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CNM EMS Program Goal:

"To prepare competent entry level Emergency Medical Technician Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains, with or without exit points at the Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate, and/or Emergency Medical Technician Basic, and/or First Responder levels"

EMS/EMT Student Handbook

CNM EMS Program Assessment Outcomes

Part A: Affective Domain

This course prepares the student to be able to:

  • Be a role model of exemplary professional behavior including: but not limited to, integrity, empathy, self-motivation, appearance/personal hygiene, self-confidence, communications, time management, teamwork/ diplomacy, respect, patient advocacy, and careful delivery of service. (Professionalism)

Preparedness: the student consistently arrived on time with required materials and was ready to learn.

Professional appearance: the student is dressed appropriately and is neat in appearance. No hygiene issues.

Initiative: student demonstrates interest in EMS through actions and interactions with evaluator.

Conduct: Student interacts with other in a respectful and empathetic manner. Demonstrates respectability and professional ethics.

Careful Delivery of Service: Student follows policies, procedures & protocols. Uses appropriate safeguards in the performance of duties.

Part B: Psychomotor Domain

This course prepares the student to be able to:

  • Perform a Paramedic-level patient assessment.

a. Perform a comprehensive history and physical examination to identify factors affecting the health and health needs of a patient. (Assessment)

b. Formulate a field impression based on an analysis of comprehensive assessment findings, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and epidemiology. (Assessment)

c. Relate assessment findings to underlying pathological and physiological changes in the patient's condition. (Assessment)

d. Integrate and synthesize the multiple determinants of health and clinical care. (Assessment)

e. Perform health screening and referrals. (Assessment)

  • Safely and effectively perform all psychomotor skills within the National EMS Scope of Practice Model and the New Mexico Scope of Practice at the Paramedic level. (Psychomotor Skills)

f. Student demonstrates proficiency in skills performed.

Part C: Cognitive Domain

This course prepares the student to be able to:

  • Perform Paramedic-level decision making in the content areas of: (a) preparatory, (b) airway/respiration/ventilation,

(c) cardiology/resuscitation/ECG, (d) trauma, (e) medical/obstetrics/gynecology, and (f) EMS operations

a. Anticipate and prospectively intervene to improve patient outcome. (Decision Making)

b. Perform basic and advanced interventions as part of a treatment plan intended to mitigate the emergency, provide symptom relief, and improve the overall health of the patient. (Decision Making)

c. Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions and modifies treatment plan accordingly. (Decision Making)

d. Knowledge: the student can recall common terms, facts, principles and basic concepts in EMS.

e. Problem Solving: the student uses knowledge to solve a previously unencountered situation.

f. Evaluation: the student can judge the appropriateness of actions and can defend his/her decisions.

g. Meet or Exceed the Joint Organization on EMS Education Standard : Final Skills and Assessment Testing (>70%) Retention (>70%)

h. Meet or Exceed the NM EMS Bureau Standard: NREMT Written and Practical Exam > 70% Grads Passing

i. CNM Standard: Retention (>75%)

j. EMS Program Standards:

Student success (>70% C-pass rate of students who were enrolled in the class at census and remain on last day)

Course Final pass rate (>80% of students score 70% or better on written final exam)

Educational Options

Emergency Medical Services Program

EMT Basic and AEMT students registered for Spring 2014 courses: uniform guidelines.

Coordinated Program Entry Office

This is a Coordinated Program Entry program (with limited seating). Students must complete a pre-registration screening process administered through the Coordinated Program Entry Office before being eligible to register for program courses.

Registration Difficulties and Overrides

Advanced EMT: as you may know, the Advanced EMT course tends to fill quickly each semester at CNM. In the interest of promoting successful course completion and advancing the job skills of licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basics, department approval was placed on Advanced EMT theory and lab. This registration barrier will remain in effect until the open registration date.

EARLY department approval and registration will be granted to currently licensed New Mexico EMT-Basics. Current licensure status will be verified using the NM EMS License Verification Report. On the open registration date, we will remove the department approval barrier, thus opening registration access to all qualified students on a first-come, first serve basis. This will make the Advanced EMT course accessible to continuing EMT-Basic students who are waiting to take their state licensure exam. Please know that obtaining early departmental approval in no way saves you a seat in the course. It is up to you to register and pay for your courses (within 24 hrs. of registration). If you are dropped for non-payment or other issues, you may lose your seat to other students who are registering and making payment.

Please keep in mind that there are only a limited number of available seats. Once these seats are filled we will have reached our capacity. If a seat becomes available, students should be able to register. We do not currently run a wait list on linked theory and lab courses. Two (2) sections is the absolute maximum that the CNM's Emergency Medical Services program will currently support due to factors such as clinical availability and job placement. Check back often because students frequently drop for various reasons, opening up a seat. Please contact , BLS/ILS Coordinator for department approval override requests. We will need your NM EMT Basic License number, expiration date, the CRN number of the sections you are interested in, and your CNM Student ID number. After approval, we will contact you to inform you that your request has been processed. After you have been notified that your request has been approved, you should be able to register for any open seats.

You may also want to consider pursuing paramedic-level courses without taking EMT-Intermediate. To see enrollment requirements go to

This information has been shared with Academic Advisement and the School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety.

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Program Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

EMS Program Accreditation

You may want to consider the educational services of other EMS Programs for EMT-Intermediate opportunities, to include: