About our EMT-B courses:

Approved by the San Diego County EMS Agency for training and CE provider.

What is an EMT-Basic?

An Emergency Medical Technician EMT-B is a trained individual who provides basic life support at the scene of a medical emergency to prevent further injury after the initial incident. The EMT-B maintains necessary body functions of the victim prior to the arrival of advanced life support units and during transport to the nearest hospital.

What qualifications are necessary to be an EMT-Basic?

You must be in good mental and physical condition and be at least 18 years of age. Be free of conviction of any felony or misdemeanor offense in California or in any other state or place, including entering a plea of nolo contendere or no contest and, including any conviction which has been expunged under Penal Code Section 1203.4. If you have questions regarding this issue, please contact the San Diego Emergency Medical Services at (619) 285-6429 for more information.

Educational process:

EME-100 FIRST RESPONDER Is the prerequisite course to the EMT-1 program and is mandatory, unless you have a previous certification of Advanced First Aid or Emergency Medical Response (a 52-hour course) and a current AHA CPR for Healthcare Provider card or ARC CPR for the Professional Rescuer cards. This is obtainable by taking EME-100. This course prepares you to enter the EMT class. You may take this class before your eighteenth birthday and before high school graduation. This 3-unit class is offered each semester, including the summer session. Both day and evening classes are available.


Tuition is now $46.00/unit for all credit courses. The cost of books can range from $90 to $120. There is also a one-time materials fee of $20.00 for this course.

EME-106 - 106L EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN BASIC Lecture and Lab class. The Emergency Medical Technician Basic program is offered each semester. This course consists of classroom lecture and skills labs where basic life support skills are learned. This class is a prerequisite to the Fire Academy. Additional hours are required; 8 hours of Emergency Room Observation and 8 hours of Ambulance Ride-along time during the semester. An 80% grade point average is required to obtain a course completion certificate, which is mandated by the San Diego County Department of Emergency Services before the National Registry EMT-B written and skills practical exam can be taken. Both day and evening classes are offered each semester, including summer.
You must be at least 18 years of age by the first day of class to take this course.

Upon successful completion of this course you will earn an EMT-Basic Completion Certification which allows you to take the National Registry EMT-1. Upon passing that practical written portions of this exam, you will be able to earn a state EMT-1 certificate and be employed in the county.


Tuition is now $46.00/unit for all credit courses. The cost of books can range from $90 to $120. There is also a one-time materials fee of $40 for this course.

NOTE: To participate in the 8 hours required of Clinical observation time, you may be required to have a flu shot and/or H1N1 vaccine. Be warned that if you choose not to have these injections, your required clinical time may be cancelled and therefore you will not successfully complete the EMT course.


For further information about the Emergency Medical field contact:

Mary J. Reed, Academic Department Assistant
Palomar College, Escondido Education Center
Emergency Medical Education Department
1951 East Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92027
(760) 744-1150 EXT 8150
760-432-0353 (fax)

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