Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

This certificate of completion provides entry-level basic knowledge, essential skills, and an understanding of emergency medical situations in various emergency settings. Students will be prepared to respond in various types of emergencies that require urgent medical attention to assess emergency situations, provide care that can save a life, and transport patients to a hospital. Students will learn how to respond quickly to high-level emergencies such as motor vehicle accident, heart attack, near drowning, childbirth, poisoning/overdose, and life-threatening injuries. Graduates will have met the national guidelines for all areas of their didactic and clinical requirements. Students will comply with all levels of legal, regulatory, and ethical requirements for EMT's. This Program meets the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation National EMS Education Standards (NEMSES) and California State Regulations, Title 22. Upon successful completion of this certificate the graduate is eligible to complete the NREMT exam. Successful completion will allow the individual to apply for their state EMT card and perform entry-level EMT skills as a member of technical rescue teams/squads or as part of an allied service such as a firefighter or police officer. EMT certificates are issued by county/local Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agencies. Contact your local agency for specific requirements. Prerequisite Healthcare Provider Level CPR certification is required to start the EMT class.However, this CPR course is provided during the first week of class for students that have not obtained previously. Students with criminal background issues (any felony and some misdemeanors) are recommended to speak with the certifying authority prior to enrollment, which includes NREMT and county EMS office. State public safety regulations prohibit certification of individuals who have prior criminal convictions. Although most do not, some clinical and ambulance companies may require the following immunizations in order to conduct their hospital and ambulance clinical:

  • Two-step Mantoux PPD tuberculosis test which, if positive, follow with negative chest x-ray and Health Department s guidelines for treatment.
  • Measles (rubella and rubeola) and Mumps: by a positive titer, physician s diagnosis of disease; or two doses of vaccine.
  • Immunizations: Tdap given in 2005 or later (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis).
  • Varicella Immunity: by a titer, physician s diagnosis of disease; or two doses of vaccine.
  • Hepatitis B vaccination or waiver declining. Age requirement In order to participate in the clinical ambulance ride along and obtain subsequent state certification, the student must be 18 years of age or older. Recommended preparation Since this is an accelerated program, students are recommended to complete coursework in advanced first aid or emergency medical responder prior to enrolling. Work experience at the first responder level is helpful.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Conduct trauma and medical assessment and proper treatment of persons afflicted with medical and trauma conditions requiring advanced medical intervention following currently approved EMT practices.


To receive a certificate of completion, students must complete the program with a grade of at least 80 percent and complete 24-hours of clinical ride along.
Requirements for certificate (2 courses; 6 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):