Paramedic Program

Academic Units Sacramento1 year

Paramedic Program


The mission of the Paramedic Program is to provide excellent and innovative education that prepares paramedics who meet the needs of a diverse community. Our students are prepared for roles as clinicians, advocates, educators and leaders in the changing prehospital health care system. 

We believe in creating an environment in which faculty and students pursue the knowledge of prehospital care guided by our core values.


Time Management

Empathy Teamwork
Self-Motivation Diplomacy
Appearance Respect
Self-Confidence Advocacy
Communication Conscientiousness 


  • Receive 30 units of academic credit
  • Certification in BLS, ACLS, PALS, AMLS and ITLS
  • High-fidelity simulation skills practice for all major skill competencies
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) completion certificate through the Sacramento Regional Driver Training Facility
  • Anatomy and physiology dissection lab of a human cadaver
  • Class taught by active paramedics, currently working in the field representing all disciplines
  • Program accredited by CAAHEP upon the recommendation of CoAEMSP


The first section of the program is didactic (NURS 51, NURS 52, NURS 53 and NURS 54), 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 (NURS 55) 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 (NURS 56) 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. Upon successful completion of NURS 56, students will be required to complete a comprehensive final evaluation that also serves as NREMT test preparation.


Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. 

The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from Jason Hemler, 3000 State University Drive Sacramento, CA 95819, or by phone at 916-278-4846.