Dec 02, 2020  
2016 - 2018 CNM Catalog, Volume 49 
2016 - 2018 CNM Catalog, Volume 49 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Emergency Medical Services (Certificate of Completion), Emergency Room Technician

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School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS)

This certificate prepares students for work in hospital emergency rooms as emergency room technicians.  It combines courses in Emergency Medical Services and courses in Patient Care Technician to give students the scope of skills needed to be ER technicians. 

See Required Sequence of Courses

Special Requirements

Criminal Background

Most of the health programs in HWPS require students undergo the New Mexico Department of Health caregivers criminal history screening program. This involves state and federal felony criminal background checks with fingerprints. This must be completed prior to starting their program or prior to beginning their clinical experiences. Students with a disqualifying conviction can appeal some of those convictions through the New Mexico Department of Health. Depending on the program, students may or may not be allowed to remain in the program pending appeal. Students who do not successfully appeal a disqualifying conviction will not be allowed to start or remain in the program. A successful appeal does not guarantee eligibility for licensure after graduation in professions that require licensure.


Program Fees

Program fees cover costs incurred on behalf of the student for student-issued equipment, background checks, drug screens, etc.



Students are responsible for their own transportation to off-campus training sites. (i.e. clinical courses at hospitals, internships, etc.)


Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations


Career Opportunities


Program Proficiencies and/or Prerequisites

Students may demonstrate proficiency in these areas either by Diploma/GPA , placement exam scores , or specific course work.

Required Sequence of Courses

Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Room Technician Certificate of Completion 35-36 credit hours

MATH 1315 - College Algebra  recommended if planning on transferring to a 4-year paramedic degree at UNM.

* * Students may take the PCT Program  courses upon completion of the EMT Basic  courses.

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