Nursing & Allied Health Department

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

 
Nursing/Allied Health Home

Program & Course Information        Resources                        

 

Nursing & Allied Health Department       

SLO - (805) 546-3119

NCC - (805) 591-6200 ext. 4426

                Current Students

                Prospective Students

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Admissions and Records: (805) 546-3140 or Admissions and Records

Academic Counseling: (805) 546-3138 or Counseling


PROGRAMS & COURSES

   

NURSING

Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)

Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN)

Registered Nursing (RN)

ALLIED HEALTH

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Medical Assisting

Paramedic

Phlebotomy

Psychiatric Technician

 
   

 

 NURSING  

 

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

The CNA course is a 9 week course offered on our North County campus in Paso Robles, CA, during the first half of the spring and fall semesters. Successful completion of this course qualifies the student to apply to take the test for CNA certification. Upon passing the CNA certification test, the student is prepared for employment in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities or private duty nursing at the Nursing Assistant level.

CNA students complete more than 150 hours of lecture and clinical time in this course. NAST 148 is the lecture portion of the class, and covers techniques of communications, understanding behavior and identification of ethical issues in patient care. Basic patient care skills such as transferring, positioning, feeding, bathing, bed making and taking vital signs prepare students for clinical experiences in local extended care facilities.  

NAST 148L is the skills portion of the class, where students apply principles of basic nursing care to patients and clients of all ages in skilled nursing and acute care facilities.  This class gives the student an opportunity to determine if they enjoy working in healthcare.  It can be the final step or the beginning of a career ladder in healthcare. The successful completion of this program entitles the student to take the CNA certification examination.

NAST 148 and NAST 148L are co-requisites and must be taken simultaneously

This course is offered at the Paso Robles Campus only

Clinical rotations may be scheduled in Paso Robles and/or San Luis Obispo (see class schedule)

 

Estimated Cost Sheet for the CNA Course

 

 NAST 148 PREREQUISITES

Students registered in NAST 148/148L will receive an enrollment packet in the mail, a month prior to the start of class.  This completed packet must be submitted to the instructor on or before the first day of class; with exceptions made for students that are added on the first day.  Certified Nursing Assistant students may not participate in patient care without a completed enrollment packet on file in the Nursing and Allied Health Department Office

The Department of Health Services requires individuals to have a valid social security card/number for certification purposes. Completion of the Certified Nursing Assistant enrollment packet will require this information.

 NAST 148 - OTHER REQUIREMENTS

 

The enrollment packet will include specific forms and instructions that will help students understand and comply with the following course requirements.

 

All CNA Students must:

  • Have Live Scan fingerprints processed at Cuesta College (free to registered students and processed on the San Luis Obispo campus - a valid social security card and photo ID are required for this).

  • Submit a completed Department of Health Services Application for Certification.

  • Submit the completed physical exam form, provided in the packet. The physical exam must be completed by a healthcare professional.

  • Provide verification of being able to lift 50 pounds repetitively unaided (to be verified during physical exam completed by healthcare professional).

  • Submit verification of TB skin test.

If at  any time, a student's physical or emotional health is such that it is a potential threat to the well being of a patient or themselves the student will be asked to withdraw from the class.

Students must bring the following to class:

1.  Textbooks and syllabus obtained at the College Bookstore.
2.  Large 3-ring binder, pencil/pen, small pocket note pad, small pocket dictionary.

3.  Wristwatch with sweep second hand.

Students must have:
            Transportation to and from clinical assignments.

 HOW TO REGISTER

1. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with an academic counselor:

    Cuesta College Academic Counseling Department
2. Complete registration as soon as possible.

 

Questions? Call the San Luis Obispo Campus Office at (805) 546-3119.

For more information contact Fay Johnson, the Nurse Assistant Full-Time faculty/instructor.

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  Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN)

 

The Cuesta College Licensed Vocational Nursing program prepares students for entry-level vocational nursing positions in a variety of healthcare settings. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National Vocational Nursing Licensure examination (NCLEX-PN). Passing this exam is required to be employed as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, and must be taken at the applicant's expense, upon successful completion of all program requirements.

