EMT Program FAQs

EMT Frequently Asked Questions

About the Program

Is the EMT Program at CSUDH approved?

Yes, the program is approved by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency. 

How is the program conducted: is it in-person, online, or hybrid?

The program is conducted in-person. 

How much is the EMT Training program at CSUDH?

The course fees are available on the program schedule.

What are some options for tuition payment?

Payment plans are available; upon registration ask our registration personnel for more details.

You can also apply for a private student loan through Sallie Mae or other private student loan services.

 Please note, the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training Course does not qualify for federal student financial aid.

What does the tuition include?

The tuition includes the following:

  1. Course enrollment fee
  2. Course textbook (Electronic Access)  
  3. FISDAP Course Assessment package 

Are there additional costs outside of the tuition?

  1. Before program application:
  2. During EMT course:
  3. After:
    • Fee for NREMT Certification Exam
    • Fee to apply for licensure with certifying entity
    • Background check if not previously completed  

When do students wear the required uniform?

Students wear the required uniform to each class session as well as to ride along shifts.

When do students purchase the uniform?

Instructions for purchase at LA Uniform is provided during the initial class session. Payment will be made by the students directly to LA Uniform.

How is fieldwork scheduled?

Fieldwork shifts are scheduled by the program instructor at one of CSUDH’s EMT ride-along partners. Shifts are scheduled according to student and site availability and are typically 12-hour shifts.

Does the certificate show “CSUDH”?

The certificate of completion is issued by CSUDH and reflects program approval by Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency. The course completion is also reflected on the CSUDH Official Transcript.

How often is the CSUDH EMT Training course offered?

The EMT course at CSUDH is offered 3-4 times each calendar year. Sign up for our mailing list to receive announcements about new course offerings!

How long is the course in terms of weeks?

The Spring and Fall offerings are typically 15 weeks and the Summer offering is approximately 10 weeks.

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Admissions & Application

Do I have to be admitted to California State University, Dominguez Hills to apply for the EMT Training Program?

No, anyone may apply directly to the EMT Training Course at CSUDH without university admission.

I am a student at CSU Dominguez Hills. Does the EMT program qualify as part of my course load? Will the EMT course qualify me for continuous enrollment at CSUDH?

No, the EMT Course at CSUDH is a non-academic program and does not count toward course load or continuous enrollment.

I know I want to take the EMT Training Course at CSUDH. What are my next steps?

  1. Obtain required vaccinations and medical tests
  2. Obtain AHA BLS card
  3. Submit application and required documentation
  4. Receive approval from CSUDH EMT Training Program, and enroll in EMT Course

Where/how can I obtain the AHA BLS card?

American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) is available in two different training methods – blended learning and classroom training. All BLS course options teach the same AHA science-based skills and result in the same AHA BLS Course Completion Card.

How long does a BLS card take to obtain?

Full BLS Provider Course takes approximately 4.5 hours to complete, including skills practice and skills testing. BLS Renewal Course takes approximately 3 hours to complete, including skills practice and testing.

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Upon Program Completion 

Where can I work as an EMT after completing this program?

  1. To become an EMT in California, complete an EMT course from an approved EMT Training Program.
  2. Second, pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) EMT computer-based testing.
  3. Third, apply for EMT certification with ONE California local EMS Agency, aka “certifying entity”.

How much time do I have to pass the NREMT exam and apply for EMT certification? 

You must apply for certification within two years of being issued an EMT course completion record. In certain cases, if course completion is greater than two years old, but NREMT certification has been maintained, the two-year rule may be waived. 

What is the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)? 

The National Registry of EMTs is an independent, not-for-profit organization. National EMS Certification is not a license to practice, but is the process utilized to validate competent practice by EMS professionals. For information about licensure, contact the Office of EMS in the state you desire to work.

How can I learn more about working as an EMT in Los Angeles County?

Visit the Los Angeles County EMS Agency Frequently Asked Questions/General EMT Information

Other Southern California EMS Agencies:

  • Kern County: (661) 868-5200
  • Orange County: (714) 834-3500
  • Riverside County: (951) 358-5029
  • San Bernardino County (ICEMA): (909) 388-5823  
  • San Diego County: (619) 285-6429
  • Santa Barbara County: (805) 681-5274  
  • Ventura County: (805)981-5301

Do I have to have a driver's license to work as an EMT?

A driver’s license is not required to complete the EMT Course and certify as an EMT in California. However, individual employers may have requirements for employees to hold a valid driver license.

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