Paramedic Program Information


Accreditation Program Cost Estimates Program Pathways Paramedic Program Pass Rates Program Overview


The Paramedic Program is offered by West Hills College Lemoore (WHCL) Health Careers Department and West Hills Community College District (The District). The WHCL Paramedic Program consists of a minimum 1090 hours of instruction, divided into three distinct semesters: theory/classroom instruction (minimum of 450 hours), clinical internship (minimum of 160 hours), and field internship (minimum of 480 hours). Upon successful completion of the program, the student is eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic examination, which is required for paramedic licensure in the State of California. West Hills College offers the opportunity for the student to continue their studies and obtain an Associate of Science Degree with Paramedic Major.

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the West Hills College Lemoore Paramedic Program is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Course Format

The WHCL Paramedic Program is designed to meet the unit and content requirements in the California Code of Regulations; Title 22. Division 9: Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Services; Chapter 4; Paramedic. Title 22 requires that all paramedic students who begin their education on or after January 1, 2013, and wish to obtain National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) National EMS Certification at the paramedic level, must successfully complete their paramedic education at an accredited program or one that is seeking accreditation sponsored by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

These courses will meet in a cohort format and will prepare the student to be eligible to take the Paramedic National Registry examination administered by the NREMT.

The purpose of the West Hills College Lemoore Associate of Science Degree/Certificate Paramedic Program is to prepare students to become not only eligible to sit for the examination but to be qualified emergency providers of care across the health/illness emergency continuum. The program respects the individuality of students and recognizes that each student has different educational, experiential, cultural, spiritual, economic and social backgrounds and a unique support system. The aim of the curriculum is to provide a positive, innovative learning model that fosters the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills so that the graduate paramedic is equipped to deliver care to a culturally diverse population in a variety of community emergency and health care settings. 

*Before submitting an application to ANY Health Careers Program, you must apply for admissions to WHC to obtain a Student ID Number and Student Email Address.


Paramedic Program Pass Rates

National Registry of EMTs Written and Practical Examination passing rate
2021: 84.2%

Retention Rate (percentage of students graduating from the program)
2021: 95.8%

Positive Placement (percentage of students who are employed as paramedics) 
2021: 100%



The Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP)
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088 
(214) 703-8445
FAX (214) 703-8992


Paramedic Program Core Pathways

EMT 52- Anatomy & Physiology for EMS is a 3 unit course and a prerequisite for paramedic program.  This class must be taken in order to qualify for admission into the Paramedic program.  

EMT - Paramedic AS

EMT - Certificate of Achievement


Program Cost Estimate
First Semester First Semester, 21.5 Units @ $46.00 per unit
(fall, August – December)
Health Examination and Related Immunizations and Titers $600.00
Student Uniforms and Accessories $400.00
Fingerprinting and Background Check $225.00
Books and Electronic Resources
(cost includes: main book, ECG book, AHA books, and FISDAP account)
Skills Lab Kit $250.00
First Semester Total: $3,364.00


Second Semester Second Semester, 13 Units @ $46.00 per unit
(spring, January – May)
Second Semester Total: $598.00


Third Semester Third Semester, 3 Units @ $46.00 per unit
(summer, May – August)
Third Semester Total: $138.00


Fourth Semester Fourth Semester, 11 Units @ $46.00 per unit
(fall, August – December)
Internship Fees
(third semester, paid to paramedic preceptor provider)
Fourth Semester Total: $2,006.00
Total Program Cost: $6,106.00

Please note if a paramedic student qualifies for any financial aid, the above pricing will vary. We strongly advise students to apply for financial aid. For more information, please visit the College Financial Aid site


Program Requirements and FAQ's

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    West Hills College Lemoore Health Career Programs only accept American Heart Association BLS for
    health care providers to be eligible to apply to or attending health career courses. To locate a class
    near you see the links and directions below.

    American Heart Association

    Looking for Classes?
    American Heart Association Basic Life Support Courses Near You

    1. Visit American Heart Association web site
    2. Find courses near you
      1.  Under Programs and Courses, click on See BLS course options
      2. Under Purchase Options-training centers, click on Locate a Training Center. Put in your zip code for classes near you.