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Emergency Medical Technician

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Updated July 2008


The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course consists of 152 hours, which includes 24 hours of emergency room/ambulance experience.  The course prepares the student to perform basic emergency care as part of a mobile emergency team.  It also provides the student with an understanding of the skills and assessment techniques needed to care for an ill or injured person in the pre-hospital setting.  Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to take an examination for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician 1.  

EMT’s are employed by ambulance companies and some private industries to provide emergency care in case of illness or injury.  The course is required for ambulance personnel, the California Highway Patrol and many other first care providers.  Students may later choose to become paramedics.



Enroll through the Bakersfield College Admission and Records Office.  The course is offered each fall, spring, and summer. This is a 7.5 unit course.



Each student must possess a current CPR card (American Heart Association Healthcare Provider).  Each student must be at least 18 years of age.  Costs of meeting health requirements are paid by the student.  Mandatory physical examination/immunizations must be completed 4 weeks after start of the courseFailure to meet these requirements will result in student ineligibility for clinical objectives.  In addition to the scheduled hours, students must arrange 24 total required class hours.  Completion of the 3 unit Medical Terminology Course (MEDS B60) is strongly recommended.




A physical examination completed by a physician of the student’s choice will be required after enrollment into the program, to demonstrate that the student meets the technical medical standards necessary to meet the course objectives.  Appropriate immunizations are also required and are performed at the student’s expense.  Please contact the Bakersfield College Student Health Center at (661) 395-4336 regarding availability of physician provided medical exams.


As a condition of enrollment to any Allied Health Program with a laboratory component, students are required to submit to and pass a designated drug/alcohol and background screen.  This is performed at the student’s expense.  Drug/alcohol testing may be required at anytime during the semester.



Students with a misdemeanor and/or felony arrest conviction, either current or prior, may not receive certification or licensure from the State or County and may not be eligible to finish the class.  Also, proof of citizenship (social security card and certified birth certificate) and fingerprinting are required by State certification/licensure agencies.  Anyone who wishes clarification may contact the Kern County Emergency Medical Services Office at (661) 868-5200.




            Upon successful completion of the course, students will be eligible to sit for the National Registry EMT-Basic Examination (NREMT).


Bakersfield College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program is approved by Kern County Emergency Medical Services and meets all State and County requirements for course.




In accordance with the requirements of the Civil Rights Act, Bakersfield College provides services and benefits to students regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, religion, marital status, medical condition or disability. The lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to administration and participation in vocational education programs. (Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.)

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Last Updated: 09/07/2008