Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medical Services Program Description

Certificate of Proficiency

Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technicians-EMTs (previously called EMT-I or Basic) are the backbone of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system, helping to reduce injury severity and death at the scene of an accident or sudden illness and during transportation to a medical facility.

Program Description

Cosumnes River College's Emergency Medical Technology course (EMT 100) is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge to apply for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the State of California. EMT certification is the first step to starting a career working on an ambulance. EMT certification is also a pre-employment requirement for most professional fire departments. Students must fulfill all requirements of the EMT course including but not limited to: background clearance, physical examinations, immunization, Tb clearance and drug screening. Cosumnes River College's EMT 100 students will gain clinical experience in ambulance units and in hospital emergency departments.

The Emergency Medical Technician Program is designed to fulfill the entrance requirements, (along with 1 year of work experience), for many paramedic programs. Paramedic programs will have other prerequisites such as anatomy and physiology and medical terminology. Students should check individual paramedic programs and college counselors for each college’s specific requirements.

EMT certification is an important first step in the career path of students pursuing professions as physicians, registered nurses, physician assistants, and other health professions, by offering a distinct advantage in patient assessment and critical interventional skills, as well as to obtaining valuable work experience in emergency medicine.

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Career Opportunities

  • EMT(1); Emergency Room Technician; Fire Service
  • (With additional training):
  • Firefighter
  • Rescue Worker
  • Paramedic
  • Emergency Medical Dispatcher
  • Physicians
  • Registered Nurses
  • Physician Assistants


  • Hands-on experience in administering proper emergency medical care
  • Preparation for the EMT state certification test (NREMT)
  • Recertification for EMT state certification
  • First step in pursuing paramedic license
  • Hospital emergency room and ambulance clinical time

Note to Transfer Students:
If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the bachelor’s degree.

For information about the student learning outcomes for this program, see