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Paramedic Schools in Arizona with Program Options

There are 19 schools within Arizona that have paramedic training programs. Read an overview of ten of the largest schools' programs, requirements, and tuition info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Essential Information

A wide range of schools in Arizona offer paramedic training programs. Students may choose to earn a certificate or associate's degree or complete an EMt-to-Paramedic training course. Certificate programs and the training course require applicants to already be certified as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) at the basic level or higher. Degree programs vary: some include basic EMT training in addition to classes in paramedicine. All paramedic programs include clinical or practicum requirements.

Career Requirements

To gain certification to serve as a paramedic in Arizona, a person must provide to the Arizona Department of Health Services' Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma System a copy of his registration with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) showing certification at the paramedic level. Additional requirements by the state include a criminal history application and proof of ability to legally work in the US (such as a passport or birth certificate).

The following are more detailed profiles of ten of the largest institutions in Arizona to offer programs in paramedic medicine, as well as a comparison table with schools' settings, tuition costs, and award titles.


Arizona Western College

Yuma-based Arizona Western College offers students the opportunity to train to become paramedics at its EMT - Paramedic Academy. Successful completion of the 45-credit hour program results in an occupational certificate. Applicants to the program must be over the age of 18, have a high school diploma or GED, and be CPR certified. A grade of 80% of better must be earned in each of the three paramedic courses for students to qualify for certification examination at program end by the NREMT.

  • Programs Offered: EMT - Paramedic occupational certificate
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,360 in-state; $7,687 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year, fringe town

Central Arizona College

Currently certified EMTs may be interested in Central Arizona College's National Registry EMT to Paramedic course, located at the school's Superstition Mountain Campus in Apache Junction. The almost year-long course encompasses almost 1,250 hours of education and costs approximately $5,370 for in-state students; textbook costs are not included. Applicants must have a year of working experience as an EMT, pass a background check, and complete an evaluative interview process including a written and practical exam as well as an oral interview. Once the paramedic coursework has been completed, students may complete general education coursework requirements to earn an associate's degree. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the NREMT paramedic certification test at their own expense.

  • Programs Offered: National Registry EMT to Paramedic course
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $2,160 in-state; $9,600 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year, rural

Chandler/Gilbert Community College

Students attending Chandler/Gilbert Community College in Chandler may choose to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Response and Operations. The degree has five tracks available including paramedicine (Track II). Students applying to the paramedicine track of the degree program must be certified as an EMT - B or have successfully completed the coursework necessary to be eligible for certification. The 60-credit hour degree program requires that all courses must be passed with a grade 'C' or better. Additional paramedic training courses are occasionally offered by the college on an as needed basis in cooperation with organizations within the EMS field; some of these courses are open to students outside the groups. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the required certification exams.

  • Programs Offered: A.A.S., Emergency Response and Operations (Paramedicine)
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year, large suburb

Glendale Community College

Located in the city by the same name, Glendale Community College offers the choice of a certificate and a degree program for currently certified EMTs interested in becoming paramedics. The certificate of completion in paramedicine is a 43.5-45.5 credit hour program. A paramedic education program leading to an Associate of Applied Science in Emergency Response and Operations degree program will be offered to 24 students beginning in Summer 2013. The program requires four semesters (one summer, two fall, one spring) to earn more than 50 credit hours of core classes. In addition to didactic instruction and lab skills practice, students must complete a minimum of 96 clinical hours and 432 vehicular experience hours. Successful completion of either program render a student eligible to sit for the NREMT paramedic certification exam.

  • Programs Offered: Paramedicine certificate of completion,
    A.A.S., Emergency Response and Operations (Paramedicine)
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year, mid-sized city

Mesa Community College

Nestled in its namesake city, Mesa Community College (MCC) offers both a paramedic certificate of completion program and an Associate of Applied Science, Emergency Response and Operations (Paramedicine) degree program. Applicants to both programs must be CPR and EMT - B certified or have completed the coursework required to take the basic EMT certification exam. The certificate program requires the completion of a minimum of 43.5 credit hours and the degree program is a 60-credit hour program. In addition to classroom-based instruction, both programs include practicum requirements. Almost all (95%) of MCC students pass the NREMT certification exam the first time they take it and the college has a 100% cumulative examination pass rate.

  • Programs Offered: Paramedic certificate of completion,
    A.A.S., Emergency Response and Operations (Paramedicine)
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year, large city

Paradise Valley Community College

The paramedic training programs at Phoenix-based Paradise Valley Community College are designed to meet the needs of paramedics serving within the fire science division of the EMS field. The paramedic certificate of completion program is available in two formats: a traditional format and an online hybrid format. Within the traditional format, classes are held three days a week, January through November, and the first seven months of the program are dedicated to didactic instruction. Beginning in July, students are assigned a personal schedule to serve hours in the field, gaining experience in both clinical and vehicular settings. The hybrid program runs from August to June, with students attending online sessions two days a week, and meeting in person one day a week (Saturdays). The approximate cost for either program is $4,600 for in-county residents plus the price of textbook(s) and both prepare students for NREMT testing.

