New Mexico Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training programs dominate a top 50 for GOOD things! If you’re from New Mexico, then you know that national lists are always met with a shudder when first mentioned. “What bad list did we top again?” seems to be the norm. No more! Your friendly and very qualified EMS training programs save us at home and on top 50 lists. The 2016 results from the Community for Accredited Online Schools (CAOS) Paramedic Schools and Programs are in, and 3 of New Mexico’s accredited paramedic programs made the top 50! See the list of EMT training programs.
It may be news to most, but not news to EMT’s and Paramedics in New Mexico. As a rural state, our EMT’s and Paramedics have to care for patients who are further from the hospital and can access fewer resources than the most populous states. This requires highly trained providers with dynamic physician involvement and a progressive scope of medications and procedures.
New Mexico licenses providers at four levels in EMS: Emergency Medical Services Responder (EMR), EMT-Basic (EMT-B), EMT-Intermediate (EMT-I/ AEMT) and Paramedic. When comparing NM EMS provider capabilities to the NationalEMS Scope of Practice model (NHTSA, n.d.), our EMT’s use more skills like stabilizing someone’s airway or splinting, and four times more medications to administer in dire emergencies (NMAC 7.27.11 § 8, 2014). EMT’s transferring their license to New Mexico often find that many of NM’s EMT’s skills and medications are new to them.
Our state has trained EMT’s and paramedics that have gone on to work all over the world in the full array of positions within EMS. The curriculum of the educational programs in NM has fostered new specialties and advances that have become part of international training courses, like that of the Community Paramedic. The faculty and physicians from the schools in the state have held board of director and committee seats for professional associations and authored or contributed to textbooks. And of course, not the least by any means, created tens of thousands of EMT’s since the first course in 1972 (EMSA) that have cared for our families.
The mission of the Community for Accredited Online Schools is to help students find accredited educational organizations online for all levels and hopes to safeguard against “diploma mills”, or unaccredited training programs. The methodology of the selection and ranking of schools is done according
to a “…propriety blend of cost, quality, and student support”(CAOS, 2016). All New Mexico training institutions are accredited by the
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) and facilitate certification through the National Registry of EMT’s. They exceed the recommendations of the National EMS Scope of Practice Model and National EMS Education Standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Office of EMS. New Mexico EMS training is the same standard whether the EMT is paid or volunteer.
You will find a career in EMS as an EMR, EMT-B, EMT-I/ AEMT, Paramedic and beyond wherever you are. New Mexico EMT’s are trained in college and university building or at your local fire station. For more information on NM’s programs, visit their websites and contact their staff. Current EMT training institutions (2016) are listed below.
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Central New Mexico Community: Campuses throughout Albuquerque and Rio Rancho offering EMR, EMT-B, AEMT and Paramedic training levels and degree pathways. View their webpage here for contact information: https://www.cnm.edu/programs-of-study/all-programs-a-z/emergency-medical-services
Dona Ana Community College: Located in Las Cruces in southern NM. Offering EMR,EMT-B, AEMT and Paramedic training levels and degree pathways. View their webpage here for contact information: http://dacc.nmsu.edu/ems/
Eastern New Mexico University- Roswell: Located in Roswell, NM. Offering EMR, EMT-B, AEMT and Paramedic training levels and degree pathways. View their webpage here for contact information: https://www.roswell.enmu.edu/emergency-medical-services/
San Juan Community College: Located in Farmington, NM. Offering EMR, EMT-B, AEMT and Paramedic training levels and degree pathways. View their webpage here for contact information: http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/school-of-health-sciences/programs/emergency-medical-services/
Santa Fe Community College: Located in the NM’s capitol city, Santa Fe: The EMS Institute offering EMR, EMT-B, AEMT and Paramedic training levels and degree pathways. View their webpage here for contact information: https://www.sfcc.edu/programs/emergency-medical-services-institute-emsi/
University of New Mexico Emergency Medical Services Academy: Variety of locations including satellite branches throughout the state. Offers EMR, EMT-B, AEMT and Paramedic training levels and degree pathways. View their webpage here for contact information: http://emed.unm.edu/emsa/index.html
Community for Accredited Online Schools. (2016). Best 2016-2017 paramedic schools. Retrieved online from: http://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/vocational-trade-school/paramedic/
NM Department of Health. (2014). 188.8.131.52 Emergency medical systems supplemental licensing provisions. Retrieved from: https://nmhealth.org/about/erd/emsb/emsl/
Emergency Medical Services Academy. (n.d.). History and mission. University of New Mexico (online). Retrieved from: http://emed.unm.edu/emsa/about/history/index.html
Office of EMS. (n.d.). National EMS scope of practice model. National Highway Safety Administration. Retrieved from: http://www.ems.gov/education.html
Sean P. Haaverson has been involved in Emergency Services since 2000 when he started out as a volunteer fire fighter in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Over the span of his career he has experience working in multiple levels of emergency services: dispatch, rural and urban EMS, hospital care, austere and remote duty medicine, flight medicine, administration and teaching. He is currently a licensed Paramedic with certification in Critical Care and Remote Duty Medicine. Sean holds a BAAS degree focused in Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services Management.
Sean serves as the co-founder and President/CEO of Emergency Services Outreach and the Center for Advanced Medical Training. He is also the National Association of EMT’s State Advocacy Coordinator for New Mexico.