Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - Paramedic

These instructions are for the Pre-Registration Screening for the CNM Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - Paramedic Program.

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  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Entrance Exam: FISDAP


Spring 2021

  • Screening Form Available: August 7, 2020
  • Screening Form Deadline: October 2, 2020
  • Standardized Professional Interview Dates: October 14, 15 and 16

Fall 2021

  • Screening Form Available: April 30, 2021
  • Screening Form Deadline: June 25, 2021
  • Standardized Professional Interview Dates: To Be Determined

Forms will open by 9 a.m. (MST) on the available date.
Forms will close on the deadline listed at 5 p.m. (MST).

Program Information

  • Seats available in the program: 24
  • Entrance availability: every Spring and Fall term
  • Average number of approved applicants: 27

Average is based on a calendar year of screened applicants (Spring 2019 - Fall 2019).

More about the program

Required Coursework

    • EMS 1053: EMT Basic Theory 6 credit hour(s)
    • EMS 1093: EMT Basic Lab 2 credit hour(s)
    • EMS 1190: EMT Basic Clinical 1 credit hour(s)


    • EMS 1412: Advanced EMT (EMT-I) Theory 6 credit hour(s)
    • EMS 1493: Advanced EMT (EMT-I) Lab 2 credit hour(s)
    • EMS 1890: Advanced EMT (EMT-I) Clinical 2 credit hour(s)
    • AAS Mathematics Requirement 3 credit hour(s)
    • Humanities Requirement 3 credit hour(s)
    • Program Approved Laboratory Science Requirement 3 credit hour(s)
    • Social and Behavioral Science Requirement 3 credit hour(s)
    • ENGL 1110 - Composition I 3 credit hour(s)
    • HLTH 1001 - Clinical Preparation 1 credit hour(s)

    If you are registered in required courses at CNM you will be considered "in progress." These courses must be on your CNM record with a final grade by the end of the term to be eligible to start the program. Courses also must be "in progress" at CNM.

    Classes must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. If you do not complete these courses successfully you may lose your seat in the program.

    Credit for Prior Learning

    If you have successfully completed your EMT-Basic or EMT-Intermediate License at another institution, please submit a Credit for Prior Learning - EMS form to the CNM Records office prior to submitting your Pre-Registration Screening form.

    Grade Point Average (GPA)

    Cumulative GPA: The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - Paramedic program requires an overall GPA of 2.5 on all CNM courses. If you have completed less than 16 credit hours at CNM, cumulative GPAs from all other institutions for which you have submitted transcripts will be averaged into your CNM GPA. More information can be found under Grade Point Average (GPA) under Screening Criteria and Guidelines.

    FISDAP Entrance Exam

    No specific scores are required for the FISDAP entrance exam, but take the exam before submitting a Pre-Registration Screening Form. More information on the FISDAP entrance exam can be found here. You can take the FISDAP Exam at the CNM Assessment Center, Main Campus.

    Licensing and Experience

    You must have a current, full New Mexico EMT-B or EMT-I license. You will need to provide your license number on the application form. You can be "in progress" in obtaining your license but you must receive your EMT-Basic NM state license by the first day of the term.

    If you have any pending disciplinary actions on your Basic and/or Intermediate license you will not be able to enroll in the program. If you have a pending action on your license, we recommend you contact EMS Program Director Jessica Medrano at  for more information.

    If you have successfully completed your EMT-B or EMT-I coursework at another institution
    (with a C or better), please submit a transcript to the CNM Records Office prior to
    Pre-Registration Screening.

    Priority Registration

    If you have relevant work experience you can submit a Document of Experience Form to receive a priority registration date. A supervisor/organization official must sign and submit the form by the screening form deadline. Supervisor/organization officials will be contacted to verify submitted Documentation of Experience forms.

    Only 10 seats will be open for priority registration. All students who are approved for a priority registration date will receive the same opportunity to register. Seating is limited, registration is not guaranteed. Students who are unable to register during the priority registration timeframe will be able to attempt to register during the general paramedic registration period.

    Complete the Following Prior to Screening

    1. Enroll as a CNM student (if you are not already a CNM student). Visit the Registration & Application page.

    2. Receive CNM ID number and CNM email address. Check your email address to make sure it is functioning properly and contact Information Technology Services if you have questions.

    3. If you have attended other colleges/universities, have all transcripts sent to the CNM Records Office and allow time for processing. When an evaluation is complete, you will receive an email showing how credits were evaluated.

    4. Check your record in myCNM to make sure the courses (the minimum required courses) are shown with the EXACT course numbers. If you took a similar course that did not transfer in exactly as the CNM required course, complete an Appeal for Re-Evaluation of Arts and Science Credits Form and submit the form to the CNM Records Office. Course documentation must accompany this form as stated. If the request is approved the transfer coursework will appear on your CNM transcript, which can be viewed through myCNM.

    5. Take the FISDAP exam at the CNM Assessment Centers. Results will be sent
      automatically to the Coordinated Program Entry Office. Information on the FISDAP exam can be found here.

    6. If you have relevant work experience submit a Documentation of Experience form to receive a priority registration date. A supervisor or organization official must sign and submit the Documentation of Experience Form

    Once you complete the form, you will be notified of your form status by CNM email and it is your responsibility to check your CNM account regularly. You will be notified of the date, time, and what courses to register for in the program. If you successfully register for the program, classes will begin in the upcoming term.

    Pre-Clinical Requirements

    If you are successfully registered for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - Paramedic program, you will be required to complete pre-clinical requirements. Students will receive a classroom visit once the term has started regarding these pre-clinical requirements. More information is available through the Office of Verification and Compliance.

    Submit the Form

    The Pre-Registration Screening Form is not available at this time. Check the deadlines section of this page for more information.