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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 (