2020 Paramedic Program Application Information




Thank you for your interest in applying for the 2020 Program. While the application period is now closed, the following information may be useful to you in planning to apply for the 2021 program.

We are excited that you are applying to our program in order to become Paramedic first-responders.  As you know, paramedics must have the ability to follow directions, complete complex tasks and use available resources in a timely manner.   So please be aware:  your application is part of the program's selection process; an incomplete application WILL impact your admission into the program. We want you to succeed and have provided all the information you need for a successful application. We recommend you read the Application Instructions included in the Steps to Apply section below for expanded information and supplemental forms you may need to submit with your online 2020 program application.

2020 Program Paramedic Application Requirements:

See the Application Instructions for additional information.

  1. High school graduation or possession of GED certificate or college degree, as verified by official, sealed high school transcripts with graduation date posted, GED report, or equivalent; OR college transcripts with Associate Degree or higher.
  2. Completed academic pre-requisites with a grade of "C" or better, as verified by official, sealed college transcripts; OR Letter of Good Standing for each course in progress.
  3. Current California EMT certification (or proof of reasonable expectation to possess by 8/19/2019)

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, to discuss any concerns before applying.


2020 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

 * See the Application Instructions for important details regarding in-progress or yet-to-be-completed classes.

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

Steps to Apply:

1. Read all of the Application Instructions before you apply, as this page does not contain all pertinent information for submission of a complete application.

2. Apply for student admission to Cuesta College if needed.

4. Prepare supplemental documents/forms/verifications to upload with your online application (forms included in the application instructions):

 a. Copy of BOTH SIDES of your California Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification) or proof of reasonable expectation to possess by August 19, 2019 (see Instruction packet);
 b.  Letter(s) of Good Standing (to verify in-progress academic or EMT courses) (see Instruction packet);

5. Complete the 2020 Paramedic Program Application between 3/1/2019 and 4/30/2019 by 4:00 p.m. PST.  The link to the online application will be deactivated on 4/30/2019 at 4:00pm; no late or in progress applications will be accepted. Once started, applications cannot be saved, and supporting documentation must be submitted with your application.  ONCE SUBMITTED, NO CHANGES OR ADDITIONS CAN BE MADE TO YOUR APPLICATION. 

6.  Submit official, sealed transcripts for non-Cuesta prerequisite coursework, to be received by  no later than 4/30/2019 at 4:00 p.m. PST.  NOTE: Foreign Transcripts must be officially submitted no less than two weeks before the application deadline to allow sufficient time for processing. See the Student Services Transcript Submission page for more information.


For academic transcript/course equivalency questions, contact Adrienne Smith at (805) 546-3100, ext. 2555 or adrienne_smith@cuesta.eduFor questions about eligibility and degree requirements, contact CounselingFor other questions, contact Claire Hawkins at (805) 546-3100 x2283 or email claire_hawkins@cuesta.edu.