How To Become A Paramedic In Arizona

How To Become A Paramedic In Arizona

Levels of EMT

Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT-B)
Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate (EMT-I)
Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic (EMT-P)

National Registry State

In order to be a licensed EMT in Arizona you are required to pass the NREMT as well as a state examination.


  • At least 18 years old
  • High school diploma or GED

Length of License

EMT- Basic, Intermediate, Paramedic: 2 years
One can be issued temporary 6-month certification if they hold a current NREMT registration but have not yet completed an Arizona ALS or EMT-B refresher. This 6 month certification may be extended for 18 months after an EMT completes an Arizona ALS or EMT-B refresher.

License Maintenance Requirements

EMT-Basic: successful completion of The Arizona EMT-B Refresher OR The Arizona EMT-B Refresher Challenge Examination OR evidence of current NREMT-Basic registration.

EMT-Intermediate: continuing education OR current NREMT-Intermediate/99 registration

EMT-Paramedic: continuing education OR current NREMT-Paramedic registration

Continuing Education Requirements by Level

Total Hours:
EMT-B: none required
EMT-I/P: 60 hours including 7 hours through proficiency in CPR and proficiency in advanced emergency cardiac life support

Regulating State Agency

The Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System (BEMSTS)

Scope of Practice

Arizona is a medical director driven state. An EMT-P in Arizona may perform CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) if approved to do so by his/her administrative medical director.


NREMT registration
Successful completion of an Arizona ALS or EMT-B refresher


EMT B: $70
EMT I: $110
EMT P: Practical Exam $300, National Registry CBT $110: total $410
EMT-Basic, Intermediate, Paramedic Renewal: $150

Educational Requirements

EMT-Basic: successful completion of The Arizona EMT-B course
EMT-Intermediate: successful completion of The Arizona EMT-I course
EMT-Paramedic: successful completion of The Arizona EMT-P course

Accredited Schools for 2013

  • Arizona Academy of Emergency Services, LLC – Mesa, AZ
  • Buckeye Fire Department – Buckeye, AZ
  • Central Arizona College – Casa Grande, AZ
  • E-Med Inc – Glendale, AZ
  • Fire District of Sun City West – Sun City West, AZ
  • Fortis College – Phoenix, AZ
  • Glendale Community College – Glendale, AZ
  • Life Safety Solutions, LLC – Mesa, AZ
  • Mesa Community College – Mesa, AZ
  • Paradise Valley Community College – Phoenix, AZ
  • Phoenix College – Phoenix, AZ
  • Phoenix Fire Department – Phoenix, AZ
  • PMT Ambulance – Temple, AZ
  • Rural/Metro Corporation – Mesa, AZ
  • Scottsdale Community College – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Scottsdale Fire Department – Scottsdale, AZ
  • Southwest Ambulance – Mesa, AZ
  • Wizard Education – Wittman, AZ
  • AeroCare Medical Transport, Inc – Tulsa, AZ
  • Northern AZ Health Care – Flagstaff, AZ
  • Northern Pioneer College – Holbrook, AZ
  • Yavapai College – Prescott Valley, AZ
  • Cochise College – Sierra Vista, AZ
  • Drexel Heights Fire District – Tucson, AZ
  • Eastern Arizona College – Thatcher, AZ
  • Fry Fire District – Sierra Vista, AZ
  • Public Safety & Emergency Services Institute of Pima Community College – North Bonita, AZ
  • Sierra Vista Fire Department – Sierra Vista, AZ
  • Sonoran Emergency Medical Training Academy – Tucson, AZ
  • Southwest Ambulance – Tucson, AZ
  • Tucson Fire Department – Tucson, AZ
  • Arizona Western College – Yuma, AZ
  • Golden Valley Fire Department – Golden Valley, AZ
  • Kingman Regional Medical Centre – Kingman, AZ
  • Mohave Community College – Lake Havasu City, AZ
  • River Medical Inc. – Kingman, AZ
  • City of Yuma Fire Department – Yuma, AZ
  • As of 8/03/2011


    As of May 2010 Arizona had 3,560 EMTs and paramedics.

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