Paramedic Schools in Sacramento with Course Overviews

Jan 02, 2019

The Sacramento area has five schools within about 50 miles of downtown that offer paramedic programs. Learn about the admission and program requirements for two of these colleges to get a better idea of your educational options.

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Paramedic Training near Sacramento

Students looking for a paramedic school in the Sacramento area have several options from which to choose. This article looks at two schools that are located an hour or less from the city's center. Read about the required coursework and field experiences at the two colleges, and then get more details on the institutions through the table of statistics. Some information on another area school option is also provided.

  • Associate degree and certificate programs in the field can be found nearby at American River College, which is only about 10 miles from downtown.
  • Located about 47 miles from central Sacramento, Napa Valley College also offers paramedic certificate and associate degree programs.

Comparison of Schools

Take a look at the campus environments, costs, enrollment figures and more for the two profiled schools. The table has these facts and other information that might help you decide where to pursue paramedic training.

American River College Napa Valley College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 31,858* 6,076*
Campus Setting Large suburb Small city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) 1,104 in-state, $8,208 out-of-state* $1,142 in-state, $6,758 out-of-state*
Percentage of Beginning Students Receiving Some Type of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 73%* 62%*
Acceptance Rate N/A Open enrollment N/A Open enrollment
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 70% full-time* 75% full-time*
Graduation Rate for Students Beginning in Fall 2014 28%* 34%*

Source: NCES College Navigator

American River College

Students must complete a series of biology and medical courses to be eligible for entry into these programs. Once a student has been accepted, he or she must meet further program criteria such as passing a physical exam, drug screening and background check as well as acquiring medical malpractice insurance.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) Certificate

Prior to entering this program, students must complete two CRP/AED courses. They will take courses/labs focusing on Basic Life Support (BLS). A work experience must also be completed. The entire program is 8-12 units and takes one semester to complete.

Associate of Science - Paramedic

The degree program has the same core courses as the paramedic certificate program. However, it also requires students to complete general education requirements and enough electives to meet a 60-credit total. Electives are offered in areas such as wilderness medicine and pediatric advanced life support. This is a full-time program that lasts 12 months and begins each spring. Students are required to meet 8 hours a day, 3 days a week.

Napa Valley College

The paramedic programs at Napa Valley College take a hands-on approach to teaching and include a series of lectures by health-care professionals ranging from neurosurgeons to police medics.

Paramedic Certificate

Prerequisite courses for this program include studies in anatomy, physiology and EMT-Basic. The program requires students to complete both clinical and field internships. Upon completion of the certificate program, students should be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) paramedic exam.

Associate of Science - Paramedic

The entire program lasts about two years for full-time students. It builds upon the initial 40 unit hours required in the certificate program, also requiring students to complete general education requirements in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, English composition and mathematics.

Other School Options

Los Medanos College offers courses designed to prepare students for emergency medical technician careers. This school is just over an hour's drive, southeast of Sacramento.

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