Paramedic Program Application Process

Admission to the paramedic program requires a combination of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification and previous emergency response experience. Therefore it is necessary to obtain coursework and experience prior to entering the program.

Application Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalency.
  • Current California EMT License.
  • Current basic life Support (CPR) card. This card must be an American Heart Association "Healthcare Provider". This card must be valid throughout the duration of the class you are applying.
  • One year of full time verified work experience as an EMT on an emergency response vehicle, such as a fire engine or private ambulance. Only signed and dated letters written on department/company letterhead will be considered.
  • A resume is not required but may be submitted with the application. Do not attach copies of certificates. If you wish to mention certificates, please include them in your resume.
  • Recommendation letters are required, with a maximum of three. Unsigned letters will not be considered.


  • The following academic preparation is strongly recommended:
Recommended Courses Units
HSC 104 - Medical Terminology 3
HSC 217 - Cardiac Dysrhythmias 2
EMT 219 - Paramedic Preparation 4

Application Process


Future Classes Application Due Dates Start Date
Class 82 October 2,2019 January 2020
Class 83 May 18, 2020 August 2020



*Start dates are subject to change       


Note: EMT-courses are available through Saddleback College through its Health Science and Human Services Division.