Paramedic Academy

St. Anthony PreHospital Services is one of the oldest and most established paramedic education programs in Colorado and the United States.

The Paramedic is not only a health care professional; he/she is the eyes, ears and hands of the emergency physician. Through the paramedic's observations and report, the doctor in charge must be able to make an accurate assessment of a patient that the doctor can neither see nor touch. Through the Paramedic's hands, the doctor renders skilled and appropriate treatment. In their management of the critically ill and injured, paramedics and doctor are linked only by a radio, and the success of their endeavor depends on earned mutual trust and respect. 

Paramedic Academy

Classes beginning in January and July of each year.

Pay Your Tuition & Fees

To fees or tuition after you have been accepted into a course.

  • General Information

    The Paramedic Program begins annually in January and July. Classes are held Monday, Wednesday, & Friday; with a required 8 hour Competency Lab on either Tuesday or Thursday. 

    The Paramedic Program is administered by St. Anthony Hospital PreHospital Services. The Paramedic Program Administrative staff includes Gina Soriya, MD, Scott Phillips, MS NR-P, Tracy Collins, RN, BSN, NR-P, Robert Matoba, BS, MA, Paramedic, and Marilyn Bourn, RN, MSN, NR-P. Principal faculty for the Paramedic Program includes emergency physicians, registered nurses and paramedics. Adjunct faculty is comprised of professionals from other inter-related fields. 

    The course content prepares the student for advanced emergency medical care under the direct radio/telephone communication of an emergency physician or within the protocols set forth by their physician advisor. Field/clinical experience is provided to our students. These clinical hours are in specialized critical care areas. Additional field experience is provided through affiliated EMS agencies. Successful course completion includes certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and International Trauma Life Support. 

    The Primary goal of the Paramedic Program is 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.

    The Colorado Community College and Occupational Education Systems also recognizes the Paramedic Program for up to 49 college semester credits.

    Graduates of the Paramedic Program are eligible to apply for certification with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and the State of Colorado.

    The course is approved for Veteran Benefits and Workforce Grants. Other government and private scholarship funds may be available. 

  • Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 106)

    1. Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 106 minimum) is required for course completion.
    2. Applicants who have already successfully (min. grade “C”) completed either BIO 106 or both BIO 201 & 202 and provided grade transcripts have met this requirement.
    3. Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 106) is offered as a pre/co-requisite with the St. Anthony Paramedic Program (cost is included in the program tuition).
    4. This course is a Red Rocks Community College Course. Eligible for college credit.
    5. These are additional classroom hours for those students requiring it. 
    6. Course offerings vary.
    7. Students may take Anatomy & Physiology elsewhere (BIO 106 course objectives at a minimum) - student must successfully complete the A&P requirement and provide a grade transcript before they will be allowed to complete the Paramedic Program.

    Note: Students requiring this course must attend all four days - no exceptions. (Dates are listed in course application.)

  • Hours & Class Size

    Course Completion/Length                                              

    The course is divided into three sections:

    Didactic/Classroom -
    Section I: First day of Class to Midpoint, 1 – 217 hours            
    Section II: Midpoint to Final Examination, 218 - 434 hours
    Competency Lab is scheduled 4 hours/week throughout the didactic portion.

    Section III:
    Hospital Clinical Rotations, 184 (minimum hours required)
    Field Internship, 500 hours (approximate)
    Total Course: 1202 hours (without A&P) * 

    *Note: Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) is included in the St. Anthony Paramedic Program.

    Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 106) is offered as a pre/co-requisite (cost is included in the program tuition). The additional classroom hours for A&P will be added to total course hours (for those students requiring it). 

    For those applicants who have already successfully completed A&P (minimum grade of “C”) - BIO 106 or both BIO 201 & BIO 202, attendance for A&P is not required.  

