Health Science Department
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(800) 966-7943, Ext. 5309
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-Basic 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.
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.
The core curriculum takes four semesters (12 months) and includes over 500 hours of classroom time and 500 hours of clinical time as 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.
|Certificate Program Cost*||$6,420|
|National Registry Practical Testing fee||**110|
|Background and Drug Screen Fee||*125/65|
*All fees are approximate, subject to change, and for in-state students.
** Fee paid to testing agency.