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Paramedic Education & Refresher Programs

The Paradise Valley Community College EMT/Paramedic Program offers two styles of Paramedic Education Programs each year, consisting of fire-service-based Paramedic education open to fire department members and other non-fire service applicants.  In addition to the two paramedic education programs, each month PVCC offers ALS refresher courses, as well as ACLS & PALS initial and refresher courses. For more information about the two programs (general information, pre-requisite requirements, cost, etc.) & our refresher courses, please click on the respective area below.

The PVCC Paramedic Education Program is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  The program received its accreditation in September, 2013.  The PVCC Paramedic Education Program maintains national accreditation by adhering to standards established by CAAHEP and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

SPRING PARAMEDIC EDUCATION PROGRAM INTEREST FORM
      - The 2014 spring program applicant process has been completed and applicants have been selected.  
      - Deadline
to submit an interest form for the 2015 spring program is Friday, October 10, 2014.

FALL PARAMEDIC EDUCATION PROGRAM INTEREST FORM
      - Deadline to submit an interest form for the 2014 Fall program is Wednesday, April 30, 2014.


SPRING PARAMEDIC EDUCATION PROGRAM

This course (formerly known as the Traditional Paramedic Education Program) follows a “traditional” three-day per week schedule (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) held January thru November each year. The course meets 8:30am to 6:00pm. The didactic block of the program meets from January thru July. Following the didactic block (first seven (7) months of the program), students are assigned into a varying schedule of clinical and vehicular assignments. The clinical and vehicular blocks are scheduled July thru November of the offered year.

The program fee is approximately $4,600.00. This tuition amount is based on in-county residency. This fee includes tuition, a $15 registration fee (each semester), and lab fees. Textbook costs are approximately $500.00. All costs are subject to change.
(For questions regarding out-of-county residency contact the cashier's office at (602) 787-7350.)

Please continue to check this page, as well as the FSC/EMT homepage, regularly for up to date information regarding the next program offered.  Please contact the PVCC FSC/EMT office at (602)787-6782, or Program Coordinator Robert Dotterer at (623) 640-6633, with any questions and/or concerns.

SELECTION PROCESS

**All applicants must enter into the selection process to be accepted into the program.**
Timelines and dates of process listed below under "Program Pre-Requisites & Requirements".

  • Step 1: Fill out a program interest form located at the top of this page. Due to the number of prospective applicants, this form is required.
  • Step 2: After submission of an interest form, you will be notified by phone or email one (1) month prior to the selection process beginning. This notification will formally welcome you to the selection process for the program year you applied for and will give you dates for the entrance written examination.
  • Step 3: The third step in the process is to achieve a passing score (80%) on the entrance written examination. The entrance written examination consists of 150 multiple-choice items based on the current EMT National Standard Curriculum and current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Curriculum. Applicants are allowed only one attempt to score 80% (120/150) or higher on the written examination to continue to the next step in the application process. Preparation for this examination can be achieved by using any current EMT-Basic textbooks and/or workbooks.  Applicants must bring a resume/curriculum vitae to the entrance written examination.  Applicants who pass the entrance written examination will receive an instruction sheet regarding the next step in the process, and upon exit from the written examination, will schedule an interview.
  • Step 4: The final step in the selection process is participation in a 20-minute interview with the Program Medical Director and faculty.  Applicants will be directed to download an application off the FSC/EMT homepage and email it to the FSC/EMT Office by the deadline listed on the instruction sheet given at the written examination.  At the end of interviews, the Medical Director and faculty will determine the final selections for the program, and successful applicants will be notified of acceptance into the Paramedic Education Program within one (1) week after the end of interviews.
CERTIFICATE & DEGREE INFORMATION

Upon successful completion of the Paramedic Education Program, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion in Paramedicine and granted 48.00 college credit hours. These hours can be applied to an Associate’s Degree in Paramedicine (AAS).

PROGRAM HOURS

The Spring Paramedic Education Program is designed to include approximately 584 hours of classroom (didactic) instruction, 120 hours of clinical (in-hospital) experience, and a minimum of 400 hours of vehicular (out-of-hospital/field) experience.