    Class size: 12 Minimum 

  • Costs (subject to change)

    Tuition & Fees

    • Total Tuition and all required Fees: $8,000
      (Payable to St. Anthony PreHospital Services)

    Additional Costs Not Included in the Tuition (Costs below are approximate)

    • Required Textbooks w/ Learning Management System (LMS): $650-$800 
    • Uniforms: $200 
    • Background Check: $50 
    • Student Health Screening: cost varies 
    • National Registry Paramedic Written Examination: $125.00

    The course is approved for Montgomery G.I. Veteran Benefits and Workforce Grants. Other government and private scholarship funds may be available. 

  • Student Eligibility & Acceptance

    Step I - Submit Supporting Documentation

    Documentation of the following MUST be submitted as part of the application process in order to be considered for the Paramedic Academy.

    • Current EMT, Advanced EMT or EMT-Intermediate certification
    • Current Healthcare Provider - CPR Certification
    • High school diploma, GED, unofficial college transcript or college diploma.
    • Documentation of reading at the college level - may be any of the following:
      • SAT Reading/EBRW score: 540 or higher
      • ACT Reading score: 19 or higher
      • COMPASS Reading score: 80 or higher
      • Accuplacer Reading score: 72 or higher
      • College Transcript/Degree
    • IV Approval course completion certification (if applicant is an EMT) You must have certification before applying - it cannot be in progress.
    • Basic EKG (if the applicant is an EMT) You must have approval certificate before applying - it cannot be in progress.
    • Minimum of two recommendation letters
      • Examples include but are not limited to listed in order of importance:
        • Primary Agency Physician Advisor
        • Primary EMS Agency
        • Professional letters of reference (EMS work related
        • Current Employer (non-EMS
        • Personal letters of reference

    All letters must be original, on letterhead, signed, and uploaded to the supporting documentation email address provided at the time of application.

    Note: Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 201 & 202) is not a requirement for admission to the program. 

    Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 106) is included in the program tuition for those students needing to take it.

    Step II: Online application and documentation submission.

    • Complete the online application. Begin application process.
    • Follow instructions to submit ALL required documentation. You will receive these instructions in your application submission confirmation email.
    • Incomplete applications, missing any documentation, essay questions, or processing fees, will be returned and not considered.

    Step III: Successful Applicants

    Once a completed application (with all supporting documentation) is submitted, applicants will be scheduled to attend one of the required Knowledge Assessment Exam & Initial Program Orientation:

    Knowledge Assessment will be scheduled once completed application is submitted.

    • Applicants with a St. Anthony's affiliated Agency (who have met all admission requirements) will have priority.

    Step IV

    Upon acceptance into the Paramedic Program, and by given deadlines, students must provide the following to the PreHospital Services Office:

    • Payment of $500 NON-REFUNDABLE Seat Fee (this fee is applied to cost of tuition)
    • Background Investigation with national healthcare provider clearance approval verification. CBI/FBI fingerprint-based criminal history record check is NOT acceptable as substitute.
    • Completed and signed SAH Health form of verification of good health including: (More information
      • Measles, Mumps and Rubella record
      • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
      • Hepatitis B vaccination series started
      • Seasonal Flu vaccination (based upon State of Colorado recommendation)
      • Tuberculosis Testing (PPD) current within the last six months. Immunity titer results ARE acceptable for documentation.
      • DOT Drug Screen/eScreen with synthetics for commonly abused controlled substances. All drug screening must be completed at a Centura Centers for Occupational Medicine (CCOM) facilities. (More information)
    • Completed and signed Payment Agreement Form. Students leaving the Paramedic Program early may be eligible for a prorated refund based upon length of attendance and less the $500 seat fee.

    Note: Required documentation, you will receive instructions upon acceptance into the program.


The St. Anthony Hospital Prehospital Services Paramedic Program has the following CoAEMSP record from 2010 through 3rd quarter of 2017:

The Paramedic 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).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
Clearwater, FL  33763

Phone: 727-210-2350

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Phone: 214-703-8445

Year Attrition Rate Student Retention National Registry Written Exam Positive Job Placement
2014 to 2016 4.5% 95.5% 99% 98.4%
2017 6.1% 93.9% 100% 100%