Emergency Medical Services, AS

Technology and Health Division
Degree S1210

Students who complete the required courses listed below for the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) Certificate and who also complete the graduation requirements of Mt. San Antonio College will be awarded the Degree in Emergency Medical Services.

This Paramedic Program is accredited by CAAHEP (Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) and approved by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services as meeting and exceeding the minimum standards as specified in Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations and the federal Department of Transportation national standard curriculum. It is designed to train paramedics to work on ambulances and in the fire service.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competence in the following areas: patient assessment skills, scene management, knowledge of the laws governing Paramedic scope of practice, knowledge of the functions of cells, tissues, organs and organ systems as they relate to paramedic practices and patient care, the ability to utilize appropriate communications skills and demeanor with patients, family members, and field/hospital staff as well as display assertiveness in emergency situations as evidenced by proper assessment and selection of interventions.
  • Demonstrate competence in the assessment and treatment of the following: Cardiovascular emergencies, Neurological emergencies, Respiratory emergencies, Abdominal emergencies, Diabetic emergencies, Endocrine/renal emergencies, Behavioral emergencies, Traumatic emergencies, Environmental emergencies, Obstetrical emergencies and Pediatric emergencies.
  • Be employable/seeking employment in the field of paramedicine or a related field.
  • Have demonstrated skills competency to State & National standards.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Required Courses

EMS 10Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics 3.5
EMS 20Emergency Cardiac Care for Paramedics 2
EMS 30Pharmacology for Paramedics 3
EMS 40Cardiology for Paramedics 3
EMS 50Paramedic Skills Competency 5.5
EMS 60EMS Theory for Paramedics 9
EMS 70Paramedic Clinical Internship 4
EMS 80Paramedic Field Externship 10
Total Units40

Recommended Electives

ADJU 1The Administration of Justice System 3
FIRE 1Fire Protection Organization 3
PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology 3
SOC 1Sociology 3

The Emergency Medical Services faculty recommends that students complement their studies with selected elective courses chosen from the list above. Students should meet with a professor of Emergency Medical Services to help them determine which electives would best suit their career plans.

Special Information

To remain in the program, students must maintain a grade of “C” (80%) or better in all courses, per state regulations. Before starting clinical rotations, students must pass a criminal background check. Upon successful completion of the required courses, students are granted a certificate documenting completion of the Paramedic Program. Students are then eligible for licensure by taking and passing both the National Registry Exam and County Paramedic accreditation exam.

Paramedic Program Readmission Policy

If the student fails any of the co-requisite courses, EMS 10 - EMS 60, he/she will be dropped from the program. If the student wishes to repeat the program, a Success Plan and Contract will be developed with the faculty to increase the student’s chances of success prior to re-entry. If the student withdraws or is dismissed from the program a second time, he/she will not be allowed to reenter the Paramedic Program at Mt. SAC.

Application Requirements

In addition to meeting Mt. San Antonio College academic standards for admission, applicants must be in good standing and satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Be an EMT-I currently certified in California.
  2. Submit a letter on official stationery from a recognized EMS agency verifying completion of six (6) months of pre-hospital field experience as an EMT-I (approximately 1,200 hours) within the last two years.
  3. File a college application and be accepted as a student at Mt. San Antonio College.
  4. Submit an application for the Paramedic Program to the Health Careers Resource Center, (909)274-4788. All applications are dated upon receipt in the Technology and Health Division Office. The Paramedic Program begins two times per year and runs for 29 weeks.
  5. Take the Assessment of Written English, Math Placement test, and Degrees of Reading Power tests at least ten working days before the start of the pre-course EMS 1 and EMS 2. Placement examinations will be individually assessed to determine eligibility for the pre-courses. The placement tests are administered by the Assessment Center in the Student Services Center.
  6. Successful completion of EMS 1 Paramedic Fundamentals and Selection and EMS 2 Preparation for Paramedic Program .
  7. Forward two official transcripts of all coursework completed (high school, EMT-I, Fire Science, and other than Mt. San Antonio College courses). One transcript must be sent to the Health Careers Resource Center, the other to the Admissions and Records Office. Note: If the course(s) were taken and/or the degree obtained at Mt. San Antonio College, it is not necessary to request transcripts. Indicate in the mailing address the program for which transcripts are being sent to the Health Careers Resource Center.
    Mt. San Antonio College
    Health Careers Resource Center, Bldg. 67B, Room 250
    Paramedic Program
    1100 North Grand Avenue
    Walnut, CA 91789-1399
  8. A physical examination, proof of certain immunizations, and a criminal background check are required of all candidates after acceptance to the program and before entrance into the clinical setting. Forms and information will be provided upon acceptance into the program. In addition, drug testing may be required as part of the physical examination and/or requested by the college or one of its agents.

All applicants are expected to meet the essential functions for success in the paramedic program.

Physical Demands

  • Perform prolonged, extensive, or considerable standing/walking, lifting, positioning, pushing, and or transferring patients
  • Possess the ability to perform fine motor movements with hands and fingers
  • Possess the ability for extremely heavy effort (lift and carry at least 125 pounds)
  • Perform considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, and crouching

Sensory Demands

  • Color vision: ability to distinguish and identify colors (may be corrected with adaptive devices)
  • Distance vision: ability to see clearly 20 feet or more
  • Depth perception: ability to judge distance and space relationships
  • Near vision: ability to see clearly 20 inches or less
  • Hearing: able to recognize a full range of tones

Working Environment

  • May be exposed to infectious and contagious disease, without prior notification
  • Regularly exposed to the risk of blood borne diseases
  • Exposed to hazardous agents, body fluids and wastes
  • Exposed to odorous chemicals and specimens
  • Subject to hazards of flammable, explosive gases
  • Subject to burns and cuts
  • Contact with patients having different religious, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, psychological and physical disabilities, and under a wide variety of circumstances
  • Handle emergency or crisis situations
  • Subject to many interruptions
  • Requires decisions/actions related to end of life issues
  • Exposed to products containing latex

English Language Skills

Although proficiency in English is not a criterion for admission into the EMS program, students must be able to speak, write and read English to ensure patient safety and to complete classes successfully.

The Emergency Medical Services program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, Florida 33756
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