Frequently Asked Questions
Program History and Accreditation
Is the program accredited?
Yes, the Paramedic Program is approved by the Sacramento County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority. The program is also 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).
When did the program begin?
The Paramedic Program began in October 2009.
How long is the program?
This program is approximately one year. You’ll spend about five months in didactic, three months in clinical, and six months in the field. For clinical and field, students may finish earlier than the allotted time. Some students finish in under a year, and some take a little longer than a year. Your classes during the didactic portion will be held at 4931 Arnold Avenue, Suite 150 McClellan, CA 95652.
Program Prerequisites and Admission Requirements
What do I need to do after I apply to the program?
After you submit your application, you will be provided a link to the Paramedic Uniform and Interview Selection Form as well as a link to Send This File. You will also get an email confirmation that includes those links. You will need to click on the link and pick your interview preference and uniform sizes. You will also need to click on the Send This File link to upload your required documents.
What are the required documents that I need to upload to Send This File after I apply to the program?
After submitting your application, you will be emailed instructions on how to upload and send the following required documents: NREMT card, state EMT card, driver’s license, resume, unofficial transcripts from all college attended, CPR cert, and Test of Essential Academic Skill (TEAS) printout that shows score. Please make sure to only upload documents in a PDF format. One PDF scan that has all required documents is fine too. If you upload multiple PDFs, please name each PDF to clarify what the document is.
What are the prerequisites for NURS 51?
Applicants must have completed an EMT Basic course, and obtained EMT certification from the National Registry (www.nremt.org). Applicants must also take the Test of Essential Academic Skill (TEAS) exam prior to the application deadline. A minimum of one year experience as an EMT is preferred, but not required.
Do I have to take an Anatomy and Physiology class before being accepted into the program?
No, we include several weeks of A&P in the course curriculum so we do not require it as a prerequisite. Although, it is not a prerequisite to take A&P, it will benefit you having that knowledge coming into the program.
I’ve let my National Registry certification lapse. Can I still apply to your program?
Yes, as long as you are current with your county or state.
Do you have an entrance exam?
The Test of Essential Academic Skill (TEAS) serves as our entrance exam. You will need to schedule a TEAS exam (http://www.cce.csus.edu/test-essential-academic-skills-teas) on your own and submit the results by the application deadline. The TEAS exam can be taken anywhere that it is offered, it does not have to be taken at Sac State. When registering for the exam on the ATI website (https://www.atitesting.com/Home.aspx) you will be asked which exam you are registering for, you will choose the TEAS for Nursing option. There is no required minimum score.
Am I required to apply to Sacramento State as a student?
No, students are not required to apply to the university or meet campus admissions criteria. Students apply directly to the program by filling out the online application. There is a $30.00 non-refundable application fee.
If accepted into the program, will I need to show proof of immunizations?
Yes. If accepted, you’ll need to show proof of immunizations for: MMR, Hep B, Varicella, Influenza (current flu season), 2 step TB skin test (1-3 weeks apart), and Tdap. More information will be provided once accepted.
What else will I need to submit?
Upon program acceptance, current car insurance and health insurance coverage need to be shown.
What is the cost of this program?
The cost of the program, which includes books, materials and uniform, is $13,500 ($450 per unit). Students will also be required to pay for their field internship, which is approximately $1,000. Students are also responsible for paying a $100 non-refundable drug screening and background check fee at time of acceptance into the program. Total costs are approximately $14,600.
Is there a payment plan available?
No. Fees will be due to Sacramento State at specific times, as follows:
- The first payment will be $100, due if/when you’re accepted into the program
- The second payment will be $3,150, due at time of registration for NURS 51 and NURS 53: Part 1
- The third payment will be $3,600, due at time of registration for NURS 52 and NURS 54: Part 2
- The fourth payment will be $2,250, due at time of registration for NURS 55
- The fifth and final payment will be $4,500, due at time of registration for NURS 56
Payment is due at time of registration. You must register and pay for each course by the first day of the class. A $25 late payment fee will be assessed for those who register/pay after the first day of the course.
Lastly, you also need to pay for your internship directly with an agency, and their charges may vary. The typical cost for an internship can range anywhere from free to $2,500.
Is this program eligible for federal financial aid and student loans? Why not?
No, unfortunately this program does not qualify for financial aid or student loans. Sacramento State is only approved to offer federal financial aid to students that are enrolled in eligible degree programs. Students enrolled in the Paramedic Program would not qualify for federal financial aid. This includes the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Student Loans.
Do you accept VA/GI Bill funding?
Sacramento State’s Paramedic Program is approved by the Department of Veteran Affairs to certify enrollment for eligible veterans for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill and others. You will need to contact registration (916.278.5499) at the College of Continuing Education to get started with the appropriate veteran’s paperwork.
