The eighteen-month Paramedic Certificate Program focuses on essential skills of para-medicine. Students will learn in three phases: didactic learning in the classroom, clinical training in an emergency medical setting with a preceptor, and a 480-hour field internship with a Private Ambulance Service and/or Fire Service (ALS Unit) with a preceptor. Students will develop expertise in the theory and application of basic and advanced life support and gain knowledge of the human mind and body. Successful completion will allow the student to apply for National Registry Certification and subsequent state licensure as a paramedic. This course meets or exceeds the requirements set forth in the State of California and Safety Code, Title 22, and conforms to the National Standard Paramedic Curriculum formulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Working EMTs are encouraged to apply to advance in the field.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Understand the scope of practice provided by the state, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Department of Transportation.
- Promote personal health and well-being.
- Practice utilizing the guidelines of regulatory, legal, and ethical boards.
- Demonstrate emergency assessment and management skills and health promotion through prevention programs.
Employment for paramedics is expected to increase by 9 percent through 2018, which translates into a projected 230,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As an aging baby-boomer generation spurs an increased need for emergency medical service and the general population continues to grow and urbanize, paramedics will continue to be in high-demand. The Paramedic Certificate Program is an ideal entry-level position that prepares students for a career in healthcare. With continuing education and on-the-job training, you can progress in your field or transfer those skills to other similar professions.
Paramedics are typically the first medical responders to provide medical attention to critically ill or injured patients. An important part of a paramedic’s duties is executing extensive pre-hospital care. Basic functions include assessing the patient’s condition, administering medications, using specialized equipments, such as stretchers, and transporting patients to and from medical facilities. A paramedic can work in a variety of emergency care settings, including: fire departments, private ambulance companies, hospitals and local government.
- Receive a job promotion to supervisor, operations manager, administrative director, or executive director of emergency services with paramedic experience.
- Become an instructor, dispatcher, registered nurse, or physician assistant with additional education and training.
- Transition into sales or marketing of emergency medical equipment with additional education and training.
For more information:
- View a PDF of the Paramedic Student and Preceptor Guidebook: click on the link under "Related Downloads" at the top right of this page.
- Request more information
WestMed College offers financial assistance for those who qualify.