There are about 16 schools in Colorado offering EMT Training. Many of them offer course 2-4 years long. All programs are approved and they include lecture, lab and clinical experiences. Most of them also result in a certificate or an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree. Some courses are available online for students that aren’t able to study at specific hours. Besides the standard programs, some schools also offer refresher courses for people with experience.
The four identified programs offered are; EMT Basic, Advanced EMT, EMT Intermediate and Paramedic.
EMT Certification Requirements in Colorado.
- Licensees must be at least 18 years of age.
- NREMT certified
- Completion of an approved training program and pass two examinations.
- EMT applicants in Colorado must be aged 18
- Must complete the program at state-approved colleges
- They must complete certification requirements for the NREMT before applying for state certification.
- Criminal background check
EMT Schools in Colorado.
Aims Community College.
This college is found about 50 mile north of Denver in Greely and offers EMT- Basic, first responder, Intermediate and Paramedic programs. Aims also offers specific courses in EKG, phlebotomy and gerontology. Paramedic students have an option of completing recognized certificate or A.A.S degree programs.
Arapahoe Community College.
Based in Littleton – offers an EMT Certificate and EMT- Enhanced Certificate program, both courses prepare students for the NREMT exam. The college also provides a safety course for EMTs working in hazardous areas i.e. electric or hybrid vehicles. Arapahoe even offers recognized certificate programs for Paramedics and an A.A.S in EMS. The college awards degrees, however, HealthONE is the Colorado approved agency controlling paramedic programs.
Colorado Mesa University.
Situated in western Colorado in Grand Junction. Students at this university can complete a 3-course technical certificate to train for EMT Basic certification. CMU also offers EMT- Paramedic Certificate and A.A.S in EMT- Paramedic.
Colorado Mountain College.
A multi-campus school with a central office in Glenwood Springs. The EMT-Basic program is offered at ten of the campuses and the EMT-Intermediate course is offered at four locations. Students interested in earning the Paramedic certificate can take online classes and laboratory courses at the Edward’s campus.
The college also offers an option for EMTs in remote areas to achieve a certification in wilderness emergency medical services.
Community College of Aurora.
Aurora’s main campus is found just east of Denver but EMT students attend classes at the school’s high tech center and they have indoor and outdoor facilities for practical learning. Courses offered are; EMT- Basic, Paramedic- Certificate and an accredited A.A.S in Para-medicine degree.
Community College of Denver.
CCD offers an EMT- Basic Certificate and EMT refresher courses in partnership with Denver Health Paramedic Division – EMS education. The students enrolled at CCD have an advantage of attaining skills of preparing for interviews and writing a resume.
The degree program offered is in addition of 4 semesters to the EMT- Basic and includes courses in communication, human disease and ethics. The program prepares students for the Advanced EMT exam.
Front Range Community College.
Colorado’s largest community college which offers EMT Basic program at three of its campuses. The college also offers a Pre-paramedic Certificate option which is two semesters long. EMT students have the opportunity of gaining hands-on experience and students also have available educational resources such as high tech mannequins and a cadaver lab at one of the campuses.
Morgan Community College.
Situated in Fort Morgan, programs offered include; an EMT Basic Certificate program that is divided into four courses. An EMT Intermediate Certificate program, an Advanced EMT Certificate program and refresher courses.
Pikes Peak Community College.
Located in Colorado Springs and offers the following programs; emergency medical responder program, EMT Certificate, Para-medicine certificate and an A.A.S in Para-medicine.
Pueblo Community College.
Courses offered include a CAAHEP accredited A.A.S in Emergency Medical Services or Paramedic Certificate Program. Pueblo also offers an EMT Basic and EMT Intermediate program.
- Denver Health Medical Center – Denver, CO
- Red Rocks Community College – Lakewood, CO
- St. Anthony Hospitals – Lakewood, CO
- Western Colorado Community College – Grand Junction, CO
Tuition and Fees for EMT Training Colleges in Colorado.
|Aims Community College||$1,835||$2,756|
|Arapahoe Community College||$3,918||$15,006|
|Colorado Mesa University||$8,627||$20,944|
|Colorado Mountain College||$2,220||$4,620|
|Community College of Aurora||$3,826||$14,914|
|Community College of Denver||$4,750||$15,830|
|Front Range Community College||$3,986||$15,074|
|Morgan Community College||$3,765||$14,853|
|Pikes Peak Community College||$3,840||$14,928|
|Pueblo Community College||$5,179||$16,262|
Aims Community College.
Aims is a very good school, most professors are very helpful and always wish to see you succeed. The campus is also very clean and nice and all my classes are super fun to attend.
Pikes Peak Community College.
Pikes Peak is a great community college for figuring out what path you’d like to go down. They have tons of support services including tutors, math center and support for those with learning disabilities.
Pueblo Community College.
The class sizes are very small with between 15-30 students which allows easy communication with professors.
EMT Training Online – Colorado
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 Colorado 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.
I have never been an EMT and would like to be one. How do I complete the requirements? You can start by completing an EMT- Basic course by a state approved education program and become certified by the NREMT.
Is there a charge to become certified in Colorado?
No, the state does not charge a fee for state certification.
My certificate expired over 6 months ago. What do I need to do? Complete the NREMT certificate requirements, then complete all other application requirements outline for initial certification.
How do I keep my NREMT certificate current? You can contact the NREMT through their website or their contact number.
Is EMT certification transferable? Every state has their own set of requirements therefore it depends on what state you plan to move to, you need to follow the requirements of that state. Transferring certification is simple, many states offer a reciprocity for national and state certified professionals.