa Community Colleges– Phoenix, AZ
- Northland Pioneer College – Holbrook, AZ
- Phoenix Fire Department – Phoenix, AZ
- Yavapai College – Prescott, AZ
Tuition and Fees.
|Arizona Western College||$2,720||$9,710|
|Central Arizona College||$2,580||$11,100|
|Coconino Community College||$3,480||$11,655|
|East Valley Institute of Technology||$12000||$13,935|
|Eastern Arizona College||$2,700||$11,400|
|Glendale Community College||$2,070||$7,854|
|Mesa Community College||$2,070||$7,854|
|Mohave Community College||$2,112||$6,972|
|Paradise Valley Community College||$2,070||$7,854|
|Pima Community College||$2,142||$7,458|
EMT Training Online – Arizona
Online training is a learning method designed to enable students to work at their own pace and flexibility. It is a great help for students who are working or parenting during the week.
The Application Process:
You can apply for the online training program in four simple steps;
- First, you’ll need to complete the online application form.
- Next, hand in a scanned copy of your government issued photo ID / a national identity such as a driver’s license.
- Then, you will need to provide proof of your high school graduation or GED.
- Lastly, you will need to make the tuition payment before you can begin classes.
How does it work?
There are 3 parts of the online training. There’s a didactic/informative portion, the hands-on skills portion and clinical rotations.
The didactic portion: Gives students 6 months from the time they begin to complete all aspects of this course. It is the theory part and students are required to complete 140 hours of didactic portion online.
The hands-on skill days: There are usually 2 days out of the six months used for skills practice and at least one day for the National Registry Skills Testing. These dates are usually given in advance in order to accommodate all students’ schedules.
Clinical Rotations: These are provided by several major hospitals across the state of Arizona and throughout the United States. Students will complete 48 hours of EMS with at least 6 emergency patient transports and 24 hours of Emergency Department time.
If I already have college credits or an Associate’s degree, do I still need to take the assessment examination? No, you’re not required to take the assessment examination if you have at least 2 years of full time study from an accredited college.
Does your course meet NREMT requirements for initial EMT Certification? Yes, as an EMS training program, we meet NREMT requirements for certification. You are required to have a passing grade of at least 75% on the written and practical examinations. On successful completion of EMT training, you will be permitted to take the NREMT test.
Can you explain what is included in the course? EMT topics are extensively covered over 150 hours in the classroom setting. You can read more on the college website.