Paramedicine Program

Why Choose NPC's Paramedicine Program?

The NPC Emergency Medical Services department provides outstanding pre-hospital care education.
  • The current NPC program has been revised and updated based on the most recent standards of the National Association of EMS Educators.
  • Classes are taught by experienced and knowledgeable emergency health care professionals. You'll be learning the most up-to-date, best practices available in this challenging field.
  • You will satisfy paramedic certification requirements of both the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Arizona Department of Health.
  • The NPC EMS Department does not offer advanced placement, transfer for credit or experiential learning.
Once you become a paramedic, NPC offers continuing education courses to improve your knowledge and skills.

About Our Program

How do I start?

STEP 1: Students must first enroll in EMT 240 Basic ECG and Pharmacology, and upon successful completion of the course take an entrance exam and interview for acceptance into the paramedic program.

STEP 2: When accepted in the program you will take the core requirement course EMT 244 Paramedic Training I, a 23-credit-hour course that meets two full days per week for the fall semester.

STEP 3: The following spring semester you take the final paramedicine core course, the 26-credit-hour EMT 245 Paramedic Training II.

Note: Successful completion of the NPC program also fulfills the Arizona Department of Health Services mandatory requirement of 500 hours of clinical and vehicular hours.


Students interested in earning their EMT-Paramedic must also meet a number of requirements to quality for the NPC program. Applicants must:

  1. Be an Arizona certified EMT-Basic with a minimum of one-year experience.
  2. Meet NPC placement requirements for ENL 101 (College Composition I) and MAT 101 (Basic Technical Mathematics).
  3. Have by the first day of class proof of MMR, TB (skin test within six months of the start of the program), Hep B (or waiver), Tdap immunizations and a DPS fingerprint clearance card

Staying Certified as an EMT-Paramedic:

  • Once you have earned your paramedic credentials, renew your certification and stay current in the field with our EMT 241 Advanced Life Support (ALS) Refresher course.
  • This 48-hour continuing education class fulfills both the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and Arizona Department of Health re-certification requirements. EMT 241 is offered both in January and December each year.

Degree/Certificate Options

  • The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in paramedicine • 70 credits
  • The Certificate of Applied Science (CAS) in paramedicine • 58 credits
  • The Certificate of Proficiency (CP) in paramedicine • 52 credits

See the current NPC College Catalog for details.

Career Opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics is expected to grow by 24 percent through 2024, “faster than the average for all occupations.” Full-time, paid, EMTs and paramedics will be needed to replace unpaid volunteers. Emergency care personnel with advanced education and certifications, such as paramedic level certification, should enjoy the most favorable job prospects as clients and patients demand higher levels of care before arriving at the hospital.

Average Annual Salary:

$37,850 – May 2016 North Arizona Nonmetropolitian U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
(SOC 29.2041)

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University Transfer Options

It is not necessary to earn a bachelor's degree to be a Paramedic. NPC can provide you with all the training you need.

Contact Us

Lynn Browne-Wagner

White Mountain Campus - Show Low
Goldwater Bldg., Rm. 122

(800) 266-7845, ext. 6715
(928) 532-6184

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires all colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."  Gainful employment disclosure information can be found for specific programs regarding tuition and fees and median loan debt, completion and job placement rates, and jobs related to the program on the web page for each program area.

We hope this information is helpful to our current and prospective students as you make your career and educational choices. For more information on Gainful Employment requirements, please read this letter from the U.S. Department of Education (7-page PDF).


    Emergency Medical Technician

    Northland Pioneer College's Paramedic
    Program is accredited by the
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    1361 Park Street • Clearwater, FL 33756
    (727) 210-2350 • Fax (727) 210-2354

    CAAHEP Accreditation for Paramedics: “To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.”

    Per CAAHEP Standard V.A.4, the National Registry Written and Practical Exams, Retention, and Positive Placement data can be found here.

    Information on all eligible NPC programs can be found in the Gainful Employment Data Archives.