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Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment | Emergency Medical and Trauma Services

Colorado Initial and Bridge EMS Education Information

There are over 40 EMS education programs in Colorado that provide initial education for EMS providers. Those programs will be responsible for revising their curriculums to meet the new Education Standards for the EMT, AEMT and Paramedic levels. The curriculum for the EMT-I level has not changed. Programs that currently teach at the EMT-I level are automatically recognized to teach at the AEMT level as well.

Currently certified EMS providers may wish to bridge or transition to a higher level of certification. Colorado recognized EMS Education Centers may offer these courses and must meet state and national requirements. Upon completion of the program, applicants who successfully pass the National Registry examination process are then eligible to apply for state certification. Additionally, Intermediate to Paramedic bridge programs must be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). For specific information on bridge programs, contact a Colorado approved Education Center.