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Paramedic Certificate Public Safety Total Units: 52.25
A newer version of this program is available. View the latest version here.

Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Fall 2014


The Paramedic Certificate of Achievement program provides technical and practical knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of the California Administrative Code to gain licensure as a paramedic by the California State Emergency Medical Services Authority. Students must be 18 years of age to enter the program and be a California Certified EMT (Title 22, Section 100157).

The paramedic functions as an extension of the emergency department physician. The paramedic is responsible for the assessment, treatment and stabilization of the sick or injured patient utilizing advanced life support equipment and techniques at the scene of the incident and en-route to the medical facility. Specific responsibilities include: patient interviewing, physical examination, critical decision making, cardiac monitoring and interpretation, defibrillation, intravenous therapy, drug therapy, intervention in emotional crises and advanced airway management. Functional job analysis mandates a paramedic must be in good physical condition and able to lift, carry and balance objects in excess of 125 lbs. They must be able to receive and interpret oral and written communication in a timely manner.

Employment of Paramedics by the year 2010 is expected to be above the average growth for all occupations primarily because of the rapidly expanding aging population. Recent surveys show that there is more demand for EMT-Paramedics, who are usually placed as soon as they complete required licensure because of their advanced training and experience.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Competent in the cognitive domain to successfully complete the National Registry written exam;
  2. competent in the psychomotor domain to successfully complete the National Registry exam; and
  3. demonstrate professional behavior consistent for employement as a licensed paramedic.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

For students interested in an Associate degree, Paramedic major is available. More information about the program can be found on the Public Safety Department website.

Certification Note:
All public safety positions have legal requirements and background qualifications. Certain criminal violations may disqualify a candidate for licensure (refer to CA Health and Safety, Title 22, Section 100178.1).

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Paramedic Certificate program are:

  • Complete 52.25 units from
    • Paramedic Prerequisites
    • Paramedic Core Requirements-Certificate

Paramedic Prerequisites - complete 11.75 units
ANAT 40Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology4.00
EMC 103Emergency Medical Technician Basic5.50
EMC 109Introduction to Paramedic0.25
EMC 114Basic Arrhythmia Recognition Course2.00
Paramedic Core Requirements-Certificate - complete 40.50 units
EMC 130AParamedic I - Introduction to Advanced Pre-hospital Care12.00
EMC 130BParamedic II - Medical Emergencies8.50
EMC 130CParamedic III -Pediatric Emergencies2.00
EMC 130DParamedic IV - Trauma Emergencies2.50
EMC 131AParamedic Clinical Practicum I1.00
EMC 131BParamedic Clinical Practicum II4.50
EMC 132Paramedic Field Practicum10.00

Term Effective: Fall 2014

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2015

Previous Versions:

Paramedic - effective Fall 2012
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic - effective Fall 2005
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Student's participating in the program must have the following:

High school diploma/GED
Current EMT- 1 certificate
Current health care provider CPR certification
Current immunizations (MMR, Tetanus, Hepatitis B, negative TB Skin test)
Evidence of good health verified by a physical examination
Background clearance

EMC program staff registers students into EMC 130A through D and 131A after enrollment is complete. Students are unable to enroll independently.
EMC 109 is taken in the Spring before the Paramedic Academy begins. Enrollment into EMC 109 is based on approval from EMC Program.
EMC 130A begins in early August and continues into Fall semester. EMC 131A is a co-enrollment with EMC 130A.

EMT certificates obtained outside of EMC 104 can be used for application to the Paramedic Academy.

Outside coursework for EMC 114 and ANAT 40 may be accepted for application to the Paramedic Academy. Determination of acceptance is made on a case by case basis. Prospective students should review the student learning objectives for each course and compare them to the outside coursework prior to taking the class(es).

ANAT 58 may be considered as a substitute for ANAT 40

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