Foothill College begins a new Paramedic Program each Fall.
Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to enter the workforce as competent entry-level Paramedics. Participants have demonstrated successful performance in the cognitive (knowledge), psycomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. Graduates are qualified to apply for State and National paramedic licensure.
Apply for the Program
Applications for our Fall cohort will be available October 1 and are due by May 1.
Paramedic Program Schedule
Classes will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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.
- During the second quarter, students also attend specialty rotations and attend cadaver lab.
- During the third quarter, students meet for lectures and labs.
- During the fourth quarter, students attend ED Clinical rotations.
- In the fifth and sixth quarters, students 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.
We make every attempt to maintain this schedule, but in the event of unforseen circumstances, the Program Director reserves the right to make changes.
We are located at the Foothill College Sunnyvale Center, 1070 Innovation Way, Sunnyvale CA 94089.
About the Paramedic Program
The paramedic program is a rigorous 15 to 18 month. sequence of instruction, with entry in the 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. We suggest that students work no more than 2-3 days per week while enrolled in the program. In addition to other prerequisites, the program requires students have worked as EMTs for at least 3 months at full-time capacity.
The course is demanding, time consuming and requires 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.
During the first, second and third quarters, students meet for lectures and labs. The second quarter will also include specialty rotations and a cadaver lab. 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.
Paramedic Technical Standards from D.O.T./ADA Compliance
CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) Programs track and report outcome measures annually to the Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). The most current CoAEMSP Annual Report was for the calendar year 2022.
Committee on Accreditation
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Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- NREMT/State Written Exam: 100%
- Retention: 72.2%
- *Positive Placement 96.2%
- NREMT/State Written Exam: 100%
- Retention: 77.4%
- *Positive Placement 91.7%
*Positive placement is defined by the CoAEMSP as 'Employed full or part time in a related field and/or continuing his/her education and/or serving in the military.' Positive placement is measured at completion of the program.