Emergency Medical Technician – Certificate of Achievement

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The Emergency Medical Technician curriculum prepares the student to take on significant responsibility within the allied health team as a basic level prehospital practitioner.  Students are provided the necessary knowledge and skills to seek employment with ambulance service companies, first responder agencies, fire departments, public health outreach facilities and hospitals as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  Students completing the program are able to begin a career as an Emergency Medical Technician and prepare for training as a Paramedic.  Emphasis is on the fundamental principles and skills required to provide emergency medical care for the ill or injured at the scene of an accident or the onset of sudden illness and during transport to a medical care facility.  Specific tasks may be performed such as assisting with and providing direct patient care, obtaining diagnostic vital signs and patient information, airway and respiratory support, assisting with patient prescribed emergency medications, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, splinting, bandaging, bleeding control,  ambulance operations, cleaning and disinfecting equipment and patient compartments, and customer billing. Emergency Medical Service offers variety, flexibility, excellent working conditions, and personal satisfaction.  Students successfully completing the program will be prepared to take the National Registry of EMTs initial Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) exam and qualify for certification as an EMT in the State of California, as well as other states following the National Education Standards and NREMT testing.  Participation in off-campus ambulance ride-alongs is required for program completion as an EMT.  Students must provide their own transportation to off-campus sites.  A selected uniform and body substance isolation kit are required for the off-site program participation.

Fingerprinting and background investigation is mandatory for EMT certification in California.  A social security number or a TIN is required to take the National Registry of EMTs exam. 

The Emergency Medical Technician course is accredited by the Los Angeles County EMS Agency and approved by the California EMS Authority.  The Los Angeles County EMS Agency can be contacted at (562) 378-1500 or at The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 10100 Pioneer Blvd, Suite 200, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670.

Los Angeles County EMS Agency web address is: https://dhs.lacounty.gov/emergency-medical-services-agency/

California EMS Authority https://emsa.ca.gov/

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Requirements for Admission into the EMED Program are:

1. Current CPR/Basic Life Support (BLS) card, which must be maintained while in the program. CPR training can be obtained from the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross, Health Care Provider course.

2. Minimum 18 years of age for Emergency Medical Technician (EMED 101A, 101C)

Courses are offered and enrollment are accepted on a year-round basis.  Students interested in additional program information should consult with the program director.

Program Outcomes

  • Develop the necessary skills and knowledge in human anatomy and physiology for basic level prehospital care.
  • Differentiate diagnostic signs and interpretations of sudden illness and injuries for basic level prehospital care.
  • Demonstrate the necessary skills and procedures of basic emergency rescue and care.

Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Total Units10
This Certificate of Achievement is not eligible as a major for an Associate Degree.