Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Technician

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. Red Rocks offers a variety of class start times each semester to help students work with their schedules. 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.

Red Rocks offers a unique and challenging way to get your EMT certification.  We have 3 ambulances, 2 fire engines and a three bed simulated emergency room that are all used to conduct realistic patient care scenarios throughout the class. This is combined with in class lectures and discussions and 30 hours of ride time in ambulances, fire engines, and emergency rooms. 

Our Advanced EMT class is the second semester of our AAS degree or a great class for an EMT that has been in the field and wants to increase their knowledge base.  The class includes the IV approval course and the Basic EKG course as well as 120 hours of ride time with professional EMS agencies and hospitals and weekly real time simulations. 

The final two semesters are the Paramedic Preparation program.  The coursework is at the EMT-Intermediate level and includes the Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support classes, in class discussions, and an optional one year paid field internship with a participating EMS agency.  At the completion of the prep program, the student is guaranteed admission to Arapahoe Community College Paramedic Program and is given preferred admission status to St. Anthony Hospital Paramedic Program.


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

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

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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.