Paramedic Preparation

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Course fee: $895 • Nonrefundable: $100


This course is 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 assignments 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 you need to focus on in the paramedic course and have an opportunity to learn from the staff and faculty that 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. The UCLA Center for Prehospital Care is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California EMS (CEP #19-0307) and the California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP #12416).

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. 

Required Materials

The required textbook for the course is Nancy Caroline's Emergency Care in the Streets (Vol. 1 and 2), 9th edition. Please purchase the book before your class begins. You can purchase the book from the publisher, Jones & Bartlett Learning

Other requirements

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