Academic Catalogs

Emergency Medical Services

​​​​​​​EMT-1/Basic certification is required to work for an ambulance service or in an emergency department and may be required for lifeguards, ski patrol, and firefighters. The EMT-1/Basic provides the care necessary to preserve life and to prevent disability among the acutely ill and the seriously injured and assist and communicate with other healthcare providers with a higher scope of practice.

The EMT-1 must have basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and sterile techniques. The course of study emphasizes treating traumatic injuries and medical emergencies, as well as treating minor disorders and emotional problems. Specialized areas include obstetrical and pediatric emergencies and extricating entrapped persons. Special emphasis is placed on proper patient moving techniques and transport to definitive and appropriate medical care.

Successful completion of the EMT-1 course qualifies the student to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians’ certifying examination, and therefore obtain EMT Basic certification in any California County.

Program Outcome

The graduate of the Emergency Medical Services program will be prepared for entry-level employment as a professional and competent Emergency Medical Technologist and meet the needs of the local health care community. The EMT-1/Basic course is a prerequisite for paramedic training. Job opportunities are excellent. ​

EMTs Occupational Outlook Handbook - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Department Contact Information

Brian Beichner

Emergency Medical Services Department Website

Credit Courses

EMS A1004 Units (54 lecture hours; 36 lab hours)  
Emergency Medical Responder  

Grading Mode: Standard Letter

Transfer Credit: CSU.

Emergency Medical responder (advanced first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Students will receive an American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Card and a Course Completion certificate upon successful completion of the class.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing EMS A100

    EMS A15010 Units (180 lecture hours)  
    Emergency Medical Technician  
    Prerequisite(s): American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider CPR card; This will be validated on the FIRST day of class; Card must be BLS PROVIDER from the AHA, no other CPR card will be accepted.
    Co-requisite(s): EMS A150L and EMS A151.

    Grading Mode: Standard Letter

    Transfer Credit: CSU.

    An overview of the EMT’s roles and responsibilities including the evaluation and treatment of medical and trauma emergencies. This would include extrication and transport of the sick, ill, and injured patient. Successful completion of all corequisite courses qualifies the graduating student to take the National Registry EMT certifying exam.

    Catalog Program Pages Referencing EMS A150

      EMS A150L1 Unit (80 lab hours)  
      Emergency Medical Services Laboratory  
      Co-requisite(s): EMS A150 and EMS A151.

      Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

      Transfer Credit: CSU.

      Practical application of the theories and skills required for an Emergency Medical Technician to perform assessments, and provide care, life-saving measures, and employ safe techniques while effectively engaged in patient interactions.

      Catalog Program Pages Referencing EMS A150L

        EMS A1511 Unit (48 other hours)  
        Emergency Medical Technician Clinical  
        Co-requisite(s): EMS A150 and EMS A150L.

        Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

        Transfer Credit: CSU.

        Application and integration of skills and knowledge gained from EMT A150 in the emergency department of an acute hospital or other arranged clinical setting in accordance with California State Title 22, Section 9 regulations, and on a Basic Life Support ambulance unit. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only.

        Catalog Program Pages Referencing EMS A151

          EMS A1601 Unit (28 lecture hours)  
          EMT-1 Recertification  
          Prerequisite(s): Current EMT-1(Basic) certificate or certificate which has not expired by more than two years.

          Grading Mode: Pass/No Pass

          Transfer Credit: CSU.

          New policies and procedures including the latest CPR techniques and procedures for new equipment, updates to the EMT-Basic's scope of practice within Orange County, the State and Federal guidelines, and review of the required EMT- Basic curriculum to the most up-to-date model. Provides 24 hours of Continuing Education as 24 Hour-Refresher Course. No skills testing provided. Offered on a pass-no pass basis only.

          Catalog Program Pages Referencing EMS A160