Paramedic

Technology and Health Division
Certificate T0425

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.

The Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) is an individual who is educated and trained during an intensive (32-hours per week) didactic program lasting 16 weeks. This is followed by five (5) weeks of Clinical Internship in a hospital (40-hours per week), and then eight (8) weeks of Field Externship as a practicing Paramedic under the guidance and supervision of a Paramedic Field Preceptor.

Required Courses

EMS 10Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics 3
EMS 20Emergency Cardiac Care for Paramedics 1.5
EMS 30Pharmacology for Paramedics 3
EMS 40Cardiology for Paramedics 3
EMS 50Paramedic Skills Competency 5
EMS 60EMS Theory for Paramedics 8.5
EMS 70Paramedic Clinical Internship 3
EMS 80Paramedic Field Externship 9
Total Units36

Recommended Electives

ADJU 1The Administration of Justice System 3
FIRE 1Fire Protection Organization 3
PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology 3
or PSYC 1AH Introduction to Psychology - Honors
SOC 1Sociology 3
or SOC 1H Sociology - Honors

The Emergency Medical Services faculty recommend that you complement your studies with selected elective courses chosen from the list above. You should meet with a professor of Emergency Medical Services to help you determine which of those electives would best suit your career plans.

Special Information

To remain in the program, students must maintain a grade of “C” (80 percent) or better in all courses and receive a grade of “C” (80 percent) or better on all final exams. Before starting in clinical rotations, students must pass a criminal background check. Upon successful completion of the required courses, students are given 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.

Public Safety Programs Website 

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 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 (approximately 1,200 hours) within the last 2 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 Science Programs Office (909) 274-5051. All applications are dated upon receipt in the Health Science Programs Office. The Paramedic Program begins two (2) times per year.
  5. Take the Assessment of Written English, Math Placement test, and Degrees of Reading Power tests. Placement examinations will be individually assessed to determine eligibility for the pre-courses. The placement tests are administered by the Assessment Center, located in the Student Services Center.
  6. Successful completion of EMS 1 Paramedic Fundamentals and Selection.
  7. Forward two (2) official transcripts of all coursework completed (high school, EMT, Fire Science, and college work other than Mt. San Antonio College courses). One transcript must be sent to the Health Science Programs Office; the other to the Admissions and Records Office. For students who possess a college degree, the English placement examination is not required. However, it will be necessary for students to obtain two (2) official copies of the college transcript showing the degree issued. One official transcript must be sent to the Technology and Health Division Office; 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.
  8. A physical examination, proof of certain immunizations, a criminal background check, and drug test 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.

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
  • Emergency medical scene and patient management
  • Subject to many interruptions
  • Contact with patients having different religious, culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, psychological and physical disabilities, and under a wide variety of circumstances
  • 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 EMT-P program, students are encouraged to be able to speak, write and read English to complete classes successfully and ensure safety for themselves and others.

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

Contact:
Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, Florida 33756
(727) 210-2350
www.caahep.org

Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate competence in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of both medical and trauma patients in accordance with the EMT level Scope of Practice.
  • Be employable and seek employment in the field or a related field.
  • Demonstrate EMT basic skills competency at a certification level.

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.
Print Options