Paramedic Program Application Process

Application Requirements

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.

  • 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.

Recommended Courses 

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 Due Dates/Class Start Dates:


Future Classes Application Closing Date Start Date
Class 85   September 30th, 2021                 January 2022
Class 86    
Class 87    


Paramedic Class 85 Application and Submission Instructions 

*Start dates are subject to change     

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, any of the information listed above is subject to change. Program availability is also subject to change due to clinical and field internship sites impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.

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