PROGRAM PRE-REQUISITES & REQUIREMENTS

Timelines & Dates of Selection Process:

  • Course Interest Forms Due: End of September
  • Notification About Start of Selection Process: First week of October
  • Entrance Exams Held: Third Saturday & Sunday of October
  • Interviews Held: End of October
  • Interview Result Notifications: One (1) week after interviews
  • Orientations: Second or Third week of November
  • First Day of Program: First Wednesday of spring semester of year applying for

Interest Form:

Due to the number of prospective applicants, this form is required. Interest forms will be accepted immediately for any program

Age Requirement:

The applicant must be 18 years of age.

Certification:

The applicant must be certified as an EMT or Advanced EMT (per AZDHS-BEMS) at time of application.  If applicant does not have Arizona state certification, they must posses a valid/current National Registry certification.

Hazardous Materials:

Successful completion of a 40-hour Hazardous Materials/First Responder course must be completed prior to entering the program.  PVCC offers this course (FSC105) each Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Reading Score:

The applicant must demonstrate a 10th grade reading level, as determined by one of the following:

  • AA Degree or higher
  • AIMS of 720 or higher
  • Nelson Denney of 10th grade or higher
  • Accuplacer of 74 or higher
  • Asset of 42 or higher
  • Compass of 83 or higher

Contact the PVCC Testing Center for more information concerning this requirement at (602) 787-7050.  For acceptance into the Paramedic Education Program, there is not an expiration date for an approved reading assessment, however, assessment must occur within two years prior to the start of the program for those seeking an Associate's Degree in Paramedicine. Testing must be completed prior to the first day of the program.

Immunizations:

1) TB test, or chest x-ray, with a negative result within 6 months of the program start date.
2) Proof of one of the following:

  • (A) Immunity to rubella (German measles) determined as follows:  Persons born before January 1, 1942 are considered immune to rubella. Persons born on or after January 1, 1942 are considered immune to rubella if the person has a documented record of having received 1 dose of live rubella vaccine since June 1, 1969, on or after their first birthday, or the person has documented laboratory confirmation of immunity to rubella.  Physician diagnosis is not acceptable.
  • (B) Immunity to rubeola (measles) determined as follows: Persons born before January 1, 1957 are considered immune to rubeola and mumps. Persons born on or after January 1, 1957 are considered immune to rubeola if the person has a documented record of having received 2 doses of live measles vaccine since January 1, 1968, on or after their first birthday, or the person has documented laboratory confirmation of immunity to rubeola.  Physician diagnosis is not acceptable.
  • (C) Documented record of receiving the M.M.R. vaccine (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella).

3) Immunity to varicella (chicken pox) determined as follows: Date when you had the chicken pox or if the person has a documented record of having received dose of varicella vaccine, or the person has documented laboratory confirmation of immunity to rubeola.  Physician diagnosis is not acceptable.
4) Proof of hepatitis B immunity (requires a titer), or evidence that you have declined the vaccination series.

Drug Screen:

Proof of an 11-panel plus Fentanyl clean drug screen is required. A letter on company letterhead from your employer verifying that they have a clean drug screen on record and/or performs random drug screening is acceptable. Sonora Quest Laboratories offers drug screening for a slightly cheaper cost for PVCC students. Location information, as well as Sonora Quest authorization form, is included in the program acceptance packet (received at orientation).

Physical Exam:

Completion of a physical within six months of the program start date.  If you work for an agency or company that requires physicals, please have your agency or company state so on company letterhead.

DPS Fingerprint Card:

A DPS Fingerprint card is required for hospital clinical participation. Please obtain this card ASAP due to the four to eight week turn around date.  The cost is approximately $65.00 and selected applicants are to obtain the "volunteer" card.  DPS does NOT take applicant fingerprints. You may contact a local law enforcement agency or contact a private fingerprinting service.  Please contact DPS at (602) 223-2279 to request a packet, or fax a request to (602) 223-2947. DPS hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Please check the “Health science student/clinical” box on the application form. For the first day of class please bring either the application receipt that DPS will give you, which means the process is under way, or a copy of your DPS Fingerprint Card.


FALL PARAMEDIC EDUCATION PROGRAM

FALL PARAMEDIC EDUCATION PROGRAM INFORMATIONAL FLYER
COMPETENCIES FOR THE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION
HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW FOR THE PARAMEDIC EDUCATION PROGRAM


This course (formerly known as the Hybrid Paramedic Education Program) follows a schedule combining online & in-person taught curriculum held August thru the following June each year.  The program meets electronically/online two (2) days each week & in person each Saturday from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  The didactic block of the program meets from August thru March. Following the didactic block (first seven (7) months of the program), students are assigned into a varying schedule of clinical and vehicular assignments.  The clinical and vehicular blocks are scheduled March thru June.

