Program Overview

The Cuesta College Paramedic Program (CCPP) is a three-semester, full-time program taught on the San Luis Obispo campus and generally runs from January through December. It is offered as either a Certificate or as part of a larger Associate of Science degree program (for current information, contact the Counseling department at 805-546-3143). The CCPP builds upon a solid foundation of basic EMT knowledge and experience, preparing graduates to take the Paramedic National Registry licensure examination (NREMT-P), leading to licensure as a California Paramedic.

CCPP graduates develop the knowledge and the abilities needed to perform at a level higher than the current minimum standard.  They are prepared to function as a beginning practitioner according to national standards.  Minimum expectations are that they will enter their public-service careers as competent, ethical, confident entry–level health care practitioners who are committed to professional development through life–long learning, as a professional paramedic who recognizes the need to participate in continuing education opportunities and to share knowledge with others in the field.

For program costs, see Estimated Paramedic Program Costs, then refer to the Financial Aid section below.

Program Requirements

Current (2019) program requirements are as follows:

  • High School graduation, a GED certificate, or a college degree
  • Pre-Requisite academic coursework in English, Math and Biology completed (or in-progress with expectation of completion).
  • California Certification as an EMT (or in-progress with expectation of certification)
  • Current Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer CPR certification

 (For more detailed information, read the "Paramedic Degree/Pathway" or the "Paramedic Application Instructions" sidebars above)

NOTE:  Conviction of a misdemeanor or felony may constitute grounds for denial of licensure.  Contact the Interim Program Director, Heather Tucker, at 805-546-3100 ext.2707, to discuss any concerns before applying to the program.

Admissions & Application Information

The application period for the 2020 program is currently closed.  The application for the 2021 program will open March 1, 2020.

CCPP applications are accepted once a year through an online application.  For more information about the program and application process, see the sidebar above, "Paramedic Application Information."  It is the applicant's responsibility to follow current application instructions and meet all current requirements and due dates.

All persons who meet general Cuesta College admission as well as CCPP requirements and who submit a complete program application will be considered for admission. Qualification to apply does not guarantee admission; admission is a selective process based on applicant eligibility and submittion of a complete application.

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

Various education funding soures are available.  In order to meet funding deadlines, applicants should apply for financial aid and/or scholarships sooner rather than later, and often BEFORE admission results are known.

Contact the Financial Aid Office (805-546-3143) for up-to-date information on application process and sources available. After applying for FAFSA, financial aid for federal and state funds, also complete a Cuesta College Scholoarship applcation Cuesta's Financial Aid page.  This puts you into the running for the Allied Health scholarships, ranging from $750 to $3,000.

Paramedic Program Certificate and A.S. Degree

All students who successfully complete the program are awarded a Certificate of Achievent in Paramedic, which allows them to take the NREMT-P exam and then become licensed in California. 

Students also have the option to pursue a Parameic Associate of Science degree.  Current informaiton can be found in the Cuesta catalog as well as obtaining detailed information from the Counseling department (805) 546-3138.  The General Education portion of the degree can be completed before or after the Paramedic portion, but you will need to talk to a counselor to determine the best schedule according to individual needs.

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 certified through 2025.

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).

Licensing Exam and Pass Rates

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

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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 the highest quality of pre-hospital emergency care to each student, 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 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.