Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic

Do you like to help others? Are you interested in medicine? If so, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is the job for you.  EMT is a one semester certificate program that will give you the ability to start your career in health care on completion of the class. EMT's are used in ambulances and emergency rooms and it is a requirement to apply to most fire departments. At Red Rocks, EMT is also the first semester in the Associates of Applied Science in Emergency Medical Technology degree. Pell Grant eligible students can obtain a CTE Grant to cover a portion of the class tuition. Register for the class early. Space is limited each semester and classes fill quickly.

Summer 2017 Class Option

Section 001          Monday-Friday             9:00 am-5:00 pm              June 1-August 3


Fall 2017 Class Options

Section 001

Tuesday- Thursday

 8:30 am-1:10 pm

 August 21-December 12

Section 002


 1:30 pm-5:00 pm

  August 21-December 12

Section 004

Thursday and Friday

 8:00 am- 4:30 pm

 August 21-December 12

Part Time Option

The program takes two semesters to complete.  Students will take EMS121 and 123 in the Fall and EMS 122, 124, and 170 in the Spring.

Section 003   Monday and Wednesday    6:00 pm -9:30 pm      August 21- December 12

Program Prerequisites

  • Proof of age 18 by the first day of class
  • Eligible to enroll in ENG 121 or provide proof of completion of ENG 121 with a grade C or higher ENG 121 or provide proof of completion of ENG 121 with a grade C or higher

Course Requirements

By the first day of class the student is required to have the following:

  • Criminal Background Check- Disqualifying Offenses
  • Physical Exam with proof of vaccinations and TB test
  • CPR Card at the Healthcare Provider level

Summer/Fall 2017 EMT Information Packet


Red Rocks Community College offers the EMT-Basic, Advanced EMT and Paramedic certificates

Please click here to view about these certificates.


Red Rocks Community College offers several Associates Degree options in Emergency Medicine

Please click here to view about this degree.

Job Prospects and Income

With the rapid growth in the Denver area comes the need for expanded emergency services. While EMT-Basic is a minimum requirement for hiring at most fire departments and ambulance services, competition is high for these jobs. Certifications above EMT-Basic such as Advanced EMT, Paramedic and Associates Degrees are highly recommended to be a successful candidate.

Fire department salaries average around $40,000 per year. Private ambulance companies usually start EMT-Basics at about $9.00 per hour. Emergency department technicians are usually paid around $12.00 per hour. Many fire departments are currently looking for those trained beyond the EMT-Basic level and at the EMT-Paramedic level. Paramedic firefighters make approximately $55,000 per year. Paramedics working for private ambulance companies are paid around $15.00 per hour.

Paramedic Agreement with St. Anthony's Hospital

The RRCC paramedic program has an articulation agreement with St. Anthony’s Hospital. Students need to apply and be accepted into the St. Anthony’s program in order to do our Paramedic AAS degree: http://www.sahems.org/SHE/Courses/Paramedic-Academy/. If a student has done his/her paramedic cert at another hospital, please contact robert.vroman@rrcc.edu for other degree options.