MEDIC program courses

(1) Paramedic

  • Class starts May 6, 2024.
  • Mandatory online orientation on May 1, 2024.
  • Evening class schedule. 1800-2130 Monday/Tuesday/Thursday.
  • 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)

  • The next class is scheduled for February 12, 2024.
  • Some in-person classes held at the UCHealth Anschutz Medical Campus.
  • Application window open until full.
  • Tuition $1800.
  • E-Book included.
  • Contact [email protected] with questions.
  • Apply with link below.

(3) IV Certification Course

  • Dates coming soon.

(4) Paramedic Prep Course

  • A&P, Cardiology, Pharmacology to prepare for P-School.
  • 100% Online & Asynchronous.
  • Starts March 18th, 2024.
  • Mandatory orientation online March 13, 6pm.
  • Tuition $1500.
  • Apply below & contact [email protected] for more info.

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.

All instruction is conducted in person at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora Colorado, the world class academic teaching hospital for the University of Colorado. You will learn from some of the best minds in healthcare and train alongside the amazing teams we have here at UCHealth in our clinical & 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:

  • EMT-Basic Certification Hybrid Course 2x/yr (approx. 15 weeks)
  • Paramedic Prep Course x2/yr (approx. 8 weeks)
  • Initial Paramedic Certification x2/yr (approx. 12 months)

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 Colorado Department of Public Health 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 (EMT and Paramedic)

Application requirements for Paramedic course

  • Completed program application (available for download here).
  • Resume or CV.
  • Letter from your current employer verifying your experience as an EMT.
  • Two professional letters of recommendation.
  • Personal statement to include the following:
    • Reason for pursuing a career as a paramedic.
    • Why you want to attend the UCHealth MEDIC program.

Please send your completed application packet to [email protected].

Due to the large number of qualified and interested applicants, late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.

Applications will be reviewed and scored. While we do use a point system to rank academic performance, other subjective parameters may be used to determine whether an applicant is a good candidate for the UCHealth MEDIC program.

Those who best meet the criteria for the program will be invited for an interview and pre-admission testing.

Application (Paramedic prep)
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.

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]

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.
  • This class is held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.
  • Tuition is $1800. This includes the textbook and medical liability insurance.

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.

The EMT application must be printed, completed in its entirety, and emailed to:

[email protected]

March Conference

Overview ⋮ UCHealth EMS Conference 2024 (Virtual) ⋮ Blackthorn ⋮ Events
March 4: Masters of Trauma Cadaver and Skills Lab – Free
  • Skills
  • Cadaver lab with opportunities to practice: BLS airway, ALS airway, needle decompression, wound packing, tourniquet application, IO insertion and chest seal application.
  • Pelvic binder, traction splinting, extremity splinting.
  • Complicated airway.
  • Cricothyrotomies.
  • Sim case for trauma patient management.

Two Sessions:

7:20 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

11:50 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

We will send a follow up with more details after registration.

March 12: Critical OB Patient Management – $25
  • Various fetal presentations for delivery.
  • Sim cases for OB patient management.

Two Sessions:

12:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

2:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

We will send a follow up with more details after registration.

March 19: Masters of Cardiology – $25
  • LVADs: lecture and hands-on component.
  • EKG interpretation.
  • Dissection of a pig heart.
  • Sim cases for related patient complaint management.

Two Sessions:

8:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

1:00 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.

We will send a follow up with more details after registration.

March 27: Big Brains with Stroke and Neuroanatomy – $25
  • Neuroanatomy with preserved brain and clinical correlates.
  • Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit – tour, intro, case.
  • Sim cases for neuro patient management.

Two Sessions:

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

We will send a follow up with more details after registration.

March 28: Aggressive Burn Management – $25
  • Fluid management/calculations.
  • Cyanokit administration.
  • Airway management.
  • Wound dressing/management.
  • Sim cases for burn patient management.

Two Sessions:

8:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.

10:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

We will send a follow up with more details after registration.

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.