Associate of Science in Paramedicine (AS)

Division: Nursing & Allied Health

The Paramedic program is designed to prepare the student for licensure as a Paramedic. It is an intense, full-time program consisting of lectures, skills lab, clinical practice, and field internship. Students must possess a current CPR-Health Care Provider Card and are also recommended to have a current EMT license and six-months of recent work experience.

Paramedic Program Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • 2.5 or higher GPA on combined paramedic prerequisites:
    • EMT 251 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)  - 6 semester units including a lab component; 
    • EMT 401 EMT Open Skills Lab - 4 semester units including a lab component.
  • A minimum grade of “C” in all prerequisite courses is required. Be advised that a “C” in all prerequisites courses does not meet the 2.5 minimum GPA requirements. Students are ranked for admission based on grades in Human Anatomy and Human Physiology. 
  • No more than two repetitions of any EMT course is allowed. "W" counts as a repeat.
  • Current NREMT or Local EMS Authority EMT Certification
  • Current American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Healthcare Provider CPR Card. 
  • Completion of Paramedic Program Application submitted by deadline
  • Completion of the Paramedic Program written entrance exam by the application deadline
  • Strongly recommend six months of full-time verified work experience as an EMT on an emergency response vehicle, such as a fire engine or private ambulance

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate entry-level skills for a variety of roles at the entry-level as a Paramedic.
  • Demonstrate sufficient preparation to pass the NREMT-P.
  • Apply skills in didactic, psycho-motor, and affective domains needed to perform the duties as a Paramedic in the community.
  • Complete the Paramedic National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Advanced Level Paramedic Exam preparation.
  • Demonstrate competent intellectual, hands-on, and professional skills to provide Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic level services.
  • Adhere to professional behaviors set by the Paramedic Program Code of Ethics.
  • Demonstrate patient safety at all times.
  • Achieve a successful transition to employment as a Paramedic.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following positions: Emergency Medical Services Paramedic, emergency room technicians, medical offices, fire departments, entertainment, and large venue services. 


This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer. 

Program Requirements 

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE)
HLTH 406CPR for Health Care Providers0
EMT 251Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)6
PM 201Paramedic Theory16
PM 202Paramedic Clinical Experience4
PM 203Paramedic Field Internship10
PM 230Paramedic Preparation7
PM 402Paramedic Open Skills Lab0

The Associate Degree requirements include the completion of:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education requirements,
  3. Subject requirements include American Institutions.
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree-applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).