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 four consecutive semesters (Fall-Spring-Summer-Fall).
The College of the Redwoods Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
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.