Schools in the Denver Area with EMT Training Programs
Only one school in the Denver city limits offers EMT programs, but there are several in the surrounding area that provide various levels of training in emergency medical services (EMS). This article looks at three schools, all within 25 minutes of the city center, and the programs they offer. It also includes a table that presents facts useful to prospective students, such as school enrollment, tuition, the availability of financial aid and graduation rates. At the end of the article is a listing of a few other area schools that offer EMT training.
- Located about four miles from Denver, the Community College of Aurora offers a training program for emergency medical personnel.
- EMT certificate programs for basic and advanced training can be found at Red Rocks Community College, along with a paramedicine degree program. This school is approximately 16 miles from downtown Denver.
- Students at Arapahoe Community College, about 12 miles from downtown, have basic and advanced training certificate options.
Comparison of Schools
Students should look at many factors when choosing a school. This table offers important data in a format that makes it easy to compare these three institutions.
|Community College of Aurora||Red Rocks Community College||Arapahoe Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||4-year, primarily associate's, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||8,026*||7,355*||12,421*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Midsize City||Large suburb|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$3,702 in-state, $13,896 out-of-state*||$4,008 in-state, $14,773 out-of-state*||$3,677 in-state, $14,441 out-of-state*|
|Percentage of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017)||65%*||50%*||58%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions||N/A - open admissions|
|Retention Rate for First-Time Students (2016-2017)||54% full-time, 41% part-time*||49% full-time, 40% part-time*||58% full-time, 45% part-time*|
|Graduation Rate||29% (Students who began in 2014)*||26% (Students who began in 2011)*||26% (Students who began in 2014)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Community College of Aurora
This college has been providing EMS training for more than a decade. Before entering the training program or paramedicine certificate program, applicants must be certified as EMTs in Colorado. Prerequisites also include having taken an IV course and completed classes in biology and anatomy and physiology. A background check and drug screening are also required.
Emergency Medical Services Training Program
This four-course program includes an introductory EMT class and a three-phase paramedic training curriculum that combines courses and practical applications in clinical experiences. A total of 51-65 credits are earned in this CAAHEP-accredited program. Studies include working in simulation studios.
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Certificate
This 12-credit, four-course program provides fundamental studies and clinical experiences. Students learn how to assess patients and administer care for trauma and medical emergencies as well as special populations. A 48-hour clinical experience is included.
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedicine Certificate
Students who are EMT-certified and have completed the EMT Emphasis Certificate from the college are eligible to enroll in this certificate program. It consists of 45 credits in classes and labs focusing on cardiology, pharmacology, special population care and trauma/medical emergencies. A two-part internship must also be completed.
Red Rocks Community College
This school provides EMS training from basic to paramedic levels, including an Associate of Applied Science degree in paramedicine offered in conjunction with nearby St. Anthony's Hospital. For EMT training, students can choose between basic and advanced certificates, and credits from both can be applied towards the associate's degree if desired. A paramedic certificate is available as well.
Students receive both classroom and clinical instruction in preparation for the NREMT certification exam. Topics cover first responder responsibilities, such as injury and illness assessment, patient transport and basic life support. Students must be 18 years old to begin the first course and have instructor approval to begin the clinical portion.
This program goes into more depth in EMS topics and, through a series of seven classes, covers subjects such as pharmacology, trauma, intravenous (IV) therapy and special needs patients. Students may use this program as preparation for paramedic studies; they're also prepared for advanced certification.
Arapahoe Community College
Successful completion of any of Arapahoe's EMS programs qualifies students to take the NREMT exam. Applicants need to be 18 years old with current CPR certification; they must also complete a criminal background check and any necessary vaccinations. A placement test may be required as well.
Emergency Medical Services-EMT Certificate
Arapahoe's program consists of four classes designed to prepare students for EMT work in ambulances, on ski patrols, in fire departments and in hospital emergency departments. The curriculum includes a clinical rotation, as well as courses in anatomy, trauma and basic life support.
Emergency Medical Services-EMT Enhanced Certificate
Students must successfully complete 27 credit hours with a grade of at least C in each class. The curriculum features a comprehensive approach for students who are aspiring EMTs, as well as those who want to advance to paramedicine. Along with classroom and clinical studies, students can choose from an elective menu that includes geriatric care, IV therapy, field safety issues, emergency pediatrics and medical terminology.
Other School Options
Another school within a 30-minute drive of Denver that offers certificate and degree programs in EMS is Front Range Community College in Westminster, about 16 miles away. The college offers a basic and clinical EMT certificate.