Which Southern California Schools Offer EMT Training & Certification?

Find schools in Southern California offering EMT training and certification. Learn about EMT training and certification requirements, and get tuition rates and course info for programs in Southern California. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Preview four schools in Southern California that provide students with training for EMT and paramedic certification.

What You Need to Know

Students in California may complete training programs at the emergency medical technician (EMT) - Basic or paramedic levels. Persons interested in working as an EMT-B (Basic) may complete one of at least three certificate programs available in the state. Admission requirements include a drug screening, a background check, and/or physical exam. Paramedic programs are designed for EMTs currently certified at the basic level. All EMT and paramedicine programs include a clinical element, often satisfied by internships, allowing students to gain a certain number of hours of hands-on experience in the field.

Schools Offering EMT Training Courses and Certificates in Southern California

Mt. San Antonio College

The EMT program at Mt. San Antonio College is offered in both the spring and fall semesters. Your curriculum will included classroom studies 2 days a week and an internship in a local hospital emergency room. Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification training is also offered in the program. Once all program requirements are met, you'll qualify to take the NREMT exam.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Certificate
  • Program Length: 19 weeks, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,348 per year for in-state; $7,960 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Must be 18 and a high school graduate; must attend orientation; proof of medical clearance; must pass criminal background check and drug screening
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 29,045 students (all undergraduate)

Saddleback College

The EMT class at Saddleback College teaches you to provide pre-hospital emergency care at the Basic Life Support level. You'll learn to assess patients and initiate emergency care as a compassionate and professional emergency healthcare provider. In addition to lectures and lab classes (at the school), you'll complete two 8-hour clinical shifts in a hospital emergency room and two 8-hour shifts riding in an ambulance. Upon completion, you'll be ready to take the NREMT written exam for EMTs.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course
  • Program Length: 12 units
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,326 per year for in-state; $5,750 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Admission Requirements: Must have physical examination and criminal background check within first 3 weeks of class
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 20,007 students (all undergraduate)

Santa Ana College

Santa Ana College offers an EMT-Basic course that is designed to prepare you to take the national certification exam. The course consists of lectures, lab skills and a clinical experience. If you are interested in renewing your EMT credential, the school also offers a course designed to prepare you for re-certification.

  • Program Name: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic Course
  • Program Length: 5 weeks (128 hours), full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,142 per year for in-state; $6,902 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 29,590 students (all undergraduate)

Schools Offering Paramedic Certificate Programs in Southern California

El Camino College

The paramedic program at El Camino College (ECC) is offered in conjunction with the county health services department's Paramedic Training Institute (PTI). Although not required, the school recommends taking a preparatory class before beginning the program's didactic coursework. Your curriculum consists of 1,090 hours of training. In addition to taking lecture courses at the PTI, you'll spend time at area hospitals and complete an internship with a fire station. Upon program completion, you can take the NREMT's certification exams and obtain California licensure. Additionally, 33 of the units of college credits earned can be transferred to the paramedic Associate in Science program at ECC.

  • Program Name: Paramedical Technician Certificate of Achievement
  • Program Length: 6 months, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,142 per year for in-state; $5,678 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: California Firefighter I certificate or completion of fire academy training, orientation course administered by the Paramedic Training Institute, EMT certification and 960 hours of work experience in the past year
  • Admission Requirements: CA driver's license, 3 letters of reference, proof of physical examination and current immunizations
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 24,207 students (all undergraduate)

Mt. San Antonio College

The paramedic program prepares you to provide advanced pre-hospital emergency care to patients. Your curriculum includes 19 weeks of didactic studies, 6 weeks of clinical internships in a hospital and 10-12 weeks in a supervised field externship. Upon completion of all training, you can sit for the NREMT certification exam for paramedics.

  • Program Name: Paramedic Program
  • Program Length: 42 units, full-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,348 per year for in-state; $7,960 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: Must have at least 1,200 hours of work experience as an EMT; must pass fundamentals for paramedics (pre-course); EMT-B certification; valid driver's license and ambulance driver's license, CPR certification
  • Admission Requirements: Must take college placement test; official transcripts from schools attended; criminal background check, drug screening and physical examination
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 29,045 students (all undergraduate)

Saddleback College

Saddleback College's paramedic program consists of 3 components: theory-based paramedicine courses, clinical experiences and a paramedic field internship. Your coursework covers topics in intravenous therapy, pathophysiology and trauma management. Upon completion of these components, you can take the paramedic examination necessary for licensure.

  • Program Name: Paramedic Certificate Program
  • Program Length: 33.5 units
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,326 per year for in-state; $5,750 per year for out-of-state (2015-2016)
  • Prerequisites: EMT-B certification with 1 year of work experience, current CPR certification
  • School Type: 2-year, public; 20,007 students (all undergraduate)

Of the four Southern California schools in the article, Santa Ana College and El Camino College offer EMT and paramedic certificates, respectively, while Saddleback College and Mt. San Antonio College provide both.

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