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Prehospital Education Programs: Emergency Medical Technician Courses

Note: The Academic credit Paramedic Education program is located at

Program Structure

In this 9 week course, students will receive basic life support training skills needed to become a certified EMT. The classroom structure is divided into lecture and lab time where students get a hands-on learning experience to practice rescue scenario skills. Students will have a primary lead instructor on lecture days. During lab time, students will break into groups with several skills instructors who will provide basic life support training on the particular lessons learned that day. Students will be learning from practicing EMTs and Paramedics who work in the field everyday. There are no pre-requisites for this course. Students must be at least 18 years of age before the last class meeting of the session for which they register.


Through this program participants will receive the following:

  • CPR certification through the American Heart Association
  • ICS-100 Certification
  • Haz-mat certification
  • At least 12 hours of ride along time on an ambulance observing a professional EMT
  • Quality instruction from trained professionals in the EMS field
  • Opportunity to network with those who are interested or already working in the EMS field
  • Preparation on how to take the National Registry Exam


This program is ideal for:

  • People interested in joining the EMS industry
  • Those seeking the freedom to work outside of an office or cubicle
  • Individuals who enjoy highly stressful, yet highly rewarding work
  • People who like a varied schedule
  • Those who want to save lives
  • Students who are considering nursing or medical school

Career Possibilities

EMT-Basic is an entry-level position in the EMS industry. Completing the EMT-Basic course is the first stepping stone into the medical field, offering the basic skills that all clinicians need. An EMT can find employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Fire departments
  • Private ambulance companies
  • Law enforcement
  • Hospitals
  • Life guards
  • Park rangers

The EMT Program is approved as a provider by the Sacramento County Emergency Medical Services Agency.

How to register

Please register online or call Information Registration Services at (916) 278-4433 extension 2.

Contact Us

For questions or to receive more information regarding our EMT Basic and Paramedic Program, please contact:
Program Coordinator, Kim Ramirez at 916-278-5984 or

Additional Contact:

Program DirectorJason Hemler at 916-278-4846 or


Has the program been approved?
Yes, the EMT program is approved as a provider by the Sacramento County Emergency Medical Services Agency.
When did the program begin?
The Sacramento State Prehospital Education program began in October of 2009.
What are the pre-requisites for the program?
There are no pre-requisites for this course. Students must be at least 18 years of age before the last class meeting of the session for which they register.
Am I required to apply to Sacramento State as a student?
No, students are not required to apply to the University or meet the CSUS admissions criteria. Students can register directly to the program online at or by calling registration at 916-278-4433 extension 2.
What is the cost of this program?
The cost of the program, which includes your textbook, and program polo, is $1,100. (Program costs may be subject to change).
What textbook do you use?
Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 10th Edition.
When will I receive my book and polo?
You will receive both on the first day of class. Upon registering make sure to email your polo shirt size to the Program Coordinator at
Do students have to pay to park?
Yes, weekly parking permits can be purchased at Napa Hall for $10. The class is 9 weeks long, so the total for parking would be approximately $90.
Is there a payment plan available?
No, students must pay the $1,100 course fee at the time of registration.
Is the coursework transferrable to another college or university?
No, unfortunately the EMT Basic course is not transferrable. The CSUS EMT program is a non-credit certificate program. There are no academic units granted for the course.
Are financial aid and student loans eligible for this program?
No, unfortunately this program does not qualify for financial aid or student loans. Why? Because this program is a non-credit certificate based program, financial aid and students loans do not qualify. Payment for the program will need to be made at the time of registration. No payment plans are available.
Do you accept VA/GI Bill money?
Yes, we accept VA/GI Bill money. You will need to contact Kim Smith in registration at the College of Continuing Education at 916-278-4433 extension 2 to get started with the appropriate paperwork.
Are students required to wear uniforms?
No, students are not required to wear a uniform to class, but you will be given a program polo which is to be worn on your ride along and during skills every Saturday.
How long is the program?
The EMT program is a 9 week long course. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm-10pm and on Saturdays from 8am-5pm.
Does the program provide assistance in obtaining work after graduation?
The program does not provide job placement. However, you will get a chance to network with other students, as well as your instructors who all have careers working as a Paramedic or Firefighter.
I’m also interested in the Paramedic Program at Sacramento State, who can I contact?
For more information about the Paramedic Program you can visit our website at You can also contact the Program Coordinator at 916-278-5984 or by email at
I have some additional questions about the EMT Program, who can I contact?
Kim Ramirez is the Program Coordinator, and can be reached by email or by phone at 916-278-5984.
Do you have a Program Facebook page?
Yes, our URL is
When will you be offering the class?
Please scroll down to the bottom of our website and click on the Emergency Medical Technician Basic Course link. You will then see all the upcoming classes and can register from that page for a particular class. We generally offer the EMT Basic class in January, April, June, and October.
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