MEDIC program courses

(1) Paramedic

  • Class start dates.
    • June 24, 2024 (Monday class days).
    • September 18, 2024 (Wednesday class days).
    • June 23, 2025 (Monday class day).
  • Classes held at the UCHealth Anschutz Medical Campus.
  • Tuition $12,000 (installment plans available).
  • E-Book & learning management system included.
  • Must have previous A&P coursework completion or attend the UCH Paramedic Prep Course prior to admission.
  • Apply below or contact [email protected] for more info.

(2) EMT-B Hybrid Course (see course description below)

  • Course start dates.
    • September 16, 2024
    • January 6, 2025
    • April 28, 2025
    • August 18, 2025
  • Some in-person classes held at the UCHealth Anschutz Medical Campus.
  • Application window open until full.
  • Tuition $1800.
  • Contact [email protected] with questions.
  • Apply with link below.

(3) IV Certification Course

  • Class start dates.
    • June 25th, 2024 (mandatory online orientation)
      • July 18th (mandatory in person skills 10:00am-4:00pm)
    • October 8th (mandatory in online orientation)
      • October 31st (mandatory in person skills 10:00am-4:00pm)
    • February 18th (mandatory in online orientation)
      • March 13 (mandatory in person skills 10:00am-4:00pm)
    • August 26th (2025) (mandatory in online orientation)
      • September 18th (2025) (mandatory in online orientation)
  • This hybrid course will combine online lectures, demonstrations, hands-on practice, simulated clinical scenarios, and a clinical shift to practice live IV skills. Participants will be able to practice IV insertion techniques on manikins and live patients, receiving feedback from experienced instructors.
  • Tuition $350

(4) Paramedic Prep Course

  • Class start dates.
    • July 24, 2024
    • May 5, 2025
    • July 30, 2025
  • A&P, Cardiology, Pharmacology to prepare for P-School.
  • 100% Online & Asynchronous.
  • Mandatory orientation to be held the week prior to class start date on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuition $1500.
  • Apply below & contact [email protected] for more info.

(5) Critical Care Paramedic

  • Course start date
    • November 4th, 2024
  • Mandatory in person skills/simulation held at the MEDIC building (1793-1 Quentin Street, Aurora, CO 80045)
    • December 12, 2024
    • January 9, 2025
    • February 6-9, 2025
  • UCHealth’s 12-Week Hybrid Critical Care Course is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the essential knowledge and skills needed to deliver high-quality care in critical care settings. This innovative course combines online learning with hands-on clinical experience, allowing participants to gain a comprehensive understanding of critical care principles and practices.
  • Tuition $2100

(6) Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)

  • Class start dates.
    • December 12, 2024

The UCHealth Prehospital Education (MEDIC) program at UCHealth and the University of Colorado Hospital provides the education needed to become a certified EMT or Paramedic. We also offer CE and expanded EMS certifications that allow you to develop and build your career through IV certifications and EKG coursework.

Instruction is provided by UCHealth, University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. You will learn from some of the best minds in healthcare and train alongside the teams in our clinical and academic areas.

Our EMT Programs are designed as the first step into a career in emergency medical services & will prepare you to take the National Registry Exam for certification with successful completion of the course.

UCHealth’s Paramedic Education programs are designed for certified and experienced EMTs who want to take their training to the next level. Rigorous academic and clinical applications enable students to gain in-depth experience in emergency medical services.

We offer:

  • Emergency Medical Responder (EMR)
  • EMT-Basic Certification Hybrid Course
  • IV Certification Course
  • Basic and Advanced EKG
  • Paramedic Prep Course
  • Initial Paramedic Certification
  • Critical Care Course

Our 8-week Paramedic Prep Hybrid Course is for those students needing a refresher on the basics of A&P, Med Math, Operations, EKG, Medical & Trauma before jumping into Paramedic school. If you have no college credits or a formal anatomy & physiology credit, this program will help you find success in paramedic school.

Our curriculum is rigorous. It includes classroom instruction, skill and laboratory training and hands-on clinical experience, including a field internship for EMT & Paramedic students. Apply below and start your career advancement today! Use application tab below to apply.

The MEDIC program does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, color, sex, national origin or disability. Any student who meets the physical and academic requirements is eligible to apply for the program.

Marc Scherschel
Sr. Director, Prehospital Care
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
[email protected]

Admission requirements (Paramedic)
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Current EMT certification.
  • Current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR/BLS card.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Valid health insurance card.
  • Transcripts from the highest level of education completed (high school, Associates, Bachelors, etc.)
  • Letter from employer/supervisor verifying your experience as an EMT for at least 6 months.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation.
  • All applicants must be citizens of the United States or have permanent legal status; we are unable to provide a student visa.
  • Background check required at student expense.
  • Successful completion of a college level A&P course or mandatory UCH Paramedic Prep course.

A competitive applicant has:

  • Grade point average above 3.0 (4.0 grade scale).
  • Direct patient care experience.
  • Knowledgeable about the field of EMS.
  • Required coursework completed within the last 10 years.

Health and physical requirements

Applicants must present evidence of good health and be able to meet the physical requirements of the program. Health insurance is not available through the program. Students will be required to present proof of health insurance coverage at orientation.

In addition, students must have up-to-date vaccinations that satisfy the current requirements for UCHealth employees. These requirements are located here.

