The Paramedic AAS degree program prepares students to render pre-hospital emergency care as an ambulance, fire department, search and rescue, and volunteer ambulance personnel. This program trains students to perform a variety of medical services including recognition of and management of patients with heart disease; immediate care to persons with auto accident injuries, burns, poisoning, and alcohol and drug overdose; assistance with emergency childbirth, acute psychiatric disorders, and various other medical emergencies. This program meets or exceeds all National EMS Paramedic Education Curriculum requirements.
Students who wish to participate in the Paramedic program must be 18 years of age or older, be a currently certified EMT, and have one-year of pre-hospital or patient care documented experience. In addition, they must have a current CPR-BLS for Healthcare Provider or equivalent credential. Students must also have either BIO 160 or HES 129 as a pre-requisite, or be concurrently enrolled in either BIO 160 or HES 129 along with EMS 240 and EMS 241 .
Students must meet all requirements for admission to the program in compliance with the Arizona Bureau of EMS Administrative rule, including physical exam, immunizations, TB screening, background check and drug screen. Program Director approval is required for enrollment in EMS 240 , EMS 241 , EMS 242 , EMS 243 , and EMS 244 .
For more information regarding the Paramedic Certificate, see the Emergency Medical Services webpage.
Requirements for Graduation
No D or F grades in any program-required courses and completion of all field of study courses with a “B” or better.
For a course to be eligible for transfer, the student must receive a “C” or better. Acceptance of a transfer course is determined by the receiving institution.
NOTE: Students who took HES 129 prior to Fall 2021 can graduate with 3 credits for HES 129