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
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
Click here if you have not read the Program Curriculum Requirement Sheet!
Director's Desk: Additional Program Information.
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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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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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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