Palomar College
Emergency Medical Education Department

If your career goal is Emergency Medical Services:


The EME Department offers EMT and Paramedic programs as well as the supporting prerequisites. Our programs are approved by the following agencies:


San Diego County

State of California EMSA

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians

AHA 2010 guidelines.

NOTE: Use of American Heart Association materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the American Heart Association. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the Association.


In addition the Paramedic Program is also accredited by:

CoAEMSP #600117.


Palomar College is accredited by WASC.




The application periof for the August 2014 Paramedic Program (Class 45) is now closed. Applications for January 2015 Paramedic Program (Class 46) will be available in Fall 2014.e now available.To access the application click on the FORMS tab on the left of this page. Please revisit this web site for updates.

EME will be offering a CPR (BLS for Healthcare Provider) course on April 10 at 6:00pm. Remembet that you must complete the online portion of the course prior to attending the course. Visit the AHA web site for details.



EME will be encouraging all students to begin a portfolio of your educational, work and ride-along experiences. This portfolio will be used to more accurately see where students are in preparation for paramedic school. At some point, this will become mandatory at Palomar College for entrance into the paramedic program and will begin with EMT experience. The form can be found under the FORMS tab to the right.


We also offer the following classes:

  • CPR for Health Care Providers

  • Advanced First Aid (equivalent to the American Red Cross Emergency Response course)

  • EMT Recertification

  • Paramedic Preparation

  • ACLS

  • PEPP


  • Paramedic Accreditation workshops

  • RN to paramedic challenge (subject to field availability)

Please visit the specific pages for more information.

For information on the Palomar Fire Academy or other Fire courses, contact the Fire Technology Department at (760) 744-1150 x1704 or visit their web site at


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For General Information on starting a career in EMS in San Diego County, please refer to the following web site.

The replacement fees for any certificates or certification cards that EME has to recreate or reorder for any person are as follows:

CPR card - $5.00

Emergency Response card - $3.00

Paper certificate - $3.00

San Diego County Protocol Book (Small) - $12.00 (New price)

San Diego County Protocol Book (Large) - $18.00 (New item)

A.C.L.S. card - $13.00

P.H.T.L.S. - $15.00

P.E.P.P. - $5.00



Thank you for visiting our website and good luck in your career.

For further information about the Emergency Medical field contact:

Mary J. Reed, Academic Department Assistant
Palomar College, Escondido Education Center
Emergency Medical Education Department
1951 East Valley Parkway Escondido, CA 92027
760-744-1150 X8150
(760) 432-0353 (Fax)

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