Paramedics respond immediately to 911 emergency calls involving any type of accident, disaster or medical emergency. At the scene of the emergency, they quickly assess patients’ conditions and take action using recommended guidelines and procedures. You must have the ability to stay calm, identify and evaluate problems quickly, be physically fit, and communicate well.
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 Services.
- For more information about this program, please contact an NPC Academic Adviser. Also see the current NPC College Catalog and class schedule.
Once you become a paramedic, NPC offers continuing education courses to improve your knowledge and skills. The NPC EMS Department does not offer advanced placement, transfer for credit, or experiential learning.
Advanced Life Support (ALS) Refresher Course
Advanced Life Support (ALS) Refresher
- EMT 241 Advanced Life Support (ALS) Refresher is the three-credit continuing education class that fulfills the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and the state of Arizona requirements for both paramedic and intermediate EMT recertification. The ALS refresher course is offered two or three times per year. Intensive block classes are a mixture of 48-hours of lecture and Skills return demonstration.
Labs and Classrooms
Paramedic Training I (EMT 246) is a 20-credit hour course that meets two full days per week, generally during the fall semester.
The final course, Paramedic Training II (EMT 247), is 22 credit hours and spans the spring semester.
Lecture classes meet on the Show Low campus, and clinicals/vehiculars are scheduled with agencies throughout the state.
Applicants to NPC's Paramedicine program must:
- be an Arizona-certified EMT-Basic with a minimum of one year of pre-hospital or emergency room experience;
- meet NPC placement requirements for College Composition I (ENL 101) and Basic Technical Mathematics (MAT 101); and
- have by the first day of class proof of MMR, TB (skin test before the start of the program), Hep B (or waiver), Tdap immunizations and a DPS fingerprint clearance card.
To begin the process, students must first enroll in Basic Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Pharmacology (EMT 240). Upon successful completion of the course, you must interview for acceptance into the Paramedicine program.
Most EMTs and paramedics work full-time, 24-48-hour shifts. Their work is physically strenuous and can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations. With additional certification, paramedics can work as a flight paramedic.
Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 24 percent through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters and acts of violence, will continue to create demand for EMTs and paramedics.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the non-metropolitan northern Arizona median annual wage for EMTs and paramedics as $39,070 in May 2019. SOC 29-2041
Potential Job Titles
Paramedic, ALS-Medic, flight medic
The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) provides national certification of EMTs and paramedics at three levels: EMT, Advanced EMT and Paramedic.
The NPC Paramedicine program is also certified by the Arizona Department of Health Services and by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
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CAAHEP Accreditation for Paramedics: “To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.”
Northland Pioneer College Paramedicine Program
National Registry Written and Practical Exams, Retention and Positive Placement
|2017 August – May||2016 January – October||2015 August – May|
|Students Starting #||17||9|
|Students Complete #||13||9|
|NREMT % Pass||100||100*|
* Class 2015 had an 87.5% pass rate for the CAAHEP Accreditation report of 2015. In 2016 – 17, the 2015 students who had not passed NREMT completed their testing process.
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