Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Certificate of Achievement

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Certificate of Achievement is designed to offer a full range of both required and elective courses that prepare students for immediate entry into the emergency medical care field. The certificate is structured to ensure gradual, systematic and comprehensive attainment of the practical knowledge, skills, and abilities desired by both private and public organizations. It also provides an excellent foundation from which to pursue both paramedic and related degree programs. Although the job-ready Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification is the overriding goal of the program, the courses offered,  take into account that many students experience significant difficulty in satisfactorily completing the core 8-unit EMT course without additional preparation. Therefore, a more fundamental 3-unit Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course is provided as a prerequisite to the 8-unit EMT course, as well as a required Medical Terminology course. A basic anatomy and physiology course (Your Living Body) is also offered as an advisory to EMR in the list of electives. The certificate also assists both students and emergency medical care providers by offering an ambulance operations course that provides both operator information and driving skills training. Additionally, the certificate addresses today’s communication/information and interpersonal relations workplace needs by offering a variety of other highly relevant elective courses.

Course Code Title Units
Required Courses
EMR 080Emergency Medical Responder3
EMR 080A
EMR 080B
Emergency Medical Responder 1A
and Emergency Medical Responder 1B
EMR 081Ambulance Operations1
HS 061Medical Terminology3
EMT 084Emergency Medical Technician I9
Select 2 courses from the following:
HS 013General Nutrition3
HS 062Your Living Body 23
KINE 010Personal & Community Health3
KINE 041Core Conditioning1
KINE 046Endurance Training (Running/Swimming/Cardio-Respiratory)2
PHIL 013Perspectives on Death & Dying3
PSY 001General Psychology3
or PSY 029 Abnormal Psychology
Required Subtotal14
Elective Subtotal3-6

EMR 080 is a prerequisite for EMT 084.