Emergency Medical Services
Paramedic Training Program
The Paramedic Training program at Las Positas College will be a for-credit college course program. College credit will be offered and the course will satisfy the requirements for academic credit towards their associate’s degree in EMS or a Certificate of Achievement through Las Positas College. As a course approved by the State Chancellor’s Office, Financial Aid is available if the student qualifies. The costs of the program will be charged at $46.00 per unit and there will be a Materials and Lab Fee of approximately $900 for I.V. catheters, uniforms, Scrub Suit, Course Certification card and fees for National Registry Paramedic Licensing Testing, ACLS, PALS. /PEPP, PHTLS, and TECC. The final Materials and Fees cost will be formalized over the Summer Session and posted in the Fall. Ambulance Providers that maintain an educational affiliation agreement with Las Positas College to provide Field Internship training may also charge a fee ranging from $1,000.00 to $3, 000.00 that is the responsibility of the Student.
The estimated total cost of the program ranges from $3,682.00 to $5,682.00.
Upon successful completion of the Las Positas College Paramedic Training Program, including the didactic, clinical, and field internship components, students will be eligible to sit for the licensing examination as a Paramedic with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).
The Paramedic training program prepares individuals to become paramedics. The Paramedic program at Las Positas College is a 18 month, special admissions program.
Classes will be announced in the Class Schedule for Fall of 2018.
The next cohort starts August 20, 2018. Admission is by special application only. Applications open April 1, 2018 and close June 15. 2018.
As a Special Admissions program, interested students and prospective applicants are required to have all the program pre-requisites completed at the time of application. In addition, due to requirements of the clinical training facilities, admitted students to the paramedic program must successfully pass a criminal background check and drug panel screening. Admitted students must also submit immunization records prior to course attendance showing verification of required vaccinations and or titers.
Prospective applicants must attend one of four offered orientation sessions on:
- Monday, February 19, 2018 from 0900-1200
Room 1726 (Parking Lot D)
- Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 0900-1200
Room 2450 (Parking Lot D or E)
- Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 1800-2100
Room 2201 (Parking Lot D)
- Friday, May 18, 2018 from 1800-2100
Room 1641 (Parking Lot C)
On Campus Parking for visitors cost $2.00 and tickets can be purchased from on-site vending machines.
At the orientation session, prospective applicants shall take a 100 question multiple choice examination based on final examination questions posed to emergency medical technician students. The score attained will be used as a ranking factor in the selection process. Applicants will have the opportunity during orientation to ask about pre-requisites, status of accreditation, or other questions they may have about the program.
Applicants are encouraged to enroll in an EMT Refresher class offered at Las Positas in the Spring of 2018. The Course number is EMS 91 CRN #32184 and will begin on March 16, 2018 and ends on April 13, 2018. The refresher class will be held on Fridays from 0800-1700 in Room 2201.
Applicants must also submit unofficial transcripts at the orientation session showing their GPA in EMS related courses, their overall college GPA, and a screen print of their priority registration group at Las Positas College.
Applicants must also be 18 years of age at time of the first class date in August of 2018.
There will be finite number of points available and assigned to EMS coursework GPA and College GPA. Points will also be assigned based on the score achieved on the 100 question multiple choice examination. Based on the points accrued, each applicant will be ranked and 30 offers of placement will be tendered to the 30 highest scoring applicants. The last five scores will be offered conditional placement if any member of the initial class of 25 students cannot meet the requirements of an admitted student such as failure to obtain immunizations, background clearance, or drug screening.
The admission points allocated will be as follows:
100 points for the multiple choice examination covering EMT topics
100 points for an EMS course related GPA of 4.0 in EMS 61/30 and EMS 81/20 at Las Positas College or Chabot College or equivalent.
80 points for an EMS course related GPA of 3.0 in EMS 61/30 and EMS 81/20 at Las Positas College or Chabot College or equivalent.
70 points for an EMS course related GPA or certification graded as Pass/No Pass from another community college, Post-Secondary Private Institution if a grade was not assigned. (Certification in the State of California as an EMT is a requirement of the program and the certification card itself is insufficient to use as points. Applicants must show a course completion certificate or transcript from their EMT training institution with a catalog or instructor statement that the course was taught PASS/NO PASS.)
OVERALL COLLEGE GPA
- 100 points for an overall college GPA of 4.0
- 80 points for an overall college GPA of 3.0
- 70 points for an overall college GPA of 2.0
- 30 points for an overall college GPA of 1.0
Points based on College GPA and EMS Course related GPA will be calculated proportionally
- BIO 50 Anatomy and Physiology
- EMS 62 Medical Terminology
- California State EMS Authority EMT Certification
(NREMT registration as an EMT is insufficient to satisfy this pre-requisite. Prospective applicants to the Paramedic Program seeking admittance to the Las Positas College Paramedic Program must seek CA State EMS Authority certification as an EMT in the State of California.)
Las Positas College Priority Group shall be assessed as follows:
- 100 points for the first Registration Group
- 95 points for the second Registration Group
- 90 points for the third Registration Group
- 85 points for the fourth Registration Group
- And 5 point increments for the fifth and subsequent Registration Groups.
The college will not require work experience nor hold interviews with any prospective applicant in order to maintain the selection process as merit based and objective in nature. Las Positas College maintains an atmosphere that is welcoming to all students and conducive to their academic and personal success. The College provides an environment free of all forms of harassment, in which all students and employees are treated with dignity and respect. Las Positas College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, physical ability, religious belief, or age in any of its policies, procedures or practices.
In order to apply, complete the downloadable application and submit it to Las Positas College 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore, CA 94551. Attention: Sebastian Wong
If you have any questions, it is preferable that you email Mr. Wong at:
You may leave a message for Mr. Wong at 925-424-1107
For additional information, please review the Frequently Asked Questions.
Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure
Use the link below to view Las Positas Community Colleges Federal Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program.
Passing the California Paramedic Licensing examination administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians is required at the conclusion of the program in order to work in California as a paramedic.
For more information please contact:
Dean of Academic Services
Math, Science, Engineering, & Public Safety
Fire Service Technology
Paramedic & EMT
This is a new program beginning Fall 2017; there is currently no data for passage rates. Passage rates will be posted after the first cohort has completed the program.
The Las Positas College Paramedic Training Program has been approved by the California State EMS Authority and the local EMS Agency, Alameda County EMS Agency until May 31, 2020.
The Las Positas College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). This accreditation is initial and expires on March 31, 2022.
To contact CAAHEP:
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088