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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) Certificate Public Safety Total Units: 9.5
Term Effective: Fall 2022


The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Basic) Skills Certificate provides technical and practical knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of the California Administrative Code to gain certification as an Emergency Medical Technician Basic by the California State Emergency Medical Services Authority. Students will learn to apply principles of anatomy, physiology, and communication as they relate to the assessment of the sick and injured and rendering pre-hospital basic life support. Individuals wishing to enter the Emergency Medical Technician field will be certified after completion of this program. Every two years EMT's are required to complete the Emergency Medical Technician Refresher certificate program. Students must be 18 years of age by course completion to become certified.

Continued growth in employment of EMT’s is expected primarily because of the rapidly expanding aging population.  Many fire service and law enforcement positions list an Emergency Medical Technician Certificate as “required” or “preferred” for employment.

Those who wish to continue their education and broaden employment opportunities can continue with the Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic Certificate of Achievement.

Certification Note: Some public safety positions have legal requirements and background qualifications.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Complete the National Registry written exam;
  2. Complete the National Registry Skills Exam; and
  3. Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with criteria for employment as a certified Emergency Medical Technician-Basic.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) Certificate program are:

  • Complete 9.5 units from
    • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) Prerequisite
    • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) Requirements

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) Prerequisite - complete 2.00 units
EMC 100Emergency Medical Responder2.00
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) Requirements - complete 7.50 units
EMC 103Emergency Medical Technician7.50

Term Effective: Fall 2022

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) - effective Fall 2019
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) - effective Spring 2014
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-1) - effective Fall 2009
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-1) - effective Fall 1995

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


A current certification in CPR for the Health Provider is required prior to beginning the program.
Emergency room experience (8 hours) and ambulance experience (16 hours) are a required component of EMC 103. Prior arrangements for this experience will be made as part of class curriculum. Students will also be required to attend assigned weekend activities as scheduled.

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