Skill Award in Emergency Medical Technician

Students completing the emergency medical technician (EMT) program receive a skill award and are prepared to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) licensing examination. With a passing score on the NREMT, students are eligible for a California license as an EMT and can begin work as an EMT. Throughout the program, students are educated and encouraged to continue on the emergency medical services career ladder. Students must be a high school graduate or (GED) equivalent, 18 years of age on or before the first day of classroom instruction, and have no felony convictions.

Required course:
HEAL 161Emergency Medical Technician - Basic7
Total Units7

Skill Award Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Emergency Medical Technician Skill Award will:

  1. Use correct medical terminology and nomenclature in the correct context in order to effectively communicate health/medical information and concepts to others.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical responsibilities of an EMT and other healthcare providers.
  3. Calculate various I.V. drip rates for patients undergoing I.V. therapy.
  4. Develop problem solving and self-assessment skills and make appropriate decisions regarding a variety of procedural situations.
  5. Identify the signs and symptoms of common medical emergencies related to various body systems.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to interact with patients and work effectively as a member of the emergency medical services team.
  7. Discuss various EMS systems both local/state and international.
  8. Develop the ability to use and adapt to current technology used in emergency medical services practices.
  9. Demonstrate understanding of administering patient prescribed drugs to patients.
  10. Demonstrate proficiency in the current duties of an EMT, practicing within scope of practice.

1-Term Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
HEAL 161 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic 7
HEAL 100 Emergency Medical Services Career Preparation 3
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
 Total Units14

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


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