Emergency Medical Services

Program Description

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)  represents the first component of the emergency medical technician system. An EMT is trained to care for patients in their home or at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction.  EMT coursework typically emphasizes emergency skills, such as patient assessment, communication, anatomy and physiology, airway management, trauma, and cardiac emergencies. Formal courses are combined with skills practice and time in an emergency room and on an ambulance for a total of 195 contact hours. The program also provides instruction and practice in dealing with bleeding, fractures, airway obstruction, cardiac arrest, and emergency childbirth. Students learn how to use and maintain common emergency equipment, such as suction devices, splints, oxygen delivery systems, stretchers, blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, medications and when appropriate- backboard devices. The program prepares the graduate to take the NREMT examination and become certified as an EMT. Career options include opportunities in hospital emergency rooms, fire departments, doctor offices, private ambulance services, and search and rescue.

The Paramedic represents the most advanced level of training of the emergency medical technician system. At this level, the caregiver receives advanced training in the use of procedures, medications and equipment to manage medical emergencies and traumatic injuries in patients of all ages. Paramedics provide the most extensive pre-hospital care. Through performance of assessments and providing medical care, their goal is to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity due to illness and injury. Paramedics primarily provide care to emergency patients in and out of the hospital setting. This program prepares the graduate to take the NREMT examination and become certified or licensed as a Paramedic. Extensive related coursework and clinical and field experience is required. Students admitted to the program must have and maintain EMT certification throughout the Paramedic program and must have completed IV Therapy and basic EKG courses. 

Admission to the Paramedic program is competitive. Admission into Colorado Mesa University does not guarantee acceptance into the Paramedic program, which requires a separate application process. Paramedics should be emotionally stable, have good dexterity, agility, and physical coordination, and be able to lift and carry heavy loads. Paramedics are employed by fire, police, rescue agencies, hospitals, private ambulance companies, flight for life, and in a variety of businesses and industries with a high potential for accidental injury or illness. Graduates from either the certificate or the AAS degree program will graduate as street-ready paramedics.

Special Requirements

Students must earn a “C” or higher for all courses required for completion of the EMS programs. This policy applies regardless of when the course was taken.

Students must possess a current CPR card while in all EMS courses.

Students must be 18 years of age prior to the start of clinical rotations- see instructor.

A Criminal Background Check and Drug Screen are required for all EMS students.

As a graduate of a Career and Technical Education program you will be contacted by CMU/WCCC in approximately six  month to verify your employment information. This information gathering is a federal requirement to ensure that WCCC receives certain federal funding. 

Contact Information

Office of Student Services
WCCC, Bishop B102
2508 Blichmann Avenue
970.255.2670

EMTS 101 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic I3 Credits

Policies, rules and regulations of emergency medical services. Basic anatomy and physiology. Initial and focused assessment of patient in the field.

Corequisites: EMTS 102 and EMTS 103.

EMTS 102 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic II3 Credits

Management of respiratory, cardiac, CNS, endocrine, behavioral, drug, alcohol, allergy and anaphylaxis emergencies. Airway management, CPR, AED and basic pharmacology.

Corequisites: EMTS 101 and EMTS 103.

EMTS 103 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic III4 Credits

Management of MOI, head, spinal, abdominal, chest and extremity trauma. Basic management of pediatric, gynecologic, and geriatric emergencies. EMT safety, environmental emergencies, hazmat, triage, and incident command. Preparation for national registry written and practical examination.

Corequisites: EMTS 101 and EMTS 102.

EMTS 115 Emergency Medical Responder3 Credits

This course covers the knowledge and skills to provide emergency care for most medical emergencies. Emergency Medical Responders provide immediate care as part of the EMS system while awaiting additional EMS response and transportation. This course meets the requirements to become nationally certified as an NREMR - National Registered Emergency Medical Responder.

EMTS 130 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic IV Therapy2 Credits

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

EMTS 190 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic EKG Interpretation2 Credits

Interpretation of EKG strips, anatomy and physiology of the heart, using three-lead monitoring as a guide. Introduction to twelve-lead EKG.

EMTS 196 Topics:1-3 Credits

Course may be taken multiple times up to maximum of 15 credit hours.

