How To Become A Paramedic In Colorado

How To Become A Paramedic In Colorado

Levels of EMT

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

National Registry State

NREMT certification is required as well as state exams

Requirements

  • At least 18 years old
  • Must establish lawful presence in the US

Length of License

3 years

License Maintenance Requirements

There are currently three options for maintaining a Colorado license:
1. Current NREMT certification
2. Complete a refresher course from a Colorado recognized education program and have your skills attested to by a Colorado recognized education program or a Medical Director
3. Complete the required minimum hours of continuing education that is approved by a Colorado recognized education program and have your skills attested to by a Colorado recognized education program or a Medical Director.

Continuing Education Requirements by Level

Total Hours:
EMT-B: 36 hours total:
• 1 hour: prepatory content including scene safety, quality improvement, health and safety of EMT, or medical legal concepts
• 3 hours: OB and paediatric patient assessment and treatment
• 6 hours: trauma patient assessment and treatment
• 5 hours: patient assessment
• 3 hours: airway assessment and management
• 6 hours: medical/behavioural emergency patient assessment and management
• 12 hours: electives
EMT-I: 50 hours total:
• 8 hours: airway, breathing, and cardiology assessment and treatment
• 4 hours: medical patient assessment and treatment
• 3 hours: trauma patient assessment and treatment
• 8 hours: OB and paediatric patient assessment and treatment
• 2 hours: operational tasks
• 25 hours: electives
EMT-P: 50 hours total: see above

Regulating State Agency

The Colorado Department of Public Health
http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/

Scope of Practice

Colorado is a medical director driven state.

Reciprocity

EMT-B: NREMT-B
EMT-I: NREMT-I, A Colorado ACLS course must be taken
EMT-P: NREMT-P, A Colorado ACLS course must be taken

Costs

Colorado does not charge a fee for state certification. However they do charge a background check fee – $17.50 for Colorado only, $39.50 for Colorado/federal.

Educational Requirements

Complete an EMT-B/I/P course conducted by a state-recognized education program

Accredited Schools for 2013

  1. Aims Community College – Greeley, CO
  2. Centura Health-St Anthony Hospitals – Denver, CO
  3. Colorado Mountain College – Edwards, CO
  4. Community College of Aurora – Denver, CO
  5. Denver Health Medical Centre – Denver, CO
  6. HealthONE EMS/Arapahoe Community College – Englewood, CO
  7. Mesa State College – Grand Junction, CO
  8. Pikes Peak Community College – Colorado Springs, CO
  9. Pueblo Community College – Pueblo, CO

As of 08/05/2011

Stats

As of December 2009, the number of Colorado certifications was:
EMT-Basics: 12,094
EMT-Intermediates: 703
EMT-Paramedics: 3,189

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