Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program
What Is The Job?
An Emergency Medical Technician often works as a first responder at emergency
incidents. EMTs bring expert medical care to victims of illness or injury by
stabilizing medical problems and commonly transporting patients to the hospital
for more advanced medical care. Emergency medical care provided by EMTs
may involve control of bleeding, application of bandages and/or splints,
administration of oxygen, resuscitation of persons in cardiac or respiratory
arrest, treatment of shock, assistance in childbirth, control of mentally
disturbed persons, treatment of poisoning or bum victims, or assistance in
evacuation. Other duties include communications, report writing, emergency
vehicle driving and continuing medical education on current and new medical
What Are The Personal Qualifications & Skills Necessary?
Emergency Medical Technicians must be able to give and receive verbal and
written instructions quickly and clearly, remain calm in emergencies, and
maintain a neat, clean appearance. They must also be able to use good judgment
under stress, use common sense, drive an emergency vehicle, avoid endangering
themselves or their co-workers, and avoid inflicting further injury on patients.
Work Conditions And Earnings:
Emergency Medical Technicians may work for fire departments, hospitals,
private ambulance companies, police departments and in private industry. The
majority work on ambulances and in the fire departments, but some may find
seasonal work in forest fire fighting services, parks and recreation areas, and
amusement parks. Salaries generally range from minimum wage on up.
There will be a continued need for Emergency Medical Technicians because of
growing public awareness of the importance of pre-hospital care. Most fire
departments are now requiring this training and certification as a minimum
requirement for either employment or continued employment. Advancement can be
made to Paramedic, Nursing, and similar fields.
successful completion of the EMT course (Health 81 & 83), the
student must successfully pass the National Registry of Emergency
Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification examination and complete
an EMS agency application for certification within 23 months of the
last day of class.
Chabot College does not certify a student to be an EMT. We
provide you with the necessary coursework and information regarding
applying for certification. Only an EMS agency can certify
someone as an EMT. An EMT certificate is good statewide, and
certification can be completed through any California Local EMS
For more specific certification information, visit the
EMS Agency website and look under the heading of EMTs &
Paramedics. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding EMT
certification with the Alameda County EMS Agency can also be found
on the website at:
For other information on certification or programs in California try the
State EMSA website at:
at Chabot College for initial EMT Certification:
Health 81: Emergency
Medical Technician — Lecture and skills lab
81 and Health 83 must be taken concurrently. They cannot
be taken separately.
other private schools or community colleges may have differing
course titles or pre-requisite requirements for enrollment in their
Medical Technician Course Offerings:
The EMT Program at Chabot College is
offered once each fall and spring semester (no summer session course
is offered). The EMT
course at Chabot (Health 81 and Health 83) meets every Wednesday
during the semester for a total of 17, 8-hour sessions. The Health
83 class is a one-day Saturday class that meets for 8 hours. These
hours do not include your work experience time. Work experience
times will be scheduled in class after the beginning of the Health
Completion of a
criminal and sex offender records checks via
Certifiedbackground.com will be required by the Chabot College EMT
program. Do not get the background check before you start the
course. Directions will be provided in class on where and how to
proceed and complete the background checks.
U.S. County Criminal Records –
a record will prevent clinical participation and course completion.
Statewide Sexual Offender
Index – a record will prevent clinical participation and course
EMT programs are offered at other local colleges and private
schools throughout California. Go to
the California EMS Authority web site for more information on
accredited schools and their locations
During the EMT class, the student
will be placed in appropriate work settings that will give them
practical experience in the hospital (8-16 hours), and in the field
riding on an ambulance (20-24 hours). There will also be follow-up
discussions of the work experience. Work experience time will be
scheduled after the midterm week of class and will be completed
before the conclusion of the course.
for the EMT Program (Health 81 & Health 83):
Any one of the
following options is acceptable:
You must be eighteen (18) years of age to take this course.
Health 61 (Emergency Medical Responder) or EMS 61 (Emergency Medical
Responder - Las Positas College) AND a valid CPR certification/card
(Health Care Provider level CPR). The CPR card must be valid for the
duration of the EMT course.
Health Care Provider CPR is included
with Health 61.
Valid Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certification with
documentation and valid CPR certification for Healthcare provider
Emergency Medical Response (Taken at an American Red Cross office,
a 51-hour class) and current CPR for the Professional Rescuer
(American Red Cross) or current Health Care Provider Level CPR card
(American Heart Association).
Previously completed an EMT course from another school or state.
(current valid CPR certificate/card — either Healthcare Provider
Level CPR or Professional Rescuer CPR).
