Emergency Medical Services

The Emergency Medical Services program prepares individuals to recognize illnesses and injury symptoms and to provide legal permissible emergency treatment set forth by the standards of the Riverside County EMS Agency.

The curriculum meets the state coursework minimum requirements for EMT-I programs. Field and clinical experience is arranged outside of scheduled theory and skills lab time. CPR certification is required prior to students attending clinical experience. Students must be eighteen (18) years of age to enroll in this course. Students are required to purchase malpractice insurance in conjunction with this course. Students will be required to provide a negative criminal background clearance. You will be required to provide proper identification including your Social Security number. The student shall be responsible for paying any associated costs of program requirements. Information sessions are provided for prospective students. Call (760) 568-3083  or visit the department website for dates and times of sessions.

On completion of this 6-unit course with an 80% or higher, the student is eligible to apply to the local EMS Authority for the county-issued certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-I which is valid for 2 years.  

A two-unit EMT refresher course is offered each Fall and Spring semester. The course meets the requirements for EMT-I recertification.

This program meets all criteria of the Riverside County EMS Agency for the Emergency Medical Technician-I training.

Note: Pursuant to California Health and Safety code Section 1799.100, by participating in a course of instruction in emergency medical training you have waived your rights to collect civil damages against the College in the event you sustain an injury.

The code states: "No local agency, entity of state or local government, or other public or private organization which sponsors, authorizes, supports, finances, or supervises the training of people, excluding physicians and surgeons, registered nurses, and licensed vocational nurses, as defined, in emergency medical services in training programs under this part, shall be liable for any civil damages alleged to result from such training program."

Advisor:  Neil Lingle
nlingle@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 346-8041 ext 3083

EMT 080  Emergency Medical Responder   Units: 3

This course prepares the EMR student to provide emergency pre-hospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMRs, anatomy and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, and special considerations for working in the pre-hospital setting.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070 and HS-062
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

EMT 081  Ambulance Operations   Units: 1

This course provides information and skills training. Topics include applicable laws, defensive driving techniques, basic inspection and maintenance. Each student also has the opportunity to increase their driving skills during simulated driving conditions.
Lecture Hours: 9         Lab Hours: 27          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: Valid driver's license, DMV H6 printout, current EMT Certification.
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

EMT 084  Emergency Medical Technician I   Units: 6

This course prepares students for EMT certification Students study and practice the fundamental principles and skills required to provide care to patients experiencing traumatic injury and emergency medical conditions. This course is approved by Riverside County EMS. This course meets Title 22 regulations and National EMS Educational Standards. This course includes theory instruction, skills practice, and supervised clinical time in selected pre-hospital sites.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: EMT-080
Advisory: ENG-070
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

EMT 085  EMT Refresher Course   Units: 2

This refresher course for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) personnel meets or exceeds the requirements specified in the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Chapter 5, section 9. This course is for those who have completed a recognized EMT training course and are in the process of obtaining certification or renewing their current certification. The course contains information on new EMT techniques and procedures, review of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and a review of current local protocols. Passing performance on both written and skills competency examinations are required for course completion. To meet legally mandated training requirement, students may re-enroll in this course as many times as needed by completing a petition electronically via the @MyCod Student Portal, A&R Forms.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: EMT-084 or must have successfully completed a State of California EMSA recognized EMT course.
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None