DEGREES, CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

A.S.,  Paramedic
C.A.,  Paramedic
COMPLETION RATES
C.S.,  Emergency Medical Technician
C.S.,  Emergency Medical Technician Refresher  
C.S.,  Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational


DESCRIPTION

The Emergency Medical Services Program (EMS) trains students for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification and for Paramedic licensure. EMT Refresher courses and Hazardous Materials courses are also offered. Students are taught the fundamental principles and skills required to provide emergency medical care for the sick and injured at the scene of an emergency and/or during transport to a healthcare facility. Our training program prepares the graduate to function as a beginning practitioner according to national standards. Hands-on clinical and field internship experience is part of the training.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

An Associate Degree, depending on the focus of study, is designed to prepare students for transfer into upper division course work in a bachelor’s degree program, or, to prepare students to enter the workforce in a particular vocational field.  To qualify for an Associate’s Degree, a student must: 

1) complete each major-specific course required for the degree with at least a “C” grade or better,

2) complete all Cuesta College general education, graduation and residency requirements,

3) achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0 for all courses attempted (major, general education, elective), and

4) submit an Associate’s Degree Application to Admissions and Records.

A Certificate Program is designed for students who desire specific training to meet an immediate occupational or personal goal, or for promotion or lateral transfer within their existing field of employment. To qualify for a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Specialization, a student must

1) complete all courses required for the Certificate with an overall grade point average of 2.0,

2) earn at least 12 units in residency at Cuesta and

3) submit a Certificate Application to Admissions and Records.

Paramedic Program Admission Requirements

The Paramedic Program prepares graduates to take the Paramedic National Registry Examination (NREMTP) leading to licensure as a Paramedic. 

The Cuesta College Paramedic Program initially became accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and earned approval by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) on July 25, 2008. Our program is due for accreditation renewal in 2018. 

Students interested in applying to the Paramedic Program are strongly urged to consult an academic counselor prior to registering in prerequisite coursework. 

All persons who meet Cuesta College’s admission requirements, additional pre-paramedic program admission criteria, and submit a paramedic program application are eligible for admission into the program. 

Eligible applicants are admitted into the paramedic program by random selection from a pool of qualified applicants. The year long program starts once a year in the fall. 

Entrance requirements are subject to change. For most current information please refer to the Nursing and Allied Health Division webpage at http://academic.cuesta.edu/nursing

2015 -2016 Paramedic Program Admission requirements include:

  • Biology 212* ( Human Biology, lab portion not required) 
  • English 156** (College Reading and Writing)** 
  • Math 123** (Elementary Algebra)** 
  • High School Diploma (transcript with date of completion posted) or GED 
  • Current County EMT certification 
  • Current Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer CPR certification 

EMT Work Experience - EMT experience must be current within two years of the program start date. A minimum of six months full-time or a minimum of 1000 hours part-time and/or volunteer EMT work experience with an emergency medical service provider. Applicants may use the Allan Hancock “EMS 1B (Advanced)” Academy, with Director’s approval, to satisfy a portion of the EMT work experience hours.

 * Equivalent courses from other colleges and completion of higher level courses, such as BIO 205 (Anatomy) and BIO 206 (General Human Physiology) are accepted            

** Equivalent courses and/or completion of higher level courses, such as English 201A (English Composition) and Math 127 (Intermediate Algebra) are accepted. Student may also choose to take an assessment test in lieu of course completion. English and math assessment test(s), with placement into a higher English or math course, will satisfy the above requirements. Contact Cuesta Assessment Services at 805/546-3951 for more information. 

Additionally, admitted students are required to complete a background check, drug screen, physical exam, and provide documentation of immunizations, per current affiliate agency agreements.


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

EMT: Paramedic:
Emergency Medical Technician on an ambulance Paramedic on an ambulance
Emergency Department Technician in a hospital Paramedic on a cruise ship
Many other service oriented jobs often require EMT certification, such as: fire fighters, park rangers, life guards and public safety officers Paramedic contracted to serve large  overseas corporations
    Fire Fighter, Paramedic
Flight Medic
Education - Instructor, Director, Administrator

 

Degree/Certificate Types:
A.A. - Associate in Arts C.A. - Certificate of Achievement
A.S. - Associate in Science C.S. - Certificate of Specialization
A.A.-T. - Associate in Arts for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Completion (Non Credit)
A.S.-T. - Associate in Science for Transfer