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Emergency Medical Services and Fire Preparatory Academy

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

This program prepares students for the Fire Academy. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the EMT national certification examination and the Arizona certification examination for Hazardous Materials First Responder Operation which meets the requirements of the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence. The program provides an introduction to the fire service, wellness and fitness, emergency medical care, and hazardous materials. Courses included in this program apply to an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Fire Science offered by Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Phoenix College, and Paradise Valley Community College.


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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Academic Plan
Emergency Medical Services and Fire Preparatory Academy (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Clock Hours Required
Catalog Year

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

Students must successfully complete 10 simulated clinical scenarios, the final cognitive exam, and the NREMT Psychomotor Skills Exam in order to complete the program.


This program has a strong physical agility component. Students are required to have gym clothing each day as part of the uniform requirement.

Students who become eligible to take the Hazardous Materials Examination will be able to take the examination during this course. The expense of the examination is the student`s responsibility.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate the administration of CPR and automated external defibrillator (AED) on adults and children using methods that meet current BLS standards.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of medical, legal, and ethical roles and scope of practice of an emergency medical technician.
  3. Apply effective oral, written, and visual communication skills to manage an emergency response.
  4. Apply current technology to specific tasks related to emergency medical services.
  5. Collaborate with various populations in public safety systems.
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking through written, oral, and visual formats in various environments to manage diverse situations specific to an emergency response.
  7. Demonstrate patient advocacy with respect to cultural and individual differences.
  8. Demonstrate awareness of procedures to ensure patient, public, personnel, and personal safety.
  9. Demonstrate the knowledge of the professional and organizational structures, processes, and policies that guide fire departments.
  10. Demonstrate physical tasks, proper tool selection, and knowledge of operating procedures in accordance with the standards of the profession.
  11. Mitigate hazards to health and safety by assessing, planning and responding to emergency situations.
  12. Practice industry accepted professional and ethical behavior related to fire service.
  13. Collaborate effectively with members of a team to achieve goals.
  14. Communicate efficiently and effectively with members of diverse populations in a culturally responsive manner.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics


* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

1. Reading assessment

2. Completed admission packet

3. 17 1/2 years of age to enroll

4. Admitted to program

Course Sequence by Block

The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
  • The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.

Courses Sequence

Block 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
EMC108 Emergency Medical Services and Fire Preparatory Academy 300

Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.

Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Competency in Emergency Medical Services and Fire Preparatory Academy (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.