What will I learn in this program?

The City College of San Francisco Paramedic Program provides the didactic knowledge, clinical skills and field internship experience necessary to prepare the student to the basic entry level competency of a Paramedic. The Paramedic is the highest level of pre-hospital provider within the Emergency Medical Services Professions and applicants for the Paramedic Program have already completed the basic Emergency Medical Technician () training and must possess current NREMT certificate (“National Registry”). During the Paramedic Program, students learn the fundamentals of pathophysiology, advanced patient assessment, trauma and medical field management, advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, geriatrics and field operations. Advanced skills such as intravenous/ intraosseous access, medication administration, comprehensive cardiac monitoring, advanced airway management and needle thoracostomy are taught in the laboratory setting and reinforced during hospital and field clinical rotations. The final student evaluations take place during a field internship on an ambulance with a trained field preceptor. At the completion of the program the student will be eligible to take the National Registry Practical and Cognitive examination and apply for the State of California Paramedic License.

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay? What “demand” is expected for these jobs?

Most graduates will apply for work in the State of as a licensed Paramedic for various public and private field 911 and inter-facility ambulance transport providers.  Some may choose to seek employment as a Paramedic outside of California and must meet the specific requirements to obtain licensure as a Paramedic within that State. The following table shows examples of the types of jobs available for the licensed Paramedic. Note: In the State of , the Paramedic Scope of Practice is defined in the California Code of Regulations Title 22, Division 9.

See the State of website for the most up to date information on occupational outlook and future directions in EMS.

Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

Candidates must possess the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply to the Paramedic Program: Current California certificate issued by a Local Agency; Current California driver’s license; Current CPR certification card; High school diploma or equivalency; 3-6 months of experience as an (ambulance preferred).

Does this program have any special costs?

In addition to the CCSF per unit fees, semester health fees and books/supplies, the student must pay a lab fee of $100, a certification fee to the SFPA for $250 for PHTLS certification and a field internship fee if the student chooses to complete a field internship with a contracted internship provider that indicates a student fee in the contract.

How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*


18 months-2 years

(5-6 semesters including Summer)

Associate of Science

2 years

(6 semesters including Summer)

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

Paramedic Program Website:
Department contact information: Paramedic Program Office, John Adams Campus Room 47F Program coordinator information:  Megan Corry, Office: Room 47F, 415-561-1938 or email