EMTs are first responders who attend to any medical emergency, but the most common are car accidents, childbirth, violent traumas, and heart attacks. They are usually dispatched by emergency operators (9-1-1) and after arriving on the scene, work with other emergency personnel (fire fighters and police) to stabilize and transport patients to hospitals.
- The NPC EMS Department does not offer advanced placement, transfer for credit or experiential learning.
NPC offers two levels of training
This program consists of a total of 12 credits of EMT basic certification preparation and training, providing a two-step pathway for developing the skills necessary to achieve certification as an Emergency Medical Technician – Basic. You will be eligible to take the certification tests for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and upon successful completion, you will be certified by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Once you become a certified EMT–Basic, NPC offers the EMT–Basic Refresher course with the critical information needed for your two-year re-certification renewal of your National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and Arizona state certification.
NPC also offers Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) classes on an as-needed basis. Contact the EMS clerk for more information.
- For more information about this program, please contact an NPC Academic Adviser. Also see the current NPC College Catalog and class schedule.
Labs and Classrooms
Check with NPC's Emergency Medical Services/Paramedicine Department to see when courses will be offered in your area.
STEP 1: Start your career as an EMT by enrolling in our 3-credit Emergency Medical Technician Preparatory (EMT 130) course. Learn medical terminology and basic human anatomy and physiology, the cornerstones of emergency patient care.
STEP 2: With successful completion of the EMT 130 class, you may register in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT 131). This 9-credit course provides you with the critical skills necessary to recognize and treat illness and injury in the pre-hospital setting. (Prerequisites: you must be at least 18 years old, be current on healthcare provider CPR — including adult, child, infant, AED.)
STEP 3: Successful completion of the EMT 131 course, qualifies you to sit for the EMT Basic certification examination of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the state of Arizona.
Most EMTs and paramedics work full time, rotating shifts. Their work is physically strenuous and can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations.
Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Pay and job opportunities increase with education and training.
Potential Job Titles
NPC's Paramedicine program is certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and Arizona Department of Health Services.
NPC's Paramedicine program 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 727-210-2350 www.caahep.org To contact CoAEMSP: 214-703-8445 www.coaemsp.org.
The Paramedic program of Northland Pioneer College 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).
The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) provides national certification of EMTs and paramedics at three levels: EMT, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic.
Successful completion of this NPC program fulfills the Arizona Department of Health Services mandatory requirements.