What is the timeline for acceptance into the full-time, Fall paramedic program starting in August?

The best place to find specific dates for application, testing and acceptance is in the application packet for the program you want to enter. The general timeline breakdown for the Fall program is as follows: Applications due - late August Written Entrance Exams - mid September Oral Entrance Exams - late October Selection into Program - mid November Start Date - mid August Didactic (classroom) Portion - August to December Clinical Portion - January to March Field Portion - April to July End Date - mid July

What is the timeline for acceptance into the part-time, Spring paramedic program starting in January?

The best place to find specific dates for application, testing and acceptance is in the application packet for the program you want to enter. The general timeline breakdown for the Spring program is as follows: Applications due - early March Written Entrance Exams - early April Oral Entrance Exams - early May Selection into Program - mid May Start Date - mid January Didactic (classroom) Portion - January to June Clinical Portion - June to August Field Portion - September to December End Date - end December

What is the difference between the part-time and full-time programs?

During the didactic portion of the program students in the full-time program go to class four days a week (Monday-Thursday 9am-6pm) as opposed to three days per week in the part-time program (Tuesday-Thursday 9am-6pm).

How many times can I take the entrance exams for the program?

If you fail one or both of the written exams the first time you test, you will be allowed one more opportunity to pass the exams, but not until the next testing process. If you fail a second time, your application is expired and you will need to submit a new application to test again. If you pass the written exams but fail the oral testing component, you will be allowed one more opportunity to pass the oral exam, but not until the next testing process. If you fail a second time, your application will be expired and you will need to submit a new application to test again. If you fail any of the entrance exams and you wish to test again, you will be required to submit a written request to the paramedic program director or department secretary. Sample written request: January 23, 2008 I, John Doe, wish to have my application forwarded to the testing process for class 73.

Do I have to complete all three shots of the Hepatitis B vaccination series before I can apply to the program?

You must complete at least two (2) shots in the series prior to submitting your application to the program. You do not need to complete all three shots before you submit your application. However, you must submit proof of your 3 rd shot prior to the start date of the program to which you are accepted.

How often do I need to redo my vaccinations?

The tetanus vaccination is good for ten (10) years. The TB vaccination is good for one (1) year. All other vaccinations are good for an indefinite amount of time. It is important that you follow the guidelines given below when obtaining your vaccinations. These guidelines are given by our clinical providers and follow the CDC's recommendations. Required Immunizations - TB, MMR, Varicella, Hep B, Tetanus TB (PPD) - Must be current within last 12 months. - Positive PPD, or history of TB, require written chest x-ray clearance from MD within last 12 months. MMR - Measles, Mumps, Rubella - Those born before 1957 are considered immune. - Those born during/after 1957 must document the following: - Date of natural diseases, or - Proof of immunizations (1 or 2 doses), or - Positive titers NOTES: Must not get pregnant until 3 months after MMR vaccine given. Two doses recommended for those with recent measles exposure, those previously vaccinated in 1963-1967, students in post-secondary education, those who work in healthcare, and those who travel internationally. Varicella Series - Date of natural disease (all persons born between 1966-1997), or - Proof of immunizations (2 doses, shot # 2 at 4-8 wks), or - Positive titer. NOTES: Do not vaccinate women who are pregnant or might become pregnant within 4 weeks of receiving the Varivax vaccine. After vaccination, must wait at least 21 days prior to starting clinical rotation. HEPATITIS B SERIES - NO waivers or declinations will be accepted! - Must have had all 3 shots completed prior to starting clinical rotation. - Shot #2 must be given 1-2 months after shot #1, but no later than 4 mo. after shot #1. - Shot #3 must be given 4-6 months after shot #2, or - Positive titer. TETANUS - One dose booster every 10 years

Is there a specific form my doctor needs to use to document my physical?

Yes. You must use the Pre-Entrance Medical Clearance Form.

If I successfully complete the application and all the entrance exams, am I guaranteed a spot in the next paramedic class?

You are not guaranteed a spot. However, nearly half of our applicant pool fails one or more of the entrance exams. After the testing is completed we often have a small enough pool to accept everyone that successfully completed the exams. If we have too many qualified applicants the list of qualified candidates is sent to a representative for the private and public ALS providers in San Bernardino county. Each representative (1 for private and 1 for public) selects 10 candidates from the list. Those 20 candidates are guaranteed seats in the program. The remaining available seats will be selected using a lottery draw.