The program fee is approximately $4,600.00. This tuition amount is based on in-county residency. This fee includes tuition, a $15 registration fee (each semester), and lab fees. Textbook costs are approximately $500.00. All costs are subject to change.
(For questions regarding out-of-county residency contact the cashier's office at (602) 787-7350.)

Please continue to check this page, as well as the FSC/EMT homepage, regularly for up to date information regarding the next program offered.  Please contact the PVCC FSC/EMT office at (602) 787-6782 with any questions and/or concerns.

SELECTION PROCESS

**All applicants must enter into the section process to be accepted into the program.**
Timelines and dates of process listed below under "Program Prerequisites & Requirements".

  • Step 1: Fill out a program interest form located at the top of this page. Due to the number of prospective applicants, this form is required.
  • Step 2: After submission of an interest form, you will be notified by phone or email one (1) month prior to the selection process beginning. This notification will formally welcome you to the selection process for the program year you applied for and will give you dates for the entrance written examination.
  • Step 3: The third step in the process is to achieve a passing score (80%) on the entrance written examination. The entrance written examination consists of 150 multiple-choice items based on the current EMT National Standard Curriculum and current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Curriculum. Applicants are allowed only one attempt to score 80% (120/150) or higher on the written examination to continue to the next step in the application process. Preparation for this examination can be achieved by using any current EMT-Basic textbooks and/or workbooks.  Applicants must bring a resume/curriculum vitae to the entrance written examination.  Applicants who pass the entrance written examination will receive an instruction sheet regarding the next step in the process, and upon exit from the written examination, will schedule an interview.
  • Step 4: The final step in the selection process is participation in a 20-minute interview with the Program Medical Director and faculty.  Applicants will be directed to download an application off the FSC/EMT homepage and email it to the FSC/EMT Office by the deadline listed on the instruction sheet given at the written examination.  At the end of interviews, the Medical Director and faculty will determine the final selections for the program, and successful applicants will be notified of acceptance into the Paramedic Education Program within one (1) week after the end of interviews.
CERTIFICATE & DEGREE INFORMATION

Upon successful completion of the Paramedic Education Program, the student will receive a Certificate of Completion in Paramedicine and granted 48.00 college credit hours. These hours can be applied to an Associate’s Degree in Paramedicine (AAS).

PROGRAM HOURS

The Fall Paramedic Education Program is designed to include approximately 584 hours of classroom (didactic) instruction, 120 hours of clinical (in-hospital) experience, and a minimum of 400 hours of vehicular (out-of-hospital/field) experience.

PROGRAM PRE-REQUISITES & REQUIREMENTS

Timelines & Dates of Selection Process:

  • Course Interest Forms Due: End of April
  • Notification About Start of Selection Process: First week of May
  • Entrance Exams Held: Third Saturday & Sunday of May
  • Interviews Held: First week of June
  • Interview Result Notifications: One (1) week after interviews
  • Orientations: End of June / Early July
  • First Day of Program: First Saturday of August

Interest Form:

Due to the number of prospective applicants, this form is required. Interest forms will be accepted immediately for any program

Age Requirement:

The applicant must be 18 years of age.

Certification:

The applicant must be certified as an EMT or Advanced EMT (per AZDHS-BEMS) at time of application.  If applicant does not have Arizona state certification, they must posses a valid/current National Registry certification.

Hazardous Materials:

Successful completion of a 40-hour Hazardous Materials/First Responder course must be completed prior to entering the program.  PVCC offers this course (FSC105) each Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Reading Score:

The applicant must demonstrate a 10th grade reading level, as determined by one of the following:

  • AA Degree or higher
  • AIMS of 720 or higher
  • Nelson Denney of 10th grade or higher
  • Accuplacer of 74 or higher
  • Asset of 42 or higher
  • Compass of 83 or higher

Contact the PVCC Testing Center for more information concerning this requirement at (602) 787-7050.  For acceptance into the Paramedic Education Program, there is not an expiration date for an approved reading assessment, however, assessment must occur within two years prior to the start of the program for those seeking an Associate's Degree in Paramedicine. Testing must be completed prior to the first day of the program.

