Colorado Paramedic Training
Paramedic and pre-paramedic training programs offer advanced studies to current EMTs and are designed to prepare students to take certification exams. Learn about the prerequisites, curricula and internships for two Colorado schools' programs. Follow up by looking over the table at the end of this article for additional school data.
- Front Range Community College is located in Westminster and offers a clinical EMT certificate program, which is designed to be a pre-paramedic program. This program can help prepare students to apply to paramedic school.
- Pikes Peak Community College, in Colorado Springs, offers a paramedic-level associate's degree and certificate in emergency medical services.
Comparison of Schools
In addition to learning about the programs at these two schools, aspiring paramedics might also want to know more details about the schools themselves. The following table can help students compare enrollment and tuition information, in addition to retention and graduation rates.
|Front Range Community College||Pikes Peak Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)*||19,259||13,275|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large suburb|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)*|| $3,908 (in-state)
| $3,726 (in-state)
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)*||65%||68%|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)*||100% (open admissions)||100% (open admissions)|
|Retention Rate (2017)*||59%||53%|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students with a 2014 start date)*||23%||17%|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
Front Range Community College
With a student population nearing 20,000 individuals each year, Front Range Community College is the largest public school to offer paramedic-related programs in Colorado. The 2-year college is located in the large suburban area of Westminster, Colorado, and offers associate degree and certificate programs in a variety of subjects, including a pre-paramedic certificate.
Clinical EMT (Pre-Paramedic) Certificate
Front Range Community College offers a 23- to 25-credit clinical EMT certificate program that provides students with the knowledge necessary to enter into a paramedic education program upon graduation. Most paramedic degree or certificate programs require students to be certified basic emergency medical technicians (EMT-Basic) before applying. Completion of this program allows graduates to fulfill that requirement in addition to completing anatomy and physiology coursework that's needed for paramedic school. Courses in this certificate program include EMT-Basic skills and clinical practice, EMT intravenous therapy, medical terminology, EMT professional development and basic EKG interpretation.
Pikes Peak Community College
Another school to offer paramedic training in Colorado is Pikes Peak Community College in the city of Colorado Springs. The 2-year, public school offers certificates and degree programs in both academic and occupational areas, and serves nearly 13,500 students annually.
Associate of Applied Sciences in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic
Pikes Peak Community College offers programs in emergency medical services in a variety of levels, including a paramedic level for students pursuing EMT-Paramedic certification in Colorado. The 81.5-credit degree program is the most advanced program in the emergency medical services department at the school. Students in the paramedic program are required to complete both general education and core paramedic courses. These paramedic courses include human anatomy and physiology, general psychology, fundamentals of paramedic practice, paramedic lab, paramedic special considerations, paramedic pharmacology and cardiology. Students must also complete two 6-credit paramedic internships before graduating.
Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic
This certificate program features the same core of paramedic courses as the AAS program does, but it eliminates the general education requirements. Students complete a total of 45 credits to earn this certificate, including the same 12 credits of paramedic internships.