Paramedicine


Why a Paramedicine Degree at Cochise?

Paramedicine is a specialty whose practitioners respond to emergencies before a patient reaches a hospital, rendering basic and advanced medical treatment before and during transport to a medical facility. The EMT-paramedic provides the highest level of pre-hospital medical care for sick and injured persons.

Cochise College provides both a certificate and an associate of applied science degree in paramedicine. Certified by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (ADHS-BEMS), the program prepares you to practice as a nationally registered paramedic providing pre-hospital emergency medicine for fire departments, ambulance services and hospital emergency units. Students pursuing the associate of applied science degree in paramedicine must complete the 58-credit curriculum for the paramedicine certificate, as well as 19 credits of additional general education and elective courses.

Certification as an EMT or completion of EMT 174 is required. The degree is awarded only to those who have successfully completed the required Cochise College coursework and who have been certified as paramedics through the Arizona Department of Health Services. You also must complete the state-mandated hours of clinical experience, and field internship under the supervision of a qualified preceptor.

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Associate Degree  3 Semesters

Certificate  3 Semesters


Associate of Applied Science  68 – 74

Certificate  49 – 55


Prerequisites

  • Obtain a valid healthcare provider CPR card
  • Have current EMT certification
  • Take the HazMat First Responder Operations course
  • Take a drug screen (during enrollment)
  • Participate in a background check
  • Provide up-to-date immunization records
  • Obtain appropriate uniform (required for class)
  • Meet with a program advisor

Program Layout

Program Curriculum

  • over 500 hours of classroom time
  • 500 hours of clinical time (required by ADHS-BEMS)

Degree-seeking students can expect to spend additional semesters completing 39 additional general education and elective courses associated with the paramedicine degree.

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Apply to the Paramedicine Program

All new students must complete an application for admission to Cochise College. Admission to Cochise College does not guarantee acceptance into the Paramedicine Program.

Industry Information and Cost

This program prepares you to become employed as a paramedic and to provide emergency healthcare services through emergency services providers. Paramedics earn an average of $14 to $25 an hour for an average salary of $30,000 to $50,000 a year.

This program prepares you to become employed as a paramedic and to provide emergency healthcare services through emergency services providers. Paramedics earn an average of $14 to $25 an hour for an average salary of $30,000 to $50,000 a year.

Pass Rates Retention & Job Placement Cochise College Pass Rate National Pass Rate Student Retention Graduate Placement
Cohort 1stAttempt 3rdAttempt 1stAttempt 3rdAttempt
2013-2014 Class 80% 100% 74% 87% 75% 100%
2014-2015 Class 91% 91% 78% 86% 100% 100%
Certificate Program Cost* $7,760
Tuition(55x $79/credit) $4,345
Liability Insurance 40
Lab Fees
 PMD 101 270
PMD 201 330
PMD 202 505
PMD 203 505
PMD 204 330
PMD 205 350
PMD 206 75
Other Fees
National Registry Practical Testing fee **110
FISDAP **215
Uniform/Name Tag *30
Drug Screen Fee *65
Books *500
Platium Testing *90

*All fees are approximate, subject to change, and for in-state students.
** Fee paid to testing agency.