2021 Paramedic Program Application Information


We are excited that you are applying to our program in order to become Paramedic first-responders. We will accept applications between March 1 and April 30, 2020, for the program beginning January, 2021.  We have provided all the information you need for a successful application process in the Application Instructions. They contain information and supplemental forms you may need to submit with your online 2021 program application (open March 1). We highly recommend that you review them ahead of time.  Be aware: the application itself is part of the program's selection process;   an incomplete application form or process will remove you from consideration for admission into the program. 

2021 Program Paramedic Application Requirements:

See the Application Instructions for additional information about the application process.

  1. High school graduation, GED certificate or Associate or above college degree, as verified by official, sealed high school transcripts with graduation date posted, GED report (or equivalent) or college transcripts.
  2. Completed academic pre-requisites with a grade of "C" or better, as verified by official, sealed college transcripts or college Placement Assessment results (Math/English only); OR Letter of Good Standing for each course in progress, with official transcript submitted after course completion.
  3. Current California EMT certification (or proof of reasonable expectation to possess by the end of the semester of program application.)

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


2021 Paramedic Program Minimum Prerequisite Coursework:

Semester Credit Minimum
Cuesta equivalent
Human Biology
BIO 212*    
College Reading and Writing
ENGL 156 or above
Elementary Algebra
MATH 123 or above

**While BIO 212 is accepted, BIO 205 (Human Anatomy) or BIO 206 (Human Physiology) is strongly recommended.


For information about eligibility, application process/status or general program questions, contact the Allied Health Program Specialist, Claire Hawkins at claire_hawkins@cuesta.edu or (805) 546-3100 ext. 2283.

For academic transcript/course equivalency questions, contact Adrienne Smith at (805) 546-3100, ext. 2555 or adrienne_smith@cuesta.edu

For questions about program pre-requisites, how to become a student at Cuesta, student education plans, degrees, or transferring to or from Cuesta, please contact Danny Lynch, at (805) 546-3100, ext. 2793, or (805) 546-3138, or email at daniel_lynch@cuesta.edu.  Office hours in Room 2721 on the second floor of the 2600 building are on  Wednesdays from noon-3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Appointments preferred but drop-in welcome. Other days and times are available by appointment through Counseling at (805) 546-3138 or walk-in within the 3100 building, Student Services.

For detailed questions about course material, processes, licensure or other program-related questions, please contact the Interim Program Director, Heather Tucker, at heather_tucker@cuesta.edu.