Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

The Emergency Medical Technician (formerly EMT-Basic) certificate program offers the entry-level course for pursuing a career in EMS. Entry-level students must complete the EMT certificate program in order to gain EMS licensure in the state of New Mexico. The course is designed to meet the US DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT-Basic, the EMS Education Standards for Emergency Medical Technician, and the NM EMS training standards. EMT licensure/certification is a prerequisite for higher level EMS programs.

Prerequisites: Completion of RDNG 099 or appropriate Reading Accuplacer score; instructor/coordinator approval; Additional requirements possible as established by clinical and/or field sites

Required Courses

Total Credits: 15

Suggested Course Sequence:

Students who for any reason are unable to follow the suggested course sequence should contact an academic advisor for help with adjustments.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate - Advanced

The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (formerly EMT-Intermediate) certificate program builds on the basic knowledge of the EMT with additional training and skills. These courses may be taken by students wishing to gain additional medical skills, but not necessarily wishing to pursue training as a paramedic. Field experience in EMS is strongly encouraged between EMT certification and entry into the AEMT program. AEMT is a required prerequisite to the paramedic program and is strongly recommended for students with limited field experience. The program is designed to meet the US DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT-Intermediate (1985), the EMS Education Standards for Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, and the NM EMS training standards.

Prerequisites: High school diploma or GED; current NM EMT licensure or National Registry EMT certification valid through the duration of the program; current AHA Basic Life Support or comparable healthcare provider CPR certification valid through the duration of the program; completion of RDNG 099 and MATH 096 or appropriate Reading and Math Accuplacer scores (MATH 114 recommended); Instructor/coordinator approval; additional requirements possible as established by clinical and/or field sites.

Due to changes in accreditation standards, any AEMT student that does not complete the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician course in its entirety within 18 months, will be required to repeat the entire course (EMSP 125, EMSP 128, and EMSP 131).

Program Prerequisite Courses

Total Prerequisites: 15.5

Required Courses

Total Credits: 27.5

Suggested Course Sequence Full-time Students:

Students who for any reason are unable to follow the suggested course sequence should contact an academic advisor for help with adjustments.

Paramedic, A.A.S.

Paramedics provide the highest level of care in the pre-hospital setting and are currently in high demand. Students interested in pursuing training at the paramedic level have the option of both a certificate program and an Associate of Applied Science degree. The A.A.S. degree may be transferrable to four-year baccalaureate degree programs in EMS. Those students wishing to transfer to a baccalaureate granting institution are strongly encouraged to check with their advisor and carefully coordinate their coursework at San Juan College with the requirements of the transfer institution. A full Associate of Science degree option is also available for those students requiring it (see Associate of Science section for additional information). The Paramedic, A.A.S. program is designed to meet the US DOT National Standard Curriculum for EMT-Paramedic, the EMS Education Standards for Paramedic, and the NM EMS training standards.

Students who complete the certificate or degree programs are eligible to sit for the applicable levels of the New Mexico State EMS licensure and/or the National Registry exams.

Note: The student must complete each course in the curriculum with a C or better to remain in and graduate from the program.

Admission Process:
Selection into the Paramedic program is competitive with the limited available seats awarded to the most qualified applicants based on the following criteria:

  1. High school diploma or GED;
  2. Proof of academic ability: Completion of RDNG 099, ENGL 111, and MATH 096 or appropriate Reading, English, and Math Accuplacer scores;
  3. Completion of program prerequisites. Students currently enrolled in a prerequisite course who will complete the course prior to the start of the program will be considered contingent on their successful completion of the coursework;
  4. Completion of program application with all required documentation;
  5. Current New Mexico licensure or National Registry certification at the minimum level of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) that will be valid through the duration of the program;
  6. Current AHA Basic Life Support or comparable healthcare provider CPR certification that will be valid through the duration of the program;
  7. Letters of recommendation indicating the student's ability to be successful in the Program from the student's supervisor, Medical Director, or someone who can attest to the student's ability;
  8. Completion of a written and practical examination administered by the EMS Program by appointment;
  9. All other requirements as may be established by clinical and/or field training sites including, but not limited to, criminal background check, drug screening, and proof of vaccinations or titers;
  10. Interview with EMS Program staff;
  11. Attendance at a mandatory program orientation.

Due to changes in accreditation and industry standards, any student that does not complete this paramedic program in its entirety within 24 months must repeat the entire program.

Program Prerequisites: 31-32 credits

Required Courses: 47 credits

TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 78-79 credits

Notes:

*BIOL 252 or BIOL 253 is recommended for students wishing to transfer to another program.
** Should the student opt to change to the AS degree, MATH 115 is the pre-requisite for MATH 160 which is required by the AS degree.

Suggested Course Sequence Full-time Students:

Students accepted into this selective admission program must follow the required course sequence outlined below in order to remain in and complete the program. Students who for any reason are unable to follow this course sequence must contact an academic advisor.

Fall 1

Spring 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

Summer 2

Paramedic, A.S.

Entrance requirements and policies:

  • Core classes must be taken in same configuration as AAS/Certificate
  • Students may need to consider taking additional classes appropriate to future academic pursuits and university transfer and program requirements

Note: The student must complete each course in the curriculum with a C or better to remain in and graduate from the program.

Due to changes in accreditation and industry standards, any student that does not complete this paramedic program in its entirety within 24 months must repeat the entire program.

Program Prerequisite Courses

Total Program Prerequisite Courses: 23.5-27.5

General Education Courses: 9 credits

Social and Behavioral Science: 6-9 credits

(Minimum of 6 credits. Must have 15 credits total between Social/Behavioral Science Humanities/Fine Arts areas.)

Humanities and Fine Arts: 6-9 credits

(Minimum of 6 credits. Must have 15 credits total between Humanities/Fine Arts and Social/Behavioral Science areas.)

History

Philosophy

Literature

Art

Music

Theatre

Navajo

Spanish

Mathematics: 3-7 credits

Students' Accuplacer score for Mathematics will determine their placement in the Math sequence, beginning with MATH-115 Intermediate Algebra-Applications through MATH-160 College Algebra. Students who place at the beginning of the Math sequence will need to complete 4 additional credit hours of coursework (MATH 115) to complete the degree requirements.

Lab Science Requirement: (8-12 credits)

(included in pre-requisite courses)

Total General Education Requirements: 35-43

Core Requirements

Total Prerequisites and General Education: 50.5-58.5

Total Core EMSP: 47

Total Credits: 97.5-105.5

Suggested Course Sequence Full-time Students:

Students accepted into this selective admission program must follow the required course sequence outlined below in order to remain in and complete the program.

Students who for any reason are unable to follow this course sequence must contact an academic advisor.

Fall 1

Spring 1

Summer 1

Fall 2

Spring 2

Summer 2

Paramedic Certificate

The admission process for the Paramedic Certificate Program is the same as that for the Paramedic Associate of Applied Science degree.

Note: The student must complete each course in the curriculum with a C or better.

Due to changes in accreditation and industry standards, any student that does not complete this paramedic program in its entirety within 24 months must repeat the entire program.

Program Prerequisite

Total Prerequisite Requirements: 4

Required Courses

Total Credits: 49

Suggested Course Sequence Full-time Students:

Students who for any reason are unable to follow the suggested course sequence should contact an academic advisor for help with adjustments.