Denver Health Medical Center is an authorized AHA Training Center. If you are in need of instructor classes or assistance with your AHA Training Site, please contact us at DenverParamedicsAHA@dhha.org.
Click here for a schedule of our upcoming AHA courses.
IV Therapy Certification
Students certified as an EMT in the State of Colorado are permitted to perform limited intravenous therapy under medical direction following successful completion of the course. The class includes 32 hours of classroom training and an in-hospital clinical rotation with a minimum of 10 successful IV starts. In-hospital Clinical must be completed within 7 days of the last day of class.
You must have your Colorado State EMT certification prior to registering for class. NREMT certificate will not suffice. Please note that this course is for the IV Therapy certification of EMTs only. We are not authorized to certify CNAs/RNs/LPNs/PAs with this IV Approval Course.
You will need the following documents ready to upload when you register:
- Required vaccinations: TdAP, MMR, Influenza, Hepatitis B, and Varicella.
- Seasonal flu vaccination required if your course occurs between October 1st-March 31st.
- Required: Tuberculosis (TB) skin or blood test within past 12 moths or negative chest x-ray
- A Copy of your COLORADO State EMT Certification.
- A copy of your Nationwide Background check (must have been completed within 6 months of course date)
- You can obtain your background check by going to www.castlebranch.com and enter group code EN14. A fee applies.
Once all the requirements are complete you will be issued a Course Completion certificate and you will then be eligible to initiate IV Therapy based on your organization and medical director’s protocols.
32 hours of continuing education hours will be provided after successful completion of the course.
Tuition: $450.00, due at time of application, includes textbook, student shirt, and clinical time.
This course is designed to teach the students the skill of basic EKG interpretation. This course does not qualify the student to become an "EKG Technician". This course is solely for prehospital providers to become more familiar with EKG interpretation. The content provided in this course focuses on the essential information you need to know to interpret EKG's and understand their significance. This is an excellent course for all individuals pursuing a career in medicine.
This course will be in person except where specified that it will be conducted virtually. This course is approved for 24 hours of CE for Colorado residents. We are not a CAPCE approved training center and cannot offer continuing education hours for non-residents.
Course Cost: $400.00 (includes ALL course books)
Please contact us at EMS_Education_Registrations@dhha.org or at 303-602-2530 if you have any further questions.
NREMT Compliant Refresher
The Denver Paramedic Division EMS Education department is an accredited EMS Education Institute. This ALS/BLS refresher program is designed to match the EMT National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) requirements for NREMT. The NCCP requires 40 hours of continuing education for EMTs and 60 hours of continuing education to recertify. Our course NREMT accepted and mirrors National Component requirements for NREMT Recertification.
The ALS/BLS refresher includes lecture and skills labs each day and is taught by experienced educators and prehospital providers.
Course Content Includes:
- Airway with labs for EMTs and Paramedics
- Cardiac with ECG and CPR labs
- Vascular access with IV/IO labs
Please visit https://www.nremt.org/ for additional information on recertifying through NREMT.
(Please note: Minimum of 5 students required for class to be held)
Coursera Skills Bootcamp:
Welcome our Coursera Skills Camp information page. This information page is specific to the skills camp for the Become an EMT Specialization course hosted in conjunction with Coursera.
This skills camp is exclusively for those people who have completed the online specialization found here.
The EMT Specialization, offered in collaboration with the Denver Health Paramedic Division EMS Education Program - a Colorado recognized EMS education program - provides the student the opportunity to meet the requirements for the National Registry of EMT (NREMT) exam for the state of Colorado only. The University of Colorado has not been able to determine if the education provided in the EMT Specialization meets the educational requirements for licensure in other states, U.S. territories or other countries. If you have questions about how the NREMT applies to your state, please contact your state's EMS Administration offices.
