Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training Course

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Train to Become An Emergency Medical Technician!

• 8/3/24 @ 5pm PT for class starting 8/17/24
• 8/5/24 @ 5pm PT for class starting 8/20/24

Through the EMT course at CSUDH, you will obtain the information and learn the skills necessary to become an EMT. Successful completion of the program enables you to take the national certifying exam, leading to certification as an EMT, and to the potential to enter a high demand job.

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Approved by Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency

EMT Course Description

CSUDH EMT Instructor Jess Nalley (left) with Summer 2022 Cohort Graduates

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course is challenging and demands dedication, persistence, and flexibility. The course is designed to give the student all the information and skills necessary to obtain certification as a nationally registered EMT leading to employment in a number of emergency services, such as the fire department, police department, and private ambulance service. This course is also great even if you just want to earn money to support yourself working at an ambulance company while you are earning your degree! There is a great need for EMT’s and there are ambulance companies willing to work around your school schedule to help you to achieve your personal goals. EMT certification also prepares you for healthcare careers. This course meets state training program requirements for national registry, including didactic hours and patient contacts and training in naloxone, epinephrine auto-injector, glucometer, and four hours of basic tactical casualty care.

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals who want to become emergency medical technicians, paramedics, or fire-fighters
  • Individuals who are considering careers in law enforcement or public health
  • Individuals who need direct patient contact hours, such as those that apply to RN programs
  • Individuals who are considering careers as lab technicians, dental assistants, medical assistants, and surgical technologists
  • Emergency medical services personnel
  • Military personnel
  • Emergency managers
  • Public health practitioners

Benefits of CSUDH’s EMT Training Program

  • Recognition: Approved by Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency  
  • Experienced Instructors: our experienced instructional and teaching assistant staff bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the program
  • Working Lab: Fully functional and stocked ambulance, generously donated by MedReach Ambulance
  • Field Experience: CSUDH EMT ride-along partners include MedReach Ambulance, Premier Ambulance, Medtrans Inc., Torrance EMS and Symbiosis Care.

CSUDH EMT Training Ambulance

Benefits of Working as an EMT

  • Working as an EMT during college is a great option due to the flexible work schedule and benefits
  • Working as an EMT demonstrates to future employers one's ability to master complex information and perform functions in a changing environment
  • Great launching point for careers such as a paramedic, fire fighter, or nurse

Job Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, will continue to require the skills of EMTs and paramedics.

Where do EMTs Work?

EMTs and paramedics held about 261,300 jobs in 2016. The largest employers of EMTs and paramedics were as follows: 

  • Ambulance services (46%) 
  • Local government, excluding education and hospitals (28%) 
  • Hospitals; state, local, and private (19%) 

 Course Prerequisites (⏹ See Application)

  • High school diploma or GED by last day of class
  • Age 18 before the last day of class
  • Have a SSN#
  • Possess valid state picture ID
  • A clean criminal background
    (Required for certification, as well as ride-along shifts and employment eligibility)
    See: EMT FAQ - Background/Criminal History
  • Have a negative TB test dated within 6 months of class start
  • Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider card - Expiration date must fall after course end date.
    AHA BLS Training Course: https://cpr.heart.org/en/cpr-courses-and-kits/healthcare-professional/basic-life-support-bls-training
  • Hepatitis B Vaccination
  • Be able to meet the physical requirements for both the EMT Training Course and employment, including the ability to lift, carry, and balance up to 125 pounds, and to walk, bend, and stoop on uneven terrain.

Please note: If you have nearly all of the required documents/qualifications, you should apply and pursue conditional approval. Some of the requirements, such as negative TB test, may be delayed by a few weeks due to timing of patient contact via fieldwork.

Course Goals/Objectives (What You Will Learn)

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) CourseAt the completion of the EMT course, students will be eligible to take the national certifying exam (NREMT), making them eligible for state certification as an Emergency Medical Technician and thereby eligible to work in the state of California as an EMT.

