The student who completes the
Paramedic program will have the ability to provide immediate
care to critically ill and injured patients. Paramedics determine
the nature and extent of illness or injury, provide advanced
life support, and communicate patient's condition to medical
personnel at the hospital. Paramedics inspect and maintain
medical equipment to ensure efficient operating conditions.
The COS paramedic program received
accreditation through the Commission on the Accreditation
of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in October 2003 and renewal in 2008.
Admission to the Paramedic program
is limited. Students must contact the Career and Technical Education Department at (530)
938-5512 to receive enrollment information.
Upon successful completion of
this 40-unit program, the student will be prepared for the
EMT/Paramedic National Registry examination.
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EMT/Paramedic (40 units)
1A - Theory (Didactic)
1B - Theory (Didactic)
II - Clinical
III - Field Internship
By completing general education
requirements and electives, a student can earn an Associate
of Science degree.
Program Enrollment Requirements:
Students must be 18 years of
age or older. Strongly recommend 1 to 2 years of EMT experience.
- Provide documentation of current
EMT-1 and CPR for the Professional certifications. These
cards must be current throughout
the program. If they will expire before the end of the four
modules (EMS 0954, EMS 0955, EMS 0956, EMS 0957), you will need to recertify
before you start EMS 0954.
- Have successfully completed
with a "C" or better, MATH 0830 (Pre-Algebra) and
ENGL 0896 (Basic Writing Skills) or place above those two
classes through assessment test scores.
- Submit proof of high school
graduation. (Copy of diploma, GED, or high school transcripts.
Transcripts must show a graduation date.)
- Students must contact the Career and Technical Education Department, (530) 938-5512, to receive a permit to register.
- Pass a physical examination
using DMV form or have current ambulance driver's license.
- Obtain mandatory immunizations
for the program: tetanus/diphtheria (within last three years),
MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) hepatitis B, and varicella
positive immunity. Evidence of a negative PPD (tuberculosis)
or chest x-ray.
- Obtain malpractice insurance
- Purchase materials such as
uniforms, books, manuals, supplies, insurance, preceptor
costs, examination fees, etc., totaling approximately $4,400.
- Spend several additional hours
per week beyond the scheduled class and lab times independently
studying and practicing procedures.
- Work evenings, night shifts,
and weekends as scheduled in clinical facilities.
- Participate in a very intensive
field internship following the completion of EMS 0956 requiring
24-hour availability several times per week for two to six
- Provide own transportation
to College of the Siskiyous, Weed campus, and hospitals
and ambulance companies throughout the northern California
- Recommended: Anatomy
- ability to compile information
- ability to learn and understand
- ability to visualize objects
from pictures, drawings, and descriptions
- ability to work with accuracy
- average physical coordination
- ability to work well with
- ability to make judgments
- ability to work under stress
from having to deal with emergency situations and with people
who are injured, ill, or in a state of shock
- indoors and outdoors in all
kinds of weather
- employees usually work in
teams of two on rotating shifts
- overtime may be required at
- physical ability to do heavy
- ability to complete paperwork,
go over checklist, and check equipment on a regular basis
- EMT/Paramedic Certificate
Associate Degree Information for NCTI Graduates:
Completion of math, writing and reading assessments are required for enrollment in any certificate or AA/AS degree program. Please contact Counseling Services for more information: (530) 938-5353.
Students must receive a "C" grade or better in all major or certificate coursework.
Below is a link to a document describing the process for NCTI graduates to receive an Associate's Degree through College of the Siskiyou.
How to Receive an Associate's Degree for NCTI Graduates
The Certificate of Achievement/Associate Degree for the EMT/Paramedic program is accredited through National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
6610 Busch Blvd.
P.O. Box 29233
Columbus, Ohio 43229
The following link provides information regarding the National Registry examination and licensure process http://nremt.org/. For more information about pass rates please go to http://www.emsa.ca.gov/Newsletter/2011/04-April/default.asp.
Career and Technical Education Department
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