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Prehospital Education Programs

Overview

The College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State is currently the only school in the California State University system that offers Prehospital Education courses which include Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT Basic) and our Paramedic program. These courses demonstrate how to provide emergency health care beyond the ambulance while preparing students for certification by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Program participants gain the necessary education to be successful in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Industry. We offer quality education for the EMS workforce of tomorrow.

The Prehospital Education program is approved by the Sacramento County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority. The Prehospital Education program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
727-210-2350
www.caahep.org

To contact CoAEMSP:
4101 W Green Oaks Blvd Suite 305-599
Arlington, TX 76016
817-330-0080
FAX 817-330-0089
www.coaemsp.org

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic

Program Structure

In this 9 week course, students will receive basic life support training skills needed to become a certified EMT. The classroom structure is divided into lecture and lab time where students get a hands-on learning experience to practice rescue scenario skills. Students will have a primary lead instructor on lecture days. During lab time, students will break into groups with several skills instructors who will provide basic life support training on the particular lessons learned that day. Students will be learning from practicing EMTs and Paramedics who work in the field everyday. There are no pre-requisites for this course. Students must be at least 18 years of age before the last class meeting of the session they register for.

Benefits

Through this program participants will receive the following:

  • CPR certification through the American Heart Association
  • ICS-100 Certification
  • Haz-mat certification
  • At least 12 hours of ride along time on an ambulance observing a professional EMT
  • Quality instruction from trained professionals in the EMS field
  • Opportunity to network with those who are interested or already working in the EMS field
  • Preparation on how to take the National Registry Exam

Audience

This program is ideal for:

  • People interested in joining the EMS industry
  • Those seeking the freedom to work outside of an office or cubicle
  • Individuals who enjoy highly stressful, yet highly rewarding work
  • People who like a varied schedule
  • Those who want to save lives
  • Students who are considering nursing or medical school

Career Possibilities

EMT-Basic is an entry-level position in the EMS industry. Completing the EMT-Basic course is the first stepping stone into the medical field, offering the basic skills that all clinicians need. An EMT can find employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Fire departments
  • Private ambulance companies
  • Law enforcement
  • Hospitals
  • Life guards
  • Park rangers 

How to register

Please register online or call Information Registration Services at (916) 278-5182. 

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic

Program Structure

Our one year paramedic program will train and prepare students on how to give advanced life support (ALS) to patients in emergency situations. The first section of the program is didactic (EMS 700), offering students the opportunity to learn ALS practices in relation to paramedicine. Students will master anatomy and physiology, cardiology, respiration, general medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, trauma, and neurology.
The second section is a clinical experience (EMS 701) where students are placed in different hospitals around the region. This section offers students the opportunity to practice and hone their skills in preparation for their field internship.
The final section is the field internship (EMS 702) in which students assume the role of a paramedic under supervision of a preceptor. A minimum of 480 hours must be completed in addition to 40 ALS contacts.

Benefits

Through this program participants will:

  • Learn to demonstrate the required knowledge, skills and abilities set forth by NHTSA guidelines
  • Learn the soft-skills necessary to become a successful leader in emergent and non-emergent scenes
  • Complete paramedic training in an academic institution of higher learning
  • Work as an advanced-level provider in the pre-hospital environment
  • Take the NREMT test upon completing the course

Audience

This program is ideal for:

  • Certified EMTs who are ready to move on to become a paramedic
  • Firefighters who want to become certified as a paramedic
  • Those who are seeking a higher level position in the EMS Field
  • Individuals who enjoy highly stressful, yet highly rewarding work
  • People who like a varied schedule

Career Possibilities

A paramedic is a higher level position in the EMS industry. A paramedic can find employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Fire departments
  • Private ambulance companies
  • Hospitals
  • Air Medical Services
  • Safety Officer 

Application Process

To be eligible for the Paramedic program, applicants must have an EMT certification through the National Registry and show proof of completion in an EMT Basic course. It is preferred, but not required, for applicants to be currently employed as an EMT or have at least one year of EMT experience.
Applications must be submitted by the deadline. Applicants must pass a 2 hour entrance exam to be approved for the Paramedic Program. Applicants who pass the entrance exam will be contacted for an interview with the Program Director and/or Clinical Coordinator. 

Important Dates To Know:

2/06/2013: All online applications are due.
2/07/2013: All applicants will be contacted by email to sign up to take entrance exam.
2/11/2013 (9 a.m. - 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.): Entrance exam date and times.
2/15/2013: Interview sessions.
2/18/2013 - 2/19/2012: Applicants will receive acceptance notification.
3/26/2013: Paramedic student orientation night. Didactic course fees are due.
4/08/2013: First day of instruction.

Complete Application here

National Registry Advanced Level Skills Exam

The Prehospital Education program is proud to offer the National Registry Advanced Level Skills exam once a month.  The examination will consist of twelve (12) separate skills, presented in a scenario-type format to approximate the abilities of the Paramedic to function in the out-of-hospital setting. All skills have been developed in accordance with the National Standard EMT-Basic Curriculum, the behavioral and skill objectives of the 1999 EMT-Paramedic National Standard Training Curriculum, and current A.H.A. guidelines. The process is a formal verification of the candidate's "hands-on" abilities and knowledge. Candidates will be required to remain on site during the practical skills examination and strongly encouraged to bring a bag lunch or small snacks for the day. This test is for AEMT, Intermediate-85, Intermediate-99, and Paramedic candidates. Candidates should wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Exam check-in will take place starting at 9:00 am.

Exam Cost:  $325

Registration:

Click here to register online or call 916-278-5984.  Online registration closes 21 days before the exam. To register within 21 days of the exam please call 916-278-5984. 

National Registry Advanced Level Skills Preparation Course

A preparation course and exam walk through will be offered the afternoon prior to the exam. Participants will learn skills to be successful in the National Registry Advanced Level Skills Examination, including information on equipment, format, test environment and best practices for approaching the practical examination. Instruction will include the latest updates and current standard practices from the American Heart Association; an overview of each skill station and how to properly prepare for this form of testing; common errors that can lead to failure of a skills station; and certain pitfalls to avoid during the testing process. This test prep course is for AEMT, Intermediate-85, Intermediate-99, and Paramedic candidates.

The preparation course takes place between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm the day before the exam.

Preparation Course Cost: $75

Registration:

Click here to register online or call 916-278-5984. Online registration closes 21 days before the exam. To register within 21 days of the exam please call 916-278-5984. 

National Registry Advanced Level Skills Exam Retest

Candidates will be allowed three (3) full attempts to pass a respective skill examination (one "full attempt" is defined as completing all skills and two retesting opportunities if so entitled). Candidates will be required to remain on site during the practical skills examination and strongly encouraged to bring a bag lunch or small snacks for the day. Candidates should wear loose, comfortable clothing. This retest is for AEMT, Intermediate-85, Intermediate-99, and Paramedic candidates.

Retest Cost:  $50/station

Registration:

Retest registration can be done by phone only.  Please call 916-278-5984 to register for a station retest.  Same day retest registration will be done onsite at the exam.

Contact Us

For questions or to receive more information regarding our EMT Basic and Paramedic Program, please contact:
Program Coordinator, Kim Ramirez at 916-278-5984 or kramirez@csus.edu
 

Additional Contacts:

Program Manager, Katelyn Sandoval at 916-278-2797 or sandovalk@csus.edu
Program Director, Derek Parker at 916-278-4846 or dparker@csus.edu