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Emergency Medical Technician

EMT Orientation - Online (click here for pdf document)

The field of pre hospital care is an exciting extension of the medical profession. The Emergency Medical Technician is the beginning level for response personnel. Emergency Medical Technician is the minimum preparation required to work on an Ambulance, for a Fire Department and many other Public Safety positions. This course is also required for students desiring to become a Paramedic and / or Firefighter.


  • Emergency Medical Technician - working for a Fire Department
  • Emergency Medical Technician - working on an Ambulance
  • Emergency Medical Technician - working in a Hospital Emergency Room
  • Emergency Medical Technician - working in Health Clinics and Doctors’ Offices
  • Emergency Medical Technician - working on a Search and Rescue Team
  • Others choose this class to be more prepared to handle home crisis and emergencies


  • Registration & college fees = $236 - $256
  • Books, uniforms, supplies = $200
  • Liability Insurance = $13
  • Total Costs = $447 - $521
  • Criminal Background Check = $51-58
  • (All costs are approximate.)


High school diploma or GED. Student must be 18 years of age to be certified. Prior education in anatomy, physiology, biology, chemistry, is recommended, but not required. Current Healthcare Provider CPR Card is required. Current, negative tuberculosis test is also required. Felony convictions and some driving violations may prevent student from being certified. Students will be required to submit , electronically, a copy of their driving history (CA DMV H-6 or state of residence) as part of the background process outlined below


Each student will be required to submit to a criminal background verification prior to attending clinical or field shifts. Information of how to complete this process will be provided to the students during the early stages of the class and can only be done through the program-approved vendor. No outside, non-approved vendors or processes will be accepted. Failure to complete this requirement by the specified date will be grounds for dismissal from the class. Failure of the background check may be grounds for dismissal and / or subject to review by the instructor, EMS Department Director, Public Safety Chair, Dean of Public Safety and the clinical / field sites.

Information reported will be: County Criminal, Nationwide Sex Offender database, Nationwide Healthcare Fraud / Office of Inspector General Sanctions, Social Security alerts, County of Residence and employment (7 years) and a Department of Motor Vehicle report.

The results are reported directly to the EMS Program Director.

Decisions for immediate removal will be determined by California Health and Safety Code of Regulations, Title 22-Social Security, Division 9-Prehospital Emergency Medical Services, CHapter 6-Process for EMT and Advanced EMT Disciplinary Action, Article 4-Determination and Notification of Action, Section #100214.3-Denial or Revocation of a Certificate, (c) (1-9) and (d) (1-2).


The Emergency Medical Technician course is an intensive 16 week (Fall and Spring Semesters) or 8-Week (Summer Session) course that will provide the students training in the recognition of the signs and symptoms of illness and traumatic injuries. The course will consist of classroom lectures, online content, manipulative skills in a lab setting, and clinical internships. The internships require a minimum of two (2) twelve-hour shifts in a local emergency room and two (2) twelve-hour shifts on a transport ambulance.

This program is intended as an introductory course to provide the student with basic skills and knowledge required to go on to Paramedic training.

The EMT course includes 100 hours of classroom instruction as well as 36 hours of lab (skills) instruction. Student will also be required to complete 32 hours of field and clinical internship. A minimum score of 80% is required on the testing portion of this class. There are no exceptions.

This class meets EMSA regulations and upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to register for the National Registry licensing examination.

Course schedules may differ from semester to semester. Please check the current VVC Schedule for an up to date listing of the days and times it is offered.


NREMT Written Examination Results for EMT-Basic (through 2012)


Dave Oleson - Director, Emergency Medical Services Academies – 760-245-4271, Ext. 2738 - Email:

Public Safety Office Assistant / Instructional Assistant – 760-245-4271, Ext. 3100