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

Certified graduates of this program will have the affective, cognitive and psychomotor skills and knowledge necessary to enter the field of professional prehospital care as specified by the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

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. Formerly known as EMT A100.

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. Formerly known as EMT A150.

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. Formerly known as EMT A150L. Graded or Pass/No Pass option.

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. Formerly known as EMT A151.

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. Formerly known as EMT A160.

Catalog Program Pages Referencing EMS A160