News & Updates

IVC is making some exciting new changes in its paramedic program that will allow qualified applicants to continue working while completing their paramedic studies. 

Effective August 2017, classroom time will be limited to 2 full days a week, leaving 5 other days to study and/or work.  Additional days will not be required until the student is approved for clinical and field experience. 

Requirements for the program include the following: proof of high school education or GED, 18 years of age or older, social security card, American Heart Association BLS certificate as a healthcare provider, 1 year of EMT experience and a current EMT-I or EMT-II card or RN license.  See below for additional information regarding the paramedic application process.

If you have any additional questions, stop by the department office in Building 3200 or contact Sara Wheat at 760-355-6483. 

There will no paramedic courses in Spring 2017. 


Industry Information

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are often responsible for peoples lives. Situations that require immediate medical attention, such as slips and falls, childbirth, heart attacks, accidents and gunshot wounds, require the presence of an EMT or paramedic. They are assigned locations by an emergency operator and often work in conjunction with fire fighters and police, and care for and transport the injured or sick to a medical facility.

Paramedics and EMTs should have excellent dexterity, physical coordination and agility. They must be emotionally stable as they often deal with high pressure, stressful situations.


Our Paramedic Program Goal is to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician, and/or  Emergency Medical Responder levels.

Paramedic Admission Process

Paramedic Application

The EMS (Paramedic) program is designed to take 12 months to complete, with part-time attendance.

Note: Less than 20 completed this program in academic year 2011 - 2012.

NREMT Cognitive Exam Results for IVC Students:

Degree and Certificate Requirements

The courses and requirements described herein are subject to change. Students should consult a counselor and the appropriate materials, as directed, to receive the most current requirements.

Download Degree and Certificate Catalog


Program Cost

EMS Enrollment Fees: $2,481* (Tuition $60/unit* subject to change without notice, $18 Health Fee, $1 Student Rep Fee, optional Parking Fee $20., $71 background check/drug screening)

Books, Supplies & Uniforms: $2,484 (Typical costs)

Campus room & board: $00 (not offered)

* Assumes CA residents. Non-Resident tuition is $200/unit and is subject to change without notice.

 Career Opportunities

Some of the career opportunities listed may require additional training or completion of a four-year college/university degree. Students intending to transfer to a four-year college should consult a counselor for specific requirements.

*Standard Occupational Classification Code

Paramedic positions are found in the following areas:

  • Ambulance and Transport Services
  • Fire Stations
  • Acute Care Hospitals


Industry Certification and Licensure


The EMT-I program is a one semester, intensive course that prepares the student to take the National Registry of EMT exams.

A course designed for individuals who will come in contact with victims of illness or injury primarily in an emergency, pre-hospital environment. This course would be of value to all emergency service personnel, including ambulance personnel, law enforcement, fire services, hospital emergency department, and other rescue personnel. Topics will include roles and responsibilities of the EMT, evaluation and treatment of illness and injury. Procedures for dealing with life threatening emergencies are presented. The student will be able to gain a functional understanding of assessment-based approach to patient care as well as the interventions added to the EMT scope of practice. Hazardous Material training and automated external defibrillation training are included.

This course is approved by the Imperial County Emergency Medical Services Agency and is within the training guidelines of California Code of Regulations and the California Fire Service Training and Education Systems (CFSTES). Successful completion will result in eligibility for certification as an EMT.

This is one of six courses required for an associate degree in Fire Technology and one of six courses toward eligibility for a Fire Fighter I certificate. This course is a prerequisite to the paramedic program.

The course includes didactic (classroom) theory, laboratory skills training, a clinical component in the emergency rooms and a field shift with licensed emergency medical technicians and paramedics.


This course is the first phase of training to instruct professional public safety personnel in the skill of the administration of pre-hospital, advanced life support. The course will teach the student roles and responsibilities, the EMS system, medical legalities, EMS communication, rescue techniques, hazardous materials management, mass casualty and stress of the EMS provider. This course will cover medical terminology, patient assessment, airway and ventilation, shock, pathophysiology, signs/systems, paramedic treatments including skills available to the paramedic. Obstetrical/Gynecological emergencies will be included. Behavioral emergencies and how the ALS provider can deal with them are included.

The course is an intensive one, requiring the student's total dedication for successful completion of the course. The student must realize that more than usual study and TBA requirements must be met throughout the program.

You must be in good mental and physical condition and be at least 18 years of age. Be free of conviction of any felony or misdemeanor offense in California or in any other state or place, including entering a plea of nolo contendere or no contest and including any conviction which has been expunged under Penal Code Section 1203.4.



Imperial Valley College maintains faculty-approved formal course articulation agreements with Imperial Valley high schools and the Imperial Valley ROP (Regional Occupation Program). Courses with articulation agreements follow the California Career Statewide Pathways Templates in the areas of: Administration of Justice, Allied Health Programs, Business, Automotive Technology, Building Construction Technology, Child Development, Computer Information Systems, Health Assistant and Welding.

Students who complete an articulated class offered through a partnering high school or ROP program, receive a qualifying grade in their course, and pass the IVC Credit-by-Exam for the subject area, will be eligible to receive college credit for the articulated corresponding Imperial Valley College class posted to their official transcript. Eligible students will work with the Applied Sciences Office at IVC for the awarding of college credit.

For specific articulation agreements please contact the Applied Sciences Office or the IVC Articulation Officer.


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Department Contacts

  • Sara Wheat, Staff Secretary II
    Office: 760-355-6483 Fax: 760-355- 4636
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  • Laura Hartsock, Administrative Secretary
    Office: 760-355-6348
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  • EMT Course Lead Instructor
    Office: 760-355-6183
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  • Paramedic Program Director
    Office: 760-355-6275
  • Mailing Address:
    Imperial Valley College
    EMS Training Programs
    380 East Aten Road
    Imperial, California 92251


Imperial Valley College's Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). ( upon recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, Florida 22756
Phone: 727-210-2350

To contact CoAEMSP:
8301 Lakeview Pkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, Texas 75088
Phone: 817-330-0080 (