  Immunizations:

1) TB test, or chest x-ray, with a negative result within 6 months of the program start date.
2) Proof of one of the following:

  • (A) Immunity to rubella (German measles) determined as follows:  Persons born before January 1, 1942 are considered immune to rubella. Persons born on or after January 1, 1942 are considered immune to rubella if the person has a documented record of having received 1 dose of live rubella vaccine since June 1, 1969, on or after their first birthday, or the person has documented laboratory confirmation of immunity to rubella.  Physician diagnosis is not acceptable.
  • (B) Immunity to rubeola (measles) determined as follows: Persons born before January 1, 1957 are considered immune to rubeola and mumps. Persons born on or after January 1, 1957 are considered immune to rubeola if the person has a documented record of having received 2 doses of live measles vaccine since January 1, 1968, on or after their first birthday, or the person has documented laboratory confirmation of immunity to rubeola.  Physician diagnosis is not acceptable.
  • (C) Documented record of receiving the M.M.R. vaccine (Measles, Mumps, & Rubella).

3) Immunity to varicella (chicken pox) determined as follows: Date when you had the chicken pox or if the person has a documented record of having received dose of varicella vaccine, or the person has documented laboratory confirmation of immunity to rubeola.  Physician diagnosis is not acceptable.
4) Proof of hepatitis B immunity (requires a titer), or evidence that you have declined the vaccination series.

Drug Screen:

Proof of an 11-panel plus Fentanyl clean drug screen is required. A letter on company letterhead from your employer verifying that they have a clean drug screen on record and/or performs random drug screening is acceptable. Sonora Quest Laboratories offers drug screening for a slightly cheaper cost for PVCC students. Location information, as well as Sonora Quest authorization form, is included in the program acceptance packet (received at orientation).

Physical Exam:

Completion of a physical within six months of the program start date.  If you work for an agency or company that requires physicals, please have your agency or company state so on company letterhead.

DPS Fingerprint Card:

A DPS Fingerprint card is required for hospital clinical participation. Please obtain this card ASAP due to the four to eight week turn around date.  The cost is approximately $65.00 and selected applicants are to obtain the "volunteer" card.  DPS does NOT take applicant fingerprints. You may contact a local law enforcement agency or contact a private fingerprinting service.  Please contact DPS at (602) 223-2279 to request a packet, or fax a request to (602) 223-2947. DPS hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Please check the “Health science student/clinical” box on the application form. For the first day of class please bring either the application receipt that DPS will give you, which means the process is under way, or a copy of your DPS Fingerprint Card.


ALS REFRESHER COURSES

PVCC offers ALS Refresher courses each month. Keep checking this website for up-to-date information regarding our next offerings. The ALS Refresher course is a hybrid course, meaning there are dates you will need to attend in person at PVCC, as well as dates taught electronically/online. This course meets AZ-DHS & NREMT refresher requirements for re-certification of your Paramedic certification. **Disclaimer: Additional CE hours are needed to accompany the refresher for NREMT re-certification.**

Location for In Class Meeting  - For in class days, all ALS Refreshers are taught at the PVCC Campus located
       at 18401 N. 32nd Steet, Phoenix, AZ 85032, in the J Building, room J-136 (Map).

Course Fee - $450.00 (subject to change).

Registration - Register online at my.maricopa.edu, by phone @ (602) 787-7000, or on campus at Admissions
       & Records.

Future Offerings -
       • It is mandatory of all attending to contact Paul Honeywell PRIOR to start date of class for
         important course information regarding in-person & online class dates and times at (602) 908-8487 /
         paul.honeywell@paradisevalley.edu.
       • Prior to the start of class, please go to the following website, AHA PALS Pre-Course Assessment, login with
         the code "compression", and complete the pre-course self assessment for ACLS. Please print completion
         certificate upon successful completion.  Once complete with ACLS assessment, go back to the same
         website, login with the code "palsprovider", and complete the pre-course self assessment for PALS.
         Please print out completion certificate for PALS, and bring both ACLS & PALS completion certificates to the
         first day of class.

