Course Details

Course Description

Our paramedic education course is offered in 2 formats: a traditional in-person course and our brand new Part-Time/Hybrid course, which combines online and in-person instruction in an extended, part-time format.

Both course formats are divided into three phases: didactic (classroom), clinical (in-hospital) and field internship (assigned to an active paramedic unit) for a total of 1230+ hours.

Didactic: Traditional program format (540 hours)

During this phase, cognitive and psychomotor learning occurs through lectures, interactive presentations, skills labs, and simulations.
You will attend class in person on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays (some Wednesdays too).  Classes typically meet from 8:00am to 5:00pm on lecture days and 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on skills days over 16 consecutive weeks.

Didactic: Part-time/Hybrid program format (540 hours)

In the part-time hybrid course, learning also occurs via interactive on-line modules, on-line instructional sessions, and on-line discussions. Synchronous (live) online sessions occur each Wednesday from 6-9pm Pacific time. On-line participation is required. Interactive online modules and quizzes can be completed anytime, but are due before midnight each Monday night. Students will come to campus for one long weekend per month consisting of Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The meeting times for on-campus days are 8am-6pm). Didactic (combined online and on-campus sessions) for the hybrid course runs for 32 consecutive weeks.

Clinical (both formats)

The clinical phase is approximately four (4) weeks in duration. The assigned tours of duty include day, evening, night, and weekends shifts so that the student will receive training and exposure that will closely simulate actual prehospital care functions. In the clinical segment, students are rotated through affiliated hospital clinical areas that may include an emergency department, anesthesiology rotation, etc. Students function on a one-to-one basis under direct supervision of a nurse or physician.

Field (both formats)

The field internship phase is approximately 8 to 12 weeks in duration and consists of a minimum of 20 assigned 24-hours shifts. During the field internship phase the student is assigned to an active affiliate paramedic unit. While in this rotation, the student will perform the full scope of practice of an EMT-Paramedic, under the direct supervision of at least one certified EMT- Paramedic with at least two years field experience. Field internships are arranged under the auspices of, in conjunction with, and are monitored by the UCLA Paramedic Education Program.
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Course Fees

The course fees for our two Paramedic program formats are:

  • Traditional format: $10,000
  • Hybrid (part-time) format: $16,000

For information on financial aid and payment plans, please see How to Pay for School. For information on estimating all related costs (housing, etc.), please visit Costs: What to Expect.

College Credit

Through a relationship between the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care (CPC) and the West Los Angeles College (WLAC), students successfully complete our traditional Paramedic course are eligible to receive academic credit (up to 36 units). College credit is not available at this time for our part-time Hybrid Paramedic course.

To be eligible for academic credit, each student must be enrolled into WLAC and pay the WLAC tuition of $360. For our accepted Paramedic students, enrollment is accomplished by completing a WLAC Enrollment Application and Add Permit. Paramedic students are enrolled into WLAC while in attendance in the Paramedic Course (not at the WLAC campus unless they are applying for financial aid). Designated enrollment dates will be announced in each class.

For additional information including associated fees, please review the College Credit information handout at the bottom of this page.

Program Accreditation

The UCLA Paramedic Education Program is part of the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care and is located within the Walter S. Graf Center, in its original Southern California location.

Our program was the first accredited program in the country, and is approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), the national accrediting body for all allied health programs, the State of California, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services EMS Agency.  (CAAHEP is at 1361 Park St., Clearwater, FL 33756. Ph: 727-210-2350.)

As always, our program is open and available to private students.  Students do not have to be affiliated with or sponsored by fire-service agencies in order to attend.