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What is EMS?

Emergency Medical Services, more commonly known as EMS, is a system that responds to emergencies in need of highly skilled pre-hospital clinicians. EMS is most recognizable by its vehicles, helicopters, and workforce, which respond to emergency incidents. But far from being simply a ride to the emergency department, this system of coordinated response and emergency medical care involves numerous people and agencies. A comprehensive EMS system is ready every day for every kind of emergency, whether or not that includes going to the hospital.

At Yavapai College, we offer four paths to prepare you to join the EMS field:

  • Associates of Applied Science in Paramedicine
  • Paramedicine Certificate
  • Emergency Medical Technician Certificate
  • Community Health/Critical Care Paramedic Certificate

The Yavapai College Basic EMT Certification is now available for financial aid.

Emergency Medical Services Department Resources

The Fall Semester for the Paramedic program is currently full. If you would like to add your name to the waitlist please contact the EMS department.

Applicant Information for the Paramedic Class

The YC EMS Department per Governor Ducey's order does not require a COVID-19 vaccine to apply to or attend the paramedic program.

Program Accreditation and Outcomes

The Yavapai College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

  • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • 727-210-2350
  • www.caahep.org
  • To contact CoAEMSP:
  • 214-703-8445
  • www.coaemsp.org


(928) 717-7777
(800) 922-6787


  • CREDITS: 60
  • Prescott Valley
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The Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine prepares students to work as paramedics in emergency care, stabilization and immobilization of victims.


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  • Prescott Valley
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The Paramedicine certificate program prepares students for direct entry as paramedics in emergency care, stabilization, and immobilization of victims of illness and injury: recognizing and documenting signs and symptoms of illness and injury, intervening, and evaluating the intervention; performing assessment of basic electrocardiograph rhythm identification; administration of oxygen and medications approved by the Arizona Department of Health Services, office of Emergency Medical Services; advanced airway techniques; use of specific immobilization devices, peripheral, interosseus, and central intravenous techniques, defibrillation, synchronized cardioversion, transcutaneous pacing; and preparing for transportation.

Short Term Certificates

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  • Prescott, Prescott Valley, Verde Valley
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Basic certificate provides fundamental knowledge and emergency medical procedures and techniques. Yavapai College offers students entry-level emergency response training with its EMT-Basic program. It prepares the student to become an EMT through relevant coursework and extensive hands-on practical training, clinical work, and instructors who have years of experience and know what is needed to succeed. Successful completion of this program will prepare the students for the required Arizona and National Registry EMT exams. Our EMT students have excellent pass rates on the National Registry Exam.

Accreditation: Yavapai College Emergency Medical Technician Program is approved by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services toward certification as an EMT in both the state of Arizona and in the USA.

EMT Program Cost Sheet - pdf

The Yavapai College Basic EMT Certification is now available for financial aid.

Additional Program Information

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We are dedicated to helping students get started at Yavapai College and transfer into the university program that will fit their goals. Through our transfer partnerships and tools we can help you prepare for your next steps. 

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