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Emergency Medical Technician EMT | Career Education | College of Marin

Career Options

  • Positions requiring Emergency Medical Response
  • Emergency Medical Responder
  • Emergency Medical Technician

Career Profile

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) workers typically are certified as Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Others work as educators or administrative personnel who coordinate emergency responses.

EMRs are first responders who provide immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical services system.

EMRs have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS resources to arrive.

EMTs provide out of hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system.

EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies.

Available Certificates

Skills Certificate, Emergency Medical Responder – 3 units

  • Time to Complete: 1 semester.
  • Course is FIRE 215, no prerequisites required.

Skills Certificate, Emergency Medical Technician – 7 units

  • Time to Complete: 1 semester.
  • Prerequisite: EMR (FIRE 215)
  • Course is FIRE 112. The Emergency Medical Technician Training Course certificate meets the requirements of the California Health and Safety Code for basic EMT-1 training.*

*The approving authority is the Marin County Emergency Medical Service Agency. Certification is valid for two years from the completion date and is recognized statewide. This program prepares you for the National Registry. Note: This is not an EMT-1 Certificate.

Why College of Marin?

  • Expert Instruction: COM’s EMR Instructor is the current Fire Marshall for Novato.
  • Real-World Expertise: The Program Coordinator and EMT Instructor is a Registered Nurse and works on an ambulance as a Paramedic.
  • Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents. Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify.


Questions? Contact Counseling:

  • (415) 485-9432
  • (415) 485-9430

Health Sciences Dept.

  • EMT/Fire Tech (415) 485-9319
  • Scott Wood (415) 457-8811 x8235

Gainful Employment
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take to earn the certificate?

Each class/certificate takes 1 semester. You must complete the EMR before enrolling in the EMT class, so both would take 2 semesters.

Are there any pre-requisites?

No, there are no requirements or prerequisites for EMR. The prerequisite for EMT is the EMR certificate.

Note that good working English is essential. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful.

If my EMR has expired, can I still apply and take the EMT course?

Yes, within a certain time frame. Please contact the Health Sciences Department at (415) 485-9319.

I already have an EMT, do you offer refresher courses?

Yes. Contact the Health Sciences at (415) 485-9319 with a copy of your current EMT to determine which refresher course you’ll need to take.

How do I get started?

To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)