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Paramedic Program

Program Information

Starting Summer 2017, please search for Paramedic courses under the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) course listing in the schedule of classes.

We are located at the Foothill College Sunnyvale Center,  1070 Innovation Way, Sunnyvale CA  94089.

The program is designed to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psycomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Upon successful completion, students may work at various EMT agencies, such as ambulance services, fire agencies, fixed & rotary wing operations, and hospital emergency departments. Students who complete the program in a satisfactory manner are qualified to apply for state paramedic licensure.

Apply for the Program

We are no longer accepting applications for the upcoming cohort.  Applications for our next cohort, starting Fall 2019, should be available by the end of the year with an application deadline of May 15th.  CLICK HERE  to go to the paramedic application page.  We are now running new cohorts every 9 months.

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This course is designed for students who have worked as EMT's for at least 3 months at full-time capacity.

  • During the first quarter, students meet for 8-hour lectures one day a week and 8-hour labs one day a week. For Fall classes, lecture/labs begin at the end of September and finish at the end of June.
  • During the second quarter, students will also attend specialty rotations and attend cadaver labs.
  • During the first, second and third quarters, students meet for lectures and labs.  
  • During the fourth quarter, students will attend ED rotations.
  • In the fifth and sixth quarters, students will attend their Field Internship for their final phase of the program. The Field Internship requires between between 480 and 720 hours of patient care, which accounts for the variable length of time in finishing the program.

Program Accreditation

The Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

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About the Paramedic Program

The paramedic program is a rigorous 15 to 18 month. sequence of instruction, with entry in Fall quarter only. The course work is intense with very detailed and difficult information covered over a brief period of time. It is highly recommended that students arrange their finances, work schedules and personal commitments with careful consideration.

The course is demanding and time consuming, requiring a great deal of sacrifice. The ability to multitask, work well in chaos, deal with stress, communicate well, perform tasks quickly, and work well with others is paramount to success.

This course is designed for students who have worked as EMT's for at least 3 months at full-time capacity.  During the first, second and third quarters, students meet for lectures and labs. The second quarter will also attend specialty rotations and attend cadaver labs. During the fourth quarter, students will attend ED rotations. In the fifth and sixth quarters, students will attend their Field Internship for their final phase of the program. The Field Internship requires between between 480 and 720 hours of patient care, which accounts for the variable length of time in finishing the program.

The paramedic program curriculum is intense and demanding. Students study for at least 4 hours every day of the week and most students find it very difficult to be successful if they work full-time while attending the program. Students are advised to consider their work schedules carefully and plan their finances accordingly before committing to the program. We suggest that students work no more than 2 - 3 days per week while enrolled in the program.

Program Mission

The Foothill College Paramedic Program dedicates its efforts and resources toward assuring a quality education and learning environment for its students. The program strives to produce paramedics with outstanding clinical abilities who will provide a high level of compassionate patient care that is thoughtful and intelligent in its approach.

Program Goals

The goal of the Foothill College Paramedic Program is to prepare students to perform as competent, entry-level EMT-Paramedics.

Paramedic Technical Standards from D.O.T./ADA Compliance

Note: Applicants must read the Paramedic Technical Standards from D.O.T./ADA Compliance before submitting an application.

Paramedic Application Process

Class Schedule

Course Catalog

Sunnvyale Center Building

Questions?We're Here to Help!

Charlie McKellar, EMS Program Coordinator

408.745.8022

mckellarcharlie@foothill.edu

Sunnyvale Center, 1070 Innovation Way, Sunnyvale, 94089



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