Program: Emergency Medical Technician


Emergency Medical Technician

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program is designed to prepare individuals to render prehospital Basic Life Support (BLS) care at the scene of an emergency and during transport of the sick and injured.

Emergency Technicians rescue patience from helicopter


Employment opportunities with an EMT license are available with ambulance companies, in hospitals, and with other EMS-related organizations such as lifeguards, firefighters, ski patrol and special event EMT staffing companies.

Program Requirements

Certificate of Accomplishment (ACC), Emergency Medical Technician

To begin the EMT Program, students will need to register for both EMT 251 and EMT 251L.

NOTE: Both courses are to be taken concurrently AND must be passed within the same semester to receive a passing grade and obtain a course completion certificate. This is a blended course with curriculum and exams being conducted in both the classroom and online.  Computer access with up-to-date browsers and software will be required.

More information will be available through Canvas.


You must have in your possession a valid American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider certificate or card on the first day of class and show it to the instructor. No other cards from any other classes or organizations will be accepted, except for the equivalent Military Training Network Certification for veterans and active duty military. Students will be dropped if they do not present a current CPR card on the first night of class.


You must have a health exam, immunization records, and a background check completed within the first 2-3 weeks of class (see class schedule in LMS for specific deadlines).
The EMT course information in LMS/Canvas will include the Pre-course Instructions and forms for the health exam, immunization records, and background check.

  • Students are required to provide documented proof of the following immunizations/screenings:
    • Hepatitis B Vaccine
    • Influenza vaccine
    • Current measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) immunization or titer
    • Tuberculosis (TB) screening within 1 year
    • Current combined Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Vaccine-Td/Tdap
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox) Vaccine or titer


ICS 100.b, ICS 200.HCa and IS-700a. are required to be completed prior to the completion of the course.


Obtained through CastleBranch.


Obtained through HPSO (~$60/semester)

  • Estimated Costs:

    • Tuition $294.00 ($49 per unit x 6.0 units) 
    • Equipment $120.00 
    • Administrative Fees $100.00 (castlebranch) 
    • Parking Permit $ 30.00 
    • Text Book $
    Brady/Pearson Publishing Prehospital Emergency Care 10th Edition – Mistovich & Karen

Recommended Preparation

The EMT program is highly intensive and covers a large amount of information in a short time. To be successful, students should have relatively strong reading comprehension, study, and test-taking skills, and/or have at least a general familiarity and understanding of basic concepts in anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology.

If you are not a strong student in terms of reading comprehension ability, study skills, and taking multiple choice tests, we strongly recommend that you take a basic anatomy/physiology course (ANAT1/PHYSI1) and a medical terminology course (AH60) before beginning the EMT program.


Program Resources

American Heart Association Basic Life Support Page


CA EMS Authority     

National Registry      


Castle Branch

HPSO (Liability Ins.)