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Emergency Medical Technician EMT | Career Education | College of Marin

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.

  • Job opportunities for EMRs: Lifeguards, Police & Fire Dispatchers, and more.

 

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.

  • Job opportunities for EMTs: Emergency Medical Technician; EMT certification is required for advanced positions, such as Paramedic, Emergency Dept. Technician, and often required for Fire and Police academies.

EMR and EMT Courses

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) – 3 units

  • Time to Complete: 1 semester.
  • Estimated cost: $186 tuition/fees + $30 books/materials.
  • Enroll in FIRE 215 Advanced First Aid/First Responder. No prerequisites required.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – 7 units

  • Time to Complete: 1 semester. Receive a Certificate of Achievement.
  • Estimated cost: $382 tuition/fees + $30 books/materials.
  • Enroll in FIRE 112 Emergency Medical Technician I, 7 units. Prerequisite is FIRE 215 (EMR).
  • The Emergency Medical Technician Training Course certificate meets the requirements of the California Health and Safety Code for basic EMT-1 training.*

*Note: The Emergency Medical Technician Training Course certificate meets the requirements of the California Health and Safety Code for basic EMT-1 training, approved by Marin County Emergency Medical Service Agency. This is not an EMT-1 Certificate. Certification is valid for two years from the completion date and is recognized statewide. This program prepares you for the National Registry.

Emergency Medical Technician Refresher Courses

FIRE 120A EMT-1 Refresher A – 1.5 units

  • Counts toward up to 35 hours Continuing Education (CE) requirement. Prerequisite: Current EMT-1 Certification.
  • Time to Complete: 1 semester.
  • Prerequisite: Current EMT-1 Certification.
  • Estimated cost: $113 tuition/fees + $30 books/materials.
  • Certification renewal requirements:
    • Current certification not expired: 24 hours CE.
    • Current certification expired less than 6 months: 24 hours CE.

FIRE 120B EMT-1 Refresher B – 3 units (plus for testing hours to be arranged)

  • Counts toward up to 70 hours of Continuing Education (CE) requirement, with exam included.
  • Time to Complete: 1 semester.
  • Prerequisite: Current EMT-1 Certification.
  • Estimated cost: $186 tuition/fees + $30 books/materials.
  • Certification Renewal Requirements:
    • Expired 6 months up to 1 year: 36 hours CE.
    • Expired greater than 1 year: 48 hours CE & re-take the NREMT exam.
    • Expired greater than 2 years: Retake entire class (EMT Skills Certificate).

READY TO GET STARTED?

Questions? Contact Counseling:

  • (415) 485-9432
  • (415) 485-9430

Health Sciences Dept.

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

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.

Gainful Employment
For more information about College of Marin graduation and completion rates, the median debt of students who have completed our programs, and other important gainful employment information, please visit www1.marin.edu/gainful-employment.

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!)