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EMT Program

Want to help others? Looking for a job with purpose? Consider becoming a certified EMT.

The EMT program prepares you for emergency medical care, disaster relief response, and other critical tasks involved in serving communities during need.

The EMT program can also act as a stepping stone for those interested in emergency medicine or planning on going into the medical industry such as paramedicine, nursing, respiratory therapy, and physician assistant, or just to be prepared for emergencies that life can bring.

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What You'll Learn

The Emergency Medical Technician-B course is a rigorous program that gives you the crucial fundamental skills and knowledge for a medical emergency and prepares you to meet the requirements needed to qualify for state board exams and work in the role of a licensed EMT.

Knowledge and skills you will obtain throughout the course include medical and trauma skills, basic anatomy and physiology, and airway management. Youwill learn to properly assess the sick and injured, as related to communicable diseases and trauma. You will learn practical skills of Basic Life Support, taking blood pressures, pulses, respiratory rates, lung sounds, complete body checks, administration of oxygen, and the use of various adjuncts to assist in the management of an injured person’s airway.

Training consists of classroom instruction, lab instruction, and practical field experience (if available) in basic emergency medical services (EMS) subjects. The instructional staff consists of service professionals with many years of experience. Many staff have specialized training and

experience in the various topics presented. Additionally, this course will be supported by many proctors and instructors that will help facilitate your success throughout the course.

Ready for Certification

Upon completing this course (80% or higher), students will be eligible to take the National Registry Exam (NREMT) for EMT-B. Passing the NREMT exam qualifies students to apply for a California State EMT-B certification.

This course meets all the educational requirements for the certification process, as specified in Title 22 Regulations of the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority. The Lab portion of the course prepares students for the psychomotor aspect of the EMT-B scope of practice, both of which are required to obtain a course completion.

Students who participate in the EMT program can obtain various certifications which most agencies use. Those certifications include:

  • BLS CPR/AED for Health Providers Certification

  • Active Shooter (IS-907)

  • Introduction to the Standardized Emergency Management System and the National Incident Management System (EPO-1011)

  • Incident Command System (Introduction to the Incident Command System) (IS-100.C)

  • Incident Command System (Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response) (IS-200.C)

  • National Incident Management System (An Introduction to the NIMS System) (IS-700.B)

  • National Incident Management System (National Response Framework) (IS-800.D)

  • WMD/Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders (AWR-160)

Ready to get started now?

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Special Courses

In Class: American Heart Association CPR-BLS for the Healthcare Provider

This is a two certification course intended for those that are required to have the Healthcare Provider Course for employment or schooling.

Cabrillo College offers monthly CPR classes on campus. The content of the course teaches CPR for adult, child and infant (including ventilation with a barrier device and bag-mask device). Treatment of cardiac arrest with an automated external defibrillator (AED) and care of choking victims of all ages are also covered.

We currently do not have any scheduled CPR-BLS classes. Please check back soon!

Online: American Heart Association CPR-BLS Healthcare Provider Certification & Renewal

Anyone can take the online BLS-HCP course followed by a manikin skills test at Cabrillo College.Come prepared to demonstrate skills. Thirty minutes of practice time with skill sheets and manikins is provided prior to testing.

You must bring your on-line printed course completion certificate to the skills testing session.

Sessions are scheduled by appointment only. If you have questions or wish to schedule a manikin test call (831) 479-6468.

Off site Option: Train in Your Workplace

Our instructors also offer off site certification opportunities for small groups such as medical offices, fitness centers, and companies specializing in patient care, transport or security. Feel free to call 831-479-6468 to discuss your training needs.

For more information, contact Leilani Roth or Michael Cutler.



Administer basic or advanced emergency medical care and assess injuries and illnesses. May administer medication intravenously, use equipment such as EKGs, or administer advanced life support to sick or injured individuals.

Median Salary: $50,563



Assess injuries and illnesses and administer basic emergency medical care. May transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

Median Salary: $40,370



Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, convalescent, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management.

Median Salary: $144,683

Success Stories

Nate G

Living a life that has meaning has always been important to Nathan G.

“I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to do something significant with my life – something that makes a difference,” says Nathan.

Becoming an EMT has helped him reach this goal. He took the course at Cabrillo, finding it to be a “great class all around.”

“It is a well-structured, well-taught class with an experienced teacher and good equipment. I really enjoyed it.”

Nate is currently an EMT with AMR in Monterey County and plans on becoming a paramedic.

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Gabrielle R.

EMT Gabrielle R says she’s always had a drive for helping people.

“I had sick family members that I couldn’t care for and that hit me hard. This gave me the drive to complete the EMT course, and now I’m working in the field,” says Gabrielle.

Gabrielle’s goal is to be a nurse and the EMT course gave her needed experience for the field. She appreciated the material provided and how much hands-on experience she gained. She also appreciated how much preparation and advice she received about the national registration and numerous certifications.

“All of the certifications can catch people off-guard, and we received great advice as well as guest speakers who let us know what to expect when applying for jobs.”

As Gabrielle is waiting to start Cabrillo’s nursing program, she is working in Santa Clara for ProTransport 1 as an EMT. The credits she earned in the EMT program will be applied to the nursing program.

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Ready to learn more about our programs? Please fill out this quick interest form or email Leilani Roth.