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Paramedic Application Process

The 2019-2020 application is now open.

Entrance into the paramedic course at Rogue Community College involves a competitive selection process, designed to identify those candidates with the most potential to be successful in the class and in the EMS field. This process will include an online application process, a written exam, an oral interview, a patient care scenario, and a final written exercise. This points-based process evaluates the following:

  • Emergency and medical experience, preferably as an EMT
  • GPA & Academic Progress (specific grades and retakes are taken into consideration)
  • Written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to follow directions
  • Patient assessment abilities and EMT knowledge and competence
  • Leadership potential

Candidates with the highest point totals are selected. Alternate candidates or tiebreakers will be chosen by the highest scores from the interview and patient assessment scenario.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Current licensure as an Oregon EMT, AEMT, or EMT-Intermediate
  • Completion of all requirements for the RCC One-Year EMT Certificate or have three or less total courses remaining for the AAS Paramedicine degree (in addition to the paramedic courses)
  • Completion of three terms of Anatomy and Physiology (A & P) within the last five years OR completion of two terms of A & P, with the third course slated for completion prior to the paramedic course; students must pass all courses with a C or better
  • Ability to pass a criminal background investigation and 10-panel drug screen
Preferred Qualifications
  • Six months or more of patient care experience in an emergency setting
  • Demonstrated leadership potential
  • Personal and professional letters of reference (Not completed by RCC staff or faculty)
Application/Assessment Process
  1. Establish an account with Castle Branch, an organization that RCC uses to review immunization records and other documents.
  2. Complete (typed, not hand written) all required forms (available on the Castle Branch site).
  3. Collect complete records of all required immunizations (listed on the Castle Branch site).
  4. Upload all required documents to your Castle Branch account.

After Castle Branch has reviewed your documents and verified that they are complete, we will contact those candidates who meet the entry requirements to schedule the next steps in the process.

If you have questions about your Castle Branch account, problems uploading documents, or need information regarding records that weren't accepted, contact Castle Branch directly (email address and phone numbers are on their page).

The application deadline is June 28th at 5pm. Applications after this deadline will not be accepted. The assessment center is scheduled for July 16th, 17th, and 18th . Students will be scheduled for a 1-1.5 hour block on one of those three days to complete the interview and assessment components. Schedules will be announced by July 1st to the email on file with CaslteBranch. Please make sure that the RCC email on file and the CaslteBranch email match to eliminate confusion or unread communications.

If you have questions for RCC about this process, contact Clinical Coordinator Rusty Riis at or Department Chair Gary Heigel at

Items Required for Participation in the Paramedic Course

Questions? Contact Gary Heigel, Emergency Services Department Chair, at