The Moreno Valley College (MVC) Paramedic Program prepares competent, entry-level paramedics and teaches students the advanced skills needed for successful careers in emergency medical response.

MVC offers one full-time Paramedic Program each year which meets Monday – Wednesday and lasts approximately 12 months. The required prep class meets approximately 4 weeks prior to the start of each program.

Applications are accepted up to 3 months prior to the start of each program.

The Moreno Valley College EMS program does not recognize prior learning of a student to obtain advanced placement.

Program Certification

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) certifies that the EMS program at MVC has completed an accreditation review and is judged to be in compliance with the nationally-established standards on November 22, 2004 and will be expiring on January 16, 2025. The MVC EMS program is currently in good standing.

CAAHEP Standard II.C. Minimum Expectation

  • 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 Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.

To learn more about CAAHEP certification, read: Attention Paramedic Candidates: Is your program CAAHEP accredited? pdf

Information for Prospective Students

Program Begins: Fall semester of each year

Application submission deadlines:
Applications must be received in the EMS office on June 1 by 4 pm of each year for classes beginning in the fall semester. Applications must be submitted on time to attend the mandatory orientation.

Ben Clark Training Center
EMS Office
16888 Bundy Avenue
Riverside, CA 92518

A completed paramedic application must be on file and positive attendance at the orientation must occur in order to pre-register for the mandatory MVC paramedic prep class.

  • Mandatory orientation for the paramedic program will be on June 22, 2020 from 10 am – 12 pm at Ben Clark Training Center.
  • Mandatory prep class will be on Wednesday, July 15 to Friday, July 17 from 8 am – 6 pm.

Read the Program Costs & Gainful Employment Disclosure pdf

Application Requirements

To be considered complete, the application must include copies of the following:

  • Official transcripts of all schools previously attended.
  • Current EMT-I card. EMT-I must remain current throughout the program.
  • Current CPR card. CPR card must be American Heart Association “Healthcare Provider Level.”
  • Verification of High School Diploma or GED.
  • Verification of age (at least 18 years old). Driver’s license is acceptable.
  • Documentation from current and/or previous employer(s) verifying six month full time experience or 1,000 hours of part time work experience as an EMT. At least 50% of this experience must be in the pre-hospital setting. Work experience can be either paid or volunteer experience. The letter(s) must be on official letterhead and signed by an official from that agencies. It needs to list the start date and the total hours worked. If part-time, the monthly or yearly call volume of the area served must also be included. This letter is not a letter of recommendation; it is a verification of experience.
  • Successful completion (with a “C” or better) of Anatomy and Physiology 10 (or equivalent).In progress A&P will be accepted but all coursework must be completed and verification submitted prior to the beginning of the paramedic program. A copy of current enrollment in A&P must be submitted for the application to be considered complete.*
  • AMY 10: see a list of equivalent courses for AMY 10.

 Download Paramedic Application pdf

Recommended Courses

We have found that students who have completed the following prerequisites are more successful in the program. While we do not require completion of these courses prior to acceptance into the program, you should understand that our courses are taught with the understanding that you are familiar with the content of these courses.

  • ENG 1A English Composition
  • Medical Terminology

Licensure Requirement

Graduates of the RCC Paramedic Program are eligible to apply for licensure with the State of California EMS Authority. The EMS Authority may deny any EMT-P license for occurrences listed in Division 2.5 of the Health and Safety Code section 1798.200. Questions related to licensure should be directed to the State of California EMS Authority.

* Unofficial transcripts or a copy of the enrollment receipt are acceptable to verify A&P requirements. Any official transcripts submitted to the paramedic office will remain and will not qualify for official RCC transcripts. Official transcripts must be received by the RCC transcript office prior to the start of the program.


Graduation, Attrition, and Employment Rates

MVC Paramedic Program graduation, attrition, and employment rates for 2017-19.

Graduation Rates
Registration Level: Paramedic
Course Completion Date: 1st Quarter 2017 to 1st Quarter 2020
Training Program: Moreno Valley College (CA-33002)
Attempted The Exam First Attempt Pass Cumulative Pass Within 3 Attempts Cumulative Pass Within 6 Attempts Failed All 6 Attempts Eligible For Retest Did Not Complete Within 2 Years
69 87%
Graduation Year 2017 2018 2019
Number of graduates attempting the NR exam 22 23 19
Passed on 1st attempt 21 19 17
Passed within 3 attempts 1 2 2
Total Passed 22 21 19
Attrition Rates
Graduation Year 2017 2018 2019
Number starting the program 28 32 31
Dropped for academic 4 6 5
Dropped for personal 2 3 3
Attrition Rates 21.4% 21.8% 25%
Employment Rates
Graduation Year 2017 2018 2019
Number employed 22 21 19
Percentage Employed 100% 100% 100%