This program of study, which is approved by the New Mexico EMS Bureau and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP):
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
The Program consists of approximately 1600 hours of classroom, clinical, and a vehicular internship, and continues for approximately 14 consecutive months. Admission to the program is limited. Interested students are encouraged to meet with the Paramedic Coordinator for advising. The curriculum meets or exceeds standards of the National Standard Curriculum for EMT-Paramedics.
The curriculum includes approximately 760 hours of didactic instruction (520 hours of in-class instruction, and 240 hours of on-line instruction), meeting or exceeding all aspect of the National Standard Curriculum for EMT-Paramedics. In addition to the standard curriculum other subjects included are: Vehicle extrication, street survival, AMLS, PALS, ACLS, ACLS-EP, PEPP and PHTLS.
Upon successful completion of the Paramedic Program, graduates will receive course completion certificates and eligibility to take the National Registry Examination. In addition, graduates will receive NAEMT PHTLS-Advanced, NAEMT AMLS, AHA ACLS, AHA ACLS-EP, Vehicle Extrication, AHA PALS, and PEPP certificates. Graduates will be well prepared to take charge of patient care in the Pre-hospital setting.
The student may receive a Certificate of Occupational Training, Associates of Applied Science or Associates of Science, depending on their needs. Specific requirements may be found in the Paramedic Application available on this page.
Program Requirements for Admission Into the Paramedic Program for Certificate of Occupational Training, Associates of Applied Science and Associates of Science:
- High school diploma or GED certificate
- Ability to do college level English, math, and reading as demonstrated by the following:
- Successful completion of a college level English course (English requirement);
- Successful completion of a college level math course (Math requirement); and
- Successful completion of 30 credit hours at a college level (Reading requirement)
- Required university scores on the ACT
- Successful completion of the University Skills Placement Test and completion of all appropriate developmental courses.
- Successful completion of BIOL 109, Survey of Anatomy and Physiology for Allied Health (pre-or co-requisite course)
- Successful completion of EMS 202, Introduction to Paramedic (pre- or co-requisite course)
- Successful completion of EMS 203, Pathophysiology (pre-or co-requisite course)
- Successful completion of Success Skills for Health Careers course (or concurrent enrollment)
- Completion of Paramedic program application
- Notarized copy of NM EMT Intermediate license
- An interview with the Paramedic Admission Committee
- Successful completion of EMT skills practical test and EMT written pretest
- Completion of health guidelines required by clinical agencies
- Possession and maintenance of AHA BLS Healthcare Provider certification for the duration of the program
Mandatory drug and criminal background checks are required for all EMT-Paramedic students prior to entering the clinical areas. This will be scheduled by the EMS faculty. Students should contact their instructor for details. Students must pass the mandatory drug screening and not have significant criminal offenses to remain in the program. Drug screening may be repeated based on requirements of clinical site contacts. Students must pass the mandatory drug screening and any mandatory screening to remain in the program. Appeals can be made according to the process outlined in the Student Handbook. Students exhibiting signs of impaired clinical judgment related to suspected use of chemical substances, legal or otherwise, will be removed from the classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting immediately. At that time, the instructor will implement steps according to the Division of Health Policy for Student Suspected Impairment. Appeals can be made according to the process outlined in the Student Handbook.