Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - Paramedic (CPE)

Coordinated Program Entry (CPE) Pre-Registration Screening instructions for the CNM Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - Paramedic Program.

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  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Entrance Exam: FISDAP


Fall 2022 (Traditional Program)

  • Screening Form Available: April 29, 2022
  • Screening Form Deadline: June 24, 2022
  • Standardized Professional Interview Dates: July 13, 14 and 15

Spring 2023 (Fast Track Service Based Program)

  • Screening Form Available: August 5, 2022
  • Screening Form Deadline: September 30, 2022
  • Standardized Professional Interview Dates: TBD

Fall 2023 (Traditional Program)

  • Screening Form Available: April 28, 2023
  • Screening Form Deadline: June 23, 2023
  • Standardized Professional Interview Dates: TBD

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: Spring (Fast Track) and Fall (Traditional) terms
  • Average number of approved applicants: 24

Average is based on a calendar year of screened applicants (Fall 2020 - Fall 2021).

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) (see Fall 2021 updates below)
    • 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.

    Fall 2021 Screening Updates

    Beginning with the Fall 2021 catalog, the MATH 1100 Series will no longer satisfy the mathematics general education requirement for Associate of Applied Science degree programs. This means you will need to complete MATH 1130 or higher in order to meet the New Mexico General Education Core AAS Math requirements.

    Traditional Paramedic Program

    The Traditional Paramedic program is for Fall entry only and is a 4 term program. Theory courses are typically online. Labs, Clinical and Field courses are in person. The traditional program begins in August and ends the following August. The students have intercession breaks. For more information please visit the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - Paramedic program page.

    Paramedic Fast Track Program

    The Paramedic Fast Track program is for Spring entry only. The program is condensed and rigorous; from December to December. Students work through intersessions. Theory courses online. Labs based on work schedule. To view the proposed program schedule please visit the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - Paramedic program page.

    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. Credit for Prior Learning forms can take up to 4 weeks for processing.

    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. Learn more about the FISDAP Entrance Exam. 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 jmiller72@cnm.edu  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 up to four weeks 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. Learn more about the FISDAP exam.

    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

    Pre-Registration Screening Form