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Cerro Coso Community College

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

The Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

  • Trains students in emergency medical technology.
  • Prepares students for an entry level position in diverse health-related and safety-related fields.

You can use this to:

  • Enhance career opportunities in:
    • Private Ambulance
    • Fire Fighting
    • Security Officer
    • Safety Officer
    • Law Enforcement

Employment of EMTs and paramedics is expected to grow by 33 percent from 2010 to 2020. There will continue to be demand for part-time, volunteer EMTs and paramedics in rural areas and smaller metropolitan areas.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, EMTs and Paramedics

  • To identify the correct sequence of assessments and treatments for patients experiencing cardiopulmonary arrest.
  • To identify the etiology, pathophysiology and signs and symptoms of disorders of all body systems.
  • To identify critical medical patient conditions using standardized medical patient assessments.
  • To identify critical traumatic patient conditions using standardized trauma patient assessments.
  • To demonstrate leadership during the management of critical patient conditions.
  • To demonstrate the ability to utilize resources to resolve medical and trauma patient conditions.

The EMT program at Cerro Coso opened a door to a fulfilling career in health. It was challenging, but I have never been so engaged in class or eager to learn more.

—Jeffrey Gleason, Student

Program Learning Outcome Assessments

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

Complete all of the following courses:

This is a Healthcare Provider - Cardiopulmonary Rescusication (CPR) Course that meets the current American Heart Association standards. The course provides training in emergency treatment for life-threatening cardiopulmonary arrest, airway and breathing management, and foreign body obstructed airway for all age groups in a particular setting. This course also includes one and two rescuer CPR, use of barrier devices, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use and the prevention of disease transmission. 10 hours lecture.

Offered in Ridgecrest every semester, in Bishop and Lake Isabella every Spring, and in Mammoth Lakes and Tehachapi every Fall.

Advisory: ENGL C101, HCRS C150.

This course provides instruction in pre-hospital techniques in the evaluation and emergency medical care through the recognition of signs and symptoms of illnesses and injuries. This course also includes instruction in the care rendered on scene and during transportation by EMT personnel. The student shall meet health requirements to participate in the clinical section of the course. Any expenses involved in meeting the health requirement are at the student's expense. Failure to meet the health requirements results in student ineligibility for clinical objectives. Upon successful completion of the mandated course criteria the student receives a Certificate of Completion and this qualifies the student to apply and take the national exam for the Emergency Medical Technician, to ultimately qualify for application within the State of California to become certified. The student must provide a valid American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR/AED card to the instructor at the first class session to remain enrolled in this course. 162 hours lecture/27 hours laboratory.

Offered in Ridgecrest every semester, in Bishop and Lake Isabella every Spring, and in Mammoth Lakes and Tehachapi every Fall.


All classes needed for this certificate are available at the following campuses: Ridgecrest / IWV Bishop Mammoth Lakes Lake Isabella Tehachapi

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

This certificate requires 10.0 units and will likely take 1 semester.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

10.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $460 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $310* for books and supplies

Total cost $770 for 1 semester


10.0 units

at $275 per unit

Equals $2,750 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $310* for books and supplies

Total cost $3,060 for 1 semester

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

This is not a Financial Aid eligible certificate.

For general questions, contact:

Michael Metcalf
Allied Health
Phone: 760-384-6246

Counseling can provide specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

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