EMT Frequently Asked Questions


Has the course been approved?

Yes, the EMT course is approved as a provider by the Sacramento County Emergency Medical Services Agency.

When did the course begin?

The Sacramento State EMT course began in October of 2009.

What are the prerequisites for the course?

There are no prerequisites (aside from being at least 18 years old) for this course, however, passing CPR in our EMT course is a requirement to pass. You must be 18 years old to take the NREMT written exam (www.nremt.org).

Am I required to apply to Sacramento State as a student?

No, students are not required to apply to the university or meet the Sac State admissions criteria. Students can register directly for the course online at www.cce.csus.edu/ems or by calling registration at 916.278.4433, extension 2.

How long is the course?

The EMT course is nine weeks long. The class typically meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 – 10 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m during the fall and spring. During the summer, we typically offer three sections of the course — two are usually two days/week from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and the other option is a three days/week course, including two four-hour evening classes and one Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m class meeting each week.

What is the cost of the EMT course?

The current cost of the course, which includes your textbook and program polo is $1,500.

What is the refund policy?

Please refer to our Non-Credit Registration and Refunds page. The drop deadline for a full-refund (minus $10 for processing) is seven calendar days before the class starts.

Is there a payment plan available?

No, students must pay the $1,500 course fee at the time of registration.

Are financial aid and student loans eligible for this course?

No, unfortunately this course does not qualify for financial aid or student loans. Payment for the course 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.

What textbook do you use?

Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 11th 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.

Do students have to pay to park?

Yes, weekly parking permits can be purchased at Napa Hall for $12. The class is nine weeks long, so the total for parking would be approximately $108.

Is the coursework transferable to another college or university?

No, unfortunately the EMT Basic course is not transferable. The Sac State EMT course is a non-credit certificate program. There are no academic units granted for the course.

Are students required to wear uniforms?

Yes, students are required to wear a uniform to class. Students will need to purchase Navy Blue EMS style pants. Students will be given a Sac State EMT polo which is worn every class meeting along with the EMS style pants, and black shoes.

Do you provide assistance in obtaining work after completing the course?

We do 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, EMT 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 www.cce.csus.edu/paramedic.

Do you have a Program Facebook page?

Yes! You can find us on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/SacStatePHE

When will you be offering the course in 2018?

We typically offer the course in January, April, June and October each year.

We will offer two sections in April 2018:

Section 3, April 2 – June 2
(Mon./Wed. 6 – 10 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Section 4, April 3 – June 2
(Tues./Thurs. 6 – 10 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

To register for the course, click on the register tab or call registration at 916-278-4433 extension 2. Once the class fills you can get added to the waitlist by contacting our registration department at 916-278-4433 extension 2. 

We will offer three summer EMT courses and those will be mid-June to mid-August and won’t be open for registration until sometime in April.

Lastly, we will offer the course in October and it will open for registration in June.

To register for a course, please click on the register pod to the right of the homepage and select ”Add to Shopping Cart” from that page for a particular course.