Paramedic, Certificate of Achievement

The goal of the Paramedic Program Certificate of Achievement is to provide a strong educational foundation so future paramedics can provide the highest quality pre-hospital emergency medical care. The Paramedic Program is designed to provide students with the education and experience to perform as competent, entry-level paramedics. The program consists of a minimum of 1,258 hours of instruction, which is divided into three distinct courses: didactic/classroom instruction (minimum of 400 hours), clinical lab (minimum of 212 hours), and field internship (minimum of 646 hours). Upon completion of the program, graduates earn a Certificate of Achievement and are eligible to take the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic examination (NREMT-P), which is required for paramedic licensure in the State of California.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to the role of an entry level paramedic.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of the entry level paramedic.
  • Demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry level paramedic.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

Required Core
EMMS 30Paramedic - Core11-14
EMMS 31Paramedic - Clinical4-7.5
EMMS 32Paramedic - Internship12.5-18.5
Total Units27.5-40

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
EMMS 30 Paramedic - Core 11-14
EMMS 31 Paramedic - Clinical 4-7.5
Year 2
EMMS 32 Paramedic - Internship 12.5-18.5
 Total Units27.5-40

Ready to Work!MPC “Ready to Work” Career Education programs offer students the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills needed for employment and job advancement.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss career pathways, for support with career exploration and planning, and to create a personalized education plan to help them meet their academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.

Additional resources are available through MPC’s Career & Transfer Resource Center (CTRC). The CTRC offers career resources, workshops, guidance and referrals. Visit the CTRC for support finding online career information and other resources to explore majors, occupations, and employment information.