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Launch Your EMS Career by Earning EMT and Paramedic Certificates at Aims

Aims offers several EMS certificates that allow you to advance your career in an affordable way or to build toward earning an associate degree. 

These certificates include:

  • Emergency medical responder
  • Emergency medical technician (EMT)
  • Advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT)
  • Paramedic

Additional certificates prepare you to apply to the paramedic certificate training program (the paramedic preparation certificate) or begin the Aims paramedic associate degree program (the pre-paramedic certificate).

Whether you want to earn a stand-alone EMS certificate and begin work afterward or pursue a paramedic associate degree, earning a certificate is an excellent way to advance your EMS career. 

EMT - Paramedic Preparation Certificate

If you are an EMT or AEMT, the paramedic preparation certificate prepares you to apply for the Aims paramedic certificate program. Study EMT fundamentals, medical and trauma emergencies, IV/IO therapy, and basic anatomy and physiology.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Introduces the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student to prehospital emergency care. The topics included in this course are Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems, well-being of the EMT, communications, documentation, anatomy, airway management, and patient assessment. Prerequisite(s): Professional level CPR certification. Three credits.

3
required

Provides the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student with the knowledge and skills to effectively provide emergency care and transportation to a patient experiencing a medical emergency. This course focuses on the integration of the physical exam, medical history, and pathophysiology when assessing and treating the medical patient. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

Professional level CPR certification and EMS 121 with a grade of "C" or better

Course Corequisites
EMS 123, EMS 124, and EMS 170
4
required

Provides the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student with the knowledge and skills to provide appropriate emergency care and transportation of a patient who has suffered a traumatic injury. The concepts of kinematics and the biomechanics of trauma, along with pathophysiology and injury patterns will provide the student with the ability to assess and manage the trauma patient. Two credits. 

Course Prerequisites

Professional level CPR certification and EMS 121 with a grade of "C" or better.

Course Corequisites
EMS 122, EMS 124, and EMS 170
2
required

Provides the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student with the knowledge and skills required to modify the assessment, treatment, and transportation of special patient populations and patients in special circumstances. This course also provides an overview of incident command, mass casualty incidents, vehicle extrication, air medical support, hazardous materials, and terrorism. Two credits. 

Course Prerequisites

Professional level CPR certification and EMS 121 with a grade of "C" or better.

Course Corequisites
EMS 122, EMS 123, & EMS 170
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

Focuses on basic knowledge of body structures and function, and provides a foundation for understanding deviations from normal and disease conditions. This course is designed for individuals interested in health care and is directly applicable to the Practical Nursing Program, Paramedic Program and the Medical Office Technology program. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

MAT 055 or MAT 107 or higher, and CCR 092 or higher with grades of "C" or better. MAT course may be taken concurrently

4
required
1
Total Credits for Certificate 18

Paramedic Certificate

If you are an EMT or AEMT, the paramedic certificate program prepares you to become a paramedic who provides advanced emergency medical care to EMS patients. Study paramedic fundamentals and special considerations, advanced pharmacology and cardiology, and medical and trauma emergencies.

Row Groupings Certificate Program: Credits
required

Introduces the paramedic student to the advanced practice of prehospital care. This course covers professional behavior, medical ethics, legal issues, patient assessment, therapeutic communication, clinical decision making, and basic and advanced airway management. This course discusses EMS 's role in the healthcare continuum, professional communication, patient care documentation, IV fluid therapy and resuscitation, and the application of evidence based medicine. A brief overview of human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology is included. Three credits.

Course Corequisites
EMS 226
3
required

Teaches the skills necessary for the paramedic to apply professional behavior, medical ethics, legal issues, patient assessment, therapeutic communication, clinical decision making, and airway management. Serves as the companion course to Fundamentals of Paramedic Practice. Two credits.

Course Corequisites
EMS 225
2
required

Introduces the paramedic student to concepts in assessing and meeting the emergency care needs of the neonate, pediatric, geriatric and special needs patient. This course focuses on epidemiology, pathophysiology, assessment and treatment of these patient groups. Common medical and traumatic presentations are addressed. Relevant psychosocial and ethno cultural concepts and legal and ethical implications are integrated throughout. Three credits.

Course Corequisites
EMS 228
3
required

Teaches the skills necessary for the paramedic to effectively assess and treat neonatal, pediatric, geriatric, and special needs patients utilizing skills and simulation scenarios. Serves as the companion course to Paramedic Special Considerations. Two credits.

Course Corequisites
EMS 227
2
required

Introduces the paramedic student to advanced emergency pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. This course will include laws affecting the use and distribution of medications, medication dosing, clinical calculations, routes of administration and discussion of common medication classifications to include indications, contraindications and side effects. Three credits.