Clinical/Field Placements and Internships
Do I have to find my own clinical and field placements?
No, we have a Clinical Coordinator, Jeff Cooke and a Field Coordinator, Rick Hudson, who will assist in placing you in your internships.
Does your program offer concurrent clinicals?
Yes, students get to enter hospitals during the didactic portion of the program, which is really beneficial to learning and grasping the concepts from class.
When I’m in concurrent clinicals/clinical placement, what areas will I cover?
You will get to spend time in Triage, OR, Psych, Labor & Delivery, and the ER.
Do you have mentors for the clinical and field phase?
Yes, in addition to having a Clinical and Field Coordinator, we also have Clinical and Field Mentors. Each mentor will be assigned several students who they will mentor during those students’ clinical and field internships.
What are some of the hospitals you send students to for the clinical phase?
Sutter Auburn, Sutter Roseville, Kaiser Roseville, Kaiser Sacramento, South Kaiser (Sacramento), Sutter Memorial, Sutter General, Mercy San Juan, UC Davis, Woodland Memorial, Lodi Medical Center, Kaiser Oakland, Kaiser Vallejo/Vacaville, etc.
Where are some of the places you send students for field internships?
ALA, Consumes Cosumnes Community Service District Fire, Del Norte Ambulance (Crescent City), Diamond Springs Fire, El Dorado County Fire Department, Eureka City, Folsom City FIre Department, First Responder, Lake County Fire Protection District, Manteca District Ambulance, Medic Ambulance (Solano), Medstar Mendocino Ukiah, Metro West Portland Oregon, Mt. Shasta Ambulance, North Shore Fire Protection District, Oak Valley Hospital District, Paramedics Plus (Alameda County), Patterson District Ambulance, Penn Valley Fire District, Riggs Ambulance, Rural Metro, Sacramento Fire Department, Sacramento Metro Fire District, San Luis Ambulance, Sierra Nevada Ambulance, South Placer Fire District, South San Francisco Fire Department, Tuolumne County Ambulance, and Westside Ambulance Association.
How long is the program?
The average student finishes the program in approximately 12 months. It all depends on how many hours a week you put in during your clinical and field work. Some students finish under a year, and some take longer. Please note that courses administered by the College of Continuing Education (CCE) do not run on a semester-based schedule like the rest of the university. Classes during the didactic portion will be held at 4931 Arnold Avenue, Suit 150 McClellan, CA 95652.
What is the schedule like for didactic?
Class meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The start date of each program and end date of didactic is listed on the application (didactic is approx. 22 weeks long).
What certification is included in the program?
During didactic you will get certified in AMLS, BLS, ACLS, PALS and ITLS. There is no additional cost for these classes — they are included with the cost of the program. These certifications also help make you more of a marketable job candidate upon program completion.
Is coursework transferable to another college or university?
Yes, you will receive 30 units of academic credit that may be transferable as elective units.
Are students required to wear uniforms?
Yes, students are provided two uniform polos and one program job shirt (sweatshirt), and are required to purchase and wear Navy Blue Tactical Ripstop pants. Students are also required to wear black shoes and a black leather belt. Students are also provided scrubs to wear during the clinical portion of the program.
What are the required pants for the program and where can I purchase them?
You will need to purchase 5.11 Ripstop TDU pants in dark navy (style #74003). You can purchase them online or at a uniform store. If you purchase them at Blumenthal’s in Sacramento, mention that you are a Sac State paramedic student and you’ll receive a small discount.
Does the program provide job placement after graduation?
No, the program does not provide job placement. However, you will get a chance to network with other students who are already working as EMTs, as well as your instructors who all have careers working as a paramedic or firefighter. Also, your internships serve as a great opportunity to connect with professionals, which can open the doors to job opportunities.
What are some of the things that stand out about your program?
- All of our instructors are currently working in the field as either full-time paramedics on private ambulances or as firefighter/paramedics at city fire departments.
- We have our very own ambulance! Students get to run through real life scenarios on the ambulance.
- Right after didactic ends, our students will have the opportunity to attend a week-long Technical Emergency Response Training (TERT) in Anniston, Alabama. There is no cost to the student.
- We offer concurrent clinicals during didactic, which is very beneficial for student learning.
- During the didactic phase, students also get the opportunity to use the High-Fidelity Simulation Lab at Folsom Hall several times for skills practice and learning.
- Included in the cost of tuition is a one-day Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) Training.
- Students will also get the opportunity to participate in a cadaver lab at UC Davis.
Does the program have a Facebook page?
Yes, our URL is www.facebook.com/SacStatePHE.