About the Paramedic Program

Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide advanced emergency medical care in the pre-hospital setting

As a licensed paramedic, you will work as the highest level of the prehospital care team and may find employment with a fire department, private ambulance service, third city service, hospital, or other operation. The Paramedic Program includes classroom didactic, practical laboratory, in-hospital clinical, and pre-hospital field internship to prepare you to sit for the National Registry Paramedic Licensure Examination upon successful completion of the program.

Explore Potential Careers

Studying Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Program can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have!

  • EMTs  most often work in the prehospital setting for ambulance agencies, park service, or fire departments
  • A licensed paramedic is the highest level of the prehospital care team and may find employment with a fire department, private ambulance service, third city service, hospital, or other operation.
  • Many students use their EMT and Paramedic training as an introduction to a variety of other medical fields, such as: registered nurse, ER Technician, respiratory therapist, physician's assistant, or physician

Program Information 

Programs Offered

Program Schedule

Fall Semester (Year 1) 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
EMTP 121 Introduction to EMS 3  
EMTP 122 Pharmacology and Ventilatory Management 3  
EMTP 123 Trauma Emergencies 3  
EMTP 124 Trauma certification 2  
EMTP 125 Cardiorespiratory Emergencies  4  


Spring Semester

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
EMTP 126 Neuroendocrine Emergencies 3  
EMTP 127 Medical Emergencies 3  
EMTP 128 OB, GYN & Pediatric Emergencies 4  
EMTP 129 Special Populations, EMS Operations 4  


Summer Semester

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
EMTP 130A Paramedic Clinical Education 7  


Fall Semester (Year 2)

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
EMTP 130B Field Internship 8  

To be eligible for the Paramedic Program, potential candidates must have the following:

  1. Current California EMT certification
  2. Current California Driver's license
  3. Current CPR card
  4. 3-6 months of EMT experience (prehospital preferred)
  5. Attendance at one of the mandatory information meetings
  6. Completion of EMT 104
    • EMT 104 is a hybrid course offered in both Spring and Fall semesters and is open to students who have already completed EMT 100 or an equivalent EMT basic program. If you took EMT at another institution, please follow the Prerequisite Challenge Process to enroll in this course.
  7. Completion of BIOL 106 (or equivalent college-level Anatomy & Physiology course with lab).

Other recommended preparation: ECGT 101 (or other ECG interpretation course)

Information Meeting Entrance Exam

Program Application

Applications for the Paramedic Program will be accepted in May each year. You must attend one of the mandatory information sessions to learn more about the prerequisites and application process. 

The application will include the following:

  • Online completion of full CCSF Paramedic program application information, including personal statements
  • Copies of CA EMT certification, California driver's license, and CPR card (healthcare provider level)
  • Unofficial transcripts (attached in the application online) showing grades in EMT 104 and BIOL 106
  • Recommendations from two individuals through online survey link sent directly to the recommender by the applicant

Contact the John Adams administrative office 415-561-1900 for more information on the application process. 

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities.  

Have questions about transfer? Visit the Transfer Center for help, transfer information, and/or to speak with college representatives.


2019 Outcomes for the CCSF Paramedic Program

Outcome Rate
Attrition 25%
Retention 75%
NREMT Pass Rates 100%
Job Placement 100%