Application Period

Applications are accepted year-round. Submit completed applications and supporting documents to Complete applications will be considered in the order they are received.

Licensure Eligibility

After successful completion of the Paramedic Program, students are eligible to take the National Registry paramedic level examination for licensure as a Paramedic; however, conviction of any offenses other than minor traffic violations must be reported to the Sacramento Emergency Medical Services Authority of California at the time of application for licensure.  For clarification contact their office at (916) 322-4336. For details, read the Paramedic Program Brochure.

Application Procedures

It is the student's responsibility to do the following things prior to the Program's enrollment period:

  • Obtain an application form from the Weill Institute, 2100 Chester Ave, Rm 125 (Fire/EMS Office) OR on this page.
  • Turn in the following necessary paperwork along with your application:
    • Completed application form
    • Copy of your current valid EMT-1 License
    • Copy of your California Driver' License
    • Copy of your current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card
    • Copy of your High School Diploma, High School GE equivalent or Official Sealed High School Transcript.
    • Letter or Email from an Ambulance Provider with commitment for your Field Training portion of the program.

Application Selection Process

In any Allied Health Program(s) which have more students qualified for application than space available, priority is provided to residents of the Kern Community College District.

Enrollment Procedure

Official acceptance into the paramedic training program is contingent upon the submission of a complete application, including all documentation required above, and successful completion of EMTC B60-Paramedic Preparation course.

Students whose applications are accepted will meet with the Public Safety Training Pathway Education Advisor or Counselor for enrollment in EMTC B60. When all pre-requisites have been met, students will be eligible to enroll in the next available cohort.

  • Apply to Bakersfield College
  • Letter of Field Internship Sponsorship
  • Students may use any Advanced Life Support Provider currently contracted with the program. Please contact the program for any additional provider not listed here.
    • Hall Ambulance
      1001 21st Street
      Bakersfield, CA 93301
      (661) 322-8741
    • Imperial Ambulance
      22 N. Cottage Street
      Porterville, CA 93257
    • Liberty Ambulance
      1325 West Ridgecrest Blvd.
      Ridgecrest, CA 93555
      (760) 375-6531
    • Life Star Ambulance
      234 N M St.
      Tulare, CA 93274
      (559) 688-2550
    • American Ambulance of Visalia
      2017 E Noble Ave
      Visalia, CA 93292
      (559) 730-3015
    • American Ambulance
      2911 E Tulare Ave
      Fresno, CA 93721
      (559) 443-5900

Paramedics Pre-Requisites

  • Possess a high school diploma or general education equivalent.
  • Possess a valid American Heart Association basic cardiac life support card according to the standards of the American Heart Association (Healthcare Provider).
  • Successful completion of EMTC B60 Paramedic Preparation
  • Possess a current EMT certificate
    OR have possessed a valid EMT certificate within the past twelve months
    OR possess a NREMT-Basic registration
    OR possess a current AEMT certificate in the State of California
    OR have possessed a valid AEMT certificate within the past twelve months
    OR be currently registered as an Advanced EMT with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Physical Examination

A physical examination completed by a physician of the student's choice is required when entering the Program to demonstrate that a student meets the following technical standards necessary to meet the Program objectives. Appropriate immunizations and/or vaccinations are also required and are performed at the student's expense.

Essential Technical Standards

Paramedic students must meet the following essential technical standards to ensure the safety and welfare of the patients, the healthcare team and themselves. A physical examination performed by a medical doctor determines whether a student meets the technical standards or any accommodations that may be necessary.

  • Standing and/or walking most of a shift
  • Bending or crouching several times per hour.
  • Lifting and carrying a minimum of 30 pounds several times an hour
  • Lifting and moving up to 300 lbs. with the assistance of 2-3 persons
  • Reaching overhead above the shoulder 90 degrees.
  • Utilizing eyesight to observe clients and manipulate equipment under various illumination levels.
  • Hearing to communicate with the patient and healthcare team.
  • Manipulating medical equipment and accessories, including but not limited to switches, knobs, buttons, keyboards, patient lines, and tubes, utilizing fine and gross motor skills.
  • Performing the assigned job responsibilities with the intellectual and emotional functions necessary to ensure patient safety and exercise independent judgment and discretion.
  • Utilizing sufficient verbal and written skills to efficiently communicate in English with the patient and healthcare team.
  • Utilizing the above standards/functions to respond promptly to the patient's needs and/or emergency situations.


As a condition of application in any Allied Health Program with a clinical laboratory component, students are required to submit to and pass a designated drug and alcohol screening and a comprehensive background check. These screenings are performed at the student's expense.

Licensure/Certification Eligibility

Conviction of any offenses other than minor traffic violations must be reported to the Sacramento Emergency Medical Services Authority of California at the time of application for licensure. For clarification contact the their office at (916) 322-4336.