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The Paradise Valley Community College EMT Program offers various courses in emergency medical technology. These courses not only prepare the "pre-professional" for a career in emergency medical services, but can also provide the "professional" with the necessary education, training, skills and competencies, which are often recommended to enhance or further careers.  All of the courses are taught to current industry standards and by experienced EMS professionals.  For more information about our program and courses available, please click on the respective area below.





Courses available in Emergency Medical Technology at PVCC are listed below (please see the class schedule for available offerings):

EMT101: Basic Cardiac Life Support/BLS for Healthcare Provider
         - Half (0.5) credit CPR certification course that runs one (1) day in length.  It is mandatory that
           all students bring the required AHA BLS for Healthcare Provider textbook to class.
HCC109: Basic Cardiac Life Support/BLS for Healthcare Provider
         - Half (0.5) credit CPR certification course that runs one (1) day in length; same as EMT101 with
           different course availability.  It is mandatory that all students bring the required AHA BLS for
           Healthcare Provider textbook to class.
EMT104: Emergency Medical Technology
         - Nine (9) credit hour course that runs one semester in length.  This course is designed to train
           students to perform patient assessment, initiate treatment, demonstrate proficiency in airway
           management, immobilization techniques, CPR/basic life support, perform blood glucose
           monitoring, as well as learn the principles of documentation and communication in the EMS
           field.  EMT104 is the training program needed for obtaining certification as an EMT.
EMT200: Refresher Course for Certified EMT's
         - Please see below section "EMT Refresher" for more information on this course.
EMT235: Emergency Cardiac Care
         - Three (3) credit hour course that runs one semester in length.  This course is designed to
           acquaint all levels of emergency care providers with basic electrocardiographic (ECG/EKG)
           rhythm analysis, interpretation, and related care in a clinical and prehospital setting.
EMT236: Pharmacology in an Emergency Setting
         - Three (3) credit hour course that runs one semester in length.  This course is designed for
           the Emergency Medical Technician dealing with the administration of emergency medications
           in the field, as outlined in current paramedic legislation.  This course covers medications
           discussed in the algorithms of patient care, as defined by the American Heart Association
           (AHA) ACLS algorithms, medications that interact or interfere with AHA ACLS algorithms, &
           indications, therapeutic effect, contraindications, toxicology, and side effects to medications.

For full descriptions of each course, please visit the MCCCD Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation webpage, and in the gray box titled "Quick Course Search", input the appropriate course you are looking for (ex: EMT104).


PVCC offers a minimum of two (2) EMT Refresher courses each Fall & Spring semester, and one (1) during the summer semesters. Keep checking this website & the class schedule for up-to-date information regarding future offerings.

The EMT Refresher course is taught over two (2) weekends, lasting a total of four (4) days, two Saturdays & two Sundays from 9:00am-5:00pm. You must attend each day in order to complete the refresher course.  Renewal of CPR certification is included in this course.  This course meets AZ-DHS & NREMT refresher requirements for re-certification of your EMT certification.  **Disclaimer: Additional CE hours are needed to accompany the refresher for NREMT re-certification**

Location for Class Meeting - All days are taught at the PVCC Campus located at 18401 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032.  Building and room location varies per semester, so please check the class schedule and class information for correct building and room information (Map).

Future Offerings - Please see the class schedule for future offerings by searching "EMT200".  Register by phone @ (602) 787-7000, or on campus at the Admissions & Records office. Registration online is not allowed.


What is an EMT?

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is a trained individual who provides basic life support at the scene of a medical emergency to prevent further injury after the initial incident. The EMT maintains necessary body functions of the victim prior to the arrival of advanced life support units and during transport to the nearest hospital.

How do I enroll in EMT104?

You can enroll in an EMT104 class at any time when they are available.  THE SOONER THE BETTER! We say this because these classes fill up fast upon availability each semester. You will also need to pick up or download one of our EMT104 Student Checklist, located in the EMT/FSC office in the L-Building & in the KSC building on campus, as well as under the EMT section on this website. Read through and complete all the requirements listed in the checklist. It is important to get these requirements started and completed prior to the start of the class so you don’t get dropped from the class. Please enroll prior to completing the student checklist, as these are requirements needed to be completed by the first day of class, not before registration.

I am having trouble enrolling in EMT104 through online. How do I fix this?

