North Coast Paramedic Program
The next North Coast Paramedic Program will be
(Applications for the 2016 Application Period are available below.)
The 33-unit program, only available to people who already are EMT-1 certified, and have submitted an application to the Health Occupations Office, will run fall/spring semesters with a summer/fall internship. For the convenience of those who are working full-time, the class for fall and spring semesters will be held on Fridays from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30p.m.
The Paramedic Program is intended as a structured course of study that cannot be divided into separate component parts. Therefore, no advanced placement, credit for experiential learning, or transfer credit is available.
The goal of the North Coast Paramedic Program is to produce competent, entry level paramedics eligible to take the National Registry certification exams and, when passed, to be licensed in the State of California and nationally registered as paramedics. Students will also receive course completion in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), or Pediatric Emergencies for Prehospital Providers (PEPP), and Hazardous Materials - Awareness level.
The North Coast Paramedic Program consists of a minimum of 1,130 hours, 450 hours of classroom didactic and skills laboratory instruction, 200 hours of clinical instruction, and a minimum of 480 hours in a field internship. The North Coast Paramedic Program occurs over three consecutive semesters (Fall-Spring-Summer). It can be completed in 12 months.
The North Coast Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, program #600238. Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the National Paramedic registry certification exams.
Program approval is pending from the California Community College Chancellor's Office. The student will then be eligible to apply for the College of the Redwoods Certificate of Completion in Paramedic studies and use the earned program credits toward an Associate Science Degree for Paramedics.
Classes will be held at the main Eureka Campus. The clinical hours will take place in various departments of acute care hospitals. It is anticipated that these hours may be conducted at hospitals in Arcata, Eureka, or Fortuna. Students should expect to be at a clinical location an average of eight hours a week. The clinical rotation will begin in November and run concurrently with the didactic instruction.
The summer field internship (HO 170C) will be conducted on Advanced Life Support ambulances under the direct supervision of experienced paramedics designated as Field Training Officers. The field internship may be conducted with any ALS transport provider with which the program can establish an agreement. It has become common in recent years for providers to charge for accepting paramedic interns. These fees are not charged by all providers and can vary significantly. They are not included in your student fees.