Why Choose NPC's Paramedicine Program?
The NPC Emergency Medical Services department provides outstanding pre-hospital care education.
- The current NPC program has been revised and updated based on the most recent standards of the National Association of EMS Educators.
- Classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable emergency health care professionals. You'll be learning the most up-to-date, best practices available in this challenging field.
- You will satisfy paramedic certification requirements of both the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Arizona Department of Health.
Once you become a paramedic, NPC offers continuing education courses to improve your knowledge and skills.
- NPC offers an Advanced Life Support (ALS) Refresher course for renewal of both national
and state certifications.
- The college also offers additional continuing education courses for the paramedic in both Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
- In addition, because NPC has one of the lowest tuition rates and course fees in the state, this quality educational opportunity is available to you at an affordable cost.
About Our Program
How do I start?
STEP 1: Students must first enroll in EMT 240 Basic ECG and Pharmacology, and upon successful completion of the course take an entrance exam and interview for acceptance into the paramedic program.
STEP 2: When accepted in the program you will take the core requirement course EMT 244 Paramedic Training I, a 23-credit-hour course that meets two full days per week for the fall semester.
STEP 3: The following spring semester you take the final paramedicine core course, the 26-credit-hour EMT 245 Paramedic Training II.
Note: Successful completion of the NPC program also fulfills the Arizona Department of Health Services mandatory requirement of 500 hours of clinical and vehicular hours.
Students interested in earning their EMT-Paramedic must also meet a number of requirements to quality for the NPC program. Applicants must:
- Be an Arizona certified EMT-Basic with a minimum of one-year experience
- Meet NPC placement requirements for ENL 101 (College Composition I) and MAT 101 (Basic Technical Mathematics)
- Have successfully completed a hazardous materials first responder course (minimum 24 clock hours) – The state is in the process of removing this requirement
- Have a TB skin test within six months of the start of the program and MMR and Hepatitis B (or waiver) immunizations.
Staying Certified as an EMT-Paramedic:
- Once you have earned your paramedic credentials, renew your certification and stay current in the field with our EMT 241 Advanced Life Support (ALS) Refresher course.
- This 48-hour continuing education class fulfills both the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and Arizona Department of Health recertification requirements. EMT 241 is offered both in January and December each year.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics is expected to grow by 19 percent through 2016, “faster than the average for all occupations.” Full-time, paid, EMTs and paramedics will be needed to replace unpaid volunteers. Emergency care personnel with advanced education and certifications, such as paramedic level certification, should enjoy the most favorable job prospects as clients and patients demand higher levels of care before arriving at the hospital.
Average Annual Salary:
$33,900 – May 2014 North Arizona Nonmetropolitian U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics