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.

Entrance 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.
  • Please staple application packet in top left corner. Do not place in a report cover.
  • 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

Applications for Class 83 will be posted March 2020. 

Future Classes Application Due Dates Start Date
Class 82 October 2,2019 January 2020
Class 83 May 13, 2020 August 2020
Class 84 January 13, 2021 April 2021

*Start dates are subject to change       

Complete and submit application to:

Attention: Alicia Kirk
EMS Education- HS 235
Saddleback College
28000 Marguerite Pkwy.
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

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