Paramedic Program


EMS Academy Paramedic Program

This course is designed to instruct a student already certified at the EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate level to become a Paramedic.

After successful completion of the program, the student will be capable of performing the functions prescribed by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic curriculum as well as the additional requirements of the State of New Mexico EMT-P curriculum.


The EMS Academy EMT-Paramedic training program began in 1974. The program consists of approximately 1680 hours of lecture, lab, clinical and internship. The course is completed as a traditional 12-month curriculum, with the program beginning in August of each year and ending in August of the following year.

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.

Paramedic Program Goal

To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Pre-Requisites: Refer to the current application for a full list of prerequisites.

The UNM School of Medicine EMS Academy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( 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
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763


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

Program Outcomes

Policy on Advanced Placement for Paramedic Students

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).

International Paramedic Program Applicants

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.


Applying to the EMS Academy: Frequently Asked Questions