LP Research Resources January 23, 2018

College of the Siskiyous Paramedic Education Program

The College of the Siskiyous is located in Weed, California at 800 College Ave. The campus is near the Mt. Shasta Brewing Company and is easily accessible off highway 5 or 747. The college offers an EMT-Paramedic course of study to individuals that qualify for the program. There is limited admission into the College of the Siskiyous paramedic program.

Program Information

The paramedic EMT education program offered through the college offers a four-part schedule. The first course is theory 1 A, followed by theory 1 B, both of these courses are didactic training, which includes classroom instruction. The third part of the course is the clinical session, followed by the fourth session, which is a field internship. The total number of units required to complete the course is 40. Students that wish to obtain an Associate’s Degree will need to complete the required general education courses.

The paramedic training certification program includes both didactic and clinical skill experiences. The paramedic program provides high excellence for education in the ability and science of pre-hospital advanced life support EMS care.


Program Prerequisites

To enter the College of the Siskiyous courses of study for Paramedicine, prospective students must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. It is also highly recommended to have at least one or two years of experience as an EMT. Other requirements include:


  • must have a valid driver’s license
  • must pass a background check
  • must have current immunization records
  • pass a physical examination
  • must pass drug screening –  and stay drug free
  • must be EMT certified prior to entering paramedic program
  • may not have received a dishonorable military discharge
  • must have successfully completed Math 0830 and English 0896
  • must hold a current CPR card

Important Traits

The College of Siskiyous also recommends these character traits to students considering a career in the EMS field:

• capability to compile information
• capability to learn and understand procedures
• capability to visualize objects from pictures, drawings, and descriptions
• talent to work with accuracy
• possess physical coordination
• a gift to work well with people
• ability to make judgments using experience
• ability to work under stress from having to deal with emergency situations

Additional Information

Students must obtain a permit to register through the Career and Technical Education program.

Once the EMS program is successfully completed, students will be qualified to take the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Examination (NREMT).

Once admitted into the program, students must obtain malpractice insurance from NCTI and purchase all materials needed for the class such as books, uniforms, and other supplies. The cost of these materials will be approximately $2900. In addition, students will be required to pay current tuition fees prior to the first days of classes.

Contact Information

College of the Siskiyous
Weed Campus
800 College Avenue
Weed, CA 96094
(530) 938-5555
(888) 397-4339

For application information, potential students may contact the Career and Technical Education Department office at (530) 938 – 5512 or by email at cteinfo@siskiyous.edu.