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Arizona EMT Certification Program Overviews with School Options

Arizona has 18 schools that offer EMT certification programs. Learn about the programs, tuition info and program options for the nine largest schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

There are 18 schools in the state of Arizona that offer certificate and associate's degree programs for EMT certification. Many of these schools are part of the Maricopa County Community College District. EMT programs usually have prerequisites; depending on the school, these may include immunizations, a criminal background check, a drug screening and placement testing. Most schools offer clinical practica and field experiences under the guidance of licensed paramedics and EMTs.


Arizona Western College

Arizona Western College in Yuma offers an occupational certificate for aspiring emergency medical technicians. Students must complete 12 credit hours of coursework focused on basic EMT technology. Graduates are eligible for EMT-Basic certification and NREMT registration. This school also offers a certificate and an associate's degree for prospective paramedics who are already certified at the EMT-B level.

Chandler/Gilbert Community College

This community college in Chandler offers an emergency medical technology certificate program. Students can learn how to administer oxygen, document injuries and use immobilization devices. The Arizona Department of Health Services has approved this program, and graduates are eligible to become EMT-Basic certified. Students seeking paramedic licensure can pursue an associate's degree in emergency response and operations with an advanced emergency medical technology-paramedic track.

Estrella Mountain Community College

Located in Avondale, Estrella Mountain Community College has an associate's degree program in emergency response and operations with a paramedicine track. Applicants to this program must have previous training in basic life support and CPR; they also need to have completed a basic EMT course or hold EMT-Basic certification. Students in the paramedicine track can take classes in trauma management, pediatric life support and pharmacology. This school also offers a certificate program in emergency medical technology at its Southwest Skill Center for aspiring basic EMTs.

Glendale Community College

This Glendale-based college's health sciences division offers basic and advanced EMT certificate and associate's degree programs in emergency medical technology. The EMT certificate program is nine credits in length and covers oxygen administration, assessment techniques, IV monitoring, blood-glucose monitoring and medication administration. Students are also required to complete a clinical experience at a local emergency department.

The paramedicine certificate program requires that students complete a series of advanced EMT courses covering diagnostic treatment skills, immobilization devices, advanced airway techniques, central intravenous techniques and electrocardiogram analysis. In addition to incorporating the paramedic certificate requirements, the associate's degree program in emergency response and operations with a paramedicine track covers general education topics. Graduates are prepared to seek EMT licensure at the paramedic level.

Mesa Community College

At this Mesa college, students can enroll in a 16-week basic EMT program that qualifies them for certification in this field. Participants can learn how to treat patients quickly in the field and transport them to advanced care facilities. A paramedicine certificate is also available to students who have completed the basic EMT program or who are EMT-B certified. Similar to other Maricopa community colleges, this school offers an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Emergency Response and Operations with a paramedicine track as well.

Paradise Valley Community College

Located in Phoenix, Paradise Valley Community College offers an emergency medical technology certificate program that requires nine credit hours. Students can expect to study emergency care techniques, stabilization and patient transport. Applicants must have completed a course in basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Paradise Valley offers a paramedicine certificate program as well, and students can learn advanced life support and pediatric care techniques. Students who want to train for paramedic careers and earn a degree can pursue an AAS in Emergency Response and Operations with a concentration in paramedicine.

Phoenix College

An AAS in Emergency Response and Operations program is available at this Phoenix college. This 60-credit degree program trains students for various emergencies, and a paramedicine track is available. Potential courses include advanced cardiac life support and trauma management; a clinical practicum is required. Basic and intermediate certificates in emergency medical technology are offered as well, in addition to a paramedicine certificate program.

Pima Community College

Pima Community College's Public Safety and Emergency Services Institute in Tucson offers a number of certificate and associate's degree programs. The school's EMT programs prepare graduates to take national and Arizona certification examinations. The 12-credit EMT-Basic certificate program covers ambulance operations, physical assessment of patients, illness symptoms and medical techniques.

The paramedic associate's degree program prepares graduates for NREMT licensure at the paramedic level; the program is designed for current EMT-Basics and EMT-Intermediates. Topics covered include pharmacology, advanced electrocardiogram analysis and pediatric emergency care. Students are also required to complete general education classes.

Yavapai College

Located in Prescott, Yavapai College has a certificate program for prospective EMTs. Students complete classroom and clinical coursework, and the program culminates in a practical skills exam. A 14-month associate's program in paramedicine is offered to students who are currently certified as EMTs. Topics covered include safe emergency transport techniques, medication administration and advanced patient assessment. Both programs prepare students for certification as EMTs or paramedics, respectively. Yavapai has EMT and paramedic refresher courses as well. There is also a paramedicine certificate program, which requires a minimum of 43 credits for completion.

Career Requirements

Arizona requires emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to be certified through the state's Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System. Certification requires completion of an approved training program, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) registration, an application, U.S. citizen verification and a criminal history background check.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting EMT Certification Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)
Arizona Western College Two-year, public; small city EMT-Basic Occupational Certificate,
Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic Occupational Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
$2,540 (in-state)*
$9,530 (out-of-state)*
Chandler/Gilbert Community College Two-year, public; large suburb Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Emergency Medical Technology,
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Emergency Response and Operations
$2,046 (in-state)*
$7,830 (out-of-state)*
Estrella Mountain Community College Two-year, public; small suburb Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Technology,
AAS in Emergency Response and Operations
$2,046 (in-state)*
$7,830 (out-of-state)*
Glendale Community College Two-year, public; large suburb CCL in Emergency Medical Technology,
CCL in Paramedicine,
AAS in Emergency Response and Operations
$2,046 (in-state)*
$7,830 (out-of-state)*
Mesa Community College Two-year, public; large city EMT-Basic Certificate of Completion,
Certificate of Completion in Paramedicine,
AAS in Emergency Response and Operations
$2,046 (in-state)*
$7,830 (out-of-state)*
Paradise Valley Community College Two-year, public; large city CCL in Emergency Medical Technology,
CCL in Paramedicine,
AAS in Emergency Response and Operations
$2,046 (in-state)*
$7,830 (out-of-state)*
Phoenix College Two-year, public; large city CCL in Basic Emergency Medical Technology,
CCL in Intermediate Emergency Medical Technology,
CCL in Paramedicine,
AAS in Emergency Response and Operations
$2,046 (in-state)*
$7,830 (out-of-state)*
Pima Community College Two-year, public; large city EMT-Basic Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology-Paramedic
$1,974 (in-state)*
$8,610 (out-of-state)*
Yavapai College Two-year, public; small city Emergency Medical Technician Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine
$2,064 (in-state)*
$8,688 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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