SRJC PARAMEDIC ACADEMY
Thank you for your interest in the SRJC Paramedic Academy! Read on for more information about our program, including the application process, prerequisites, recommended preparation and answers to general questions about the paramedic profession.
WHEN DOES THE NEXT PARAMEDIC ACADEMY BEGIN?
SRJC holds one paramedic academy each year. The program begins in August, and generally takes 12-15 months to complete.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR APPLICATION TO THE ACADEMY?
The SRJC Paramedic Academy begins accepting applications in the January before the August start date.
1. Complete and submit the application when it becomes available, generally in early to mid January.
2. If your application is accepted, you will be enrolled in EMC 109. This one day course assesses your knowledge, skills and ability to complete the Academy. EMC 109 is held in early May.
3. You will be offered a position within the Academy upon successful completion of EMC 109. This generally happens in mid-May. If there are more eligible students than seats available, a lottery system will be used to select students into the Academy
4. Between June and August, you will need to submit documentation related to immunizations, criminal background checks, and any prerequisites that were in progress during the application period.
5. The program begins with the Fall semester, usually the third week of August.
WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ACADEMY ENTRY?
1. Successful completion of SRJC ANAT 40 or equivalent by the beginning of the Academy.
2. Successful completion SRJC EMC114 (Basic Arrhythmia Recognition) or equivalent by the beginning of the Academy.
3.Verification of the application and required documents. Required documents are:
- 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.
- 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.
- Copy of a current California EMT Certificate.
- Copy of a current Health Care Provider or Professional level CPR certification.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the time commitment for the paramedic Academy?
The classroom component is scheduled to meet Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am to 5pm at the Public Safety Training Center. There are other class days scheduled, including evening and weekends. Students study an average of 32-40 hours per week in addition to classroom learning.
Clinical rotations begin concurrently with the classroom component. Schedules are set according to preceptor work schedules and other demands.
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 May and continue through the summer months. You are expected to attend your internship according to the preceptor schedule.
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 with minimal or no ambulance experience.
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.)
If 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 other 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
To contact CoAEMSP:
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlett, TX 75088
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, 2014-16: 100%
- Retention rate (percentage of students graduating from the program), 2014-16: 86.4%
- Positive placement (percentage of students who are employed as paramedics), 2014-16: 91%
For further questions, please contact
Art Hsieh, Paramedic Academy Director
Tristan Frazier, EMC Administrative Assistant