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Additional Contact Information

If you have questions regarding course requirements, you may contact:
  • Howard Michaels, M.D, Paramedic Director, (650) 949-6972
  • Charlie McKellar, Program Coordinator (650) 949-6955
  • Middlefield counseling: (650)949-6959.
    Or, you may schedule an appointment online by visiting the counseling site.
  • BH Division office, (650) 949-7249
  • Paramedic Job Posting Board
  • Foothill College
    Main Campus: (650) 949-7777
Welcome!

The program is designed to prepare students for employment as paramedics working for various EMS 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.

This program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP) through July 2016. For more information on accreditation, go to http://www.caahep.org.

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About the Paramedic Program

The paramedic program is a rigorous 12 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.

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 6 months at full-time capacity.  During the Fall quarter, students meet for 4-hour lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 8-hour labs on Wednesdays.  Lecture/labs begin at the end of September and finish at the end of June.  During Winter quarter, students will also attend specialty rotations and attend cadaver labs.  During Spring quarter, students will also attend ED rotations.  During Summer quarter, students will attend their Field Internship for their final phase of the program.  The Field Internship requires 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.

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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.

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Program Goals

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

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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.

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