2018 Paramedic Application Information:

The information provided below pertains to the 2018 application ONLY, and is subject to change in future applications.  It is provided for reference purposes only.

For complete application, eligibility, and admission information, read the entire Paramedic Application Instruction Packet included in the Steps to Apply section below. The instruction packet also includes supplemental forms to submit with your online application. Information is subject to change in future application cycles.

2018 Paramedic Program Prerequisite Coursework:

Semester Credit  Minimum
Cuesta equivalent
Human Biology
BIO 212*     (3 credits)
College Reading and Writing
ENGL 156* (4 credits)
Elementary Algebra
MATH 123* (5 credits)

*Higher level courses may be used in lieu of the listed prerequisite courses. For example: ENG 201A (English Composition); Math at a level higher than Elementary Algebra, such as Intermediate Algebra, Pre-Calculus and above; and Biology that emphasizes human body systems, such as BIO 205 (Human Anatomy) or BIO 206 (Human Physiology).

2018 Paramedic Application Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Official, Sealed High School Transcripts with graduation date posted, GED report, or equivalent; OR college transcripts with Associate Degree or higher.
  2. Official, Sealed College Transcripts for all prerequisite coursework completed with a grade of "C" or better; OR Letter of Good Standing for coursework in progress.
  3. Current California EMT certification
  4. EMT Work Experience Form or Approved Equivalency*:
  • 6 months full-time Emergency Medical Technician experience with an Emergency Medical Service provider OR
  • 1,000 hours of part-time and/or volunteer Emergency Medical Technician experience with an Emergency Medical Service provider OR
  • Equivalency applicants must submit both the Personal Statement and Work Experience Equivalency Form. See application instruction packet for details, directions and required forms. *Work experience is preferred but not required. Equivalency applicants should contact the Paramedic Program Director, Mike McDonough, for advising prior to applying: michael_mcdonough@cuesta.edu
  • Note: Only hours within the past 24 months will be counted towards EMT work verification hours. Fire Academy does not meet this criterion. 

2018 Steps to Apply:

1. READ the entire Cuesta College Paramedic Application Instruction Packet (pdf) before you apply for detailed application instructions and due dates. (The deadline for prerequisite coursework in progress has been extended. Applicants with prerequisite coursework in progress during the Summer 2018 semester are advised to contact the paramedic program director, Mike McDonough for information on program eligibility and how to submit your application:
email:  michael_mcdonough@cuesta.edu ; phone: (805) 546-3100, ext. 2910).

2. APPLY for student admission to Cuesta College.

3. CONTACT the Counseling Department for questions about prerequisites, course equivalencies from other colleges, etc.

4. SUBMIT official, sealed transcripts, for prerequisite coursework completed at colleges other than Cuesta, to the Cuesta College Admissions and Records by the application due date.  NOTE: Foreign Transcripts must be officially submitted no later than two weeks before the application deadline to allow sufficient time for processing.

5. PREPARE the following supplemental documents/forms to upload with your online application (forns included in the application instruction packet):

 a.  Proof of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification
 b.  EMT Work Experience Verification & Employer Letter(s)
 c.  Work Experience Equivalency (Work Equivalency applicants only)
 d.  Personal Statement (Work Equivalency applicants only)
 e.  Letter of Good Standing (Applicants with prereq courses in progress only)

6. COMPLETE the 2018 Paramedic Online Application and click the 'Submit Application' button at the bottom of the form between March 1 and April 30 by 4:00 p.m.  Plan ahead to submit early!  The link to the online application will be deactivated on April 30th at 4:00pm; no late or in progress applications will be accepted. All applicable supporting documentation must be submitted at the same time you submit your application and by the application deadline.  Once started, applications cannot be saved so prepare all information and documents before you start. ONCE SUBMITTED, NO CHANGES OR ADDITIONS CAN BE MADE TO YOUR APPLICATION. Be sure to print a copy of your application for your records!

7.  REFER to the Paramedic Application Instruction Packet for important and time-sensitive information including notification dates regarding eligibility and admission status.


For technical questions about the onilne Paramedic application, contact Adrienne Smith at: adrienne_smith@cuesta.edu,  or call (805) 546-3100, ext. 2555.  For questions about eligibility and requirements, contact CounselingFor any other questions, contact Jenny Anderson in the Nursing/Allied Health office:  (805) 546-3100, ext. 2283.