Apply to the Paramedic Program


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Important Dates To Know

01/11/2018 All online applications are due by midnight. Your TEAS score must also be submitted by midnight.
01/25/2018 & 01/26/2018 Interview sessions (you will sign up for one, not both). Business casual attire.
01/29/2018 Applicants will receive acceptance notification.
02/19/2018 Paramedic student orientation night (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.). 
02/26/2018 First day of instruction.

Please note: the fall cohort will meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m at 4931 Arnold Avenue, Suite 150 McClellan, CA 95652.

Test of Essential Academic Skill (TEAS)

The TEAS exam may be taken anywhere that it is offered (it does not have to be taken at Sac State). TEAS exams fill up quickly — if you plan to take it at Sac State, plan ahead as they fill up months in advance.

Sac State is currently offering three additional TEAS exams on January 5 (check in is at 8:30 a.m., exam starts at 9 a.m.), January 10 (check in is at 12:30 p.m., exam starts at 1 p.m.), and January 11 (check in is at 8:30 a.m., exam starts at 9 a.m.).  These exams are currently on the ATI website – to see these exams, you must list “CA State Sacramento” as your institution in your ATI account. When registering for an exam, select the “TEAS for Nursing exam.” The links for TEAS are provided below. 

Screening Process

Applications must be submitted by the deadline, along with your TEAS score. To learn more about the TEAS exam and how to register for an exam at Sac State click on the following link ( The TEAS exam serves as our entrance exam. You’ll want to select the TEAS for Nursing students exam, when registering for the exam through ATI. The score that you receive on the TEAS exam along with your education and EMT work experience will help determine your ranking. Once the application deadline passes, the applicant will be contacted via email by the program coordinator to confirm if they ranked in the top 60.  Applicants ranking in the top 60 will be invited to interview.

Applicants will receive acceptance notification via email the day following the interviews. Acceptance into the program will be based on four criteria: TEAS exam score (percentage divided by 10), EMT work experience (maximum of 5 points), education (maximum of 5 points), and interview score (maximum of 10 points).

The top 40 applicants (based on a maximum score of 30) will be accepted into the program. Applicants will have 48 hours to accept their spot in the program and pay their $100 background check and drug screening fee. The remaining applicants who interviewed and meet the criteria will be offered a spot on the waitlist. If you are on the waitlist, but not offered a spot in the current class, you will need to reapply to a future cohort.

For information on academic credit and university policies, please refer to the University Policy Manual.

Paramedic Program: Functional Job Analysis Standards

A career in paramedicine requires high levels of physical stamina and mental acuteness. In order to provide safe patient care, all students must display the ability to meet the functional job standards listed below.

Physical Stamina Frequency
Carrying and lifting includes: carrying equipment and patients who may weigh up to 200 lbs. each, moving patients from stretchers to examination tables, positioning arms and legs on tables, etc.  

Please  note:  The average patient weight ranges from 150 to 180 lbs. Weight to be manipulated may vary between 15 to 70 lbs. depending on the weight of the patient and part of the body. Arms may weigh 15 to 35 lbs, and legs may weigh 40 to 70 lbs. Lifting an entire patient is a two-person endeavor. True lifting required with help of coworker is estimated at 50 to 75 lbs.
Walking includes: pushing equipment such as mobile units, wheelchairs, and stretchers on both carpet and linoleum. C
Standing includes: standing for prolonged periods of time while setting techniques, positioning patients and positioning equipment. F
Bending and stooping includes: positioning patients, getting supplies from cabinets and assisting patients. F
Reaching and stretching, depending on the patient height, includes: adjusting tube controls and getting supplies from the cabinet. F
Dexterity is required. Fine motor skills and gross finger dexterity is required. Must be able to perform hand / eye coordinated maneuvers. F
Vision includes: average ability required for setting equipment and checking vitals. C
Hearing includes: average ability required for taking doctors’ orders over the radio/phone, and communicating with patients and doctors. Lip reading is not possible in surgical areas. C
Speaking includes: above average skills to communicate with patients, doctors and coworkers. C
Writing includes: the ability to fill out patient histories on requisition forms in English and complete other written communications. C
Mental Frequency
Function safely, effectively and calmly under stressful situations. C
Maintain composure while managing multiple tasks simultaneously. C
Prioritize multiple tasks. C
Social skills necessary to interact with patients, families, coworkers of the same or different culture. Must display respect, politeness, discretion and teamwork. C
Maintain personal hygiene consistent with ethical standards of the profession. C
Display actions and attitudes consistent with ethical standards of the profession. C
Exposure to blood-borne pathogens such as Hepatitis, HIV. F