Paramedic Program

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

The goal of Mt.SAC's Paramedic Program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. The core courses also provide a path to an Associate in Science Degree in Emergency Medical Services. Please click here for more information.

Since 1987, Mt. SAC has been providing quality paramedic training and is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Programs (CoAEMSP) and Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) through 2021. Program outcomes data can be found here.

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. You must be a currently certified Emergency Medical Technician with 1200 hours of field experience to apply to the Paramedic Program.

 Entry to the 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 for semester in which EMS 1 begins
  • Completed Paramedic Program Application (click here for application)
  • Complete Mt. SAC Assessment Tests (Math, Reading and English)
  • Transcripts
  • Upon notification of approval of completed packet, Register for EMS 1 (priority determined by registration date*)
  • Complete EMS 1 with grade of C or Better
  • Register for EMS 2 (priority determined by registration date*)
  • Complete EMS 2 with grade of C or Better. Class acceptance based upon available seats and registration date.
  • Register for EMS 10, 30, 40, 50 and 60.

*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: Friday Sept. 30, 9 - 4  & Saturday Oct. 1, 9 - 12, 2016     Note: These days contain different content and are both mandatory. Saturdays are family orientation days.

        EMS 1:  Oct 31, Nov. 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28         (Mondays and Wednesdays)

        EMS 2:  Jan. 9, 10, 17*, 18, 23, 24 , 2017  (Day change due to MLK, Jr. holiday)

        Program Start: February 27, 2017

 Orientation: Friday March 31, 9 - 4  & Saturday April 1, 9 - 12, 2017           Note: These days contain different content and are both mandatory. Saturdays are family orientation days.

        EMS 1:  May 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, and 31

        EMS 2:  July 10, 11,  17, 18,  24 and 25  (EMS 2 dates subject to change)

        Program Start: August 28, 2017

 (Updated July 21, 2016)

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, Health and Safety Code and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Paramedic Curriculum.