Which Schools Offer EMT Classes in Orange County, CA?

Learn about emergency medical technician (EMT) programs offered by schools in the Orange County, California, area. Read about degrees and certificates you can earn and get career information for California EMTs. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

There are three levels of EMTs, according to the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT), including EMT - Basic and paramedic. Students in the Orange County area interested in becoming EMTs may choose from programs at both levels. EMT training programs in the area lead to the award of certificates and are offered by 2-year, public schools. All EMT and paramedic programs include didactic training, laboratory instruction, and hands-on opportunities in the field.


EMT Certificate Programs Offered by Schools in the Orange County, California, Area

Citrus College

  • Program: EMT-Basic Certificate
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,112 per year for in-state students; $1,656 per year for out-of-state students (2011-2012)
  • Admission Requirements: 18 years of age, CPR certification from American Heart Association for Health Care Providers, background checks, current immunizations
  • School Type: 2-year, public, undergraduate population about 12,100
  • Address: 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora, CA 91741
  • Phone: 626-963-0323

You'll find this program listed as an occupational skills award, and when you complete the program you'll be awarded a certificate of completion that shows you're qualified to take the NREMT exam. The program includes 30 hours of ride-along time in ambulances and 20 hours of clinical hospital work to give you practical experience in the field. The program adheres to a strict attendance policy, and excessive absences or tardiness (which includes not being in uniform at the beginning of class) can result in failing the program.

Moreno Valley College

  • Program: Certificate
  • Program Length: 4 months
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,117 per year for in-state students; $6,937 per year for out-of-state students (2011-2012)
  • Admission Requirements: 18 years of age, have American Heart Association Health Care Provider Level CPR certification
  • School Type: 2-year, public, undergraduate population about 9,900
  • Address: Emergency Medical Services Academy, Ben Clark Training Center, EMT/Fire Technology, 16888 Bundy Ave., Riverside, CA 92518
  • Phone: 951-571-6197

The entire program consists of two classes that you must take together. Your coursework will cover such areas as anatomy and physiology, rescue operations, crisis scene management, and triage. You'll also learn about professional rules and regulations that apply to EMTs. The program requires you to submit to a background check, but this school helps facilitate process for you.

Palomar College

  • Program: EMT-Basic Certificate of Proficiency
  • Program Length: 10.5 units
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,052 per year for in-state students; $5,084 per year for out-of-state students (2011-2012)
  • School Type: 2-year, public, undergraduate population about 25,400
  • Address: 1140 W. Mission, San Marcos, CA 92069
  • Phone: 760-744-1150

While many EMT programs require you to have your CPR certification ahead of time, this program includes CPR training in your first responder studies. You'll be required to take three classes to complete this program, and they incorporate lecture and laboratory formats. Two of your three courses require you to be 18 years old at the beginning of the class. You can also take a refresher course that will fulfill your continuing education requirements to renew your EMT certification.

Saddleback College

  • Program: Emergency Medical Technician Occupational Skills Award
  • Program Length: 12 units
  • Tuition and Fees: $762 per year for in-state students; $1,638 per year for out--of-state students (2011-2012)
  • Admission Requirements: Background check and physical
  • School Type: 2-year, public, undergraduate population about 22,600
  • Address: 28000 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
  • Phone: 949-582-4701

Your physical and background checks don't have to be completed until the third week of class. This program includes two 8-hour ride-along experiences in ambulances and two 8-hour observation shifts in a hospital emergency department. Successful completion of both classes qualifies you to take the NREMT exam.


Paramedic Certificate Programs Offered by Schools in the Orange County, California, Area

Moreno Valley College

  • Program: Certificate
  • Program Length: 12 months
  • Tuition and Fees: $1,117 per year for in-state students, $6,937 per year for out-of-state students (2011-2012)
  • Admission Requirements: EMT-I card, one year and 2000 hours of experience, American Heart Association Health Care Provider Level CPR certification
  • School Type: 2-year, public, undergraduate population about 9,900
  • Address: Emergency Medical Services Academy, Ben Clark Training Center, EMT/Fire Technology, 16888 Bundy Ave., Riverside, CA 92518
  • Phone: 951-571-6197

Although it's not required, it's recommended that you complete English composition and medical terminology courses before you begin this program. Before you enter the program, you'll attend a preparation class. Passing this class with an 80% will allow you to be placed in a lottery selection process to determine whether or not you'll be accepted for that session. Successful completion qualifies you to take the NREMT-Paramedic exam.

Saddleback College

  • Program: Paramedic Certificate
  • Program Length: 33.5 units
  • Tuition and Fees: $762 per year for in-state students; $1,638 per year for out-of-state students (2011-2012)
  • Admission Requirements: EMT certification, one year of experience, American Heart Association Health Care Provider Level CPR certification
  • School Type: 2-year, public, undergraduate population about 22,600
  • Address: 28000 Marguerite Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
  • Phone: 949-582-4701

While not required, the school suggests that you include up to three letters of recommendation from your employers and co-workers. The program consists of three courses that include lectures, labs, and field experiences. You'll need malpractice insurance before you begin your clinical experience course.


Education and Training for California EMTs

In order to provide EMT services in California, you'll need to be certified. To get your certification, you'll need your National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (NREMT-B) exam. EMTs in California are certified through local agencies, and Orange County has its own entity in the Orange County Health Care Agency. Orange County also requires you to pass a criminal history check.

Career and Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) factors the earnings of entry-level EMTs and experienced paramedics together, so you might want to consider that as you explore your options. According to the BLS, paramedics and EMTs in the Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine earned an annual mean wage of about $30,000 in May 2010. The BLS also predicted that nationally, EMTs and paramedics would see an employment outlook increase of 33% through the 2010-2020 decade. When compared to the job outlook for all occupations in America, this is a much higher than average projected rate of job growth.

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