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Unfortunately, the Paramedic Studies Program will not admit any new students in 2022. If you would like to attend when classes resume in the near future, please let us know and we’ll be in touch!

The Field

Paramedics are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who have more education and experience, and are licensed to perform more advanced procedures, like intubation, starting IVs, cardiac pacing, defibrillation, and administering a wide array of medications. They usually work within the 9-1-1 system.

You can’t become a paramedic until you’ve been a licensed EMT. So, if you aren’t one, yet, you might want to check out that program, first.

The Outlook

Paramedics are in extremely high demand. They make more money than EMTs, and tend to have even more job opportunities, since they are often preferred to EMTs in settings like emergency rooms and fire departments.

Check out our online Career Coach for more information about work as a paramedic, like how many jobs are available and how much they typically pay.

Our Program

Our paramedic program helps you take your career to the next level in approximately 15 months. The amount of time can vary, depending on whether or not you need more time in a particular setting, but most students should finish the program within that time frame.

The program begins in the summer, when you’ll spend the first 10 weeks on campus, working in our classrooms and skills lab. There, you’ll learn and practice all of the advanced and specialized life-saving skills paramedics need with our new, state-of-the-art equipment. The department even has its own ambulance.

During the fall semester, you will continue in the classroom and lab. Then, you will move into clinical rotations in various areas of a hospital, where you’ll spend three to four months working with real patients. You’ll get experience with pediatric, obstetric, psychiatric, and geriatric patients facing many different medical issues.

Finally, you’ll complete an internship in the field, which should take about three or four months. During this time, you’ll get to work as a team leader on a 9-1-1 ambulance.

The entire program is a pretty serious commitment, and you’ll need to treat it as a full-time job. But, when it’s all said and done, you’ll have 36-41 units of credit and a Certificate of Achievement in Paramedic Studies. More importantly, you’ll be ready to take the National Registry Paramedic Exam and, once you pass that, find work as a licensed paramedic.

In order to enroll in our program, you’ll need to hold a valid State EMT certification NREMT card, have an AHA CPR for the Healthcare Provider card, have completed anatomy and physiology courses, and meet basic English and math equivalencies that most people achieve by graduating high school. Be sure to check out our student handbook  for more detailed information about prerequisites, costs and the program in general. If you have any questions that aren’t answered on this page, in the catalog or in the handbook, just contact the program director using the information at the top of this page.

If this all sounds great to you, you also might want to see if we can help you pay for college, or even get the ball rolling and apply now.

The Contra Costa College Paramedic program has been issued a Letter of Review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP Executive Office). This letter is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT’s Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation. 

On December 10, 2020, the Contra Costa County Emergency Medical Services Agency placed the Contra Costa College Paramedic Training Program on Probationary Status, effective February 10, 2021. Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner may be at risk of having its accreditation withdrawn. The scheduled end date of probation for the Paramedic Training Program is February 10, 2023, provided the institution complies with all terms and conditions imposed by the Agency. Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the Vice President of Instruction. 

Contra Costa College did not have a graduating cohort of students for the Paramedic Studies program in 2020 and therefore has no outcomes for calendar year 2020.