Unfortunately this cannot be fixed. It is set up like that for a reason. You have to enroll in EMT104 either over the phone at 602.787.7000 or in person at Admissions & Records in the KSC building on campus. This is due to the pre-reqs that need to be completed for the class, which are located in the EMT104 Student Checklist (Green Packet). However, you may register before completing the required pre-reqs, as these are tasks that need to be completed by the first day of the course.

Will I get a job after taking EMT104?

No. EMT104 is a training course which you have to take in order to get your certification as an EMT. Once you successfully complete the EMT104 class you will be approved to take the National Registry Cognitive Written Examination for EMT's (also referred to as the NRT CBT). Upon passing the National Registry exam, you will be certified as an EMT, and then you can apply for jobs as an EMT.

What are the requirements to pass EMT104?

Students are required to pass the course with an 80%, pass all skills evaluations, and complete the final with an 80% or better.  You are given two chances to pass the final.

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, Traditional Paramedic Program, and Hybrid Paramedic Program. Following successful completion of either of the above mentioned courses/programs, you will be approved to take the National Registry Cognitive Written Examination for EMT's 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 EMT's & a Non-Credit ALS Refresher.

If I have a criminal history can I take EMT104?

The answer is yes and no. You can take EMT104, but if you wish to be a certified EMT you must contact Arizona DHS to find out if they will accept your application based on your criminal history. AZ DHS Bureau of EMS can be reached at 602.364.3150 or

What are the physical exam and criminal disclosure requirements for EMT104?

Students are required to complete a Physical Exam, Criminal Disclosure (optional: obtaining a AZ DPS Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card), and a 5-panel plus Fentanyl drug test by the first day of class. These forms will be submitted to the State Office of EMS. These forms are available in the EMT104 Student Checklist (Green Packet).

How do I renew my Arizona EMT certification?

You must take an approved EMT Refresher Course (PVCC's is EMT200) every two years prior to your expiration date. Your CPR must also be current (you will receive a new CPR certification during the EMT200 course).

How do I renew my National Registry EMT status?

Currently, Arizona does not require that you maintain your National Registry status for recertification purposes. You must maintain your AZ EMT certification. Consult the National Registry of EMT's for information on how to renew your National Registry certification.

My certification has expired. How do I get recertified?

If your certification is more than two years expired, then you must repeat the initial EMT course. If your certification is less than two years expired, but beyond 30 days from expiration, you must take an approved refresher course and successfully re-take the National Registry written exam. Contact the AZ Dept. of Health Services Bureau of EMS at 602.364.3150 for further information.

For further questions, please contact the PVCC EMT/FSC Office at (602) 787-6782, or AZ-DHS: Bureau of EMS office at (602) 364-3150/


Please click here for the PVCC EMT skills evaluator calendar.

EMT Brochure

The Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic degree program 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).

To contact CAAHELP:
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL, 33756

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088

First date of accreditation: 9/2013

Next scheduled visit:  2/2018

Contact Us

Phone: (602) 787-6782
Fax: (602) 787-6715
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

**Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).  For more information please visit the PVCC Accreditation webpage.**


Paul Sunder
Fire Science Program Director
Captain, Phoenix Fire Department (Retired)
(602) 787-6736

Dan Donahue, MS NRP
EMT Program Director
Captain/Paramedic, Phoenix Fire Department
(602) 787-6552

Robert Dotterer, MEd NRP
Paramedic Education Program Director
Phoenix Fire Department (Retired)
(623) 640-6633 - cell

Bill Loughran, RN
Paramedic Education Program Resident Faculty & Lead Instructor
(602) 565-8532

Alyssa Harris
Part-time EMT/FSC Lab Tech
(602) 787-6782

Travis Guinta
Part-time EMT/FSC Lab Tech
(602) 787-6782

Kacie Chavez
Part-time EMT/FSC Lab Tech
(602) 787-6782

Brandon Sunder, BA NRP
EMT/FSC Program Assistant / Student Advisor
(602) 787-6782

Adam Sutter
EMT/FSC Program Assistant
(602) 787-6782

Paul Honeywell, NRP
Paramedic Education Program Lead Instructor

William (Bobby) Finn
Firefighter I & II Academy Coordinator
Captain, Phoenix Fire Department

John Sheridan
Technical Rescue Coordinator
Engineer/TRT, Phoenix Fire Department

Tim Venard
Technical Rescue Coordinator
Captain/Paramedic/TRT, Phoenix Fire Department

PVCC Fire Science/EMT