The LVN Program at Cuesta College is a full time program that requires a commitment of rigorous study for one year. This program is offered on our North County campus, located in Paso Robles.  Students attend classes and clinical rotations five days a week for 6-9 hours each day.  If accepted into the LVN Program, students are expected to maintain a flexible schedule in order to accommodate the scheduling demands of the clinical rotations.  Students must have reliable transportation and be prepared to potentially drive as far south as Arroyo Grande and as far north as King City.

Students interested in applying to the Licensed Vocational Nursing program are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic counselor before registering for program prerequisite courses. Please contact the Counseling Department at 805-546-3138

 

To view Cuesta College's LVN program licensure exam (NCLEX-PN) pass rates click here.  

 LVN PROGRAM ACCREDITATION

The Cuesta College Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) Program received full accreditation on April 12th, 2007 by the Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians.

 

 LVN PROGRAM PRE-REQUISITES

 

Eligibilty Requirements:

  • HS Diploma or GED

  • Current California CNA certificate (must be submitted by the application due date)

 Prerequisite Courses:

  • BIO 212* - Human Biology

  • ENGL 156* - College Reading and Writing

  • MATH 007* - Pre-Algebra

*Higher level courses may be used in lieu of the listed prerequisite courses. For example: BIO 205 (Anatomy) or BIO 206 (Human Physiology), ENG 201A (English Composition), and/or Math at a level higher than Pre-Algebra, such as Algebra, Pre-Calculus and above.

 

 

 

Prerequisite coursework must be completed by the date stated on the application with a grade of "C" or better. Math and English Assessment test scores will NOT be accepted in place of coursework. 

To ensure you have met  the above prerequisite requirements and are eligible to apply to the LVN program, make no assumptions about course equivalencies.  Applicants who have completed any of the above prerequisite courses at colleges other than Cuesta should have their courses evaluated for equivalency by a Cuesta College Counselor.   You may begin the course equivalency process by contacting a counselor at 805-546-3138, and completing and submitting a Pre-LVN Course Equivalency form, along with required documentation to the Counseling office (address is provided on the form).  Contact the Counseling office with any questions. 

 ELIGIBILITY AND FINAL PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE REQUIREMENTS

All persons who submit a complete LVN application packet, and who meet the general Cuesta College admission requirements, LVN program prerequisites and additional Vocational Nursing Program admission criteria, are eligible for admission into the LVN Program. 

In the event that there are more eligible applicants than spaces available in the program, a computerized random selection of all the eligible applicants will be used to determine admission.  Applicants are admitted once a year into the year-long LVN program, and must re-apply each year if they are not selected for admission. 

 LVN PROGRAM ESTIMATED COSTS

Estimated cost sheet for LVN Program

In addition to anticipating the actual cost of the LVN program, incoming LVN students must realistically plan their personal living and transportation expenses for this full-time, year long program. It is strongly recommended that students closely evaluate  their financial circumstances and plan accordingly.

 LVN PROGRAM CURRICULUM

 

Licensed Vocational Nursing: Cuesta College Curriculum
First Semester Credits
LVN 101 - Fundamentals Theory and Basic Nursing 5.0
LVN 101A - Fundamental Skills 5.0
LVN 101AL - Fundamental Skills Lab 1.5
LVN 101B - Fundamental Clinical 2.5
Second Semester Credits
LVN 102 - Maternal Child and Intermediate Vocational Nursing Theory 6.0
LVN 102A -Intermediate and Medication Skills 5.0
LVN 102AL -Intermediate and Medication Skills Lab 1.5
LVN 102B - Maternal/Child and Intermediate Clinical 5.5
Third Semester Credits
LVN 103 - Advanced Vocational Nursing 6.0
LVN 103A - Advanced Skills Vocational Nursing 5.0
LVN 103AL - Advanced Skills Lab for Vocational Nursing 1.5
LVN 103B - Advanced Vocational Nursing Clinical 5.5
Total LVN Program Credits 50.0

 OTHER IMPORTANT LVN PROGRAM INFORMATION 

BACKGROUND CHECK AND DRUG SCREEN REQUIREMENT:   The Cuesta College Licensed Vocational Nursing Program complies with state laws, regulations, and agency policies which require all students to complete a Background Check and Drug Screen. 

