Denver Paramedic Schools with Course and Program Options

Jan 02, 2019

The Denver, Colorado, area has a handful of community colleges that offer paramedic programs. Learn about the degree and certificate programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, none more than 15 miles from downtown, and make an informed education decision.

Paramedic Schools in Denver

Individuals in the Denver area have a few choices when it comes to attending a paramedic school. This article profiles three schools within 25 minutes of downtown Denver. It also contains a table that shows pertinent information about the schools, such as size and cost. At the end of the article, there are a few facts about another area school with a relevant program.

  • Arapahoe Community College is located just 10 miles from Denver and offers an associate's degree in paramedicine.
  • The Community College of Aurora, which is only 11 miles from the city, also offers an associate's degree in paramedicine.
  • Red Rocks Community College, about 13 miles from downtown, offers an associate's degree in paramedicine, as well as a paramedic certificate program.

Comparison of Schools

This table allows prospective students to easily compare important factors for these three schools. This information can help them make a sound decision about their education.

Arapahoe Community College Community College of Aurora Red Rocks Community College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public 4-year, primarily associate's; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 12,421* 8,026* 7,355*
Campus Setting Large suburb Large city Midsize city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $3,676 in-district; $3,677 in-state; $14,441 out-of-state* $3,702 in-state; $13,896 out-of-state* $4,008 in-state; $14,773 out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017) 58%* 65%* 50%*
Acceptance rate (2017) Open admission policy* Open admission policy* Open admission policy*
Retention rate (2017) 58% for full-time students; 45% for part-time students* 54% for full-time students; 41% for part-time students* 49% for full-time students; 40% for part-time students*
Graduation rate 26% (Students Beginning in 2014)* 29% (Students Beginning in 2014)* 26% (Students Beginning in 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Arapahoe Community College

Arapahoe Community College offers an associate's degree in paramedicine in partnership with HealthONE Emergency Medical Services. This advanced program provides students with the pre-hospital emergency care training needed to work as emergency responders.

Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services-Paramedicine

This program is offered twice each year and is comprised of lectures and laboratory work as well as field and clinical internships. The program prepares graduates for the National Registry Examination for paramedics. Applicants must have at least a year of documented field experience as an EMT at the basic or intermediate level to enroll in this program. A criminal background check is also needed prior to enrollment. A grade of 'C' or better in all emergency medical services courses is needed to graduate.

Community College of Aurora

The Community College of Aurora offers an associate's degree in paramedicine. This program provides students with the additional emergency medical services (EMS) training needed to become a paramedic.

Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine

Applicants to this program must have completed a basic emergency medical technician program and have Colorado certification as a basic EMT. Paramedic courses include pharmacology, cardiology, trauma, anatomy and physiology. An internship is also required.

Red Rocks Community College

This community college offers a collection of EMS degree and certificate programs for aspiring professionals in the field. All students must undergo a background check prior to enrolling in these programs.

Paramedic Certificate

This program is specifically designed to prepare students to sit for the National Registry exams for paramedics. The 49-credit hour program covers paramedic fundamentals, paramedic pharmacology, paramedic cardiology and paramedic medical emergencies. Students are also required to complete labs and two 6-credit internships.

Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine

This program is offered in partnership with St. Anthony's Hospital, also located in Lakewood. Students must gain admittance to the program through the hospital in order to earn the degree. Prerequisites include EMT-basic courses and clinical education. Associate's degree courses cover the same topics as those in the paramedic certificate program, as well as general education courses. A total of 62 credits must be completed.

Other School Options

Located less than 12 miles from Denver in the large suburb of Westminster, CO, Front Range Community College offers programs that might appeal to aspiring paramedics. Though it does not offer a paramedicine program, it does provide a 25-credit hour pre-paramedic certificate program. Coursework is also offered that fulfills continuing education requirements for current paramedics.

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