Emergency Medical Services Academy - Educational Opportunities

Foundational EMS Courses

This course consists of 180 hours of didactic instruction including both lecture and psychomotor lab instruction on a range of basic skills. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Registry EMT certification examination and obtain NM EMT-Basic certification.

The EMSA's EMT-Basic classes are held at the UNM EMS Academy, and at partner colleges, and communities throughout the state.

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Students who currently hold a New Mexico EMT-Basic license are eligible for this program, which builds on the skills from the basic course and affords students clinical rotations as well as didactic and psychomotor lab work. This course consists of a minimum of 178 hours of didactic instruction including both lecture and psychomotor lab instruction on a broader range of skills, and at least 72 hours of clinical rotation with a local hospital ER or EMS service. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Registry Advanced EMT (AEMT) certification examination and obtain NM EMT-Intermediate certification.

The EMSA's EMT-Basic classes are held at the UNM EMS Academy, and at partner colleges, and communities throughout the state.

Pre-Admission Information [PDF] For All EMT-B and EMT-I:

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Paramedic Program

The EMS Academy EMT-Paramedic training program began in 1974. The program consists of approximately 1280 hours of lecture, lab, clinical and internship. The course is completed as a traditional 12-month curriculum. After successful completion of the program, the student will be capable of performing the functions prescribed by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Paramedic curriculum as well as the additional requirements of the State of New Mexico EMT-P curriculum.

Students will receive didactic and lab instruction in intravenous fluid therapy, immunizations, pharmacology, airway management, Intra Osseous/IM/subcutaneous medication administration, I.V. medication administration, nebulization therapy, patient assessment skills, and other treatment modalities utilized by EMT-Paramedics.

The student will also complete clinical rotations and a field internship. This offers students the opportunity to apply their skills in both a clinical and field setting. The EMS Academy has clinical arrangements with many of the major hospitals and EMS services in New Mexico.

Graduates of the course are awarded a certificate upon completion and are eligible to sit for the National Registry Paramedic licensing exam and application for New Mexico EMS licensure.

Admission to courses held at the EMS Academy is based on several factors. Some of them are: the applicant’s performance on a pre-test, GPA, successful completion of all pre-requisite course work, letters of recommendation, an interview, and consideration of community service participation. A faculty admissions committee meets to select applicants. The application process is very competitive and begins in December of each year. The applications are due February 1st of the following year for the upcoming fall program.

Applicants to the Paramedic Program at the EMS Academy must hold a New Mexico EMT-Basic or Intermediate license, and a current CPR card. Applicants from out of state must be registered EMT-Basics in their home states and must be in the process of transferring certification to New Mexico.

The applications can be found each December on the EMS Academy’s home page. All accepted students will take the course for college credit, even if they do not intend to complete the Bachelor of Science Degree offered at the EMS Academy. All paramedic program accepted students will also need to be accepted to UNM, declare EMS as their major, pay normal tuition rate to UNM main campus for the courses, and enroll in the courses through UNM Main campus.

The UNM School of Medicine EMS Academy 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).

CAAHEP CONTACT INFORMATION

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

www.caahep.org

COAEMSP CONTACT INFORMATION

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992
www.coaemsp.org

Program Outcomes

2017 Annual Report [PDF]
2016 Annual Report [PDF]

The EMS Academy recognizes that some individuals applying to our Paramedic programs may come with other medical licensure and/or experiences. However, for the continuity and consistency of programs the EMS Academy will not allow advanced placement of students into its Paramedic programs. More specifically, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, or other allied health professionals will not be granted advanced placement into a Paramedic program or be given credit for their current licensure or experiences. Anyone seeking admittance into a Paramedic program at the EMS Academy will apply through the standard application process and will adhere to all attendance and course policies.

Students currently enrolled in a Paramedic program who are removed for academic purposes will not be allowed to be placed into another EMS Academy Paramedic program that is currently in progress. Students removed for academic reasons can potentially start a new Paramedic class given the outcome of an EMS Academy Promotions and Evaluations Committee meeting or recommendation from an EMS Academy satellite program contractor (USAF of AFD).