  • 3/16/14 - 3/23/14
    Semester: Spring 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20088
    Class Number: 40581
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
  • 4/6/14 - 4/13/14
    Semester:Spring 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20088
    Class Number: 41876
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
  • 5/4/14 - 5/11/14
    Semester: Spring 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20088
    Class Number: 41877
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
  • 6/8/14 - 6/15/14
    Semester: Summer 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20088
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
  • 7/13/14 - 7/20/14
    Semester: Summer 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20088
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
  • 8/10/14 - 8/17/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20088
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
  • 9/7/14 - 9/14/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20088
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
  • 10/5/14 - 10/12/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20088
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
  • 11/2/14 - 11/9/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20088
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
  • 12/7/14 - 12/14/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20088
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell

ACLS & PALS INITIAL / REFRESHER COURSES

PVCC offers Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) & Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Initial and Refresher courses each month. Keep checking this website for up-to-date information regarding our next offerings. Both ACLS & PALS courses are certified through the American Heart Association (AHA). For initial & refresher course information, please see respective information below.  **If interested in ACLS or PALS Refresher course and class number below is still listed "TBA", please contact the PVCC FSC/EMT Office at (602) 787-6782 to notify need of class.**

REFRESHER COURSE INFORMATION:

Location for Class Meeting  - All ACLS & PALS Refreshers are taught at the PVCC Campus located at
       18401 N. 32nd Steet, Phoenix, AZ 85032, in the J Building, room J-136 (Map).

Course Fee - All ACLS & PALS Refreshers are $120.00 each (subject to change).

Registration - Register online at my.maricopa.edu, by phone @ (602) 787-7000, or on campus at Admissions
       & Records.

Future ACLS Refresher Offerings - Prior to the start of class, please go to the following website,
        AHA ACLS Pre-Course Assessment, login with the code "compression", and complete the pre-course self
        assessment. Upon successful completion, print and bring the completion certificate to the first day of class.

  • 3/16/14
    Semester: Spring 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20085
    Class Number: 40585
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • 4/6/14
    Semester: Spring 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20085
    Class Number: 41872
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • 5/4/14
    Semester: Spring 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20085
    Class Number: 41873
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • 6/8/14
    Semester: Summer 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20085
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • 7/13/14
    Semester: Summer 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20085
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • 8/10/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20085
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • 9/7/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20085
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • 10/5/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20085
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • 11/2/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20085
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • 12/7/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS100-20085
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Future PALS Refresher Offerings - Prior to the start of class, please go to the following website,
        AHA PALS Pre-Course Assessment, login with the code "palsprovider", and complete the pre-course self
        assessment. Upon successful completion, print and bring the completion certificate to the first day of class.

  • 3/16/14
    Semester: Fall 2013
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS300-20045
    Class Number: 40590
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 4/6/14
    Semester: Spring 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS300-20045
    Class Number:  41874
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 5/4/14
    Semester: Spring 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS300-20045
    Class Number: 41875
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 6/8/14
    Semester: Summer 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS300-20045
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 7/13/14
    Semester: Summer 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS300-20045
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 8/10/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS300-20045
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 9/7/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS300-20045
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 10/5/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS300-20045
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 11/2/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS300-20045
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
  • 12/7/14
    Semester: Fall 2014
    Type: Non-Credit
    Course Title: FITNESS300-20045
    Class Number: TBA
    Instructor: Paul Honeywell
    Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

INITIAL COURSE INFORMATION:

Location for Class Meeting - All ACLS & PALS Initial courses are taught at the PVCC Campus located at
       18401 N. 32nd Steet, Phoenix, AZ 85032, in the J Building, room J-136 (Map).

Course Fee - All ACLS & PALS Initial courses are $200.00 each (subject to change).  Payment (cash or
       check only) will be made to instructor on first day of course.

Registration - No registration thru the college is required.  However, you must contact the PVCC FSC/EMT
       Office at (602) 787-6782 / email to notify your intention of taking the initial course.

Future ACLS Initial Course Offerings - Prior to the start of class, please go to the following website,
        AHA ACLS Pre-Course Assessment, login with the code "compression", and complete the pre-course self
        assessment. Upon successful completion, print and bring the completion certificate to the first day of class.

  • 3/23/14
  • 4/13/14
  • 5/11/14
  • 6/15/14
  • 7/20/14
  • 8/17/14
  • 9/14/14
  • 10/12/14
  • 11/9/14
  • 12/14/14

Future PALS Initial Course Offerings - Prior to the start of class, please go to the following website,
        AHA PALS Pre-Course Assessment, login with the code "palsprovider", and complete the pre-course self
        assessment. Upon successful completion, print and bring the completion certificate to the first day of class.

