Associate in Applied Science in Paramedicine

Degree Information

Academic Plan

AAS Paramedicine

Academic Plan Code




MCCCD Program Detail

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Health Sciences


Students must earn a grade of B or better in all PME courses required within the program.

This program replaces:
AAS/3065 Advanced Emergency Medical Technology
AAS/3112 Emergency Response and Operations

The Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) in Paramedicine is a nationally accredited program designed to prepare students to become Paramedics. This program is a formal education in such paramedicine topics as anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, cardiology, pulmonary, pharmacology, pediatrics, geriatrics hematology, toxicology. Paramedicine builds upon EMT education and includes paramedic scope of practice. Paramedicine is integrated with fire service, law enforcement, ground transport services, flight transport services, search and rescue, hospitals, clinical setting, community paramedicine, and EMS education. There is a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Paramedicine available.

Admission Criteria

Students must be current and in good standing with the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Emergency Medical Services-Certified as an Emergency Medical Technician. EMT certification preparatory courses are available at Maricopa County Community Colleges. Contact an academic advisor for details.

Students must complete an application and selection process.

What You’ll Learn

This program will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Maintain patient, public, personnel, and personal health, wellness and safety.
  2. Demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional standards.
  3. Communicate efficiently and effectively with members of diverse populations in a culturally responsive manner.
  4. Effectively function within a multi-disciplinary healthcare system, recognizing roles, responsibilities and scope of practice.
  5. Efficiently synthesize and evaluate multiple sources of information.
  6. Perform comprehensive patient assessment.
  7. Develop a working differential diagnosis using multiple sources of information.
  8. Make informed, autonomous decisions in both clinical and uncontrolled settings.
  9. Guide and support the healthcare team, navigating interpersonal dynamics.
  10. Effectively manage patients.

Required Courses

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology4
PME190Introduction to ECG Rhythm Analysis and Interpretation for EMS Professionals (3)0-3
PME191Introduction to Pharmacology for EMS Professionals (3)0-3
PME201Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Initial Provider in Paramedicine1
PME202Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Initial Provider in Paramedicine1
PME203Pediatric Emergencies for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) Initial Provider in Paramedicine1
PME204Neonatal Resuscitation Provider (NRP) in Paramedicine0.5
PME205Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) Initial Provider in Paramedicine1
PME206International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Provider/Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)1
PME240Pharmacology in Paramedicine3
PME245Airway and Ventilatory Management in Paramedicine3
PME250Comprehensive Patient Assessment in Paramedicine1
PME251Medical Emergencies in Paramedicine I4
PME252Medical Emergencies in Paramedicine II4
PME253Medical Emergencies in Paramedicine III4
PME254Technical Operations in Paramedicine2.5
PME260Trauma Patient Management in Paramedicine2
PME270Immersive Total Patient Management Experience (ITPME)2
PME280Preparation for Paramedicine Practicum1
PME281Paramedicine Clinical Practicum: Comprehensive (2) OR
PME281AAParamedicine Clinical Practicum: Phase I (1) AND
PME281ABParamedicine Clinical Practicum: Phase II (1)2
PME288Paramedicine Comprehensive Field Internship Practicum5
PME289Preparation for Paramedic National Credentialing2

General Education Requirements

General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 18-24
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
COM225recommended for students who intend to transfer to satisfy the AGEC-A literacy requirement
COM110or COM230 recommended for students who do not intend to transfer.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
MAT126Intermediate Algebra with Review (6) OR
MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3)3-6
MAT150,or MAT151, or MAT152 recommended for students who intend to transfer
General Education DistributionCredits: 6
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 0
Met by BIO160 in the Required Courses area.

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All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

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Major: 3889
First Term: 2020 Fall
Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 63-75
CIPS code: 51.0904
SOC codes: 29-2041.00
Initiating College:
Program Availability: - GC, MC, PV, PC
Occupational Area: Health Science
Instructional Council:
Last Updated: 02/26/2020