Course Corequisites
EMS 230
3
required

Teaches the skills necessary for the paramedic to safely and effectively administer emergency medications. Serves as the companion course to Paramedic Pharmacology. Two credits.

Course Corequisites
EMS 229
2
required

Introduces the paramedic student to cardiovascular emergencies and the care of patients presenting with cardiovascular emergencies. Topics will include assessment of the cardiovascular system, ECG acquisition and interpretation both single lead and 12 lead, pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease and treatments indicated for a given disease. Five credits.

Course Corequisites
EMS 232
5
required

Teaches the skills necessary for the paramedic to effectively assess and treat patients presenting with cardiovascular emergencies utilizing skills and simulation scenarios. Serves as the companion course to Paramedic Cardiology. One credit.

Course Corequisites
EMS 231
1
required

Expands on the paramedic student's knowledge of medical emergencies with the Integration of assessment findings in formulating a field impression and implementing a treatment plan. This course will cover principles of epidemiology and pathophysiology related to common medical emergencies including: neurological, abdominal and gastrointestinal disorders, immunological, infectious diseases, endocrine disorders, psychiatric disorders, toxicological, respiratory, hematological, genitourinary, gynecological, non-traumatic musculoskeletal disorders, and diseases of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Four credits.

Course Corequisites
EMS 234
4
required

Teaches the skills necessary for the paramedic to effectively assess and treat patients with a variety of medical emergencies utilizing skills and simulation scenarios. Serves as the companion course to Paramedic Medical Emergencies. One credit.

Course Corequisites
EMS 233
1
required

Expands on the paramedic student's knowledge of trauma emergencies with the integration of assessment findings in formulating a field impression and implementing a treatment plan for an acutely injured patient. The course will provide an in depth evaluation of trauma to include: categorization of trauma patients, incidence of trauma, trauma systems, types of injury, trauma assessment, documentation in trauma, trauma scoring scales, trauma center designations, and transfer of patients. Four credits.

Course Corequisites
EMS 236
4
required

Teaches the skills necessary for the paramedic to effectively assess and treat patients with a variety of traumatic emergencies utilizing skills and simulation scenarios. Serves as the companion lab course for Paramedic Trauma Emergencies. One credit.

Course Corequisites
EMS 235
1
required

Reviews concepts and techniques used in the prehospital setting. Two credits.

2
Credits Required  Students must take 6 credits in each of the following courses (for a total of 18 credits):
required

Offers laboratory/clinical requirement for students enrolled in EMS 238 and/or EMS 240. Students will participate in clinical rotations at local hospitals where they will apply the Advanced Life Support skills taught in the related didactic courses. Students must be enrolled in EMS 238 and/or EMS 240 when taking this course. Zero to twelve credits.

Course Prerequisites

Current CPR certification, applicable immunizations and a background check

0 to 12
required

Serves as the preceptor/internship program for paramedic students.  Zero to 12 credits.

Course Prerequisites

Current CPR certification, applicable immunizations, and a background check

0 to 12
required

Serves as the continuation of EMS 280, preceptor program for paramedic students. Zero to 12 credits.

Course Prerequisites

Current CPR certification, applicable immunizations, and a background check

0 to 12
Total Credits for Certificate 51

EMT - Pre-Paramedic Certificate

If you are an EMT or AEMT, the pre-paramedic certificate will prepare you to apply for the Aims paramedic associate degree program. Study the courses required to apply for the paramedic program, including general education requirements, EMT fundamentals, medical and trauma emergencies, IV/IO therapy, and basic anatomy and physiology.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Introduces the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student to prehospital emergency care. The topics included in this course are Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems, well-being of the EMT, communications, documentation, anatomy, airway management, and patient assessment. Prerequisite(s): Professional level CPR certification. Three credits.

3
required

Provides the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student with the knowledge and skills to effectively provide emergency care and transportation to a patient experiencing a medical emergency. This course focuses on the integration of the physical exam, medical history, and pathophysiology when assessing and treating the medical patient. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

Professional level CPR certification and EMS 121 with a grade of "C" or better

Course Corequisites
EMS 123, EMS 124, and EMS 170
4
required

Provides the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student with the knowledge and skills to provide appropriate emergency care and transportation of a patient who has suffered a traumatic injury. The concepts of kinematics and the biomechanics of trauma, along with pathophysiology and injury patterns will provide the student with the ability to assess and manage the trauma patient. Two credits. 

Course Prerequisites

Professional level CPR certification and EMS 121 with a grade of "C" or better.

Course Corequisites
EMS 122, EMS 124, and EMS 170
2
required

Provides the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student with the knowledge and skills required to modify the assessment, treatment, and transportation of special patient populations and patients in special circumstances. This course also provides an overview of incident command, mass casualty incidents, vehicle extrication, air medical support, hazardous materials, and terrorism. Two credits. 

Course Prerequisites

Professional level CPR certification and EMS 121 with a grade of "C" or better.

Course Corequisites
EMS 122, EMS 123, & EMS 170
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
1
required

Focuses on basic knowledge of body structures and function, and provides a foundation for understanding deviations from normal and disease conditions. This course is designed for individuals interested in health care and is directly applicable to the Practical Nursing Program, Paramedic Program and the Medical Office Technology program. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

MAT 055 or MAT 107 or higher, and CCR 092 or higher with grades of "C" or better. MAT course may be taken concurrently

4
Total Certificate Requirement Credits 18
Row Groupings General Education Requirements: Credits
required

Combines the basic theory of speech communication with public speech performance skills. Emphasis is on speech delivery, preparation, organization, support, and audience analysis. Three credits.

3
required

Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-CO1 category. May be taken concurrently with CCR 094. Three credits.

3
required

Introduces descriptive and inferential statistics, with an emphasis on critical thinking and statistical literacy. Topics include methods of data collection, presentation and summarization, introduction to probability concepts and distributions, and statistical inference of one and two populations. This course uses real world data to illustrate applications of a practical nature. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-MA1 category. Course readiness is determined by review of high school transcripts, assessment, and/or meeting with an Aims Academic Advisor. Three credits.

3
required

Emphasizes the structure and function of state, county, and municipal governments including their relations with each other and with national government. Includes a study of Colorado government and politics. This course is a statewide guaranteed transfer course GT-SSI. Three credits.

3
required

Explores differences based on race, ethnicity, social class, gender, age, ability status, and sexual identity. Critically examines the dynamics of intergroup relations and how social construction of these differences can lead to patterns of prejudice, discrimination, and inequality nationally and globally. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-SS3 category. Three credits.

3
Total Required General Education Credits 15
Total Credits for Certificate 33

EMT - Emergency Medical Responder Certificate

Emergency medical responders are entry-level EMS providers. The emergency medical responder certificate combines classroom training and an internship to teach you basic emergency lifesaving interventions while awaiting an additional EMS response.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Provides the student with core knowledge and skills to function in the capacity of a first responder arriving at the scene of an emergency, providing supportive care until advanced EMS help arrives. Prerequisite(s): Professional level CPR certification. Three credits.

3
required

Provides students with the opportunity to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to their educational program.  Students work under the immediate supervision of experienced personnel at the business location with the guidance of the instructor. Zero to twelve credits.

Course Prerequisites

Permission of instructor

0 to 12
Internship Credits (Students must take a 1 credit internship)
Total Certificate Requirements 4

Emergency Medical Technician

This fifteen-week EMT certificate program prepares you to become a basic EMT. Learn anatomy and physiology and how to assess and treat medical and trauma emergencies.

Row Groupings Certificate Requirements: Credits
required

Introduces the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student to prehospital emergency care. The topics included in this course are Emergency Medical Services (EMS) systems, well-being of the EMT, communications, documentation, anatomy, airway management, and patient assessment. Prerequisite(s): Professional level CPR certification. Three credits.

3
required

Provides the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student with the knowledge and skills to effectively provide emergency care and transportation to a patient experiencing a medical emergency. This course focuses on the integration of the physical exam, medical history, and pathophysiology when assessing and treating the medical patient. Four credits.

Course Prerequisites

Professional level CPR certification and EMS 121 with a grade of "C" or better

Course Corequisites
EMS 123, EMS 124, and EMS 170
4
required

Provides the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student with the knowledge and skills to provide appropriate emergency care and transportation of a patient who has suffered a traumatic injury. The concepts of kinematics and the biomechanics of trauma, along with pathophysiology and injury patterns will provide the student with the ability to assess and manage the trauma patient. Two credits. 

Course Prerequisites

Professional level CPR certification and EMS 121 with a grade of "C" or better.

Course Corequisites
EMS 122, EMS 124, and EMS 170
2
required

Provides the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) student with the knowledge and skills required to modify the assessment, treatment, and transportation of special patient populations and patients in special circumstances. This course also provides an overview of incident command, mass casualty incidents, vehicle extrication, air medical support, hazardous materials, and terrorism. Two credits. 

Course Prerequisites

Professional level CPR certification and EMS 121 with a grade of "C" or better.

Course Corequisites
EMS 122, EMS 123, & EMS 170
2
required
1
Total Certificate Credits 12

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

The advanced emergency medical technician certificate program prepares you to become an advanced EMT (AEMT), a level of training in between EMT and paramedic. Study pharmacology, IV/IO therapy, special EMS considerations, and trauma assessment and treatments.

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