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Emergency Medical Technician

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($49,540 - $55,560)


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Class of Occupation:

- Social


Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) are on the front-line of emergency medical care. They are trained to quickly assess a patient, stabilize their condition and transport them to the appropriate location for advanced medical treatment. The procedures that EMTs typically perform include helping to maintain a patient's airway, assisting with breathing and cardiovascular circulation, defibrillation, controlling external bleeding, immobilizing a patient's broken bones spine to prevent further injury, and preventing or treating shock. There are several levels of certification available, ranging from a Basic EMT, to an Intermediate EMT, up to Paramedic. The length of the program is different for each, but starts at just one semester. EMTs are typically in demand and can work for a variety of different organizations. In the healthcare environments, these can include hospitals, allied health services - such as a fire and police departments, and private third-party ambulance companies. Other settings where EMTs are employed include industrial plants, large educational institutions, and within the entertainment industry.

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Education Info


- College of San Mateo
- Skyline College

Time to Completion:

1 semester(s)

Type of Program:


Educational Requirement

High School degree


$46 per unit for 7 units; plus $300 for additional costs

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Prerequisite course listing:

No prerequisites required.

Additional Information:

At Skyline College, please contact Judith Crawford at for further details. At CSM, contact Keith Marshall at for more information.

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