  • Programs Offered: Paramedic Education certificate of completion
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year, large city

Phoenix College

Phoenix College, located in its namesake city, offers a certificate and a degree program to students studying to be paramedics. By completing a minimum of 43.5 credit hours of coursework, paramedic students can earn a certificate of completion in paramedicine. An Associate in Applied Science, Advanced Emergency Medical Technology (Paramedic) degree program is earned following the completion of 60.5 credit hours of classes. Prerequisites for both programs include the basic EMT certification course. Students must earn a grade 'C' or better in all program courses. Both programs include practicum requirements in addition to didactic instruction. The college catalog does not specify that program completion will earn certification eligibility.

  • Programs Offered: Paramedicine certificate of completion,
    A.A.S., Advanced Emergency Medical Technology (Paramedic)
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year, large city

Pima Community College

Pima Community College, based out of Tucson, offers an Associate of Applied Science, Paramedic degree. Students must earn 76-78 credit hours to earn the A.A.S. and classes take place two days per week. Applicant requirements include an ALS entrance exam, a practical skills evaluation, an oral interview, and a drug screening. Prerequisites include currently certification as an EMT - B, a minimum age requirement of 18 years, and CPR basic life support certification. Total program costs are estimated to be $5,669.30. In addition to didactic instruction and distributive education (research paper and medical terminology) students must complete at least 504 hours in clinical and vehicular rotations to earn their awards and eligibility to take the NREMT certification exam.

  • Programs Offered: A.A.S., Paramedic
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,652 in-state; $7,784 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year, large city

Scottsdale Community College

Students interested in paramedic training programs at Scottsdale Community College, located in the city by the same name, may choose between a certificate of completion program or an Associate of Applied Science, Emergency Response and Operations (Paramedicine) degree program. Applicants must be currently certified EMTs - B, over the age of 18, and have passed a drug screening to qualify for admittance into the programs. Of the 51.5 credit hours earned in the certificate program and the 60 credit hours earned in the degree program, 45.5 credit hours are attributed to core classes in both. The programs comply with the national standards maintained by the NREMT and include a minimum of 500 hours of didactic training, 120 hours in hospital rotations, and 380 hours in a vehicular setting (ambulance). Graduates of the program are eligible to take the NREMT certification exam at the paramedic level; students are responsible for scheduling and paying for the exam following program completion.

  • Programs Offered: Paramedic certificate of completion,
    A.A.S., Emergency Response and Operations (Paramedicine)
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year, rural

Yavapai College

Located in Prescott, Yavapai College offers both a paramedicine certificate program and an Associate of Applied Science, Paramedic program. The certificate program requires the completion of 43 credit hours and the A.A.S. is a 62-credit hour program. The core coursework for both programs is identical; students earning an A.A.S. must complete general education classes in addition to paramedicine coursework. Both programs have an admission process additional to that required for the college; students must speak with an academic advisor for specific requirements.

  • Programs Offered: Paramedicine certificate,
    A.A.S., Paramedic
  • Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $1,824 in-state; $9,432 out-of-state*
  • School Type & Setting: Public, two-year, small city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Paramedic Certificate and/or Degree Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
Arizona Western College Public, two-year, fringe town EMT - Paramedic occupational certificate $2,360 in-state; $7,687 out-of-state*
Central Arizona College Public, two-year, rural National Registry EMT to Paramedic course $2,160 in-state; $9,600 out-of-state*
Chandler/Gilbert Community College Public, two-year, large suburb A.A.S., Emergency Response and Operations (Paramedicine) $1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
Glendale Community College Public, two-year, mid-sized city Paramedicine certificate of completion,
A.A.S., Emergency Response and Operations (Paramedicine)
$1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
Mesa Community College Public, two-year, large city Paramedic certificate of completion,
A.A.S., Emergency Response and Operations (Paramedicine)
$1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
Paradise Valley Community College Public, two-year, large city Paramedic Education certificate of completion $1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
Phoenix College Public, two-year, large city Paramedicine certificate of completion,
A.A.S., Advanced Emergency Medical Technology (Paramedic)
$1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
Pima Community College Public, two-year, large city A.A.S., Paramedic $1,652 in-state; $7,784 out-of-state*
Scottsdale Community College Public, two-year, rural Paramedic certificate of completion,
A.A.S., Emergency Response and Operations (Paramedicine)
$1,854 in-state; $7,638 out-of-state*
Yavapai College Public, two-year, small city Paramedicine certificate,
A.A.S., Paramedic
$1,824 in-state; $9,432 out-of-state*

Sources: *NCES College Navigator.

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