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Advanced Emergency Medical TechnicianRequirements

Advanced EMT Certificate Requirements

Explore the classes that will teach you the skills you need to become an advanced EMT. Study anatomy and physiology and learn how to assess and treat medical and trauma emergencies and handle special emergency situations. 

This two-semester advanced EMT certificate program consists of seven classes for a total of 13 credits. Study subjects including:

  • Advanced EMT Fundamentals
  • Advanced EMT Pharmacology
  • EMS IV/IO Therapy
  • Advanced Medical, Trauma and Special Emergencies

Lecture subjects coincide with labs that give you hands-on experience in realistic scenarios. Apply your skills in a clinical rotation in the community and gain real-world advanced EMT experience.

This program is also one of two elective credit options (along with Fire Academy) that can apply toward earning an EMS associate degree at Aims.

Refresher Class for Experienced EMTs

If you’re a basic EMT interested in refreshing your skills, a refresher class might be a good first step before pursuing the advanced EMT certificate. 

The EMT refresher class (EMS 126) is for basic EMTs who need to meet recertification requirements for the state of Colorado or the NREMT exam. With a hybrid online lecture and in-person lab format, earn two continuing education (CE) credits for both NREMT recertification and Colorado registration renewal.

How to Apply to the Aims Advanced EMT Certificate Program

You must be a registered Colorado EMT with a valid AHA Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers CPR certification and meet all Aims background and immunization requirements to apply to the advanced EMT program. An application and interview process are the final steps before registering for classes. 

Contact the EMS department to apply or if you have any questions.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Introduces the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) student to the fundamental knowledge of growth, development and aging considerations in the emergency patient. The student will learn to use assessment findings to provide basic and selected advanced emergency care and transportation for a patient with special needs. These include the obstetric patient, neonatal patient, pediatric patient, geriatric patient, and patients with special challenges. Learners will apply this knowledge to patient assessment and the development of a treatment plan in a simulated setting. This course also provides an overview of the principles of safe ground ambulance operations, incident management, multiple casualty incidents, air medical responses, vehicle extrication, hazardous material awareness and terrorism and disaster response. Learners will apply critical thinking skills to ensuring the safety of a scene and a plan for safe patient care and transportation. Two credits.

Course Corequisites
EMS 129, EMS 131, EMS 133, EMS 135, & EMS 171
2
required

Provides the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) student with a basis for making clinical decisions in the pharmacologic management of patients commonly encountered in the pre-hospital setting. Topics include the legal and ethical aspects of pharmacotherapy, roles, responsibilities and techniques associated with medication preparation and administration, the classification and naming of medications, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and medication calculations. In addition the mechanism of action, dose, route(s) of administration, therapeutic effects, adverse effects, and therapeutic indications for medications within the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician scope of practice are discussed in detail. One credit.

Course Corequisites
EMS 127, EMS 131, EMS, 133, EMS 135, & EMS 171
1
required

Provides the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) student with instruction in EMS systems, communications and documentation, pathophysiology, airway management, and the role of EMS in public health. Two credits.

Course Corequisites
EMS 127, EMS 129, EMS 133, EMS 135, & EMS 171
2
required

Focuses on cognitive and skill practice for the Colorado scope of practice for the IV / IO endorsement as outlined in the Intravenous / Intraosseous Therapy and Medication Administration course curriculum. Two credits.

Course Corequisites
None
2
required

Introduces the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) student to a fundamental knowledge of emergency care for the medical patient. This course provides instruction in the integration of physical exam findings, history findings, and pathophysiology when assessing and treating the medical patient. Topics addressed include neurology, immunology, infectious diseases, endocrine disorders, cardiovascular disorders, toxicology, respiratory emergencies, hematology, and renal disorders. Two credits.

Course Corequisites
EMS 127; EMS 129; EMS 131; EMS 135; EMS 171
2
required

Introduces the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) student to a fundamental knowledge of emergency care for the trauma patient. The student will learn how to utilize assessment findings to provide basic and selected advanced emergency care and transportation for the trauma patient. Two credits.

Course Corequisites
EMS 127, EMS 129, EMS 131, EMS 133, & EMS 171
2
required

Builds on the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) student's fundamental knowledge of patient care in the clinical and field setting. The student will perform patient assessments through physical examination, and patient interviews of health history and current illness. The student will then use those assessment findings to develop and carry out a patient treatment plan. This will include pediatric, geriatric and adult patients with a variety of presentations. The student will also survey each field scene for safety considerations and scene management. Two credits.

Course Prerequisites

Current Colorado EMT Certification, CPR Certification, applicable immunizations, and a background check.

Course Corequisites
EMS 127, EMS 129, EMS 131, EMS 133, & EMS 135
2
Total Certificate Requirements 13