Becoming a paramedic in Colorado can an incredibly rewarding experience, but learning about all the programs, courses, and requirements involved can sometimes feel a little daunting. Here’s an in-depth breakdown of what you can expect when it comes to paramedic training in CO.
Paramedic Training in Colorado
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their healthcare programs:
Aims Community College – Windsor, CO
Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic Program
Public Safety Institute
Windsor, CO 80550
United States of America
Arapahoe Community College – Englewood, CO
5900 S Santa Fe Dr
Littleton, CO 80160
United States of America
Colorado Mountain College – Edwards, CO
150 Miller Ranch Road
Edwards , CO – 81632
Community College of Aurora – Aurora, CO
9235 E. 10th Drive
Denver, CO – 80230
Denver Health Medical Center – Denver, CO
190 W. 6th Avenue,
Denver , CO – 80204
Pikes Peak Community College – Colorado Springs, CO
5675 South Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs , CO – 80906
Pueblo Community College – Pueblo, CO
900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo , CO – 81004
St. Anthony Hospitals – Lakewood, CO
34 Van Gordon Street, Suite 201
Lakewood , CO – 80228
Paramedic School Requirements in Colorado
· Those looking to become a paramedic in Colorado will first need to pass the NREMT exam. After you successfully pass the NREMT exam, you can then apply for state certification.
For more on becoming nationally certified with the NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians), which is a non-governmental agency that registers and maintains a database of certified EMTs, visit NREMT.org.
· A current CPR certificate and/or card is typically required of most paramedic programs in the country.
· One must be a high school graduate who is at least 18 years old. If you’re not a high school graduate, a GED will suffice.
· Paramedic training courses can often be found at community colleges. An EMT-P course often provides students with a mixture of classroom and in-hospital clinical experience, as well as some field experience.
· Each paramedic program requires different things from their prospective students. Immunizations are certainly required (especially for clinical rotations), and you’ll likely need to go through a criminal background check and drug screening, too. Written references may or may not be required by the school.
At Pikes Peak Community College, for example, students must provide records that include 2 MMR vaccines, Hepatitis B series (or declination) vaccination, a recent TB skin test (6 months), and a history of Chicken Pox or Varicella vaccine. And while Pikes Peak doesn’t require you to be a United States citizen, you are required to at least be living in the U.S. legally.
You will want to make sure that whichever paramedic training program in Colorado you select is an accredited program.
Where can I find an accredited paramedic training program in Colorado?
Make sure you visit the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) to find an accredited paramedic training program. This is important, because as of January 1, 2013, all students will need to complete paramedic education at an accredited school in order to take the paramedic NREMT exam.
Do I need EMT experience to apply to a paramedic training program?
This varies from school to school, so check be sure to check around for a program that fits you best. Typically, you don’t need EMT experience.
How long will it take me to become a paramedic?
This really depends on the college and training program you select. Typically, a paramedic program can take anywhere from 6 months to two years to complete.
How much will a paramedic training program cost?
You can usually expect to pay anywhere between $1,000 and $10,000 for a quality and thorough paramedic training course. Some programs can certainly exceed that cost, however.
TAKING THE PARAMEDIC NREMT EXAM
After you successfully complete the required paramedic training course, you will need to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam. This is both a computer adaptive test (cognitive examination) as well as a skills test (psychomotor examination).
The cognitive examination will cover the entire spectrum of EMS care. This includes Airway, Ventilation, Oxygenation, Trauma, Cardiology, Medical, and EMS Operations. The maximum amount of time you will be given to pass this portion of the exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The psychomotor examination consists of 12 separate skills laid out in a scenario-type format to approximate the abilities of the EMT-Paramedic to function in the out-of-hospital setting. Those taking the test are actually allowed to bring their own equipment to the exam provided it is approved for testing by the National Registry Representative in attendance at the examination.
The psychomotor exam portion of the paramedic NREMT exam will test your knowledge and competency in each of the following skills: Patient Assessment-Trauma, Ventilatory Management, Cardiac Management Skills, IV and Medication Skills, Oral Station, Pediatric Skills, and Random Basic Skills.
PRACTICING AS A PARAMEDIC
After you’ve passed the NREMT-P written and practical exams, you can then apply to the state for certification. You can download the certification application here, where you’ll be asked to fill in several key pieces of information, as well as submit your fingerprints to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
How much money does a paramedic make annually?
An average paramedic salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011, is about $34,030 per year.
Get more information about paramedic training online via our interactive table on our homepage.