The Palomar College Paramedic program is currently accredited by CoAEMSP #600117.
What is a Paramedic (EMT-P)?
An EMT-P provides advanced emergency treatment to patients in the pre-hospital setting. Saving lives is the most rewarding aspect of a paramedic career. The well-trained paramedic can also reduce the length of a patient’s hospital stay by preventing the danger of more serious injury that could occur through incorrect treatment in the stages before hospitalization. Paramedics are in high demand in both private and fire department settings.
How do I become a Paramedic?
To be eligible for the Paramedic Program, you must be a high school graduate or equivalent. Applicants must also possess a current EMT-Basic certification and must have worked in the field (pre-hospital experience) with at least 6 months full time PAID work experience (1040 hours). Applicants must have completed a college level Anatomy & Physiology (ZOO-145) and the Paramedic Prep (EME-175& 175L) classes. You must also take the Palomar College Assessment test scheduled through the Counseling Dept. This test can be waived if you have achieved a Bachelor's Degree or higher.
Acceptance into the Paramedic Program is by special application and you must
undergo a testing and interview process. If you meet all qualifications, you
can download an application from this
website during the application period. Our application period for the January class begins in September to October. Our application period for the August class is February to March. Applications are available on our web site at these times.
The Paramedic Academy is two semesters. The first semester is the didactic (lecture) portion of the program; classes are four to five days per week. The second semester consists of four weeks working in the hospital clinical setting performing direct patient care. Then, you are assigned a field internship for the rest of the internship. This internship lasts approximately 3 months.
The student is then assigned to a Paramedic Field Preceptor where you actually work alongside trained Paramedics at area Fire Departments and private ambulance services. This internship gives you actual hands on field training and prepares the student to take the National Registry EMT-P exam for licensure.
The courses that are offered as part of the Paramedic Academy are:
EME 206/206L - Introduction to Paramedic Training
EME207/207L - Paramedic Medical Training
EME 208/208L - Paramedic Trauma Training
EME 209/209L - Paramedic OB/Peds Training
EME 210 - Clinical Internship
EME 211 - Clinical Integration I (Taken concurrently with EME (207-208L)
EME 212 - Clinical Integration II (Taken concurrently with EME (209-210)
EME 215 - Field Internship
NOTE: To participate in the hours required for your Clinical internship, you may be required to have a flu shot and/or H1N1 vaccine. Be warned that if you choose not to have these injections, your required clinical time may be cancelled and therefore you will not successfully complete the Paramedic Program.
NOTE: A background investigation must be completed prior to acceptance into the paramedic program. The search will include the following:
Never initiate the background check until officially accepted into the paramedic program. Due to the strict requirements of each clinical site, students with any of the following situations may be denied acceptance by the clinical site and, therefore, may not be allowed to begin and/or continue in the paramedic program:
The background check procedure should not be initiated until advised by the EME Department.
If you are interestedin the Paramedic Program contact the EME Office.
For further information about the Emergency Medical field contact:
Mary Reed, Academic Department Assistant