About the EMS Program

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


Ann Bellows, RN, NRP, EdD
Program Director

DASR Building, Room 220-K

2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM 88011-1656

Phone: (575) 527-7645

Fax: (575) 528-7035
Email: abellows@nmsu.edu

Prehospital 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 (www.caahep.org) for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (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 provides 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, N.M. Transition Course, Critical Care Transport, and the Neonatal and Pediatric Critical Care Transport Course.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When are CPR courses offered?
    Early and late in the fall and spring semesters. We also have one CPR course in the summer sessions.
  2. When are the EMT–Basic courses offered?
    The EMT–Basic class is offered each spring, summer and fall semester.
  3. Are there any prerequisites 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 111G. There is an additional prerequisite/corequisite requirement of BIOL 154 or OEEM 153 (Introduction to A&P for the Prehospital Provider).
  4. Do I need to hold a New Mexico 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 an active New Mexico EMT-Basic license. Students must have in-hand a New Mexico EMT License on the first day of class.
  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 documentation of updated immunizations, background check, drug screening, and having 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 prerequisites for the Paramedic Program?
    Students are required be licensed as a New Mexico EMT-Basic, and they must have completed with a C or better in OEEM 201: Pathophysiology, OEEM 206: Introduction to Advanced Prehospital Care, and OEEM 207: Pharmacology.
  7. When are applications for the Paramedic Program available?
    Applications for the upcoming 2020-2021 Paramedic Program are available starting March 1, 2020, with the submission deadline being May 1, 2020.


  • Upcoming Events at the EMS Department
      • New Mexico EMS Transition Course – Please check back for 2020 dates.