  • 3/15/14 - 3/16/14
  • 4/5/14 - 4/6/14
  • 5/3/14 - 5/4/14
  • 6/7/14 - 6/8/14
  • 7/12/14 - 7/13/14
  • 8/9/14 - 8/10/14
  • 9/6/14 - 9/7/14
  • 10/4/14 - 10/5/14
  • 11/1/14 - 11/2/14
  • 12/6/14 - 12/7/14

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will I get a job after completing the Paramedic Program?

No. The Paramedic Education Program is a series of classes which you have to take in order to get your certification as a Paramedic. Once you successfully complete the Paramedic Education Program you will be approved to take the National Registry Cognitive Written Examination for Paramedic (also referred to as the NRT CBT). Upon passing the National Registry written exam, you will be certified as an Paramedic, and then you can apply for jobs as an Paramedic.

What are the requirements and prerequisites for the Paramedic Education Program?

The requirements and prerequisites for each program are listed above in the respective program section.

How do I gain certification in Arizona as an EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic?

To become certified at any level in Arizona you must successfully complete an Arizona Department of Health Services approved training course; PVCC's are EMT104, Spring Paramedic Education Program, and Fall Paramedic Education Program. Following successful completion of either of the above mentioned courses/programs, you will be approved to take the National Registry Coginitive Written Examination for EMTs or Paramedic. You will have to pass this exam within three attempts with a score of at least 70% within two years of the official course end date to become certified as an EMT or Paramedic. You will then need to submit the required DHS certification application, a course completion certificate from your training course/program, and documentation of successful certification by the NREMT to the AZ DHS EMT Certification office located at 150 N. 18th Avenue, Suite 540, Phoenix, AZ 85007 to get your AZ state certification card and be registered in the state database as an EMT or Paramedic. As of 2011, the state of Arizona only recognizes the EMT & Paramedic levels; they do not recognize the Advanced EMT (old EMT-Intermediate) level anymore.

For out-of-state applicants, who already holds a current and valid National Registry certification card at the EMT or Paramedic level, you may obtain a temporary 6-month certification and become eligible for permanent Arizona certification by completing an Arizona Department of Health Services approved refresher course, required under A.R.S. 36-2204 (1); PVCC's approved refresher courses are EMT200 for EMTs & a Non-Credit ALS Refresher.
Contact Us

PVCC EMT/FIRE SCIENCE OFFICE
Phone: (602) 787-6782
Fax: (602) 787-6715
Email: pvcc.fsc.emt@gmail.com
Location: L Building (Map)

Fall & Spring Semester Hours
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours
Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-6:00pm
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Staff

Paul Sunder
Fire Science Program Director
Captain, Phoenix Fire Department (Retired)
(602) 787-6736
paul.sunder@paradisevalley.edu

Dan Donahue, MS NRP
EMT Program Director
Captain/Paramedic, Phoenix Fire Department
(602) 787-6552
daniel.donahue@paradisevalley.edu

Robert Dotterer, MEd NRP
Paramedic Education Program Director
Phoenix Fire Department (Retired)
(623) 640-6633-cell
robert.dotterer@paradisevalley.edu

Paul Honeywell, NRP
Paramedic Education Program Director
Paramedic/Southwest Ambulance ALS Program Director
paul.honeywell@paradisevalley.edu

William (Bobby) Finn
Firefighter I & II Academy Coordinator
Captain, Phoenix Fire Department
william.finn@paradisevalley.edu

Bill Loughran, RN
Paramedic Education Program Faculty
(602) 565-8532
william.loughran@paradisevalley.edu

Adam Sutter
Public Safety Lab Associate (PSLA)
(602) 787-6782
adam.sutter@paradisevalley.edu

Jim Anderson
Fire Science/EMT Program Assistant
(602) 787-6782
james.anderson@phoenixcollege.edu

Brandon Sunder, BA NRP
Fire Science/EMT Program Assistant / Website Admin
(602) 787-6782
brandon.sunder@paradisevalley.edu

John Sheridan
Technical Rescue Coordinator
Engineer/TRT, Phoenix Fire Department
jsheridan55@hotmail.com

Tim Venard
Technical Rescue Coordinator
Captain/Paramedic/TRT, Phoenix Fire Department
timothy.venard@paradisevalley.edu

PVCC Fire Science/EMT