Emergency Medical Technician Courses

Non-credit Courses Sacramento9 weeks

Emergency Medical Technician Course


In this nine 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 learn from practicing EMTs and Paramedics who work in the field everyday.

Students must be at least 18 years of age to register for the EMT course. There are no prerequisites for this course; however, passing CPR during the EMT course is required.

COVID-19 Update: The California State University system now requires that all faculty, staff and students who access campus facilities at any location will need to certify that they have received an approved COVID-19 vaccine or have been granted an appropriate medical or religious exemption before accessing campus. This requirement applies to all students registered for an EMT course.

Please note: This is an accelerated course that requires ample study time outside of class. Please refer to the sample class schedule to get an idea of the workload each week.  

EMT Sample Schedule

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


Through this course participants will receive the following:

  • CPR certification through the American Heart Association
  • ICS-100 Certification
  • Haz-mat certification
  • At least 24 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 Written 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


Completing the EMT Course does not guarantee that students will obtain National Registry Certification (NREMT) or a State EMT license. The NREMT/State requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, NREMT requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number), or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet NREMT/State certification requirements.

The CSU will not refund course fees, or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to enrollment that they cannot meet certification/license requirements.


What Our Alumni Said

“I really appreciate what the program has done for me. After completing the EMT program, I was able to work two jobs: one as an onsite medic, and another as an ALS right here in Sacramento.

I am now in medical school in the top of my class, in many leadership positions, and looking to pursue a career in surgery. Keep doing what you are doing. You all are making a difference in people’s lives.”

Davis Ewbank, Emergency Medical Technician Courses