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The Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) in Paramedicine is a nationally accredited program designed to prepare students to become Paramedics. This program is a formal education in such paramedicine topics as anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, cardiology, pulmonary, pharmacology, pediatrics, geriatrics hematology, toxicology. Paramedicine builds upon EMT education and includes paramedic scope of practice. Paramedicine is integrated with fire service, law enforcement, ground transport services, flight transport services, search and rescue, hospitals, clinical setting, community paramedicine, and EMS education. There is a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Paramedicine available.


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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Paramedicine (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total Credits Required
Catalog Year
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Maintain patient, public, personnel, and personal health, wellness and safety.
  2. Demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional standards.
  3. Communicate efficiently and effectively with members of diverse populations in a culturally responsive manner.
  4. Effectively function within a multi-disciplinary healthcare system, recognizing roles, responsibilities and scope of practice.
  5. Efficiently synthesize and evaluate multiple sources of information.
  6. Perform comprehensive patient assessment.
  7. Develop a working differential diagnosis using multiple sources of information.
  8. Make informed, autonomous decisions in both clinical and uncontrolled settings.
  9. Guide and support the healthcare team, navigating interpersonal dynamics.
  10. Effectively manage patients.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics


* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

Students must be current and in good standing with the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Emergency Medical Services-Certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. EMT certification preparatory courses are available at Maricopa County Community Colleges. Contact an academic advisor for details.

Students must complete an application and selection process.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PME191 Introduction to Pharmacology for EMS Professionals Critical course Gateway course Or permission of Program Director 0–3
ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design HU 3
MAT120 or
MAT121 or
MAT122 or
Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra or Intermediate Algebra with Review Critical course MAT150, or MAT151, or MAT152 recommended for students who intend to transfer 3–6
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PME190 Introduction to ECG Rhythm Analysis and Interpretation for EMS Professionals Critical course Or permission of Program Director 0–3
ENG102 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
SB Social & Behavioral Sciences SB 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM225 recommended for students who intend to transfer to satisfy the AGEC-A literacy requirement
COM110 or COM230 recommended for students who do not intend to transfer
SB or L 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PME201 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Initial Provider in Paramedicine 1
PME240 Pharmacology in Paramedicine 3
PME245 Airway and Ventilatory Management in Paramedicine 3
PME250 Comprehensive Patient Assessment in Paramedicine 1
PME251 Medical Emergencies in Paramedicine I 4
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology Critical course SG 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PME202 Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Initial Provider in Paramedicine 1
PME203 Pediatric Emergencies for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) Initial Provider in Paramedicine 1
PME204 Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP) in Paramedicine 0.5
PME205 Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) Initial Provider in Paramedicine 1
PME252 Medical Emergencies in Paramedicine II 4
PME253 Medical Emergencies in Paramedicine III 4
PME270 Immersive Total Patient Management Experience (ITPME) 2
PME280 Preparation for Paramedicine Practicum 1
PME281 or
(PME281AA and
Paramedicine Clinical Practicum: Comprehensive or (Paramedicine Clinical Practicum: Phase I and Paramedicine Clinical Practicum: Phase II) 2

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PME206 International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Provider/Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) 1
PME254 Technical Operations in Paramedicine 2.5
PME260 Trauma Patient Management in Paramedicine 2
PME288 Paramedicine Comprehensive Field Internship Practicum 5
PME289 Preparation for Paramedic National Credentialing 2
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of B or better in all PME courses required within the program

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Paramedicine (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.