Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a Paramedic?
Q: Where is the Paramedic Program held?
Q: How are applicants selected into the program?
Q: How long is the program?
Q: Are there prerequisites?
Yes. Please review the Minimum Prerequisites page for complete details.
Q: What are the rules for meeting the Anatomy/Physiology requirement?
Please review the Minimum Prerequisites page for the Anatomy & Physiology class requirements.
Q: How do I get an application?
Please go to our Application Web Page to download the current application.
Q: When will applications be available?
Applications will be available at the beginning of the year and are due by May 1st for each cohort.
Q: What is required as supporting documentation?
When submitting your application, you should include
- copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate. Note that regardless of any college degrees you may of obtained, you still need to provide proof of high school graduation. We will accept either high school transcripts or a copy of your diploma.
- copy of a valid (current) California EMT card (front only)
- copy of a valid (current) American Heart Association CPR certification
- official transcripts from any colleges you have attended
- Copy of your Drivers License (front only)
If the Math and English prerequisites are not met through college courses, we will need official transcripts from high school, or Math/English placement test results. Call 408.745.8025 for placement test information
Q: Can I turn in other documents (additional certifications, letters of recommendation, etc...) with my application?
We don't require any additional documents other than what is required for the prerequisites, but feel free to turn in any additional items that you feel is important in letting us know who our applicants are!
Q: How much does the program cost?
The entire program is approximately $7,000 (CA residents). Internship fees are and set by the internship site. Please refer to the EMS Associated Costs for more detailed information. Prices are subject to change without prior notification.
Q: When are the classes held?
Classes are currently held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We have a new paramedic program starting every 12 months during the Fall quarter.
Q: What certificate or degree can I earn?
Students can receive a Certificate of Completion after successful completion of the didactic, clinical and internship courses. Students may also choose to earn an Associate of Science in Paramedicine by meeting additional requirements.
Q: How can I better prepare myself for admission to Foothill's program?
The paramedic curriculum is intense and demanding. Many students find it difficult to keep up with the amount of information given to them on a weekly basis due to lack of previous experience with intense course work demands in a short period of time.
Students are strongly encouraged to successfully complete college-level courses that require a similar level of intensity and difficulty before applying to the program.
Courses that are most similar and helpful include:
- mathematics (algebra, statistics, calculus)
- anatomy & physiology with a lab
- chemistry with a lab
- biology with a lab
Courses in the Arts and Humanities departments are helpful but do not replicate the paramedic experience as well.
Q: Can I work in other states as a paramedic?
Q: Is there financial aid available for the paramedic program?
Yes, Foothill college offers a wide variety of fee waivers, scholarships and grants.
Students applying for financial aid who are also enrolled in the paramedic program
should be aware that the aid disbursement schedule and requirements differs from other
programs and that financial aid may not be available during the internship phase of
the program should your internship extend past your last quarter of registration. We strongly recommend you speak with a representative from the Financial Aid Office
to fully understand the differences so there are no surprises with your funding during
the program. Please contact Financial Aid at 650.949-7245 or go to their website at
Foothill College is also proud to offer the Christopher Meadows Memorial EMS Education Fund to qualified paramedic students. This is to honor the memory of Christopher Meadows who was killed while responding to a medical call at Oceano Dunes in Southern California. For more information and to apply for this scholarship, please go to charitysmith.org/memorial-funds/christopher-meadows.