Physical requirements based upon UCHealth job description for paramedics:

  • Ability to bend/stoop
  • Climb
  • Kneel
  • Lift & move patients
  • Reach
  • Perform repetitive hand/arm movements
  • Sit
  • Squat
  • Stand for long periods
  • Walk
  • Have audible speech
  • Have hearing acuity
  • Visual depth perception
  • Color perception
  • See far
  • See near
  • Lift/carry/push/pull 0-50 pounds
  • Ability to physically assist patients
Application process (Paramedic)

Application requirements:

-EMT Certification

-Basic Life Support card

-Current State ID or Drivers License

-Health insurance

-Pass a drug screen and background check

Application process (EMT)
Application (EMR)
Application (IV)
Application (Basic or Advanced EKG)
Application (Paramedic prep)
Application (Critical Care)
Tuition/financial aid

Tuition. Tuition for the class of 2024 is set at $12,000.

Financial aid. The program is administered by the University of Colorado Hospital, Department of Prehospital Care and is not affiliated with the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center; therefore, financial aid is not available through their Financial Aid Office. There are financial assistance sources available.

  • Bound Tree Medical Legacy Scholarship. Bound Tree Medical has assisted children of EMTs and firefighters interested in becoming EMTs, or furthering their certification by becoming paramedics. Scholarships are awarded nationwide for those who fit the eligibility criteria and are interested in pursuing a state-approved certification program. There are a number of options available for financial assistance. We encourage you to explore these options and apply for anything that fits your needs.
Faculty

Executive oversight

Marc Scherschel
Senior Director, Prehospital Care
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
[email protected]

Medical directors

Angela Wright, MD
Medical Director, EMS & Prehospital Care, UCHealth Metro Denver
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
[email protected]

Andra Farcas, MD
Associate Medical Director, EMS & Prehospital Care, UCHealth Metro Denver
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
[email protected]

MEDIC Program staff

Amanda (Mandy) Krekora
EMS Educator-Paramedic
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
[email protected]

Jen Keefer, BSN, CFRN, NR-P
EMS Educator
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
[email protected]

Desi Harris, EMT-P
Clinical Quality Coordinator
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
[email protected]

Critical Care Course Description

Course description:

UCHealth’s 12-Week Hybrid Critical Care Course is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the essential knowledge and skills needed to deliver high-quality care in critical care settings. This innovative course combines online learning with hands-on clinical experience, allowing participants to gain a comprehensive understanding of critical care principles and practices.

Throughout the course, participants will explore a wide range of topics, including advanced pathophysiology, critical care pharmacology, mechanical ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring, and management of common critical care conditions. The online component of the course will feature interactive modules, case studies, and virtual simulations, enabling participants to learn at their own pace and reinforce their understanding of key concepts.

In addition to the online learning, participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through supervised clinical rotations in UCHealth’s state-of-the-art critical care units. Working alongside experienced critical care professionals, participants will develop practical skills in patient assessment, monitoring, and management, while gaining exposure to a diverse range of critical care scenarios.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be eligible for the CCP-C or FP-C exams through ISBC.  They will be equipped with the tools and strategies needed to effectively collaborate with multidisciplinary teams, communicate with patients and families, and navigate the complex challenges of critical care.

This course is suitable for nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare professionals seeking to enhance their critical care expertise.


Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – Basic Course

Course description:

This course will provide the Emergency Medical Technician student the knowledge and skills required to provide appropriate emergency care and transportation of patients suffering from traumatic insult/injury and/or of medical nature.

Attendance and success of the EMT course requirements will qualify the learner to participate in the NREMT psychomotor final and sit for the NREMT online exam.

  • Course duration: 15 weeks.
  • Tuition is $1800.

EMT course admission requirements

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Valid, current health insurance coverage.
  • Current vaccinations as per UCHealth policy for students (will be provided).
  • Submit for drug and background check at the student expense (info to be provided).
  • Health and physical requirements: identical as under the “paramedic” section above.

Immunization requirements for the health care setting: required vaccinations

  • Tuberculosis skin test or X-ray. Tuberculin (Tuberculosis) skin test, blood test, or negative chest x-ray within the past 12 months.
  • MMR. Proof of mumps, rubella and rubella immunity by positive antibody titers or 2 doses of MMR.
  • Influenza vaccine. If your rotation (course) occurs between October 1 – March 31, we WILL require an influenza vaccination.
  • Hepatitis B. Proof of Hepatitis B immunization.
  • Tdap. Vaccination must have been done within the last 10 years and remain current throughout your time in the course.
  • Varicella. Varicella immunity, by positive history of chickenpox or proof of varicella immunization. You may also receive a varicella titer blood test from your PCP.

If you are a Colorado resident, you can order a copy of your vaccination records from the Colorado Department of Health.


IV Course Description

UCHealth’s comprehensive basic IV course is designed to provide healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and effectively administer intravenous (IV) therapy in accordance with Colorado state requirements. Participants will learn the fundamentals of IV therapy, including indications, techniques, complications, and patient care management.

This hybrid course will combine online lectures, demonstrations, hands-on practice, simulated clinical scenarios, and a clinical shift to practice live IV skills. Participants will be able to practice IV insertion techniques on manikins and live patients, receiving feedback from experienced instructors.

This IV course meets the educational requirements set forth by the Colorado State Board of Nursing and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for healthcare professionals performing IV therapy.


Paramedic School Data Outcomes for Graduates

CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Our results will be posted after completion of our first class.