Colorado Paramedic Training
Paramedic training programs offer advanced studies to current EMTs and are designed to prepare students to take certification exams. Learn about the prerequisites, curricula and internships for two Colorado schools' programs. Follow up by looking over the table at the end of this article for additional school data.
- Front Range Community College is located in Westminster and offers a pre-paramedic certificate and a paramedic certificate.
- Pikes Peak Community College, in Colorado Springs, offers a paramedic-level associate's degree in emergency medical services.
Comparison of Schools
In addition to learning about the programs at these two schools, aspiring paramedics might also want to know more details about the schools themselves. The following table can help students compare enrollment and tuition information, in addition to retention and graduation rates.
|Front Range Community College||Pikes Peak Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2014)||18,761*||13,947*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|| $3,527 (in-state)*
| $3,240 (in-state)*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014)||68%*||69%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2014)||100% (open admissions)*||100% (open admissions)*|
|Retention Rate (2014)||56%*||49%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (2011 start date)||20%*||12%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Front Range Community College
With a student population nearing 20,000 individuals each year, Front Range Community College is the largest public school to offer paramedic programs in Colorado. The 2-year college is located in the large suburban area of Westminster, Colorado, and offers associate degree and certificate programs in a variety of subjects, including emergency medical technology and paramedics.
Front Range Community College offers a 23-credit pre-paramedic certificate program that provides students with the knowledge necessary to enter into a paramedic education program upon graduation. Most paramedic degree or certificate programs require students to be certified basic emergency medical technicians (EMT-Basic) before applying. Completion of this program allows graduates to skip that requirement and move directly in to a paramedic education program. Courses in this certificate program include human anatomy and physiology, EMT-Basic skills and clinical practice, EMT intravenous therapy, medical terminology and basic EKG interpretation.
Front Range Community College also offers a regular paramedic certificate program for students pursuing EMT-Paramedic certification in Colorado. The program requires the completion of either an EMT-Basic certificate program or a pre-paramedic certificate program prior to enrollment. Students enrolled in the paramedic program learn how to provide advanced on-the-scene care to patients before they can be transported to a health care facility. Courses include paramedic pharmacology, paramedic cardiology, medical emergencies, paramedic lab, trauma emergencies and more. Internships and laboratory experience are also part of this program's curriculum.
Pikes Peak Community College
Another school to offer paramedic training in Colorado is Pikes Peak Community College in the city of Colorado Springs. The 2-year, public school offers certificates and degree programs in both academic and occupational areas, and serves nearly 15,000 students annually.
Associate of Applied Sciences in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Level
Pikes Peak Community College offers programs in emergency medical services in a variety of levels, including a paramedic level for students pursuing EMT-Paramedic certification in Colorado. The 62-credit degree program is the most advanced program in the emergency medical services department at the school. Students in the paramedic program are required to complete both general education and core paramedic courses. These paramedic courses include human anatomy and physiology, general psychology, fundamentals of paramedic practice, paramedic lab, paramedic special considerations, paramedic pharmacology and cardiology. Students must also complete two 6-credit paramedic internships before graduating.