Las Vegas Paramedic Training Programs
Students interested in becoming paramedics have limited educational choices in the Las Vegas region, but two institutions in the area offer relevant training within a 15-minute drive of downtown. This article covers the coursework and field experiences available through the schools' programs, which are designed to prepare students to pass the NREMT certification exam required of Nevada paramedics. A table of figures and facts about the schools is provided as well.
- The only not-for-profit school in the area with programs in the field is the College of Southern Nevada, which offers both a paramedic medicine certificate and associate's degree. The campus is about seven miles from central Las Vegas.
- National College of Technical Instruction, a for-profit school located around six miles from the city's downtown area, also offers a paramedic training program.
Comparison of Schools
Being in the Las Vegas area, both featured schools offer a large city environment to study within. To discover some of the areas of difference between the institutions, take a look at this table containing facts on costs, acceptance policies and more.
|College of Southern Nevada||National College of Technical Instruction|
|School Type||4-year, primarily associate's, public||Private training institute|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||33,914*||N/A|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition (2017-2018)||$3,285 in-state, $10,063 out-of-state*||$7,830 (program cost, materials not included)**|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2017)||74%*||N/A|
|Acceptance Rate (2015)||N/A - Open admissions||N/A - Open admissions|
|Graduation Rate (students who began in 2011)||9%*||N/A|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **National College of Technical Instruction
College of Southern Nevada
Located in Northern Las Vegas, the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is a public institution that offers certificate, associate's degree and bachelor's degree programs. The Department of Health Related Professions at CSN offers paramedic training through its emergency medical services program. The paramedic certificate and associate's degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). To enter either program, applicants must be currently licensed Nevada intermediate emergency medical technicians (EMT-I) and at least 18 years old. Both programs are limited-entry programs.
Paramedic Medicine Certificate of Achievement
This 5-semester program includes instruction in both classroom and lab settings; hands-on training begins 4-6 weeks into the program. Students learn vehicle extraction, trauma life support, paramedic technology, pharmacology and advanced emergency care procedures. Consisting of 49 credit hours, the paramedic certificate program prepares students for careers in pre-hospital emergency care with a variety of agencies, such as search and rescue, fire departments, private ambulance services or police departments.
Admission is based on GPA of prerequisite courses, EMT experience and education. Prerequisite courses cover medical terminology and human anatomy, and students must have taken two science classes in the previous seven years. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to take the NREMT exam, as well as Nevada's state certification test for paramedics.
Associate of Applied Science in Paramedic Medicine
The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Paramedic Medicine program also requires students to be currently licensed as intermediate EMTs. Like the certificate program, this paramedic degree program offers the coursework and applied training needed to prepare for both the national and state certifying examinations for paramedics. It also has similar admission requirements. The curriculum includes in-depth study of advanced life support skills in the areas of pharmacology, electrical therapy, electrocardiograph (ECG) interpretation and advanced airway management procedures.
Additional courses include human anatomy and physiology, paramedic technology, advanced cardiac life support, vehicle extrication and medical terminology. General education courses are required as well. Clinical education is completed throughout the program; the field externship takes place towards the end of the program.
National College of Technical Instruction
National College of Technical Instruction (NCTI) is a private institution that provides EMT and paramedic training programs. The NCTI campus in Las Vegas offers EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and paramedic programs, as well as CPR courses, EMT refresher courses and instructor courses.
The paramedic program at NCTI consists of lecture-based courses with lab components, clinical education and internships. Clinical rotations take place at local hospitals. Students gain experience working in trauma centers, delivery rooms, operating rooms and emergency rooms. Internships start after the didactic and clinical portions of the program are completed.
Applicants must provide high school diplomas, GED certificates or college transcripts. Additional requirements include a drug screening and criminal background check, CPR certification, immunizations and EMT-Basic certification. Prior to entering the course, students must take an entrance exam. Upon completion, students are prepared to obtain Southern Nevada Health District Paramedic certification.