Paramedic Accreditation
To work as a Paramedic in California you must :
  1. Successfully complete an approved Paramedic program.
  2. Complete the requirements to be licensed by the State Emergency Medical Services Authority.
  3. Be accredited by the a local EMS Agency such as the County of San Luis Obispo EMS Agency.
PARAMEDIC STUDENT INTERN
Candidates for internship in the County of San Luis Obispo shall demonstrate eligibility and shall apply in person to the EMS Agency.  Candidates shall
complete the EMS Agency
student intern application accompanied by the following items:
  • Proof of eligibility for internship signed by the paramedic program director.
  • A letter from a County of San Luis Obispo ALS provider accepting intern.
  • Possess valid government issued photo identification.
  • Current CPR certification
  • Current ACLS certification
  • Current EMT certification issued within the State of California.
  • Please call to verify that a completed and signed contract between the paramedic training program and the ALS provider interning the student is on file
    with the EMS Agency prior to beginning internship.  If a contract cannot be verified proof of insurance coverage must be provided by the student intern.

All internship candidates are required to successfully pass a supervised internship as specified in Title 22 and complete local policy requirements.  Interns
are required to have the following items documented and reported to the EMS Agency upon completion of internship:
  • A County of San Luis Obispo Preceptor/Field Training Officer (FTO) conducted orientation to the County of San Luis Obispo EMS system policies and
    protocols.
  • Demonstration to Preceptor/FTO of all County of San Luis Obispo expanded scope of practice skills and procedures.
  • Pass a Preceptor/FTO administered EMS Agency competency-based written examination to test their knowledge of local EMT-P optional scope of
    practice and protocols with a score of 80% or better.
Upon completion of internship the Preceptor/FTO evaluation verification reports shall be submitted to the EMS Agency.

Candidates shall leave sufficient time for processing applications.  The County of San Luis Obispo EMS Agency may require up to fourteen calendar days to
process completed applications.
INITIAL ACCREDITATION REQUIREMENTS IN THE COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO
  • Possess a current and valid California Paramedic License
  • Be employed as a Paramedic with a designated ALS service provider in the County of San Luis Obispo. Sample Employer Letter
  • Submit a copy of your current CPR certification equivalent to American Heart Health Care Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer level
    Online courses are not accepted without hands-on skills competency exams.
  • Successfully complete the County of San Luis Obispo EMS Orientation and Optional Scope Skills Session provided by the provider agency and
    approved by the EMS Agency.
  • Complete a County of San Luis Obispo Paramedic Accreditation Application and field evaluation.
  • Possess valid government photo identification.
  • Pay the $150 non-refundable accreditation fee.
REACCREDITATION REQUIREMENTS IN THE COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO
Accreditation to practice in the County of San Luis Obispo shall be continuous as long as:
  • State Paramedic License is maintained.
  • Employment as a Paramedic with a designated County of San Luis Obispo ALS service provider is maintained. Sample Employer Letter
  • You possess a current and valid APR certification
  • Submit a copy of your current CPR certification equivalent to American Heart Health Care Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer level
    Online courses are not accepted without hands-on skills competency exams.
  • Complete a County of San Luis Obispo Accreditation Application
  • Attendance of 6 County of San Luis Obispo Base Hospital Meetings during the preceding 2 years.
  • Completion of a minimum of two (2) intubations every six months (8 during the two year accreditation period) Form.
  • Documentation that the above requirements to maintain accreditation have been met must be submitted, by email (ascott@co.slo.ca.us), fax, mail or in
    person with an application prior to expiration of the Paramedic's license.
COUNTY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO HEALTH AGENCY
PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES DIVISION
Working to assure that our county’s residents and visitors receive optimal prehospital care on a daily basis and protection during public health emergencies.
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