Paramedic

SRJC Paramedic Academy 

Applications for the next SRJC Paramedic Academy are available here (Application).  

Read carefully for details on the minimum requirements, application process and frequently asked questions. 

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming SRJC Paramedic Academy! We look forward to the opportunity to help advance your career. Please review the following information carefully.

The following information outlines the minimum entrance requirements to the paramedic Academy, as well as the application and selection process.

Minimum Requirements For Submission

  1. Successful completion of SRJC ANAT 40 or ANAT 58, or equivalent by July 1, 2017. It is recommended, but not required that you complete the course within the past 5 years.
  2. Successful completion SRJC EMC114 (Basic Arrhythmia Recognition), or equivalent by July 1, 2017. It is recommended, but not required that you complete the course within the past 3 years.
  3. Verification of the application and required documents. Required documents are:
    1. High school and/or college transcripts, with evidence of successfully completing the above prerequisites. Unofficial copies are acceptable.  A high school transcript is not necessary for any student who has completed 12 or more semester units at any college, community college, or university.
    2. EMT course completion certificate. If submitting a course completion certificate from a non-SRJC EMT class, you will need to complete a course equivalency form.
    3. Copy of a current California EMT Certificate.
    4. Copy of a current Health Care Provider or Professional level CPR certification.

 

Application And Selection Process

  1. Download the application here. (Application)
  2. Complete the form, attach all documentation and either mail or deliver the entire packet by the deadline date. The address is:

SRJC Public Safety Training Center

Attn: Paramedic Academy 24

5743 Skylane Boulevard, Windsor, CA 95492

 

All materials must be received at the Public Safety Training Center by 5:00 pm, March 17, 2017.

3. If your application is accepted and verified by EMC staff, you will be enrolled in EMC 109, Introduction to Paramedic. This is a one day class that evaluates your cognitive, practical and affective abilities as an EMT. You must attend one of the dates, May 4, 2017 OR May 5, 2017. You must score a minimum grade of C or better to be accepted into the Academy. Information about EMC109 will be sent to you when you are enrolled.

4. If there are more eligible students than seats available, a lottery system will be used to select students into the Academy.

5. Acceptance letters will be sent after May 15, 2017.

6. Once accepted, you will need to complete a criminal background check and a variety of vaccinations and immunizations.

 

Important Dates: For class entering Fall, 2017

Application due:                                         March 17, 2017

Participation in EMC 109                          May 4, 2017 or May 5, 2017

Acceptance notification                           Beginning May 15, 2017

24nd Academy Start date:                          August 15, 2017

Anticipated Completion date:                 Last Quarter 2018

Frequently Asked QUestions

What is the time commitment for the paramedic Academy?

The classroom component is tentatively scheduled to meet Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 5pm at the Public Safety Training Center. There may be other class days scheduled, including evening and weekends.  Students study an average of 32-40 hours per week in addition to classroom learning. There is no mechanism for leaves of absence.  There will be an additional 8 hours of time spent online.

Clinical rotations begin concurrently with the classroom component. Schedules are set according to preceptor work schedules and other demands. This will range from an average of 1 – 2 clinical shifts every two weeks in the fall, and 2 – 4 shifts every week in the spring. Academy students are strongly encouraged to limiting their work schedules during the heavy part of the clinical rotation.  A consistent theme from graduates is to have your financial plans worked out ahead of time because the added stress of money and work may prevent you from successfully completing the program of study.

Field internships are full time commitments, and based on preceptor schedules and other demands. These occur beginning in late spring and continue through the summer months. You are expected to attend your internship according to the preceptor schedule. There may be an extension of your internship based upon evaluation of your performance by the preceptor and program staff.

What if i don't have experience on an ambulance?

The field internship is challenging, even for an experienced EMT. Because you will be evaluated for paramedic knowledge and skills, it is expected that you can function as an EMT.  The learning curve will be very steep if you have to learn the job of the EMT as well as the paramedic.  A BLS internship is available and strongly recommended for students without ambulance experience. These hours will be in addition to Academy requirements.

What is the stress level and how will it affect my family and other relationships?

Per feedback from past graduates: until you experience the stress there is no way you can be prepared for it.  It is very important that everyone important to you (family, friends, work) understand and accept the time and emotional commitment by you. Everyone must understand that paramedic education will be your priority over this next year.

What is the cost and is there financial aid?

If costs approximately $6000 to attend the Academy if you are a California resident; nonresidents pay about $16,000. This does not include your living expenses (rent, food, utilities, etc.)

It the amount seems large, do not despair. Start the financial aid process early and be persistent. https://financialaid.santarosa.edu/ There is an abundance of monies available and it requires effort on your part to go through the financial aid process.  Many paramedic students are eligible for Board of Governors (BOG) tuition waivers. Be sure to explore the John L. McDonald M.D. Memorial Scholarship.  There are numerous scholarships available through the SRJC specific to public safety. https://scholarships.santarosa.edu/  and https://pstc.santarosa.edu/scholarships

What is the hardest part of the Academy?

There is no "hardest part" in a general sense.  You will experience challenges at some point along the way.  The more you are prepared to deal with the stress of an intensive, academically focused Academy, the better you will fare.

What's the recipe for success?

Professionalism, attitude and enthusiasm are all essential factors.  Be diligent to the policies, procedures and details of the Academy.  Keep these points in mind and find ways to continually motivate yourself. Practice time management and organizational skills.  This will be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences of your life. 

Is the Academy accredited?

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.

The Santa Rosa Junior College 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.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 

25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
727-210-2350           www.caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:


Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions

8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlett, TX 75088
214-703-8445           www.coaemsp.org

What are the Academy's course completion and NREMT pass rates?

In accordance with CoAEMSP disclosure requirements, the SRJC Paramedic Academy reports the following information on its students:

  • National Registry of EMTs Written and Practical Examination passing rate, 2013-15: 100%
  • Retention rate (percentage of students graduating from the program), 2013-15: 87.5%
  • Positive placement (percentage of students who are employed as paramedics), 2013-15: 81.4%

For further questions please contact

Art Hsieh 

AHsieh@santarosa.edu

707-836-2917

or 

Heather McFadden

HMcfadden@santarosa.edu

707-836-2908