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Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services

Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS, Certificate, CER

Pathway: Medical Sciences

Program Length: 4 semesters

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Why Choose EMS at PPSC?

PPSC’s EMS is committed to staying abreast of the latest research, regulatory issues and standards of practice affecting emergency medical services. Our program strives to create a learning environment that encourages students to think critically, become leaders, work ethically, and respect all people to fully prepare them for jobs like Paramedic, Emergency Medical Responder, Emergency Medical Technician, and rural or hospital EMS provider.

What do PPSC EMS students study?

At PPSC, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) you will learn to provide emergency medical care to sick or injured patients in a safe and accurate manner. There are a wide variety of topics you will learn about, including, but not limited to:
  • Fundamentals of emergency medicine
  • Backcountry medical and trauma training
  • Basic first aid
  • Advanced level life support
  • Pediatric care
Career Options

A wide variety of job opportunities await PPSC graduates including:
  • Paramedic
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Rural EMS Provider
  • Hospital EMS Provider
EMS Student during an exercise
Nursing student in the Center for Healthcare Education and Simulation

Zero-Cost for Some Medical Programs

Many certificate programs within Medical Sciences are now available at zero cost, thanks to Care Forward Colorado. Students in these programs get free tuition, fees, books, materials and necessary vaccinations. Any other financial aid could be used on top of that for living expenses, technology needs, or other related costs.

No special applications are necessary to enter the program. Just register for classes and you’ll be reimbursed.

Qualifying programs include:


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By the Numbers

Statistics related to Pikes Peak State College's Paramedic program.

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Pass Rate

The 2020 success rate for the National Registry of EMT Paramedic Cognitive exam was 100%.

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Job Placement

The 2020 positive placement rate for paramedic graduates was 100%.

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Retention Rate

The choice to attend Paramedic school is a significant commitment. In 2020, the retention rate was 92.9%.

EMS Classes You Might Take

Pikes Peak State College's Emergency Medical Service program sets you up for success in your career.

class 1

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 ethnocultural concepts and legal and ethical implications are integrated throughout.

class 2

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.

class 3

Focuses on an integrated study of the human body including the histology, anatomy and physiology of each system. Examines molecular, cellular, and tissue levels of organization plus integuments, skeletal, articulations, muscular and nervous systems. Includes a mandatory hands-on laboratory experience covering microscopy, observations, and dissection. This is the first semester of a two-semester sequence.

class 4

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.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) degree program, you should be able to:

  • Perform relevant EMS psychomotor skills
  • Interpret and apply EMS and general medical knowledge necessary to function in a healthcare setting
  • Conduct oneself in an ethical and professional manner
  • Effectively apply communication techniques in various situations
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Voices of PPSC

Karen Medville

Voices of PPSC

PPSC laid the foundation for me to build on. It provided the appropriate level of course work that I needed in order to believe in myself.

Karen Medville
American Indian Program Manager | Class of 1985

Emergency Medical Services

Kimberly Whitten-Chung, M.Ed., NRP
Kimberly.Whitten@pikespeak.edu
(719) 502-3327

Ben Roberts, BAS., NRP
Ben.Roberts@pikespeak.edu
(719) 502-3409

Sarah Provins, AAS, NRP
Sarah.Provins@pikespeak.edu
(719)502-3674

Advising Team

Advising website
Advising@pikespeak.edu
719-502-3232
719-502-2000

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