Students admitted to the LVN program are required to complete a Background Check and Drug Screen, at their own expense, before they are able to begin clinical and internship rotations in the facilities of our community partners. If a student is denied access to our clinical agencies because of his/her background check and/or drug screen results he/she will become ineligible to continue participation in the LVN program. Information on how to obtain the required background check and drug screen will be given to students prior to entering the program.

Conviction of a felony or any offense substantially related to the qualification, functions and duties of a licensed vocational nurse may constitute grounds for denial of licensure.

Background Check and Drug Screen Policy at Cuesta College

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: A physical exam and all required immunizations must be completed, at the students' expense, prior to final acceptance into the LVN program. A physical examination form, to be completed by a healthcare practitioner, will be provided to all accepted students.

If at  any time, a student's physical or emotional health is such that it is a potential threat to the well being of a patient or themselves the student will be denied admission or asked to withdrawal from the program.

Students must be able to lift 50 pounds repetitively unaided

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 REGISTERED NURSING (RN)

The Registered Nursing Program at Cuesta College provides graduates with an Associate in Science Degree in Registered Nursing (ADN). The curriculum is based on caring. A variety of clinical settings and diverse faculty give students a well-rounded education. Students in the program participate in community based internships and preceptorships. Students are given the tools to become successful members of a healthcare team and are encouraged to continue their education after graduation.

 

The Cuesta College Registered Nursing program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). Passing this exam is required to be employed as a Registered Nurse and must be taken at applicants’ expense, upon completion of all program requirements.

To View Cuesta College's NCLEX-RN Licensure Pass Rates click here

 RN PROGRAM ACCREDITATION 

The Cuesta College ADN Program is accredited by the California Board of Registered Nursing.  Cuesta College is an accredited member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  All courses and curricula have been approved by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Click on the links below for answers to our most frequently asked questions:

RN Program FAQ

TEAS V FAQ

 

 RN PROGRAM PREREQUISITES

The following courses must be completed before applying to the RN Program at Cuesta College:

            Prerequisite Courses:                    Semester credits:             Cuesta equivalent:

  1. Microbiology, including lab 

4.0 credits minimum

BIO 204 (5 credits)

  2. Human Anatomy, including lab

4.0 credits minimum

BIO 205 (4 credits)

  3. Human Physiology, including lab

4.0 credits minimum

BIO 206 (5 credits)

  4. English Composition

3.0 credits minimum

ENGL 201A  (4 credits)

 

  Grades of C- or lower are not accepted

-   A combined GPA of 2.5 or higher is required in the science courses

-   Online and Distance Ed science labs are not accepted

-   Repeats in science or English course requirements will subtract points in your criteria score.  

-   Repeats include grades of C-, D, F, I, U, W.  Three or more repeats makes an applicant ineligible* to apply.

 

Applicants who have completed any of the above prerequisite courses at colleges other than Cuesta are STRONGLY ADVISED to have their courses evaluated for equivalency by a Cuesta College Counselor.  To ensure you have met  the above prerequisite requirements and are eligible to apply to the RN program, make no assumptions about course equivalencies. 

 

You may begin the course equivalency process by contacting a counselor at 805-546-3138, and completing and submitting a Pre-RN Course Equivalency form, along with required documentation to the Counseling office (address is provided on the form).  Contact the Counseling office with any questions. 

 

 PRIORITY REGISTRATION FOR PRE-RN MAJORS

Pre-Nursing majors currently enrolled at Cuesta College may qualify for Priority Registration in Bio 204 (Microbiology) and Bio 206 (Human Physiology).  Contact the Counseling Department at 805-546-3138 to learn more about this opportunity and to find out the deadline to meet with a Counselor.  The pre-RN Priority Registration policy can be viewed here:  Pre-RN Priority Registration Policy

 RN PROGRAM ESTIMATED COSTS

To view a detailed list of estimated costs associated with the RN program, click here. 

In addition to anticipating the actual cost of the RN program, incoming RN students must realistically plan their personal living and transportation expenses for this full-time,  2 year program. It is strongly recommended that students closely evaluate  their financial circumstances and plan accordingly.

 ELIGIBILITY FOR RN PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE

All persons who submit a complete RN application packet, and who meet the general Cuesta College admission requirements, RN program prerequisite requirements and final RN Program admission criteria, are eligible for admission into the RN Program.  Note:  being an eligible candidate does not guarantee admission

 RN PROGRAM CLASS SELECTION AND MULTI-CRITERIA POINT ALLOCATION

Students are selected for admission based on a multi-criteria screening process established by the California Community College Chancellor's Office.  Program admission is offered to the highest scoring eligible applicants out of 100 possible points.  If there is a tie among applicants, a computer random selection will break the tie and finalize the ranking of applicants. Applicants who are not admitted to the program will need to reapply during the next application period; there is no wait list for the RN program.  A multi-criteria score is determined for each applicant based on:

  • Academic degrees, licenses, relevant certificates

  • Prerequisite coursework GPA

  • Science/English repeats

  • Work or volunteer experience in healthcare

  • Life circumstances

  • Language proficiency

  • TEAS V test score

RN MULTI CRITERIA AND POINT ALLOCATION FOR FALL 2015 ADMISSION

 

 INELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

·     Applicants are ineligible for admission in the following situations:

1.     A combined prerequisite science GPA of less than 2.5, or a combined math and English GPA of less than 2.5.  If you are
        ineligible for these reasons, contact the Counseling department for academic planning and advisement on how to become an eligible 
        applicant in the future.  A GPA calculator is available at:
http://www.cuesta.edu/student/counseling/tools.html\

2.     Three or more repeats in the prerequisite courses.  Repeats include grades of C-, D, F, I, U and W.   Applicants may appeal their
         ineligibility for excessive repeats in cases of extenuating circumstances by submitting the Request for Appeal/Petition to Waive Point
         Deductions form included in this packet.  Instructions are on the form. Not all appeals are granted.

3.     Any hold on your Cuesta student account.  All holds must be cleared by the application due date in order for the applicant to
        remain eligible for program admission in the current application cycle. In situations of financial hardship, applicants may appeal their
        situation by submitting the Request for Appeal/Petition to Waive Point Deductions form included in this application packet.  Instructions
        are on the form. Not all appeals are granted.

4.     Incomplete applications and those postmarked after the application due date.

5.     Failure to meet TEAS V requirements. 

6.     Failure to meet deadlines, final admission requirements and/or respond to time sensitive emails sent to their myCuesta email
        account.

7.     Failure to submit official, sealed transcripts for ALL required coursework by their due dates and from ALL colleges and
        universities attended other than Cuesta
even for non-program prerequisites, even if you withdrew

 

RN PROGRAM CURRICULUM AND OTHER PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Registered Nursing: Cuesta College Nursing Curriculum

First Semester

Credits
NRAD 201 - Foundations of Nursing/Caring  2.0
NRAD 201A - Nurse Caring Concepts  2.0
NRAD 201B - Nurse Caring Practicum I  5.0
NRAD 201D - Decision Making Data I  2.0
NRAD 120 - Supplementary Nursing Skills Practice 0.5

Second Semester

Credits
NRAD 202A* Nurse Caring Family Concepts 3.0
NRAD 202B - Nurse Caring Practicum II  8.0
NRAD 202D - Decision Making Data II 2.0
NRAD 120 - Supplementary Nursing Skills Practice 0.5
Third Semester Credits
NRAD 203A - Nurse Caring Concepts III 2.0
NRAD 203B - Nurse Caring Practicum III  5.0
NRAD 203D - Nurse Caring for Medical-Surgical Clients  2.0
NRAD 120 - Supplementary Nursing Skills Practice 0.5
Fourth Semester Credits
NRAD 204 - Nurse Leadership/Management 1.0
NRAD 204A - Nurse Caring Concepts for Clients Psychiatrically at Risk 2.0
NRAD 204B - Nurse Caring for People at Risk Practicum  6.0
NRAD 204D - Nurse Caring for People at Risk Concepts  2.0
Total Nursing Curriculum Credits 45.5

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED COURSES:

In addition to the four prerequisite classes and the two year (four semester) RN curriculum listed above, the following courses must be completed in order to graduate with an Associate Degree and take the National Council Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

 

Associate Degree required courses      Board of Registered Nursing required courses

History/Political Science

(American Institutions)

Introduction to Sociology           

Humanities/Arts

Speech/Communication

Intermediate Algebra  (or higher)

General Psychology

Beginning with the fall 2014 application, the above courses must be completed before the program begins in order for an applicant to remain eligible for admission.

 OTHER IMPORTANT RN PROGRAM INFORMATION 

BACKGROUND CHECK AND DRUG SCREEN - Students admitted to the RN program are required to complete a Background Check and Drug Screen, at their own expense, before they are able to begin clinical and internship rotations in the facilities of our community partners.

Cuesta College Registered Nursing Program complies with state laws, regulations, and agency policies which require all students to complete a Background Check and Drug Screen.

Background Check and Drug Screen Policy at Cuesta College

If a student is denied access to our clinical agencies because of his/her background check and/or drug screen results he/she will become ineligible to continue participation in the RN program.  Information on how to obtain the required background check and drug screen will be given to students prior to entering the program.  Conviction of a felony or any offense substantially related to the qualification, functions and duties of a registered nurse may constitute grounds for denial of licensure.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION:

A physical exam and all required immunizations must be completed, at the students' expense, prior to final acceptance into the RN program. A physical examination form, to be completed by a healthcare practitioner, will be provided to all accepted students.  If at  any time, a student's physical or emotional health is such that it is a potential threat to the well being of a patient or themselves the student will be denied admission or asked to withdrawal from the program. Students must be able to lift 50 pounds repetitively unaided.

TRANSFER STUDENTS

A list of challengeable courses is available per college policy.  Students wanting to transfer from another RN program must meet with the Program Director.  Transfer students are admitted on a "space available" basis and cannot have been out of a nursing program for more than one year.

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 Advanced Placement LVN to RN program

LVNs who are currently licensed in the state of California and who have one year LVN work experience may be eligible to apply for our LVN to RN program, for 2nd semester admission into the RN program.   Applicants must also meet general college admission requirements and have completed the same pre-requisite coursework required for the RN program.  LVNs interested in applying for the Advanced Placement LVN to RN pathway must attend a mandatory Information Session meeting, offered in the fall and spring semesters in order to be eligible to obtain an application.  Applications are accepted once a year, and seats in the RN program are limited to three students. A background check, drug screen, physical examination, proof of immunizations,  and healthcare CPR certification are requirements for final acceptance into the program.

 LVN to RN 30 Unit Option pathway

LVNs who have met general college admission requirements may be accepted into the 3rd semester of the RN program on a space-available basis.  LVNs interested in applying for the 30-unit option pathway must meet with a nursing counselor and Director of Nursing to assure all criteria are met and to obtain an application.  To be eligible, the applicant must provide a current California LVN license and transcripts showing completion of Biology 212 (Human Biology, or college equivalent), and Biology 204 (Microbiology, or college equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better.  The program prepares students to take the National Council Licensure Examination in Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN) without a degree, and the RN license has limited reciprocity and transferability to further educational opportunities. A statement will be signed that the candidate is aware of these limitations before being accepted into the program. 

 

 EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT)  - EMS 201

This 8.5 unit, 18 week course presents the techniques of emergency medical care presently considered within the responsibilities of the Emergency Medical Technician I.  Students are taught the fundamental principles and skills required to provide emergency medical care for patients at the scene of an accident or the onset of sudden illness and during transport to a medical facility.

This course includes theory & laboratory practice of selected skills, with a minimum of 10 hours of clinical observation with an advanced life support unit and/or in a hospital emergency room, and 18 hours of lab time to be announced.  Classes are offered on the San Luis Obispo and North County campuses, during the Fall and Spring semesters.

To view Cuesta College's NREMT pass rates click here

Estimated Cost Sheet for the EMT course

 EMS 201 PREREQUISITES:

Student must be 18 years of age by the first class meeting.

IMPORTANT:  Students must bring their CPR card for Healthcare Providers or Professional Rescuers  to the first class meeting or you will not be eligible for this class and your seat will be given to an eligible student on the waiting list.  ONLINE CPR CLASSES WITHOUT A HANDS-ON COMPONENT, AND ANY CPR TRAINING CERTIFICATE TYPES OTHER THAN THOSE LISTED AT LINK ABOVE  ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.

 

SEE SPECIFIC CPR CARD REQUIREMENTS 

 

A Background Check and Drug Screening ($97 fee) will be required prior to clinical access. Students who fail to pass either of these, or those who fail to complete them by the given deadline will be dropped from the course.

 

EMT REFRESHER (EMS 102)

The EMT Refresher course is a 9 week online course, with a mandatory skills day at our San Luis Obispo campus. This course allows Emergency Medical Technicians to review and update the knowledge and skills required to qualify for the State of California Emergency Technician Level I certification. This course is currently  offered in both the spring and fall semesters.

EMT Refresher (EMS 102) Course Information

Estimated Cost Sheet for the EMT Refresher course

 EMS 102 PREREQUISITES

 

EMT- Basic Certificate

Note:  To be eligible to enroll in this course you must present your County EMT certification card (can be expired up to 2 years) OR your *current* National Registry (NRMET) card and your current Healthcare Provider CPR card to the Nursing and Allied Health office, located in Room 2315 on the San Luis Obispo Campus.  For more information on these requirements visit the Frequently Asked Questions at the San Luis Obispo EMSA website at:  http://www.sloemsa.org/EMT/emtquestions.html

 HAZARDOUS MATERIALS FIRST RESPONDER (EMS 103)

Emergency Medical Technicians who complete the Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational  course will be certified to recognize, assess techniques, and take actions required to terminate hazardous materials and identify needs for patients at a hazardous materials incident. Focus is safety in hazardous materials response as an emergency responder.  A certification fee is required prior to completion of the course.  Students must pay a $5.00 fee to the cashier's office no later than the first class meeting for the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI Certificate).  This is a three week course offered on Saturdays during fall and spring semester.

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 PARAMEDIC PROGRAM

The Cuesta College Central Coast Paramedic Program is three semesters in length and is held on our San Luis Obispo campus.  Clinical and internship rotations are scheduled during evenings and weekends all over San Luis Obispo and neighboring counties. The Paramedic Program prepares graduates to take the Paramedic National Registry licensure examination (NREMT-P) leading to licensure as a California Paramedic. 

To view Cuesta College's NREMT-P Pass Rates for the Paramedic Program click here.

 Paramedic Program Accreditation

The Cuesta College Central Coast Paramedic Program became accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and earned approval by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) on July 25, 2008. Our program is due for accreditation renewal on July 31, 2018. 

 Cuesta College Central Coast Paramedic Program Mission Statement

 

The mission of the Cuesta College Central Coast Paramedic Program is to provide the highest educational standards, for students preparing to become paramedics, in a supportive learning environment.  We strive to teach our students the highest quality of pre-hospital emergency care, with the expectation that each will practice the same standard of excellence that we hold for ourselves.   We aspire to impart the importance of providing professional, non–discriminatory care for all people in their time of crisis. Our goal is to have our graduates enter their public servant careers as competent, ethical, confident entry–level health care practitioners who are committed to professional development through life–long learning

 Paramedic Training

Paramedic training builds on a solid foundation of basic EMT knowledge and experience.  The paramedic has an evolving role that is complex and ever expanding. The Paramedic Program at Cuesta College prepares students for this role by acquiring the knowledge and the ability to perform at a level which is higher than the current minimum standard.  Our training program prepares graduates to function as a beginning practitioner according to national standards.  As a professional, the paramedic recognizes the need to participate in continuing education opportunities and share knowledge with others in the field. 

 Paramedic Program Prerequisites

  • Biology 212* ( Human Biology, lab portion not required)

  • English 156** (College Reading and Writing)

  • Math 123** (Elementary Algebra)**

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Current County EMT certification

  • Current Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer CPR certification

  • Work Experience - Any of the following options:

  • 6 months full-time Emergency Medical Technician experience with an Emergency Medical Service provider.  OR

  • 1,000 hours of part-time and/or volunteer Emergency Medical Technician experience with an Emergency Medical Service provider.  OR

  • Proof of completion of a Community College Emergency Medical Services Academy.

     

    Note:  Only hours within the past 24 months will be counted towards work verification hours.

    Fire Academy does not meet this criterion.

 * Completion of higher courses, such as BIO 205 (Anatomy) and BIO 206 ( General Human Physiology) are accepted            

** Completion of an English and/or Mathematics assessment test(s), with placement into a higher English or Math course will satisfy the above       requirements. Contact Cuesta Assessment Services at 805/546-3951 for more information.

 Other Requirements of the Paramedic Program

Background Check and Drug Screening:

CUESTA COLLEGE BACKGROUND CHECK AND DRUG SCREEN POLICY

Clinical agencies require that students have a background check and drug screening (completed at the student's expense) before beginning clinical rotations in the agency. Background checks and drug screening may deny the student access to clinical agencies and disqualify the student form participation in the Paramedic program.

The Cuesta College Central Coast Paramedic Program  will comply with state laws, regulations, and agency policies requiring background checks and drug screening on students. Conviction of a felony or any offense substantially related to the qualification, functions and duties of a registered paramedic may constitute grounds for denial of licensure. Information on how to obtain background checks and drug screening will be given to you prior to entering the program. Background check and drug screening clearance are final admission criteria. 

Immunizations and Physical Exam: 

To assure that the health and safety of the public is protected and that the student is able to perform paramedic duties, a certification of health by a physician or designee is required. Certification of health by your healthcare provider is a final admission criterion.  A complete physical examination and required immunizations, at the applicant's expense, are required upon acceptance. Students must be able to lift 50 pounds repetitively, unaided.

Who May Apply

All persons who have met general college admission requirements and the additional Paramedic Program admission criteria will be eligible for admission to the Paramedic Program. 

 Paramedic Program Estimated Costs

Estimated cost sheet for the Paramedic Program 

In addition to anticipating the actual cost of the Paramedic Program, incoming Paramedic students must realistically plan their personal living and transportation expenses for this full-time, year long program. It is strongly recommended that students closely evaluate  their financial circumstances and plan accordingly.

 

 Paramedic Program Curriculum

 

 

 

Cuesta College Associate of Science Degree Paramedic

Pre-Program

 
       BIO 212                 Human Biology

       3.0

First Semester  (Fall)

Credits

EMS 210              Paramedic Theory I

17.0

Second Semester (Spring)

Credits

EMS 211         Paramedic Theory II

5.0

EMS 211L       Paramedic Skills

1.5

EMS 212         Paramedic Clinical

3.5

EMS 213A      Paramedic Internship I

2.0

Third Semester (Summer)

Credits

EMS 213B      Paramedic Internship II

7.0

Total Credits

39.0

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 Paramedic Program Preparatory Course (EMS 105)

This is an optional 2 unit course offered in the summer session prior to the start of the Paramedic program. This class will prepare the student to begin paramedic training by:

  • Reviewing EMT Basic knowledge

  • Reviewing human anatomy and physiology

  • Introducing patient assessment from a field paramedic's perspective

  • Math calculations

  • ECG interpretation

  • Introducing basic pharmacology

  • Strategies for  successful test taking and strong study habits

  • Lab hours that include ride-along time with local EMS providers

 EMS - 105 Prerequisites

  • Current EMT certificate

  • Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer CPR card

  • Must be 18 years of age on the first day of class.     

  • Must present proof of TB clearance

  • Must successfully pass a background check and drug screening

More information and deadlines will be given the first day of class.

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MEDICAL ASSISTING 

MAST 110 - MEDICAL ASSISTING BASICS

Introduces the medical assisting role and responsibilities, professionalism, and medical terminology.  Concepts of anatomy, physiology, and computer basics are presented.  2.0 Units.

MAST 111 and MAST 111L - MEDICAL ASSISTING FAST TRACK

Prepares the student for an entry-level position as a medical assistant.  The course includes verbal and written communication, basic and advanced clinical skills, medical office management techniques, and professional employment marketing skills.  Includes preceptorship experience.  12.0 Units.

Estimated Cost Sheet for the Medical Assisting course

To view Pass Rates for Cuesta College's Medical Assistant Program 2008 - 2013, click here

For more information please contact Dawn Smith, Medical Assisting Full-time Faculty/Instructor.

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PHLEBOTOMY

MAST 109 and MAST 109L – PHLEBOTOMY

Designed for students with prior medical training such as medical assistants, certified nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, LVN's, or RN's. Prepares the student in essential blood specimen collecting skills to fulfill state phlebotomy certificate requirements. Classes are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters on both the San Luis Campus and the North County Campus. 3.5 Units.
 

Phlebotomy Regulations

Phlebotomy Program Frequently Asked Questions

Estimated Cost Sheet for the Phlebotomy Course

To view Pass Rates for Cuesta College's Phlebotomy Program 2009 - 2013, click here

For more information please contact Dawn Smith, our Medical Assistant Full-time Faculty/Instructor.

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 PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIAN

The Psychiatric Technician Training Program is located at the Department of State Hospitals - Atascadero (DSH-Atascadero), in Atascadero, California.  DSH- Atascadero, in affiliation with Cuesta College, offers a one year training program to become a licensed Psychiatric Technician.  This program is currently ranked #1 by the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians. To read more about this achievement, click here.  This program provides students with the necessary training to provide nursing and therapeutic services for the mentally ill, emotionally disturbed or developmentally disabled, under the direction of a physician, psychiatrist, or registered nurse.  Classes begin three times a year, with program start dates in January, May and September.

Psych Tech Program FAQ  (Frequently Asked Questions Page)

Estimated Cost Sheet for the Psych Tech Program

To view Cuesta College's Psychiatric Technician Program Licensure Pass Rates, click here

To view CA BVNPT Rank of Schools - First Time Test Takers, click here

 PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIAN PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND PREREQUISITES

  • Must be at least 18 years old

  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED equivalent OR an AA or higher college degree

  • Completion of ONE of the following:

1.  ENGL 156 and MATH 003 course or equivalent with a "C" or better

2.  Pass the English and Math Assessment tests at Cuesta College (need to place into English 201A  
     and Math 007, or higher).  You must apply to Cuesta and obtain a Cuesta ID number in order to

      take the exam.

3.  Completion of an AA degree or higher college degree

ELIGIBILITY FOR PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIAN PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE

Students who submit a complete Psychiatric Technician Program application packet, and who meet the general Cuesta College admission requirements along with Psychiatric Technician Program prerequisites and additional admission criteria, are eligible for admission into the Program. 

To apply for admission into the program, you must first apply to Cuesta College through www.cuesta.edu/apply.  After applying to Cuesta College, you may submit a current program application to the DSH-Atascadero Psychiatric Technician program.  Program applications are available on the main page of this website as soon as they are released. 

 After the application deadline, the names of all eligible applicants are entered into a computerized random draw, and placed on a wait list.  Thirty students are selected from the wait list for program admission three times a year - in January, May and September.   

For additional program information, please contact the Department of State Hospitals - Atascadero/

Psychiatric Technician Training Program by phone at 805-468-3175.  or by email to Jenny Grant at ashptprogram@ash.dsh.ca.gov

  • To view the CA Psychiatric Technician Licensing Examination Program Summary by Content Report for the Department of State Hospitals - Atascadero (DSH-Atascadero) click here

  • To view the most current, quarterly CA Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians Rank of Schools - First Time Test Takers, click here.

For information about a career as a Psychiatric Technician, click on the following links:

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    Helpful Student Links    

 

 

Cuesta’s Counseling page:  

http://www.cuesta.edu/student/counseling/

Cuesta’s Academic Support Center:

http://www.cuesta.edu/student/servs_classes/academicsupport/

Cuesta’s Tutorial Services:   

http://www.cuesta.edu/student/servs_classes/academicsupport/tutorialservices.html

For helpful student success tips: click here

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