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Paramedic Program


If you have questions about prerequisites for the Associate Science Degree in Paramedic program, be sure to go to the Paramedic home page and check out "Degrees" and " Courses". The following information and prerequisites can also be found on our General Information Sheet.


Paramedicine is a specialty whose practitioners respond to emergencies before a patient reaches a hospital, rendering basic and advanced medical treatment before and during transport to a medical facility. Paramedics work for fire departments, rescue squads, private providers, industrial companies, clinics, and hospitals.

Classroom, clinical and field internship training prepares paramedics to assess and treat a wide variety of medical emergencies.

The knowledge, skills and experience gained through the Paramedic program allows students to meet the responsibilities outlined in the Department of Transportation National Standard Curriculum.

The Paramedic program is a full 12-month program. The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System provides medical care to community members who are sick or injured. The goal of the ARC program is to prepare individuals to render pre-hospital advanced life support within an organized EMS system. Paramedics respond to emergencies in the pre-hospital setting and render basic and advanced medical treatment before and during transport. In addition to the certification program, students have the option of taking courses, which will lead to the Associate in Science Degree.

Students are responsible for providing uniforms, special equipment packets, background check, malpractice insurance, and transportation to off-campus laboratory locations. Start-up costs are approximately $2,500.00, which includes student fees, books, malpractice insurance, uniforms, and lab fees. Check the Enrollment and Tuition Fees for current student fees. The fee schedule is subject to change. Financial aid questions should be directed to the Financial Aid Office on campus (916) 484-8437.


The American River College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 1361 Park Street Clearwater, FL 33756 (726) 210-2350 (


Program Goals

• Provide students with a sound academic foundation using approved Department of Transportation's National Standard Training curriculum, pre-hospital treatment standards and National Registry skills procedures.

• Instruct students to safely and effectively perform paramedic psychomotor skills in progressive, realistic, scenario-based training.

• Hold students to the highest standard of conduct and require them to consistently represent this standard to the public and to their peers.

• Prepare students for an organizational culture that emphasizes teamwork, professionalism, and personal accountability.

• Assist students to recognize and appreciate their responsibility to the history, tradition and legacy of paramedicine.

• Develop students to be emergency medical service (EMS) leaders by teaching critical thinking and decision-making skills.


Program Student Results/Outcomes and Positive Placement Data

*2016-2018 National Registry Written (Cognitive Exam) Results 100%

*2016-2018 National Registry Psychomotor (Skills Exam) Results 100%

**2015-2017 Program Retention Average 84.3%

***Positive Placement Indicators 100% working in the industry or related industry.



*National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (2018)

**Los Rios District Registration & Roster database

***California Community College Chancellor's office Launchboard database (Gold Star awards)