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SRJC Paramedic Academy

Applications for the 2015-2016 Academy are now available for download. The deadline to receive a completed application is April 3, 2015 at 4pm at the Public Safety Training Center.

Welcome to our information page! Please review the information below that describes who we are, how we prepare paramedics for a rewarding career in field medicine, and how you can prepare for entry into our program. Additional information about the program can be found by selecting the following links.

Who are we?

The SRJC Paramedic Academy is a nationally accredited, state approved intensive program that prepares the student to not only successfully complete the national certification board exam necessary for California paramedic licensure, but to function as a fully capable field care clinician providing competent, compassionate care to the sick and injured.

Taught by local and national experts in the field, the Academy has an excellent reputation for preparing students for the rigors and rewards of prehospital care.

What are the Academy Pre-requisites?

You must possess the following minimum qualifications in order to be accepted into the Paramedic Academy:

Though not mandatory, we recommended that you gain some patient care experience as an EMT or equivalent prior to application. In addition, completing a college level English and Algebra course would be helpful in your studies.

*Equivalency of Anatomy & Physiology, and Basic Arrhythmia recognition is granted on a case-by-case basis. We strongly recommend you contact the Academy to determine if an outside course fulfills the pre-requisite before you enroll in that course.

How do I apply to the Academy?

Applying to the Academy requires the following steps:

Step 1: Complete an application.
Complete and turn in a paramedic academy application. by April 3, 2015. You may return the completed application and required documentation in person at the Public Safety Training Center, or via mail.

We will review your application for completeness. If approved, we will enroll you into EMC 109, which is scheduled from either May 8th or May 9th, 2015.

Step 2: Successfully complete EMC 109 - Introduction to Paramedic.
EMC 109 is a one-day class, in which you will be evaluated on your EMT knowledge and skills, your ability to evaluate a simulated patient, and your ability to analyze and interpret oral scenarios. You must complete the course with a C or better to continue through the process.
If you have already completed EMC109 and received a grade of C or better, you will need to petition into the class. Petitions may be picked up at the Public Safety Training Center.

Step 3: The acceptance process.
If you meet the prerequisite coursework requirements, and complete EMC 109 with a C or better, you will be placed into a lottery. If you are chosen by lottery to attend the next Academy, you will be sent a confirmation letter and instructions to complete a background check, drug screening and physical exam, along with a series of vaccinations necessary for the Academy.

The first tuition installment will be due just before class begins. Alternates for the program will be selected by the same method. Contact the Department Administrative Assistant at (707) 836-2907 if you have any questions about this process.

How much does the Academy cost?

Approximate program Fees:

Costs include tuition and most course fees. These fees are subject to change. Costs for uniforms, parking, national certification testing, California licensure and other requirements are additional. As a general rule, you can anticipate spending approximately $5,000 for the certificate program.

As a California Community College, you may be eligible for tuition assistance. Scholarships are available. Tuition guidance is available at the SRJC Financial Aid office.

What is the Academy schedule?

Beginning in mid-August, the course consists of three components: didactic/laboratory, clinical (in-hospital) and field internship. All components are required for graduation. Completion of this program meets the minimum requirements for the student to sit for the National Board Examination conducted by the National Registry of EMTs.

It takes about 12 to 14 months to complete the entire Academy. The classroom portion meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am to 5pm. Clinical and field hours are arranged to match preceptor work schedules. Students can anticipate spending 30 hours a week in clinical, and 40 hours or more weekly in the field internship.

Is the Academy accredited?

The Paramedic Academy 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 Professions (CoAEMSP). The CoAEMSP may be reached at www.coaemsp.org or 1361 Park St, Clearwater, FL 33756, or (727) 210-2350.

Accreditation is the result of a process that assesses the quality of a program, measuring it against agreed upon standards, It assures that the program meets the standards. The standards have generally been developed by professionals within the discipline and are intended to reflect what a person needs to know and be able to do to function successfully within that profession. Accreditation within health-related disciplines also serves a very important public interest. Along with certification and licensure, accreditation is a tool intended to help assure a well prepared and qualified workforce providing health care services.

Where is the Academy located?

The Paramedic Academy is conducted at the Santa Rosa Junior College Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) in Windsor, California. The Training Center, includes an Emergency Medical Care lab that simulates a hospital emergency room, as well as a scenario village for staging practical exercises. The PSTC office hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.

Clinical and field internship sites are located throughout Northern California and the San Francisco Bay region.

What are the steps to begin practicing as a Paramedic in California?

Successful completion of the Paramedic Academy does not guarantee licensure or employment. You must receive national certification in order to begin the paramedic licensure process in California. You will be required to complete a criminal background check when you apply for licensure through the California EMS Authority. Pursuant to California Health and Safety Code, licensure may be denied for certain criminal violations. Students with any sort of criminal background are strongly advised to contact the local Emergency Medical Services Agency to discuss the impact on their professional career.

Once you are licensed, you will need to be accredited in the county where you practice, through the local EMS Agency (LEMSA). Accreditation often requires additional testing in local operating protocols and other training; check the LEMSA for specific requirements. Many LEMSAs require you to hold certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Trauma Life Support (ITLS or PHTLS). You will receive these certifications while enrolled in the Academy.