About Our Program

We are a fully accredited paramedic program that is dedicated to providing students with the most current, dynamic, and educational experience in the field of Emergency Medical Paramedic Medicine.  We have committed to providing program instructors and staff which are exceptional working professionals.  The hands-on approach is a central theme to the didactic learning model and students can expect to "learn by doing."  We have employers from around the bay area that function in an advisory role to guide our practices in producing professional, employable candidates  throughout the entire program.  Graduates of this program have been very successful passing NREMT exams on the first attempt at the exam. A large amount of our students are recruited from many of our local agencies that interact with this program.  It is our goal to have the most professional, prepared, competent paramedic students possible to enter this rewarding profession and eventually return as exceptional practitioners. 
We as college at NVC also adhere strictly to the following statement regarding admission to our academy:

“Napa Valley College career technical education programs are open and available to all students regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.  Admission requirements for Napa Valley College career technical education programs are described in the current Napa Valley College catalog.  The Napa Valley College Title IX officer is Kevin Luckey (Phone:  707-259-4514, Room 609).  The Section 504 compliance officer is Rebecca Scott (Phone: 707-256-7438, Room 1735-C).”

Paramedic Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.    Is this an accredited paramedic program?

A.    Yes!  The Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Program at Napa Valley College is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).

CAAHEP        Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs   1361 Park Street  Clearwater, FL  33756

Q.   Why is it important to go to an accredited paramedic program?

A.    The state of California EMSA requires students to graduate from an accredited program to be eligible for licensure. 

Q.    How long is the program?

A.    The cumulative program lasts 16 months. The program consists of 2 semesters of didactic (classroom work) work in Fall and Spring. The Summer semester will be hospital clinical time and the following Fall is field internship. 

Q.    What is the class schedule like?

A.     For classroom time we run Thursday and Friday from 0800-1700. Most of our students are working during their enrollment in our academy so by blocking our days together we have had success with our students scheduling work around class.

When clinicals  and internship begin, you will be working your preceptors schedule.

Q.    How much does the program cost?

A.    Click here: Class Fees

Q.    What are the pre-requisites?

A.     Click here: Pre-Requisites

Q.    Where are your internships located?

A.    Our internships are located all over the Bay Area. We have sent students to Napa City Fire, Novato Fire, Berkeley Fire, San Francisco Fire, Piners Ambulance, Medic Ambulance, Lake County Fire, Ukiah Fire and many more.

Q.    Where do your instructors work?

A.    We have a wide variety of instructors ranging from Paramedics, Flight Medics, Fire Medics, ER Nurses, Flight Nurses, CHP Medics and more. They cover most of the Bay Area and many are trained in multiple disciplines.

The thing that differentiates us from many programs is that all of instructors are currently practicing. This is very important to our program as Paramedicine is an ever evolving field and the need to stay current in practice is as important as it is to stay current in the classroom.

Q.    Why do you require 2000 hours of EMT service?

A.    We want our medic students already prepared to face the challenges of the real world. We emphasize real life training and real time scenarios in our program. Our goal is to produce quality, highly trained and job ready cadets and without prior experience this is nearly impossible to achieve. We hold our Academy and our students to the highest of standards.  In addition, research has shown greater success in first-attempt pass rates of the NREMT exam with a minimum of one year (2000 work hours) of EMT Basic field experience (Fernandez, Studnek, Cone, 2009).  See article

Q.    When can I apply?

A.    The applications go out to the public April 1st, 2013. However, there are 2 informational meetings available to you prior to this date. The meeting dates are February 7th at 9 AM and March 7th at 9 AM, both in room 1014. You do not need to attend both dates. No sign-up required. Just come on down!

Q. Why go to the informational meeting?

A. If you go to these meetings, you will get an overview of course expectations and a chance to talk with members of the current academy. A bonus is that you will be e-mailed the application one week ahead of the public application day. You will be given one extra week to get the application filled out and returned to the office ahead of the general public. This is highly advantageous for you as a prospective student, and we recommend you attend one of these meetings.

Q. What is the application deadline?

A. Applications must be received no later than April 30th, no exceptions.

Q.    How do I know if I have been accepted?

A.    You will be notified by a letter in the mail as well as an e-mail from our office.

Q.    What can I expect when I come to class?

A.    You can expect a high energy, interactive learning environment. Our program blends classroom lecture with a large amount of skills lab and scenario days. We are integrating new technology each semester to mirror what is happening in the real world of EMS. We have a wide variety of guest speakers ranging from neurosurgeons, trauma surgeons, Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, detectives and coroners. There are numerous disciplines in which we draw from and incorporate into the classroom. We find that most people in EMS are "hands on" learners and that is our teaching style. From 8 hour skills days on Fridays, to group work, table top scenarios and hands on demonstrations on Thursdays, you will never be bored in class.

Q. Can I get an Associates Degree in Paramedicine?

A. Yes. Requirements.

Q. What might prevent me from becoming a Paramedic in the State of California, in regards to my criminal background?

A. Please refer to this list

Q. What is National Registry?

A.  Upon successful completion of a accredited paramedic program, students must take a written and skills exam administered through National Registry.  Upon successful completion of the exam students are eligible to apply for their State licensure, barring any infractions listed in the above list. 

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