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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

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The Emergency Medical Services Department is located at the Dona Ana Community College East Mesa Campus in the Student Resource Building, located at 2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88011.


Program Director
2800 N. Sonoma Ranch Blvd
Las Cruces, NM 88011

Phone: (575) 527-7645
Fax: (575) 528-7035

Pre hospital emergency medical care is a challenging and exciting profession. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics.

Emergency medical services (EMS) professionals may work at any of four different levels: first responder, EMT–basic, EMT–intermediate, and paramedic. Upon successful completion of training, students are eligible for employment in many types of emergency medical systems nationwide—in fire departments, municipal services, private ambulance services, federal services, industry, hospital emergency departments, and hospital-based ambulance systems. The demand for EMS professionals is increasing.

DACC offers all levels of EMS education, as well as an opportunity to earn an associate of applied science degree at the paramedic level. Successful completion of an EMS program will allow for certification/ licensure testing at the state and national level. The Emergency Medical Services program is nationally accredited by the Commission of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs ( for the Emergency Medical Service Profession (CoAEMSP) and approved by the New Mexico Office of Health Emergency Management. 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 healthcare professionals. In classes, students learn about anatomy and physiology, the pathophysiology of diseases, 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.

Additionally the Emergency Medical Services Program offers continuing education offerings such as Advance Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advance Life Support, Prehospital Trauma Life Support, Advance Medical Life Support, Emergency Pediatric Care,  licensure renewal courses, NM Transition Course, Critical Care Transport and the Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Transport Course.

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  When are CPR courses offered?  Early in the Fall and Spring semesters.  We also have 1 CPR course in Summer I session.

2.  When are the EMT-Basic courses offered?  The EMT - Basic class is offered each Spring and Fall semester. 

3.  Are there any pre-requisites to take the EMT-Basic Course? In order to be successful in EMT-Basic Course students will need to be at a reading level that would make them eligible for ENGL 111. There is an additional pre-requisite / co-requisite requirement of BIOL 154 or OEEM 155.

4. Do I need to hold a NM EMT Basic license in order to take the EMT Intermediate course or Paramedic Program? In order for a student to be allowed into the clinical site for any advance level course they must hold a NM EMT-Basic license.

5. What requirements must I have completed by the first day of classes? Students attending the EMT Basic and EMT Intermediate Courses will need to provide documenation of updated immunizations, background check, drug screening and completed the MMC community wide orientation. Students are also required to be in uniform on the first day of class. For full details of program requirements students should contact an advisor in the EMS Department.

6. Are there any pre-requisites for the Paramedic Program? Students are required be licensed as a NM EMT Basic, they must have completed with a C or better Pathophysiology, Introduction to Advance Prehospital Care and Pharmacology.

7. When are applications for the Paramedic Program available? Applications for the upcoming 2015-2016 Paramedic Program are available starting January 27, 2015 with a submission deadline being May 8, 2015.

  • Upcoming Events at the EMS Department
    • PHTLS Course: February 28 & March 1
    • AHA Instructor Course: March 13 & 14
    • AMLS Course: April 11-12
    • Region II Conference: April 27--May 2nd