Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services

The EMS Program at Mohave Community College is accredited as recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (http://www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Why is this important?

In November 2007, the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) voted to require that paramedic applicants for certification graduate from an "accredited" paramedic program effective January 1, 2013. The NREMT is requiring programmatic accreditation as outlined in the EMS Education Agenda for the Future. Institutional accreditation does not meet the purpose of accreditation outlined in the Agenda. Therefore, the NREMT will be requiring accreditation by the CoAEMSP.

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Are you ready to become a part of a very rewarding, challenging and growing field of emergency medicine? Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), and Paramedics are used in a wide variety of careers, including work in:

  • Emergency 911 services
  • Hospitals
  • Private Ambulance Companies
  • Fire Departments
 Paramedic Program2012201320142015
Program Pass Rate100%No Data93% 100%
Pass Rate*100%No Data80%78%
Retention Rate **78%No Data71% No Data

* Pass rates are determined by the number of graduates who pass their National Registry Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) Paramedic written exam on the first attempt.

** Retention rate for the Paramedic Program is effected by students who graduated with a Paramedic Certificate and are eligible to test for NREMT.

Note:  There were no Paramedic Cohorts in 2013

What is the difference between an EMT and a Paramedic?

The biggest difference is in the amount of training required, and the scope of skills that you are allowed to do. EMTs usually receive approximately 120-150 hours of training, and Paramedics a minimum of 1,000 hours. Once you receive a minimum of 1 year of documented field time as an EMT, you will be eligible to apply to our Paramedic Program, with the option of completing a degree in Paramedics as well.

How do I get started?

Print out a copy of the application (located on the right side of this page) or stop by the campus and obtain one from the EMS Office. The application packet lists all of the requirements which need to be fulfilled prior to submitting the application. Any other questions can be directed to our office; contact information is located on the right side of this page.

Here is how you climb the ladder to a career as a Paramedic:

  • Complete the 16-week semester EMT course at MCC
  • Gain one year of documented pre-hospital work experience in the Emergency Medical Services field
  • Complete the one-year Paramedic Certificate program
  • Complete one more year to earn your Associate of Applied Science degree with a paramedic emphasis

In addition to the EMT certificate and Paramedics degree, MCC offers refresher and other continuing education courses for current providers, along with American Heart Association CPR and First Aid courses.

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