Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic

Paramedic Program

Welcome and thank you for your interest in our Paramedic Program.

The Paramedic Program includes a 20 week intensive didactic program.  This is followed by ten (10) weeks of Clinical Internship in several hospitals at 40 hours per week, and then 10-12 weeks of Field Externship as a practicing Paramedic Intern under the guidance and supervision of a Paramedic Field Preceptor.  Reliable transportation is required throughout the program. Some clinical and field locations may be 50 miles away from Mt. San Antonio College.

Associate in Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services is also offered at Mt. SAC. Please click here for more information.

Entry to Paramedic Program requires students to:

  1. Attend Orientation (see dates below)
  2. Submit required Items for entrance to EMS1 to the Technology and Health Division Office (Bldg. 28A rm 101):
    • A copy of your certified California EMT card. Card must be current.
    • An Experience Letter on official stationary from your EMS employer(s) signed by the owner/manager/chief.  Letter must verify the completion of a minimum of 1200 hours within the last 2 years of pre-hospital field experience as an EMT.  This experience must include field transport and should contain 911 experience.
    • A copy of your current Driver License
    • A copy of your current California Ambulance Driver License
    • A copy of your current AHA CPR Healthcare Provider Card (includes 2-rescuer CPR).
    • Completed Mt. San Antonio College Application
    • Completed Paramedic Program Application (click here for application)
    • Complete Mt. SAC Assessment Tests (Math and English)
    • Transcripts
  3. Upon notification of approval of completed packet, Register for EMS 1 (priority determined by registration date*)
  4. Complete EMS 1 with grade of C or Better
  5. Register for EMS 2 (priority determined by registration date*)
  6. Complete EMS 2 with grade of C or Better
  7. Register for EMS 10, the first course in the Paramedic Program

*Based on the California Education Code the Paramedic Program is required to select qualified students by registration date.

Process for re-qualification for the Paramedic Program:

  1. Students will notify the program director of their interest in re-qualifying two weeks prior to the EMS 1 date for the class they wish to try to re-enter as posted on the program website.
  2. Students will arrange with the Director to take the following examinations/quizzes:
    • Four (4) quizzes from EMS 1, two covering EMT content and two basic math to be selected by the Director.  Pass each quiz at 80% or above.
    • Take and pass the final exam for EMS 1 at 80% or above.

Prior to beginning the re-qualification process it is highly recommended that students do the following:

  • Review specific life elements, study time and habits, workload, distractions, etc. that may have impacted success in the rigorous program
  • Make an appointment with the Learning Assistance Center and address study methods and test-taking techniques
  • Review previous course work for areas needing additional/different study effort
  • While preparing to re-qualify, students are encouraged to use the AAOS A&P text as well as Mosby's Paramedic Textbook. Students may also contact Faculty for tutoring as necessary.


The dates below outline the introductory phases of our upcoming classes. Each class, including didactic, clinical and field phases of training is approximately 10 months long.

Mandatory Orientation and EMS 1 & EMS 2 dates for upcoming classes:

The Paramedic program has three required pre-program activities; an orientation, EMS 1 and EMS 2.


Orientation: Oct 3, 4, 2014            

        EMS 1:  Nov. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, Dec. 2, 4, 10          

        EMS 2:  Jan. 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15

        Program Start: February 2015


Orientation: May 1, 2, 2015       

        EMS 1:  June 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, July 1     

        EMS 2:  July 14, 15, 16  and  21, 22, 23   

        Program Start: August 24, 2015


NOTE:   It is CRUCIAL that candidates not only prepare academically, but also personally and financially. This is a full-time program. You will need to prepare for living expenses and not working to ensure your success and decrease your stress. 

The Paramedic Program is nationally accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAA-HEP) & by the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).  Our Program is approved by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services as meeting the EMS Education Standards as specified in Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations and National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA) Paramedic Curriculum.

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