Schools in Colorado Springs with EMT Training Programs
There are only a couple schools in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area that offer state-approved EMT training programs. One is about 15 minutes from downtown, while the other is almost a 50-minute drive away. This article examines both schools and their EMT programs. It also includes a table of facts about all three schools, such as enrollment, tuition, graduation rates and campus setting. Prospective students can use this information to help them decide if a school is right for them.
- Pikes Peak Community College is just 12 miles outside of downtown Colorado Springs. It offers EMT and EMT-paramedic certificate programs along with an associate's degree program in emergency medical services.
- Pueblo Community College, about 28 miles from Colorado Springs, offers programs for basic and intermediate EMT certification levels as well as an EMT-paramedic certificate. It also offers an associate's degree program in emergency medical services.
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Comparison of Schools
The following table allows aspiring EMTs to compare these two schools and see which would be the best fit for them.
|Pikes Peak Community College||Pueblo Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||13,275*||5,991*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Midsize city|
|Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$3,726 in-state; $14,491 out-of-state*||$5,050 in-state; $15,810 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||68%*||85%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admission||N/A - Open admission|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||53% full-time; 38% part-time*||47% full-time; 39% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate||17% (19% transfer-out rate) for students who began studies Fall 2014*||19% (25% transfer-out rate) for students who began studies Fall 2011*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Pikes Peak Community College
The Pikes Peak EMT training center works in partnership with emergency medical service agencies and medical facilities in the area. Its EMT programs feature skills development through in-class and laboratory training, as well as clinical practice.
Certificate in EMT
This program requires students to complete 12 credit hours, including EMT-Basic certification training and corresponding clinical work. To qualify for clinical practice, students must be certified in CPR and concurrently enrolled in courses covering EMT fundamentals, medical emergencies, trauma emergencies and responding in complex circumstances, such as those involving disabled persons, extrication from a vehicle or terrorism.
Certificate in EMT - Paramedic
A total of 49 credit hours are needed to complete this program, which begins with an introduction to human anatomy and physiology that includes both classroom and laboratory components. Required EMT courses focus on paramedic fundamentals, trauma and medical emergencies, cardiology, advanced life support and pharmacology. Students must also complete two paramedic internships.
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services
This program was developed for EMTs and paramedics who want to earn an associate's degree. It features two areas of emphasis (EMT or paramedic) that include the same curricula as the certificate programs. General education courses complete the 60- to 62-credit-hour requirement.
Pueblo Community College
Along with in-class training, Pueblo's emergency medical services program emphasizes professional skills development and hands-on experience. Internships and laboratory course components allow students to work with professionals. In addition to certificate and degree programs, Pueblo also offers supplemental EMT education, including training in EMT-Basic intravenous therapy and an internship in which EMT-Basic graduates ride along with experienced EMTs.
EMT-Basic students must be 18 years of age, have a high school diploma and meet physical requirements, including up-to-date immunizations. Training covers patient assessment, trauma evaluation, airway management, basic medication delivery, anatomy, physiology and ambulance operation. In this 12-credit hour program, students are also required to observe in a hospital emergency room and with an ambulance crew.
Certificate in EMT-Intermediate
Although EMT-Intermediate certification isn't included in new national standards, it is still recognized by the State of Colorado. Students interested in the program are required to first have Colorado EMT-Basic certification. Course topics feature advanced airway management, medical and trauma emergency care, anatomy, physiology, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and pharmacology. Graduates may take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam, as well as obtain Colorado EMT-I certification.
Certificate in EMT-Paramedic
Colorado EMT-Basic certification is required for enrollment in this program, and there are also clinical, ambulance internship and didactic requirements. Participants in the 53-credit hour program must complete courses in EMT-Basic, CPR for professionals, human anatomy, physiology and public speaking. Additional training covers paramedic practice fundamentals, pharmacology, medical emergencies, cardiology and trauma emergencies. Students also take part in two paramedic internships. Graduates are prepared for the NREMT paramedic exam.
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Services (Paramedic)
Students need to fulfill ambulance internship, didactic and clinical prerequisite requirements. This program requires students to have EMT-Basic certification through the State of Colorado. Major courses featured in this 65-credit hour program are also found in the EMT-Paramedic certificate program.