Paramedic Preparation

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Available course dates

Course fee: $895 • Nonrefundable: $100


COVID update: In accordance with the University and public health guidance, the Paramedic Preparation course is currently delivered entirely online via Zoom.

This 50-hour course was designed to help prepare you for your paramedic education! Our course simulates the pace, method of instruction, and testing found in paramedic programs. We utilize lecture presentations, case studies, and examinations to help you gain a sound understanding of patient assessment, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, electrocardiography, and prehospital pharmacology.

This brief course will better prepare you for when you encounter these topics in the fast-paced paramedic education course. You will also learn about good study habits, be able to identify the subject areas that you need to focus on in the paramedic course, and have an opportunity to learn from the staff and faculty that also work with the UCLA Paramedic Education program.

If you successfully complete the course you can earn 50 hours of instructor-led CEU credit if you are a current EMT or paramedic.

This course is mandatory if you are accepted into the UCLA Paramedic Education program.


To take the Paramedic Prep course, you must have completed EMT training or be currently certified at or above the EMT level. The Paramedic Prep course builds on and does not review EMT materials. Students should have a firm grasp of EMT content to succeed in the course.

We recommend, but do not require, that you attend the online orientation on Friday prior to your Prep course. Details will be included with your enrollment.

Required Materials

The required textbook for the course is Nancy Caroline's Emergency Care in the Streets (Vol. 1 and 2), 8th edition. Please purchase the book before your class begins. The book is available for purchase online from the Public Safety Group (Jones & Bartlett). We do not have books for sale at the course location.

Other requirements

You must have a notebook for keeping notes and always bring a pen or pencil to class.

Please wear clean, well-fitting, conservative clothing that includes a collared shirt and slacks/skirt. Sponsored personnel may wear their department uniform, which must include a collared shirt.

Students are encouraged to attend the entire course. Students can only receive continuing education credit for the portions of the course they attend.