Emergency Medical Services
Pre hospital emergency medical care is a challenging and exciting profession.
EMS professionals may work at any of the four different levels:
First Responder, EMT - Basic, EMT - Intermediate, and EMT - Paramedic.
EMS professionals are employed in a variety of emergency medical systems nationwide: in fire departments, municipal services, private ambulance companies, federal services, industry, and hospital - based systems. The demand for EMS professionals is increasing.
At each EMS program level, students gain additional knowledge and skills to enable them to function in the clinical and field settings with nurses, physicians, and other health - care professionals. In classes, students learn about anatomy and physiology, the pathophysiology of disease, traumatic injuries, pharmacology, and cardiac care. Students acquire skills through laboratory practice, clinical experience in hospitals, and field experience with ambulance services throughout the state. Students may be scheduled at a variety of clinical and field sites which include areas outside Las Cruces. Classes and taught at Dona Ana Branch Community College in Las Cruces, New Mexico as well as throughout southwest New Mexico. Currently, Dr. Benjamin Diven, M.D. serves as the program's medical director.
DABCC offers all levels of EMS education as well as the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Completion in EMT-Basic or Intermediate as well an Associate of Applied Science degree at the Paramedic level. After successfully completing each program level (First Responder, EMT - Basic, and / or EMT - Bridge, EMT - Intermediate, EMT - Paramedic) the student will receive a course completion certificate enabling him or her apply for state or national testing in order to achieve state licensure / certification. (These state licenses / certifications are not to be confused with the DABCC Certificate of Completion.) The DABCC Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educations Programs (CAAHEP) and approved by the New Mexico Injury Prevention and EMS Bureau.