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(EMT) Emergency Medical Technical-Basic Information

 If you have questions about prerequisites for the Associate Science Degree in Paramedic Program, be sure to go to the Paramedic home page and check out "Degrees" and "Courses". The following information and prerequisites can also be found on our General Information Sheet.


The Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-Basic) program, PMED 100, provides the student with an outline of EMS system, introduces assessment skills, as well as provides pathophysiology of common neurological, respiratory, and cardiac related emergencies. The EMT-Basic program is a one-semester basic training course for emergency medical technicians performing as ambulance attendants. It covers techniques of emergency medical care presently considered within the responsibilities of the emergency medical technician, and emphasizes the development of student skills in recognition of symptoms of illnesses and injuries and proper procedures of emergency care.


A program completion certificate is awarded to students who pass the course with a 80 percent or better average. Successful completion of the EMT-Basic course provides eligibility to sit for the County of Sacramento Division of Public Health Emergency Medical Services certification examination. A student must  be 18 years old in order to qualify for county certification. Note: Beginning January 2006, the County of Sacramento certification examination will no longer be offered, but will be replaced by the National Registry EMT-Basic examination. Please contact the County of Sacramento at (916) 875-9753 for further information.


Successful EMT-Basic students may find employment with fire agencies, private ambulance companies, California Department of Forestry, ER techs, and other related, appropriate jobs. Many successful EMT-Basic students have also gone onto paramedic school, medical school, nursing school, physician's assistant school, and other associated allied health professions. For more information concerning related careers, click here for more information about Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics


Once enrolled, students will require to purchase malpractice insurance and obtain a background check. Fees are not refundable and may be subject to change.

Prerequisite: HEED 310 and HEED 323 with a grade of "C" or better or current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification (Professional Rescuer or BLS Healthcare Provider card).