EMT-Basic Studies

Why Choose NPC's EMT-Basic Studies?

NPC offers two levels of training:

1. BASIC – The Northland Pioneer College EMT Basic program provides a two-step pathway for developing the skills necessary to achieve certification as an
Emergency Medical Technician – Basic. You will meet the certification requirements of both the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the Arizona Department of Health.

2. RENEWAL – Once you become an EMT Basic, NPC offers the EMT Basic Refresher course with the critical information needed for renewal of your National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and Arizona state certification.

  • You may also wish to consider providing advanced patient care by taking advantage of our EMT Basic continuing education course in intravenous skills, EMT 134 - IVC.

  • NPC also offers Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) classes on an as needed bases. Arizona currently does not require state certification for EMRs. To learn more about NPC's EMR courses, click here.
  • The NPC EMS Department does not offer advanced placement, transfer for credit or experiential learning.

About Our Program

  • EMT Basic studies at NPC consist of a total of 12-credits of EMT Basic certification preparation and training
  • An NPC EMT Basic Refresher course satisfies your two-year recertification needs.
  • Once certified, you are qualified to take our EMT-IVC course designed to develop intravenous skills

How do I start?

STEP 1: Start your career as an emergency medical technician by enrolling in our 3-credit EMT 130 Emergency Medical Technician Preparatory course. Learn medical terminology and basic human anatomy and physiology, the cornerstones of emergency patient care.

STEP 2: With successful completion of the preparatory EMT 130 class, you may register in EMT 132 Emergency Medical Technician*. This intensive 9-credit course provides you with the critical skills necessary to recognize and treat illness and injury in the pre-hospital setting. Click here to see prerequisites* to enroll in EMT 132.

STEP 3: Successful completion of the EMT 132 course, qualifies you to sit for the EMT Basic certification examination of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the state of Arizona.


Staying Certified as an EMT-Basic:

  • Once you achieve your EMT-Basic status, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians requires you to renew certification every two years as a basis for employment.
  • NPC offers EMT 133 EMT-Basic Refresher, a 2-credit continuing education class that fulfills both the NREMT and Arizona state requirements. EMT 133 Basic Refresher is generally offered twice every semester. The refresher course consists of a total of 32 hours of class time and is offered at a variety of conveniently located campuses and centers, wherever there is need. The course may be repeated whenever you need your EMT Basic recertification.
  • Another useful course offering for the certified EMT Basic is the NPC continuing education course for developing intravenous skills. EMT 134 EMT IVC is a one and one-half credit lecture/lab course providing advanced care skills for the EMT Basic concerned with improving patient outcomes. This course is offered every semester and requires students to be sponsored by their agency and base hospital for enrollment.

Want to take your career up another step?

Being an Arizona-certified EMT-Basic with a minimum of one year experience as a pre-hospital EMS provider is foundational toward becoming a certified Paramedic. You will also need to earn a NPC Associate of Applied Science degree where you will learn up-to-date best practices in this exciting and challenging field from our experienced and knowledgeable instructors.

Degree/Certificate Options

  • CERTIFICATION: Successful completion of EMT 130 and 132 qualifies you to sit for the EMT – Basic certification examination of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the state of Arizona.
  • RENEWAL: Successful completion of EMT 133 allows you to renew your EMT – Basic certification.
  • ADVANCED: Completion of a NPC Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paramedicine allows you to work toward becoming a certified Paramedic.

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 as it becomes increasingly difficult to recruit and retain unpaid volunteers. As members of the baby boom generation age, they are more likely to have medical emergencies, increasing need for EMTs and paramedics.

Median salary: $40,480
(May 2016 - North Arizona Nonmetropolitan - U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) SOC 29-2041

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