Successful students will be able to:

  • Act as an on-scene leader
  • Describe the elements of an EMS system, and the role an EMT plays within the EMS system
  • Explain the legal responsibilities EMT's face
  • Understand and describe basic human anatomy
  • Perform single rescuer and 2 person CPR with an AED
  • Perform a detailed patient assessment on both medical and trauma patients
  • Demonstrate how to control bleeding, splint injuries, treat burns
  • Demonstrate how to identify and immediately treat lifesaving injuries and illness during the first few minutes of an emergency
  • Demonstrate how to care for a mother and child during childbirth, outside of the hospital
  • Exhibit and maintain a professional appearance and attitude and portray the characteristics of an EMS professional

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  EMT Course Schedules

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

⏹ Course Application Deadline for August 17, 2024 Start Date: Saturday, August 3, 2024 • 5:00pm PT ►

⏹ Course Application Deadline for August 20, 2024 Start Date: Monday, August 5, 2024 • 5:00pm PT ►

* Schedule and costs subject to change at any time; consult with instructor for specific date details | Updated daily




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  Additional Class Notes/Updates for 8/17/24 Start Date:

  • * Class has 30 in-person meetings
  • NO CLASS on 8/31/24, 9/1/24, 11/30/24, and 12/1/24
  • Class meets in person on all class days
  • Ambulance Ride-Along shifts scheduled according to student and facility availability
  • Once issued, course material fees are non-refundable

  Additional Class Notes/Updates for 8/20/24 Start Date:

  • * Class has 30 in-person meetings
  • NO CLASS on 11/27/24 and 11/28/24
  • Class meets in person on all class days
  • 5 Saturday sessions will be 12-hour ride-along shifts
  • Ambulance Ride-Along shifts scheduled according to student and facility availability
  • Once issued, course material fees are non-refundable

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Course Requirements

Course Requirements

This course is offered on a present/not present (PR/NP) basis. Students must earn a grade of PR to sit for the National Certifying Exam (NREMT).  Success in the course with a grade of PR will be determined by:

  • Participating in all class activities
  • Demonstrating mastery of course objectives
  • Demonstrating professional and ethical behavior
  • Meeting minimum attendance, quiz and test scores, and ride-along requirements

Attendance Policy 

  • Student attendance is required for the entire period of each class meeting in order to receive a grade of present (PR) for the course
  • Student participation in scheduled ride-alongs is required in order to receive a grade of present (PR) for the course
  • Course uniform must be worn to each class session and ride along

Evaluation Policy

  • Quizzes: cumulative score of 80% minimum
  • Unit exams: cumulative score of 70%
  • Final exam: minimum passing score of 70%
  • Skills Final Exams: pass/no pass with at least 80%, and 100% on all critical criteria
  • Ride-alongs: minimum of 36 hours and contact 10 field patients
Course Textbooks, Uniforms, and Other Materials

 Textbooks, Uniforms, and Other Materials


  • AAOS Emergency Care of the Sick and Injured, 12th Edition Digital Supplement Premier Level (included with course fees)
  • Fisdap Assessment Package (included with course fees)
  • Purchase required uniform for class and ride-alongs; specifications provided during course orientation - See required uniform information
  • Students must have regular access to computer or mobile device with internet connection


  • The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit, Lawrence M. Elson
Instructor Profiles

Jess Nalley, EMT InstructorJess Nalley, Firefighter Paramedic, has over 25 years of experience in emergency response. After 8 years of Search and Rescue in Naval Aviation, Jess worked first as an EMT for care ambulance then a paramedic for AMR then for Cal Fire. Jess for the last 10 years has put his expertise to use developing and instructing Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training Courses. He is a certified California State Fire Marshal Fire Instructor 1A and 1B, as well as a California Credentialed teacher. He is an avid adventurer with hobbies such as rock climbing, surfing, sailing, mountaineering and scuba diving.

Tracie Lynn Grove, Firefighter EMT, has over 20 years of experience in emergency response. After serving as Captain for The Nasa/Jet Propulsion Lab Fire Department, Tracie began instructing Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training Courses as well as disaster preparedness courses.

Financial Assistance: WIOA Funding

Out of work and need training? 

This program is approved for funding through the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act. Visit our WIOA Assistance Steps and the America's Job Center website for more information.

Additionally, if you are 18–24 years of age, you may qualify for assistance through the South Bay One Stop Career Center, which provides many services for youth and young adults, both in school and out of school, ages 14-24 years old. Services include pre employment training, work experience and internships, career preparation, occupational skill training, academic enrichment and job placement assistance.

Information & Registration Assistance

To enroll, complete and submit the ⏹ CSUDH EMT Training Course Application ►
Upon approval, a permission number and enrollment instructions will be provided.

Payment plans are available; contact the Registration Office for details: 310-243-3741 (Option 1).

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Have other questions?
Check this program's FAQs, schedule an advising session, or simply call 310-243-2075email LEARN@CSUDH.EDU, or use our LiveChat ↘ to ask questions or leave a detailed message regarding this program.

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