Originally Answered: How hard is it to get into the UCLA paramedic program?
Hi! My name is Rosa Calva and I work for the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care which is the parent organization for the UCLA-Daniel Freeman Paramedic Program. Part of my job is to help prospective students learn more about our paramedic program. I appreciate your question because it is a question we get asked all the time: since everyone has to meet the same minimal requirements (minimum of 6 months of EMS experience, current EMT cert, BLS cert, etc.) - well, then how can you stand out in what is a very competitive process?
The short answer is that we are looking for a candidate that has a great balance of:
- EMS experience (type and length of experience count - see the questions we ask in the application packet...)
- formal education (e.g. college - some coursework, a degree, an advanced degree, etc.)
- some continuing education course work (a sample list is available in our application packet)
- and other experiences to draw from (e.g., supervisor work, CPR instructor, volunteer, are just some examples)
To find out the DETAILS of each of the categories I listed above and more, including:
- what we look for
- how to prepare for the entrance exam
- how to prepare for the oral application review (interview)
- the program in general, student services, and more...
I invite you (and everyone that is interested), if you haven't already, come to our free Student Information Session.
There you get to hear from the faculty directly about how to be the best qualified applicant and student. We keep it easy and fun and extremely informative. And you can use the opportunity to talk with us directly about your particular qualifications and learn about where you are strong and if there are any areas you may consider strengthening.
Yes, the program is competitive but it is attainable and you are doing the right thing by asking "what do I need to do now?". We just graduated another class a couple of weeks ago - and it reminded me that not that long ago they too were asking, "how do I get in?" and now they are off and running to the next phase of their career. :)
You can register for the free student session at the web site below. The next one is on 2/15 so don't wait. And if you are not local to the area, you can always visit the program on another day, or call the program directly at 310-680-1100 (ask to speak to Michael, Registration Coordinator).
I do hope you can make it on the 15th! If you do, make sure you come up and say hello.
Thank you for your interest in our program!