A paramedic impacts the lives of people in an emergency when they need them most. If you are looking to become a healthcare professional who provides frontline care to the sick and injured, a career as a paramedic or emergency medical technician (EMT) could be your calling.

Our nationally-accredited Paramedicine program includes studies in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, cardiology, pulmonology, pharmacology, pediatrics, geriatrics hematology, toxicology, trauma care, environmental emergencies, and behavioral healthcare. You can also earn credentials in community health, critical care, and tactical emergency casualty care. Our instructors have real-world experience in diversified paramedicine that includes Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the military, law enforcement, and fire services.

Take the career pathway that makes a difference. Choose our Paramedicine program today.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Why Phoenix College?

A certificate of completion in Paramedicine at Phoenix College consists of ten months of lecture, lab, clinical, and field internship. We begin your journey with the preparatory lessons, human anatomy and physiology, patient assessment, and pharmacology. Afterward, you will immerse yourself in airway management, respiratory emergencies, cardiology, and cardiovascular emergencies while practicing it in our hi-fidelity simulation lab. Next you will simultaneously learn how to manage medical and traumatic emergencies for the adult, pediatric, and geriatric population and apply it during clinical and field internships.  Before you know it, you will be performing as a team leader during your Capstone field internship and getting ready for your National Registry Psychomotor and Cognitive Exam.  Once completed, you will have a nationally recognized certification such as AHA’s Advanced Cardiac Life Support, AHA’s Pediatric Advanced Life Support, AAP’s Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals, AAP’s Neonatal Resuscitation Provider, NAEMT’s Advanced Medical Life Support, and NAEMT’s Prehospital Trauma Life Support.

Now that you have a certificate of completion (CCL) in Paramedicine, which consist of 45 credits, the next thing to get is an associate’s degree in Paramedicine. You will need to complete a minimum of fifteen to sixteen credits of your general education requirements.  

Where do you begin?

First, you will need to get your certification as an emergency medical technician.  Next, gain employment through an EMS agency or a hospital.  Although it is not required, taking pre-coursework in pharmacology and ECG interpretation may help ease your paramedicine education.

The paramedicine faculty at Phoenix College have real-world experience. Their background is very diverse, with the majority of the faculty employed by municipalities, ground or air ambulance, and the hospital setting. The program is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) through the recommendation of the Commission on Accreditation of Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). 

Paramedic Program Outcomes

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2022

The most recent success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic/State Cognitive exam was 92.2%

The most recent positive placement rate for graduates was 97.8%. Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as ‘Employed full or part-time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military’. Positive placement is measured at completion of the program. 

The most recent retention rate was 94.8%.

For further information, please contact CAAHEP or CoAEMSP at:

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727 210-2350

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway
Suite 11-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
(214) 703-8445