EMTS 225 Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice3 Credits

First course of the National Standard Paramedic Curriculum as approved by the Colorado State Department of Health and Environment.

Corequisites: EMTS 225L.

EMTS 225L Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice Laboratory2 Credits

Hands-on application of patient assessment, IV therapy and EKG interpretation. Practical application and mastery of anatomy and physiology principles within a pre-hospital setting will be developed.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

Corequisites: EMTS 225.

EMTS 227 Paramedic Special Considerations3 Credits

Focuses on a comprehensive study of Advanced Life Support Practice.

Prerequisites: EMTS 225/EMTS 225L and Permission of instructor.

Corequisites: EMTS 227L.

EMTS 227L Paramedic Special Considerations Laboratory2 Credits

Hands-on application of skills in pediatric assessment, delivery and management of the newborn, the mother, and geriatric patients. Management of live scenarios simulating patients with special considerations and needs will enhance the development of practical patient care skills and improve patient outcomes. Certification in PEPP and PALS will be completed.

Prerequisites: EMTS 225/EMTS 225L and Permission of instructor.

Corequisites: EMTS 227.

EMTS 229 Paramedic Pharmacology3 Credits

Focuses on a comprehensive study of emergency pharmacology and medications used to treat common illnesses.

Prerequisites: EMTS 225/EMTS 225L and Permission of instructor.

Corequisites: EMTS 229L.

EMTS 229L Paramedic Pharmacology Laboratory2 Credits

Hands-on administration of medications with an advanced level of understanding of their effects to the human body. The principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics are investigated.

Prerequisites: EMTS 225/EMTS 225L and Permission of instructor.

Corequisites: EMTS 229.

EMTS 231 Paramedic Cardiology5 Credits

Cardiology topics as presented in the National Standard Curriculum for paramedics.

Prerequisites: EMTS 225/EMTS 225L and Permission of instructor.

Corequisites: EMTS 231L.

EMTS 231L Paramedic Cardiology Laboratory1 Credit

Hands-on application of principles of cardiac care for the pre-hospital and in-hospital environment. Students will earn their ACLS certification.

Prerequisites: EMTS 225/EMTS 225L and Permission of instructor.

Corequisites: EMTS 231.

EMTS 233 Paramedic Medical Emergencies4 Credits

A comprehensive study of adult medical emergencies.

Prerequisites: EMTS 225/EMTS 225L and Permission of instructor.

Corequisites: EMTS 233L.

EMTS 233L Paramedic Medical Emergencies Laboratory1 Credit

Hands-on application of the principles of endocrine emergencies, BG analysis, respiratory emergencies, and other medical emergencies for the pre-hospital and in-hospital environment. Students will receive AMLS certification.

Prerequisites: EMTS 225/EMTS 225L and Permission of instructor.

Corequisites: EMTS 233.

EMTS 235 Paramedic Trauma Emergencies4 Credits

A comprehensive study of adult and pediatric trauma emergencies.

Prerequisites: EMTS 225/EMTS 225L and Permission of instructor.

Corequisites: EMTS 235L.

EMTS 235L Paramedic Trauma Emergencies Laboratory1 Credit

Hands-on application of the principles to manage and assess the trauma patient in pre-hospital emergencies. Approaches on how to handle the patient with blast injuries and disaster management of multiple patients will be developed. Specific scenarios with various acute trauma emergencies will be developed to assist the student with patient assessment skills.

Prerequisites: EMTS 225/EMTS 225L and Permission of instructor.

Corequisites: EMTS 235.

EMTS 237 Paramedic Internship Preparation2 Credits

Reviews concepts and techniques used in the prehospital setting.

Prerequisites: EMTS 225/EMTS 225L, EMTS 227/EMTS 227L, EMTS 229/EMTS 229L, EMTS 231/EMTS 231L, EMTS 233/EMTS 233L, and EMTS 235/EMTS 235L.

EMTS 280 Paramedic Internship I6 Credits

The preceptor/internship program for paramedic students.

Prerequisites: EMTS 237.

EMTS 281 Paramedic Internship II6 Credits

Continuation of EMTS 280, preceptor program for paramedic students.

Prerequisites: EMTS 280.