Program Overview

The Cuesta College Paramedic Program (CCPP) is a three-semester, full-time program offered on the San Luis Obispo campus. Paramedic training builds on a solid foundation of basic EMT knowledge and experience. This program prepares graduates to take the Paramedic National Registry licensure examination (NREMT-P) leading to licensure as a California Paramedic.

The CCPP trains graduates to acquire the knowledge and the ability to perform at a level which is higher than the current minimum standard.  Minimum expectations of Paramedic Program: to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Our training program prepares graduates to function as a beginning practitioner according to national standards.  As a professional, the paramedic recognizes the need to participate in continuing education opportunities and share knowledge with others in the field.

Licensing Exam and Pass Rates

Graduates of the CCPP are eligible to take the Paramedic National Registry licensure examination (NREMT-P) leading to licensure as a California Paramedic.

Cuesta College Paramedic Program NREMT-P Pass Rates     
 Report Year   2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017 
 Cohort: Cuesta College    2010-2011  2011-2012  2012-2013  2013-2014  2014-2015  2015-2016  2016-2017
 Paramedic    20  11  13  15  10  17  11
 NREMT-P Pass Rate    100%  100%  100%  100%  83%  94%  92%
 Total Cohort    20  11  13  15  12  18  12
 SLOCCCD  Set Standard      70% 


National Registry of EMTs, EMT Written Examination Results by Training Program:

Admissions & Application Information

Paramedic Program applications are accepted once a year.  It is the applicant's responsibility to follow current application instructions and meet all current requirements and due dates.  Be sure to plan ahead! Thoroughly read the current application instructions and prepare the required documents before attempting to submit your online application. 

Program Eligibility

All persons who meet general Cuesta College admission requirements and submit a program application meeting all requirements are eligible for admission. Applications are accepted online once a year during the designated application period. Eligibility does not guarantee admission. 

NOTE:  Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony may constitute grounds for denial of licensure.  Meet with the Director of Nursing to discuss any concerns before applying to the program.

Program Accreditation

The Cuesta College Paramedic Program became accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and earned approval by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) on July 25, 2008. Our program is due for program renewal on July 31, 2018.

Cuesta College is a member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

CCPP Mission Statement

The mission of the Cuesta College Paramedic Program is to provide the highest educational standards, for students preparing to become paramedics, in a supportive learning environment.  We strive to teach our students the highest quality of pre-hospital emergency care, with the expectation that each will practice the same standard of excellence that we hold for ourselves.  

We aspire to impart the importance of providing professional, non–discriminatory care for all people in their time of crisis. Our goal is to have our graduates enter their public servant careers as competent, ethical, confident entry–level health care practitioners who are committed to professional development through life–long learning .