Medical experience determined to be an acceptable substitute, as
determined by the EMT Program Director. (You still must have a
current CPR certificate) Supporting documentation of experience must
be provided prior to the first class session for approval.
Acceptance into the program is at the sole discretion of the course
director. The director
maintains the right to refuse any request for any reason.
If you have not taken the prerequisite Health 61 course at Chabot
College or the EMS 61 course at Las Positas College in Livermore CA.
You will need to get a prerequisite waiver from a college
councilor prior to the first class session.
Health 81 –
Student Health Requirements:
must provide proof of the following immunizations by the third class
session. Blood titers are the preferred method
proof of immunization for the EMT program. Students not providing
documentation of all required immunizations will be dismissed from
Immunization requirements are:
1. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) – Vaccination documentation
2. Tuberculosis (TB) -
negative TB titer, skin test, chest X-ray documented as negative by
a physician or a TB blood test will be acceptable. Tests must not
be more than 3 months old, measured from the first day of class.
TB blood tests:
TB blood tests (also called interferon-gamma release assays or
IGRAs) measure how the immune system reacts to the bacteria that
cause TB. (This test is not available at the Chabot campus clinic)
Two IGRAs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
QuantiFERON®–TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT-GIT)
T-SPOT®.TB test (T-Spot)
3. Hepatitis B vaccination series - consists
of three separate immunizations (3 shots): the first shot, the
second shot (given 1 month after the first shot), and the third shot
(given 5 months after the second shot). Students must show proof of
having started the Hepatitis B vaccination series by the third class
4. Varicella vaccine (Chicken
pox) – vaccination documentation or titer of immunity
5. Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis
(Tdap) – Vaccination documentation or titer (obtain booster if >5
years since you received the immunization).
6. Influenza vaccine – current
Note: If you do not provide proof of immunizations you may lose your seat in
the course even if you have enrolled prior to the first class
session. Please provide copies of all your documents, we do not
For more specific information on immunizations:
http://www.cdc.gov/ search for the topic
information of interest
Medical Technician Refresher Courses (Health 85):
All State of California certified
EMT’s must re-certify every 2 years to maintain their certification.
To re-certify, an EMT in the state of
California must complete 24 hours of continuing education and pass a
skills competency verification examination. The Health 85
class meets all hours and testing requirements to re-certify.
The student must complete their re-certification through the
Local EMS Agency they have certified through.
EMT refresher courses are offered at
Chabot College once every Fall and Spring semester. No Health 85
classes are offered during the summer session.
To be eligible for the EMT refresher course, the student must
have a current EMT certification that has not been expired for more
than 2 years. Check the current class schedule under Health 85.
For more specific information on how
to re-certify, contact the Local EMS Agency you are certified
Re-certification of your NREMT card is not required to maintain your
state of California certification.
Taking the Chabot college Health 85 class does not recertify
an EMT, it only provides continuing education hours and skills
competency verification documentation for the EMT to complete
re-certification through their EMS Agency.
County EMS Agency web site:
Requirements / Procedure:
Please refer to the Chabot class
schedule for registration procedures. Class size is limited to
54students. Registration information can be found on the
Chabot College web site.
The EMT Program at Chabot College is a 7 unit course.
Health 81 is 6.5 units and Health 83 is 0.5 units, the cost
of the course is based on the current unit tuition fee plus required
texts etc. For more
specific information on the current unit tuition price per unit go
to the Chabot course registration page.
Students are also required to purchase all required text books
and pay for any additional fees or costs to meet all course
Any fees or costs required for certification as an EMT is the
responsibility of the student and it is not included in the tuition
fees paid at the time of enrollment into the course.
Persons may obtain an EMT-1 certificate by successful completion
of an approved challenge examination if:
They are a currently licensed Physician in one of the United States,
a Registered Nurse, a Physician’s Assistant, or a Vocational Nurse.
They provide documented evidence of having successfully completed an
EMS training program of the Armed Forces including the Coast Guard
of the United States within the preceding 2 years that meets the
Department of Transportation (DOT) EMT-l standard curriculum.
An individual who was active in the last 2 years in a pre-hospital
classification of the armed services, including the Coast Guard.
A currently licensed, out of state Paramedic or Advanced Emergency
Medical Technician (A-EMT).
For all other questions regarding information on the challenge
examination or certification in general, please call the Alameda
County Emergency Medical Services Agency at (510) 618-2050.
This program is
accredited by the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency.
For Further Information:
Contact Brandon Buckley, EMT Coordinator at Chabot College, by e-mail at