The application period for entering the paramedic program is the month of March. Applications are only accepted throughout the months of March and April.
Paramedic Program Application
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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.
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.
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.
Official acceptance into the Paramedic Program is contingent upon the submission of the following forms on the respective due date (see Important Dates sheets):
- Apply to Bakersfield College
- Letter of Field Internship Sponsorship
- Students must use Kern County Providers for Field Internship:
- Hall Ambulance
1001 21st Street
Bakersfield, CA 93301
- Imperial Ambulance
22 N. Cottage Street
Porterville, CA 93257
- Liberty Ambulance
1325 West Ridgecrest Blvd.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
- Delano Ambulance
403 Main Street
Delano, CA 93215
- 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).
- Possess a current EMT-I certificate
OR have possessed a valid EMT-I certificate within the past twelve months
OR possess a NREMT-Basic registration
OR possess a current EMT-II certificate in the State of California
OR have possessed a valid EMT-II certificate within the past twelve months
OR be currently registered as an EMT-Intermediate with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
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.
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.