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Old 03-05-2011, 03:47 AM   #1
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Paramedic Schools/Programs in Southern California


Hello,
I was wondering if anyone could provide any feedback on good, reputable Paramedic programs in Southern California. Like thousands of aspiring firefighters out here, I am looking to get a job. I was hoping to get hired as a firefighter/emt and then work toward paramedic. That's not working out so well. I want to come out of my training and have confidence that I am prepared for the job. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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Old 03-05-2011, 11:33 AM   #2
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I have heard good things about EMSTA, Palomar and Southwestern. I plan on attending EMSTA for medic school.
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Honestly man there's a lot of hype built up around certain medic schools because "firefighters go there." Also I'd caution you on going if your only doing it to become a firefighter. Every school requires a lot of commitment and time, and if your hearts not 100% into it it's gonna be difficult. Not to mention it's gonna show on every call you run. Here's a list of schools in the Southern California region that I know of starting in Bakersfield and moving south. Good luck to ya.

1) Bakersfield Community College
2) NCTI Santa Barbara, Riverside, and San Diego (Part-time school)
3) Crafton Hills
4) UCLA Daniel Freeman
5) PTI (LACFD's medic school, need an academy)
6) Mt. SAC (Has a reputation for being very difficult academically)
7) Riverside Community College
8) Saddleback Community College
9) Palomar Community College
10) Southwestern Community College
11) EMSTA (San Diego)
6) Saddleback
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Stay away from PTI.
Also to add to the list Ventura college (self taught program) good field training, but poor didactic.
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here is a link to accredited paramedic and EMT courses in cali and other states. every school has their own hype. people are going to say different things about each school.

http://www.jems.com/resources/direct..._Programs.html
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:32 PM   #7
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Thanks

Thank you for all of the responses. It will be a big help. To Rykielz, no doubt about being into it. I am. Becoming a Medic is a very important goal for me--for the main reason that I believe I will be great at it. I just wanted to get hired first to ease the financial strain that I have been to my wife. Thanks for looking out.

Again Thanks to all replies. I will begin looking in to each.

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Old 03-06-2011, 07:43 PM   #8
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If you have any specific questions on a school I am sure that those of us who attended them would be glad to answer (Mt. San Antonio College here).

Best of luck.

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Old 03-06-2011, 09:06 PM   #9
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I have heard good things about EMSTA, Palomar and Southwestern. I plan on attending EMSTA for medic school.
EMSTA, albeit a good program I hear, consider this; you will be paying $10K for a $24K a year job and that equates to paying off student loans for quite awhile. The current job opportunities for medics in SD right now are somewhat bleak, so after completing EMSTA you could find yourself jobless with a big student loan to pay off. I would suggest you try for Southwestern as a first option. If that does not work out, then EMSTA may be the way to go if you are willing to relocate out of SD. I do not mean to discourage your career plans, only offering some advice on things to think about.
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Stay away from PTI.
Also to add to the list Ventura college (self taught program) good field training, but poor didactic.
Ventura College has a degree in Paramedic Studies. Thats what I am taking.
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