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Current Paramedic Class Information and Application


Due to the COVID-19 emergency situation affecting colleges/schools, the Paramedic Class 57 has been postponed and will start SPRING 2021.

Application Process:

Acceptance into the Paramedic Program is a competitive process. Students will be ranked based on four separate testing criteria:

  • Oral Interview
  • Math and Medical terminology written test
  • EMT comprehensive written test
  • EMS Simulation

Important Dates:

Class 57 Application available:  Currently Available

Link to the application HERE 
For students who have previously applied and were unsuccessful completing the program, please use THIS application

*Repeat students are responsible for making sure any outdated information from prior application packets are resubmitted and up-to-date (i.e. letters of recommendation, cards with expiration dates, etc.)

Application deadline:  Thursday, October 22, 2020

  1. Paramedic Written Entrance Exam Testing dates:

Applicants must show up to ONE of the following testing dates. The EME staff will not be scheduling dates:

  • Friday, October 23, 2020– Palomar College Escondido Center – Room # 700 at 9:00 am
  • Friday ,October 30, 2020– Palomar College Escondido Center – Room # 700 at 9:00 am   

**YOU WILL HAVE 4 HOURS TO COMPLETE THE EXAM. Make sure you purchase a parking pass as Campus Police will be citing.

2. Oral Interview and Simulation dates:

The interviews will be given at the Palomar College Escondido Center

You will schedule your interview appointment on the day of the entrance exams  

**Attend one day only.

Interviews will run throughout the day starting at 0830

  Interview Dates: TBA (Sometime in early November 2020)


                                       TBA (Sometime in early November 2020)

**Depending on the number of applicants, another interview day may be added

Required Documents:

**Starting 2020 (Class 57), the minimum required hours of PAID work experience have been increased from 1040 to 2000 hours.  As we are given updated information, we will post it here**

After submitting the online application, the following items must be submitted to the EME Department:

  •    High School graduate (or equivalent). This is waived if you have an A.A Degree or above. Please provide Official College Transcripts showing degrees earned. This includes from Palomar College. You may order them sent to Attn: EME Department
  •    Valid California EMT-B certification or National Registry EMT license
  •    AHA Health Care Provider CPR Card or equivalent – must remain valid and current for duration of program
  •    Valid Driver’s License – must remain valid and current for duration of program
  •    Minimum of 2000 hours of paid work experience as an EMT  in these areas: Private ambulance, Fire Department, Lifeguarding, Navy Corpsman, Emergency Room, etc.
  •    Original letter of work verification from your employer(s) sign and dated on letterhead
  •    Three original professional letters of reference, signed and dated  (One personal letter may be submitted, but not from a family member)
  •    Two 2×2″ passport photos
  •    Completion of a college level Intro to Anatomy & Physiology course from an accredited college or University with a grade of “C” or better (BIO-145 at Palomar College, formerly ZOO-145). 
  •    Completion of Paramedic Preparation (EME-175, EME-175 Lab) with a grade of “B” or better
The COMPLETED application must be submitted to the EME office in a manila file folder by: October 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm.