For a complete list of California Schools, check out the CA
EMSA website at
A paramedic program outside of California will not hinder your chances of being
hired. California's licensing exam is the National Registry Exam, so as long as
you complete the exam, you are in go shape. However, a couple of hoops to jump
through: If you go out of state, you must have your program state that you had
a minimum of 40 ALS contacts in your field internship, and if you become
licensed of certified in that state you will need to send a special reference
form to verify this. Also, the licensing fees from out of state are slightly
There are many excellent paramedic programs throughout California and the
US. My recommendation would be to go and visit the school you wish to attend,
sit in on a lecture or skills session, talk to the current students and faculty,
talk to alumni of the program, ask all of the tough questions. Make an educated
decision on what school works for you.
Best of luck.
William J. Dunne, MS, NREMT-P
UCLA - Daniel Freeman Paramedic Education Program
(310) 674-7050 x3407
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