Students removed from training due to non-academic reasons who are in good academic standing may be granted placement into another EMS Academy Paramedic class given the outcome of an EMS Academy Promotions and Evaluations Committee meeting or recommendation from an EMS Academy satellite program contractor (USAF of AFD).

In support of the EMS Academy’s mission, our policy is to give admission priority to New Mexico residents first and domestic non-New Mexico residents second. If space permits, up to one equally qualified international student may be admitted per year.

International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. If English is not your first language or if English is not the official language spoken in your country, you must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL is the only English language proficiency test accepted. Due to the highly technical nature of EMS training, the minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 587 on the paper-based test, 240 on the computer-based test, or 95 on the internet-based test. TOEFL scores are valid for two years from the test date. Scores more than two years old will not be accepted.

Bachelors of Science in EMS (Paramedic Program)

This four-year undergraduate program places emphasis on both the science and the humanity of prehospital medicine. The UNM EMS Academy is home to New Mexico’s only Bachelor of Science program in EMS and is one of only 13 programs offering a Bachelor’s degree in EMS in the U.S. Offered through the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, our program is one of a very few programs administered through an academic Department of Emergency Medicine. This provides our students exceptional opportunities to be mentored by Emergency Medicine faculty and residents and to participate in the day-to-day activities of a busy academic medical center.

The BS program may be started either as an incoming first-year student at UNM or as a student transferring with an associates degree or prior college courses.

Our curriculum was designed to teach and train paramedic leaders to be better prepared to handle the realities of a new era in prehospital medicine. By the time they leave EMSA, our graduates are excellent clinicians, teachers, researchers and leaders. They have the breadth of knowledge to think independently and to push the development of EMS. The program prepares students for advanced study; many of our graduates go on to obtain advanced degrees in education and science, medicine, physician assistant studies and business.

Prospective students should contact the EMS Academy Academic well in advance of their intended matriculation. See Academic Advisement section below.

Bachelor of Science in EMS Student Advising Sheet

Students in the EMS program (Pre-EMS and admitted students) are eligible for all UNM scholarships for which they qualify.

For more information, contact UNM SOM Financial Aid Office UNM SOM Financial Aid Office.

The EMSA offers two options to obtain college credit for licensed paramedics.

First, we offer a NRP to BS-EMS option, which gives students 47 EMS transfer credits towards UNM’s Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services. This option is free and students must hold the NREMT's National EMS Certification at the Paramedic level.

The second license to credit option allows those who received their paramedic certification through UNM Emergency Medical Services Academy, the US Air Force Academy or the Albuquerque Fire Academy to convert the classes taken for certification into college credit hours in order to be able to apply them to a higher education degree. The fee to create the student record and post the courses with grades is $75 per course.

Please contact us to take advantage of the EMSA’s license to credit options at hsc-emsa@salud.unm.edu

Rural & Frontier Education

As the lead EMS training agency for the state of New Mexico, EMSA is committed to providing prehospital education throughout the state. Since its inception in 1972, EMSA has taught courses in rural and frontier firehouses, EMS garages and schoolhouses, serving a population of 1.9 million people, across an area of over 121,000 square miles. We provide affordable EMS education and are currently the state's largest provider of prehospital education, with over 150 instructors throughout the state.

In an effort to provide accessible EMS training to rural areas, EMSA instructors travel across the state to teach First Responder, EMT basic and EMT intermediate courses. Didactic and training materials are delivered from the EMS Academy in Albuquerque using a dedicated fleet of trucks and trailers. We currently partner with multiple 2 year institutions across New Mexico to provide paramedic education.

New Mexico is rural, and the sixth most sparsely populated state in the US. Access to health care remains a serious issue. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services considers all of New Mexico’s counties, except Los Alamos, to be Health Professional Shortage Areas, meaning that there are shortages of all levels and specialties of health care providers throughout the state.

EMSA instructors teach First Responder, EMT basic and EMT intermediate courses around the state. Didactic and training materials are delivered from the EMS Academy in Albuquerque using a dedicated fleet of trucks and trailers.

EMSA also serves as a resource center for paramedic satellite programs across the state. We currently partner with three community colleges across New Mexico to provide paramedic education.

Here is a list of courses offered outside of Albuquerque.

  • First Responder
  • EMT-Basic
  • EMT-Intermediate
  • Continuing Education