For more information about what may be required for licensure in your state, please review the information provided by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. The University of Colorado and the Denver Health Paramedic Division EMS Education Program strongly recommend that your contact the appropriate state agency to determine if, upon the completion of this program, you would be eligible for the licensure exam in that state. Additionally, you should also contact the applicable licensing board to determine any other requirements you may need to fulfill in order to obtain the EMT or EMS licensure in a particular state. Some licensing boards may require you to take additional post-graduation examinations, acquire additional experience, pay application and/or licensing fees, undergo criminal background checks, submit fingerprints, or provide other information prior to obtaining licensure.
Once you have passed the NREMT exam, you may apply for initial Colorado EMS provider certification with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Initial applicants for Colorado EMS provider certification must gather the following prior to applying for certification:
- A fingerprint-based background check to be submitted to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
- A valid NREMT registration at the provider level you intend to practice at.
- An image of your current and valid CPR card.
- An image of your current and valid ACLS card (EMT-I and Paramedic applicants only.)
- An image of a lawful presence document such as a driver license or passport
If you are interested in pursuing licensure or certification outside of Colorado, please contact the appropriate agency in your state. You can find a list of all state EMS offices at the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
If you have found this page in error while looking for an EMT course, please follow this link for information about the variety of EMT and Paramedic courses offered at Denver Health or check out what is offered through Coursera.
For those that have completed the Become an EMT specialization or are interested in understanding this final step in becoming an EMT, see below.
Frequently Asked Questions About Coursera EMT Students Skills Boot Camp:
What is this skills camp?
This is an intensive week long course taught by our expert EMT instructors here at Denver Health. They will share their clinical expertise as well as knowledge of the national registry requirements to accomplish two things:
- Be a competent care provider
- Learn what is most critical for the national registry skills exam
This skills camp gives you the opportunity to actually perform the skills that you have learned in the online environment and to master the application of those skills. These skills range from administering medications, to managing an airway, to performing complete patient evaluations. This course includes the opportunity to take the psychomotor/skills portion of the national registry exam. Upon completion of this course, you will go through a seven station skills exam and, if successful, will receive authorization for the written test for NREMT. While we hope everybody is successful in this endeavor, simply coming to and participating in this skills camp does not guarantee the ability to take the written portion of the national registry exam.
What is required of me in order to enroll in this skills camp?
- You must complete the Become an EMT specialization and submit your certificate of completion for each of the 6 courses. These all need to be completed within the last 365 days. In order to submit an application, you need to be able to submit at least 3 of the 6 course completion certificates and final acceptance will be dependent on the submission of all of the certificates of completion.
- You must take BLS for health care providers through the AHA and submit a copy of your card. If you are local, this course is also offered at Denver Health. Click here for the schedule. Otherwise, you can find a course through the AHA by clicking here.
- You must complete a background check. You may obtain a background check by going to www.castlebranch.com and utilizing group code EN14. (A fee applies, and is the responsibility of the student to complete the check and upload the documents into the required form). You may choose another vendor for a background check, however, the background check must be within the last 6 months and it MUST be a nationwide background check.
Where is this offered?
Currently, this course is only offered in Denver at Denver Health. Hopefully there will be other sites that participate in the future but for now you must travel to Denver.
How much will it cost?
The cost for the skills camp itself is $1000.00. That includes cost of all skills related fees.
It does not include the cost of travel, housing, meals or transportation while in Denver. We do have a list of information and resources we can provide to you upon request if you are not familiar with the area.
Other things you should know:
Classes will be capped at 18 students, so get your application in when you are eligible.
As mentioned before, coming to this class does not guarantee passing the psychomotor or skills portion of the psychomotor or skills portion of the National Registry of EMT exam that is offered on the last day. Studying and practicing both before the camp and during the camp is highly recommended.
Denver is an awesome city to visit and explore. Your week will be very busy but you should have time to see a few of the sights and of course you can extend your visit to have outdoor adventures in the foothills and nearby mountains or explore the city.
For more information please contact Denver Health Paramedics - EMS Education at 303-602-2530 or at email@example.com.