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EME 105 – EMT Prep

EME-105, Emergency Medical Technician Preparatory (EMT-Prep), Is the mandatory prerequisite course to the EME-106 course.  Taking EME 105 is a crucial step for those continuing in Emergency Medical Education.

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, and we offer a Fast-Track course that will run for 8 weeks and a non-Fast track course option that takes 16 weeks.

EMT-Prep includes the study and application of emergency medical skills and procedures, including basic anatomy and physiology, terminology, and prevention of disease transmission. Students will earn their CPR certification from the American Heart Association during a segment of the curriculum as well.

If you are trying to bypass the EME 105 course and go straight into the EME 106 (EMT) course, you will need to make sure that you have fulfilled the requirements in another way. Simply showing a CPR card does NOT qualify. Here is a list of the alternative ways to meet the pre-requisites for EME 106, other than taking the EME 105 course:

  • Possess an Emergency Medical Responder Card, American Red Cross Emergency Response Card, Cal Fire First Responder Card, or a Basic Combat Trauma Training Certificate (military)
  • CPR Card Alternatives: Possess a current American Heart Association BLS Provider CPR Card, American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR Card, or a Military Training Network Cardiac Trauma Life Support Health Care Provider card.

NOTE: NO expired cards are accepted. Proof of pre-requisite equivalency is required on the first day of EME 106**


Tuition is $46.00/unit for all credit courses. The cost of books can range from $150 to $180. There is also a one-time materials fee of $51.70 for this