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Paramedic Program Overview

Paramedics work as advanced life support providers in fire departments and ambulance companies. They are the highest level of prehospital medical provider. Paramedics provide life saving treatment such as IV access and fluid resuscitation, medication administration, cardiac monitoring including 12-lead EKGs, and other advanced procedures and assessment.

The Program is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs and approved locally by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency.

Graduates of our Program have over a 90% first-time pass rate on the licensing examination and over 95% of our graduates are employed within 6 months of becoming licensed.

The Paramedic program is full-time and takes approximately seven months to complete. Classes generally meet Monday through Friday for the classroom phase for approximately three and a half months. This is followed by the clinical internship which is scheduled at local area hospital emergency department for about 4-6 weeks. The program culminates with a minimum two-month field internship on an emergency ambulance with a busy fire department in Los Angeles.

To learn more about the program attend a free Paramedic Program Student Information Session. The information session is a great opportunity to learn about: career opportunities in Emergency Medical Services, what the program offers, program prerequisites, how to apply and be a successful candidate, how to succeed as student, earning college credit, financial resources, and much more.  The information is presented in an easy and friendly format. Program staff and faculty are present to answer all questions. To register for a FREE session, simply visit for a list of available dates.

Admissions / Prerequisites

Interested students must complete a UCLA Paramedic Program Application to be considered for the Program. For an application visit or contact UCLA at (310) 267-5959. Minimum requirements include:

  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider CPR card
  • State of California EMT certification with 6 months minimum work experience as an EMT at the time you submit your application. Those working as life guards and emergency room technicians qualify if you use your EMT certification and provide care to patients.
  • Receive a qualifying score on the Program's entrance exam including a written EMT test and the online Wonderlic Examination.  The Wonderlic is a written examination that tests a students' ability in math and reading comprehension.  Test scores are valid for two years from the date you complete the exam.  You can sign up for the exam at:
  • Receive a qualifying score on the application review that may include an in-person meeting with program faculty.
  • Complete UCLA’s Paramedic Preparation course (

The paramedic program is offered 3 times each year starting in January, May and September. Applications are due 4-5 months prior to the start of the program.  You can find the online application and deadlines at  

Again, to learn more about program prerequisites and how to be a successful candidate attend a free Student Information Session. To obtain additional information about the session and to register for FREE, visit

Course Requirements

All Paramedic courses are offered through UCLA. Enrollment is limited to students that have been accepted to the UCLA Paramedic Education Program. WLAC enrollment for these classes will take place at the start of the paramedic program. Your professor will guide you through the process to concurrently enroll in these courses at UCLA.

  • ALD HTH 43CO Anatomy & Physiology for Emergency Healthcare Personnel (4 units)
  • ALD HTH 44CO Introduction to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems (2 units)
  • ALD HTH 45CO Patient Assessment & Airway Management (2 units)
  • ALD HTH 46CO Cardiac and Medical Emergencies (6 units)
  • ALD HTH 47CO Emergency Response to Crisis/Trauma (4 units)
  • ALD HTH 48CO Medical Emergencies and Pharmacology (5 units)
  • ALD HTH 49CO Hospital Clinical Internship (4 units)
  • ALD HTH 50CO Field Internship (9 units)


Students completing the paramedic program will be eligible to sit for the licensing examination offered by the National Registry of EMTs on-site at UCLA. The Paramedic Program's students have an over 90% first-time pass rate on the national certifying examination. Your professors will walk you through the licensing process. For more information on the certifying examination visit


  • $9,500 Instruction and facilities fee paid directly to UCLA
  • Application/Test Registration Fee ($50/$50)
  • Textbooks (approx. $480)
  • Laboratory materials (approx. $35)
  • Clinical uniform (approx. $75)
  • Certification/Licensure Fees (approx. $612)

Because these courses are short-term and are not offered over the traditional 16-week semester, Financial Aid may only be secured by WLAC Students if the student qualifies for Federal Financial Aid.  Financial Aid application and enrollment instructions are given to students when they are accepted into the Paramedic program.