This program represents the first phase of training in the Emergency Medical Technician career structure. The course covers all techniques of emergency equipment and supplies considered within the responsibilities of the EMT-I. In addition to didactic and skills training on campus, the course includes observation in a local hospital Emergency Room and a ride-along rotation with a local ambulance company.  The course covers all techniques of emergency medical care presently considered within the responsibilities of the Emergency Medical Technician, as well as all operational aspects of the job the EMT will be expected to perform.  The program meets National EMS Education Standards and 2010 AHA guidelines.

The EMT course provides the student with a broad foundation of knowledge in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and emergency care procedures. An EMT prepared in this manner can respond to a medical emergency with the expediency and accuracy that is expected and required. Classroom instruction is enriched with additional instruction provided by other health care professionals including physicians, nurses, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians.

The EMT course provides a strong foundation for students entering other careers involving pre-hospital emergency medical care, including paramedicine, search and rescue, fire fighting, the park service, and law enforcement. The program also provides pertinent education for those considering other health fields including medicine, nursing, and physician assisting.

To receive a certificate students must achieve a minimum grade of C in the course and satisfactory completion of the clinical component and required skills testing. Students admitted to the program are required to complete a satisfactory physical examination, immunization documentation verifying freedom of communicable disease, a social security referenced background check, and a drug test.

Certification Eligibility Requirements: Successful completion of a state-approved Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course that meets or exceeds the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards for Emergency Medical Technician. Current CPR credential for health care providers and have demonstrated competence in Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) skills. Successful completion of a state-approved Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) psychomotor exam. For more information, visit The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains when providing emergency medical care.
  • Pass their final written exam, which is comprehensive.
  • Pass their National Registry written exam, which is administered off-site.
  • Pass their National Registry Skills Exam.


Complete an application if you are not already a Skyline student; regular College registration procedures.

In addition to the required registration fees, students should be prepared to pay the following course fees:

  • Enrollment fees: (see College catalog/schedule)
  • Books: $200.00
  • Practical examination: $50.00
  • Medical supplies: $40.00
  • HazMat: $5.00

Fees are subject to change without notice. 

Physical Examination

All students admitted to the program are required to complete a satisfactory physical examination, immunization documentation verifying freedom of communicable disease, and a social security referenced background check. A Tuberculin Skin Test must be part of the examination.  The student must submit the results of the TB skin test and a statement (or form) from the physician confirming these have been completed. The skin test results and statement must be submitted to the Program Director.

Students who plan to work on an ambulance will be required to take the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical examination. This examination, including the TB skin test will meet the program requirement. The DOT examination form may be obtained from the DMV. The DOT examination does not include the TB skin test; please request this test from your physician, or obtain the skin test from the Skyline College Health Center.

Students who do not comply with this requirement will not be eligible for EMT certification.


Skyline College’s Emergency Medical Technician Program is accredited by:

San Mateo County Emergency Medical Services Agencies
225 37th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
Telephone: (650) 573-2564

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