Tucson EMT Programs
Those seeking to establish their careers as EMTs only have one school option within the Tucson city limits to get the needed training. Read about the program options, coursework and hands-on experiences available at the college.
- Pima Community College, situated around three miles from central Tucson, offers low tuition rates and two EMT programs. Students can earn a basic EMT certificate or an associate's degree in emergency medical technology. The former program is approved by the Arizona Department of Health Services' Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.
Learn more about the profiled college in the table below. It has statistics and facts on costs, financial aid, student retention and other factors that just might help you decide if it's the EMT school for you.
|Pima Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||24,347*|
|Campus Setting||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$2,118 in-state; $7,434 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)||67%*|
|Acceptance Rate||N/A - Open admission|
|Retention Rate (2017)||64% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate for Students Who Began in 2014||16%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Pima Community College
Along with concepts taught during in-class lectures, students are required to complete laboratory course components for hands-on training. In order to qualify for the EMT-Paramedic associate's degree program, students need to hold the EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate certification.
Basic EMT Certificate
This program consists of a single 9-credit-hour course. Students will encounter topics in airway obstruction and oxygen delivery, injury evaluation, patient assessment, patient transportation, ambulance operation, disaster management and advanced life support (ALS). This program is tasked with preparing students to take the State of Arizona's EMT-Basic certification exam. Students can transfer credit hours from this program to the EMT-Paramedic associate's degree program.
Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology - Paramedic
This program places a heavy focus on ALS training. ALS courses cover medical and trauma emergencies, airway control and ventilation, special medical considerations, pharmacology, operations and patient assessment. Additional courses include pre-hospital trauma life support, basic and advanced electrocardiographic rhythm interpretation, advanced pediatric life support and cardiac care. This program also provides a course dedicated to preparing students for the national paramedic certification exam. Students need to complete 63 credit hours prior to graduation.