How to Apply for the Paramedic Studies Program

All requirements should be completed prior to applying to the program. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Tentative acceptance may be granted for items in progress. Qualified applicants will be placed on the existing Ventura College Paramedic Studies waiting list and will be notified when an opening becomes available. 

First Steps 

  1. Apply for Admission to Ventura College. A Ventura College Student ID number (900#) and a VCCCD email address are mandatory for admission. 
  2. Apply for Financial Aid
  3. Current EMT Certification
  4. Current Driver's License
  5. Current CPR Certification

Educational Requirements 

  1. High School Diploma or G.E.D.
  2. Completion of an EMT course 
  3. Anatomy with Lab with a minimum grade of C*
  4. Physiology with Lab with a minimum grade of C*

*IF you are planning to enroll in Anatomy and Physiology courses outside of the Ventura County Community College District (Oxnard, Moorpark, and Ventura Colleges), it is recommended you first verify with either, Angelica Gonzales or Bea Herrera (Ventura College Health Science Counselors), to ensure the course will meet equivalency for the Ventura College Paramedic Studies Program. A formal review by the Science Department may be required to determine equivalency, whereby, applicants must submit both a Course Outline of Record and Course Syllabus for the course to be reviewed. Please note: both counselors and faculty reviewers are off-contract during the summer, and reviews will be delayed if the request is submitted over the summer session. Please consult with a VC Health Sciences Counselor for more information.

Official Transcript Requirement

All official transcripts for courses completed outside the Ventura County Community College District, including High School/G.E.D. must be submitted to the Ventura College Admissions and Records Office.  Transcripts from Ventura, Moorpark, or Oxnard Colleges are not required to be submitted.

  • Option 1 (preferred):  Official electronic transcript submissions should be emailed by the institution to  
  • Option 2:  Official mailed transcripts are acceptable but may have longer processing times. “Official” means sealed and unopened from the institution of origin.  Official mailed transcripts should be mailed to:

Ventura College

Attn: Admissions and Records

4667 Telegraph Road

Ventura, CA. 93003

For questions pertaining to transcripts, please call Admissions and Records at (805) 289-6457 or

    Prehospital Experience Requirements

    Students must have a minimum of 1000 hours of field experience with a primary "911" responder as an EMT with an emphasis on patient care. Equivalent experience may be considered. Submit a letter from your employer or experience documentation. Letter(s) from employer(s) must be submitted with your online program application, on letterhead, and addressed to the Ventura College Paramedic Program Director. The letter must include the candidate's name, date of hire, length of employment, and job title with a description of duties. This letter must also include the total number of hours worked. You may use the Employer Letter Request Form to inform your employer of the requirements. 

    Final Step: Academic Counseling Requirement

    Schedule an appointment and meet with one of the Health Science Counselors, Angelica Gonzales, or Beatriz Herrera.  At the time of the counseling appointment, the Counselor will complete the Applicant Qualification Worksheet and the candidate will select their desired placement track:  

    • Professional Certification Only;
    • Professional Certification with Certificate of Achievement; or
    • Professional Certification with Associate of Science Degree

    Candidates must verify with Admissions and Records that all required transcripts are on file prior to the counseling appointment. 

    To schedule the counseling appointment, call (805) 289-6448 and schedule an appointment with either Health Science Counselor, Angelica Gonzales, or Beatriz Herrera. 

    Once all items above have been completed, submit your online application to the program.  


    Mandatory Dates for Admitted Students Only

    Date Time Requirement
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022 0900-1200 Mandatory Orientation
    Tuesday, May 24, 2022 1300-1600 Summer Work Experience sign-ups
    Monday, August 1, 2022 2359 All course requirements must be complete (i.e., medical screenings, immunizations, CPR, background check, drug, and alcohol screening, limited liability insurance).
    Monday, August 8, 2022 1800-2000 Mandatory Family and Friends Information Night: Full-Time Paramedic Cohort
    Tuesday, August 9, 2022 1800-2000 Mandatory Family and Friends Information Night: Part-Time Paramedic Cohort 
    Friday, August 12, 2022 0700 First day of instruction: Part-Time Paramedic Cohort
    Monday, August 15, 2022 0700 First day of instruction: Full-Time Paramedic Cohort