College of the
Health Occupations

North Coast Paramedic Program

The North Coast Paramedic program begins in the fall semester. The field experience will begin in the summer session.

Evaluation of the paramedic student is based upon theoretical knowledge, manipulative skill proficiency, and the application of both of these in the clinical laboratory setting. To progress from semester to semester, students must achieve at least B grades in all three courses. In addition, a cumulative 2.0 GPA must be maintained for the Associate Degree with all program and General Education requirements at C or better grades.

In laboratory and field courses with a clinical component, students must receive a satisfactory clinical evaluation to pass the course and progress in the program. Students are required to have certified criminal background checks (further information and forms will be provided at first class meeting) If a student?s background check (criminal record) does not satisfy the clinical agency contract, or the agency refuses the student access to patients for any other reason, the program will not be able to provide alternate experiences and the student must withdraw from the program or receive an F grade.

The student must not be excluded from eligibility to be issued a license due to past criminal conviction as explained in California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 4, Article 10. A live scan finger print background check is required as part of the State licensing procedure. Questions about the criminal background check may be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Students transferring from other paramedic programs who apply to the program are offered educational mobility opportunities that take into account their previous education. Where applicable, academic credits shall be evaluated and applied to program requirements. Individual counseling and/or testing for advanced placement is available to assist students in making appropriate academic decisions.

The Program does not have a specific work experience prerequisite, however all students will be required to provide documentation of involvement on scene and while in transport to the hospital with at least forty (40) patients. For students currently employed by an ambulance provider, this verification can be provided by the employer. Students not currently employed by an ambulance provider, or without previous ambulance transport experience, will be required to ride along with an ALS ambulance to obtain this experience as part of their clinical rotations. The hours required to gain this experience will be in addition to all other clinical hours, and do not count toward the field internship.

Applicants who have previously enrolled in the College of the Redwoods paramedic program must apply for readmission by consulting with the Director of Nursing and Health Occupations. Only one readmission to the paramedic program is possible.

All students must possess sufficient computer literacy skills to complete Internet research, ommunicate by email, use CD-ROM, and other computer instruction and word processing. Those without these skills are encouraged to take CIS 1 prior to enrollment in the program.

Availability of field experiences necessitates admitting a limited number of students to each class. Therefore, if qualified applications exceed the number of seats available, a random ranking by lottery at the end of the Enrollment Period will determine the awards of seats. We encourage students who are waiting for admission to take additional required general education courses toward an Associate of Science degree.

The demands of the paramedic program are many. Most students find it difficult to carry the load of the
program and work more than part time. Financial aid and several scholarships have been available each year.

Contact the Financial Aid Office. Personal life issues need to be in balance to be successful. One must have reliable transportation, reliable childcare (if applicable), and an ability to be punctual to assigned classes and clinical locations. Tardiness is not an acceptable performance standard in this professional career.

Students interested in being eligible for a future Paramedic to RN Program may want to plan enrollment in the following courses BIOL 6 (Anatomy), BIOL 2 (Microbiology) and BIOL 7 (Physiology) , HO 15 (Nutrition), Speech 1 ( Public Speaking), English 1A, PSYCH 1 Intro to Psychology) or Psych 11 ( Growth and Development), SOC 1 ( Intro to Sociology) or ANTH 3 ( Anthropology). Please consult the College of the Redwoods catalog for details) These courses in addition to Nursing Program courses are required by the California State Board of Registered Nursing for RN licensure.

Cost of the Program and Licensing Fees (approximately $3,700 total):

  • Enrollment fees for the program are $36.00/unit ($1188). Books, supplies and materials fees cost approximately $500.
  • Additional fees will be required for certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), or Pediatric Emergencies for Prehospital Providers (PEPP), and Hazardous Materials - Awareness level. The combined cost of these certification classes is approximately $650.
  • Students are required to have uniforms and a watch with second hand. For specifics, see dress code in student handbook. Cost is approximately $100-$150.
  • Immunizations for students who do not have the required immunity to several communicable
    diseases may cost over $220. Most are available through the Student Health Clinic, Eureka Campus, for reduced fees or at no cost to student.
  • Criminal Background Screening - $55
  • Fingerprinting costs - $75
  • Application for National Registry Exam - $110
  • National Registry Practical Exam Site Fee - $320
  • State of California License application - $180
  • Local EMS agency accreditation fees - $100

Note: Above costs subject to change.


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