Emergency Medical Services

The Emergency Medical Services Program provides opportunities for students to pursue three different levels of career in Emergency Medical Care.  The EMR First Responder certificate will allow a student to sit for a national exam as a first responder after the successful completion of one class.  The EMT-1 Program certificate is a two-course program that allows a student to sit for the EMT-1 national exam after the successful completion of EMT 90 and EMT 95 courses and the Paramedic program prepares the successful student to sit for the National Registry for Paramedicine exam.  The scope, practice, demands of the job, and preparation levels of each increases significantly with each certificate and course sequence.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities improve with each level of training and licensure that is achieved.  The licensed EMR will allow for a job in a basic response system, the licensed EMT-1 will enjoy higher pay than the licensed EMR, and the licensed Paramedic will earn the highest salary due to the level of training and other skills that are associated with this career.

Many paramedics are also firefighters with additional training. Paramedics are most often employed by fire departments/fire agencies, ambulance/transport agencies, and hospitals.  EMT’s are often employed by transport agencies and EMR may find employment in a private setting.

Contact Information


Health Occupations
Building: 800, Office: 810
Phone: (707) 256-7600


Robert Harris
Dean, Health and Safety
2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway
Email: Rharris@napavalley.edu
Phone: (707) 256-7605

Department Coordinator

Greg Scott Rose MPA, EMT-P
Professor, EMS/EMT Program
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Email: Emsprogram@napavalley.edu    
Phone: (707) 256-7632

  1. High School Diploma or Equivalency
  2. EMT-95: Emergency Medical Technician Basic or equivalent with 80% or "B" or better.
  3. HEOC-100: Anatomy & Physiology or equivalent with a "C" or better or Biology 218: Anatomy and Biology 219: Physiology, both with a "C" or better. Students who believe they have taken courses that are equivalent to the NVC anatomy and/or physiology courses listed above must request equivalency.
  4. Current and valid EMT-I accreditation/certification
  5. Current AHA BLS Healthcare Provider CPR certification.
  6. Verification from employer/volunteer supervisor of 2000 hours of pre-hospital volunteer/work experience done in the last three (3) years.
  7. Passing Score on NVC Paramedic Academy Entrance Exam.