Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

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Program Description

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program is a one semester, non-transfer course provides the student with the knowledge and skills to care for the ill or injured person in the pre-hospital setting. This course is taken to help the student prepare for working with fire service or ambulance service. It is also a first step for those individuals who would prefer to work in an emergency room as an emergency room technician. Completion of this course qualifies the student to sit for the National Registry certification exam which is a required certification for Fire Service or Ambulance service work. Hospital clinical and ambulance or squad ride-along required.

Individuals who wish to take this course must have a criminal free background due to licensing restrictions imposed by national, state and local licensing agencies. The potential student must be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma. Clinical and field internship hours are required. This course is a positive attendance course due to national, state and local mandates.

Program Requirements​

The application packet with all necessary documents to apply for admission to Spring EMS classes is available here.
applications and verifications will be accepted no later than January 15, 2015 at 5pm.

Required: American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer card, CertifiedBackground check, DMV Physical, and the following Immunizations - MMR, HepB, Tdap, flu, and TB (PPD) clearance are all required.
Recommended Preparation: English 098 and/or ANAT-101/102 

Course Enrollment Process:

  1. Must have an MSJC student ID number.  Apply for admissions at www.msjc.edu/Apply.
  2. Students must complete all preregistration requirements listed in the EMT Packet prior to receiving an Instructor Consent Form to enroll in course.
  3. Students must have a registration date from Enrollment Services, and cannot register until their assigned date.
Emergency Medical Technician Courses


*EMT course identification numbers have changed from AH to EMS effective Fall 2013 (courses have not changed) 

EMS 120 - EMT: Completion of this course qualifies the applicant for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician
EMS 121
- EMT: Refresher
EMS 127
- Infant to Adult Basic and Advanced Life Support

*review Course Descriptions in MSJC College Catalog for required course prerequisites  http://www.msjc.edu/Catalog/Pages/default.aspx 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Use clinical reasoning when verbalizing and demonstrating the proper techniques used when ventilating an adult manikin.
  • Pass the National Emergency Medical Technician exam.
  • Explain and demonstrate how to use all the medications that are in the EMT scope of practice.
  • Synthesize and explain the physiological effects of hypoxia on both the molecular and cellular level in a patient that presents with hypoxia.
  • Analyze and employ safe scene practices while working at the scene of a traffic collision on the freeway.
  • Demonstrate professional behavior and respect for all patients, coworkers, bystanders and assisting agencies in the performance of their duty as cited in the National Emergency Medical Technician code of ethics and behavior. 

The cost breakdown for participating in the EMS program is found on this page.
If you have any questions regarding the EMS Program, please contact us.