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 applying to the program.

  • Applicants will need a Saddleback College student ID number and email in order to apply.
  • 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". No Substitutions. This card must be valid throughout the duration of the class.
  • Minimum one year of full-time verified work experience as an EMT on an emergency response vehicle, such as a fire engine or private ambulance. This requirement is for both the one year and the hours which need to be equivalent to 160 per month over a 12 month period. Only signed and dated letters written on department/company letterhead will be considered as verification.
  • 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 Preparation 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
HSC 108 - Disease Processes for the Health Sciences 3

Application Due Dates/Class Start Dates:


Future Classes Application  Period Start Date
Class 87          9/21/22 - 10/21/22                 January 17, 2023
Class 88  TBD TBD
Class 89 TBD TBD


Paramedic Class 87 Application 

Class 87 applicants will be notified of interview status the week of October 31, 2022.

*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.

Health Requirements Once Admitted Into The Paramedic Program

Those invited into the program must be in adequate health to perform the duties of a paramedic. Students will be required to obtain the following titers/immunizations/vaccines within 2 months of admission and should get started on these right away. 

  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Varicella
  • TDAP
  • Hepatitis B
  • TB skin test (to be completed prior to receiving COVID-19 Booster to avoid delays)
  • COVID-19 vaccine/booster
  • Seasonal flu shot (when available) 

More details regarding required physical/immunizations/titers can be found on the

Mandatory Health Assessment Packet.

Students will need to provide evidence of vaccination status not only for enrollment into the Paramedic program but also to take courses at the college that are in person or hybrid. For details regarding vaccination status, please visit the link here

Failure to complete any of the Paramedic program requirements/deadlines, provided to students, will result in students signing a Non-Compliance Form. Depending on the situation, students may or may not be eligible to continue in the program.     

Additional Program Requirements

  • Students will  be required to complete a background/drug test.
  •  Obtain professional liability insurance.
  • Have valid BLS card through the American Heart Association (no other providers)
  • Show proof of personal medical health insurance.


Paramedic Courses are reserved only for students accepted into the program. Students will not be cleared to register until all of the above requirements have been met.                                                              

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