Paramedic     (2008-2009)

The paramedic curriculum is a rigorous 12 to 15-month (four to five quarters) sequence of instruction, with entry in the fall quarter only. This course is designed for students who have worked as EMTs for at least 6 months at full-time capacity, or the equivalent part-time experience (960 hours), wishing to become paramedics. The first three quarters (beginning Fall) are didactic (classroom) instruction, meeting twice a week. Also, during the second quarter of didactic instruction students will concurrently attend hospital specialty rotations (operating room, obstetrics, etc.) The final two quarters include the emergency department hospital rotations, and the ambulance field internship. Students may opt to take the emergency department hospital rotations while concurrently attending didactic to shorten the overall time spent for program completion.
The curriculum exceeds state law requirements by providing instruction based upon the United States Department of Transportation Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic National Standard Curriculum, Title 22 Chapter 4, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals, Basic Trauma Life Support, Prehospital Trauma Life Support, National Registry of EMTs paramedic examinations, and studies of current nation-wide protocols and expanded practices.
Students who complete the program in a satisfactory manner will be awarded a career certificate and are qualified to apply to the state for paramedic licensure. Licensure is a legal requirement to work as a paramedic in California.
Career Opportunities
The program is designed to prepare students for employment as paramedics working for ambulance services, fire department agencies, fixed & rotary wing medical operations, and hospital emergency departments.
Units required for Major: 100.5
Units required for Certificate: 85.5

Associate Degree Requirements:
An Associate degree is also available upon completion of the Certificate requirements and the Foothill College General Education requirements. We encourage prospective students to look into this option and consider long term career planning. Please call (650) 949-6950 for counseling information.
English proficiency: ENGL 1A, ESL 26 or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 103/105 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units required to include:
All General Education requirements
Certificate of Achievement (85.5 Units)
BIOL 40A, B and C (15 Units)
Electives & other graduation requirements as appropriate.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a "C" or better in the recommended sequence. In addition, a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all Core and Support courses for the Degree or Certificates.

Program Type(s):

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.
Date AVAILABLE: August 1st at our web site:
Application DEADLINE: May 31st
Applicants will be considered for admittance to the program for the following September class. Applicants who have previously applied must submit a new application and accompanying materials. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by the 3rd week of June.
CORRESPONDENCE: All correspondence, applications, and transcripts for admission should be directed to: Charlie McKellar
Foothill College /Paramedic Program
4000 Middlefield Road, Suite I
Palo Alto, CA 94303

COUNSELING: Please contact the Counseling appointment desk at (650) 949-6950 to make an appointment with Mr. Andy Lee.

High school diploma or GED certificate.
Current BLS (CPR) certification.
Possess a current EMT-IA certificate or EMT-1 with transport module or equivalent.
A minimum of six months full-time OR equivalent part-time experience with an EMS provider agency (960 hr)
Meet technical standards.
MATH 220 or equivalent college level course within the past three years or placement into MATH 105 on the Foothill College placement test.
Eligible for ESL 25 or ENGL 110
(Testing office 650/949-6958).

NOTE: Physical examinations and immunizations are required for clinical internships. Background screening and drug testing may be required by clinical facilities. Positive results could impact a student's chances of attending clinics, completing the program requirements or gaining a license to practice upon graduation. The cost of required physical examinations, background screenings and drug tests will be paid by the student. Students accepted into the program will be provided with specific details.

NOTE: An articulation agreement exists between Foothill College and San Jose State University- as much as 21 units of the paramedic curriculum can be used toward a Bachelor of Science degree.

General Certificate information
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: All paramedic classes are held at the Foothill College Middlefield Campus, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303.
Certificate of Achievement (85.5 units)

Certificate Requirements
EMTP 60A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive & Affective IA (11 Units)
EMTP 60B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive, Psychomotor & Office IB (8.5 Units)
EMTP 61A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive & Affective IIA (11 Units)
EMTP 61B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive, Psychomotor & Office IIB (8.5 Units)
EMTP 62A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive & Affective IIIA (11 Units)
EMTP 62B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program: Cognitive, Psychomotor & Office IIIB (8.5 Units)
EMTP 63A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program Hospital Specialty Rotations (3 Units)
EMTP 63B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program Hospital Emergency Department Rotations (5 Units)
EMTP 64A Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program- Ambulance Field Internship (9.5 Units)
EMTP 64B Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program- Ambulance Field Internship (9.5 Units)

Academic Year: 2008-2009

Status: Approved
Date Modified: 2008-04-02 20:18:06

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