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Emergency Medical Services (EMS)


​Program Description

This 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.

 Attend an Information Workshop for additional information:

* Please check back - Fall 2013/Spring 2014 dates will be posted when available *

Program Requirements​

Fall 2014 packets will be available May 19, 2014.
Packets will be removed one week prior to the start of the Fall 2014 Semester.

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 @
  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.

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​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 

​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. 
Approximate Expenses​
Student Medical Expenses: (These are all approximate)
Note: The following information must be uploaded into the Immunization Tracker along with any/all lab results.
$  62.00
DMV Physical (To be picked up in the Nursing & Allied Health Unit)
$ 200-300
Proof of MMR, HepB, TDap, Flu, TB (PPD),  
Proof of Current CPR Card (Must be American Heart Association, Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer; card must also be uploaded in Tracker)
$  60.00
Tuition: (Expenses are subject to change.)
5 units at $46 per unit
Textbooks Required: (Subject to change. See current course syllabus.)
Pre-hospital Emergency Care 9th ed. and
Basic Life Support Health Care Provider CPR
Book 2010
$  15.00
MSJC EMT Student Resource Manual 
$  12.00
Instructor Power Point Lecture Notes
$  15.00
Equipment Required: (Approximate Expenses.)
The following equipment must be purchased prior to going out into your field internship.
College Name Tag (First one free)
$    2.00
CPR Pocket Mask 
$  15.00
$  20.00 & up
MSCJ Intern Polo Shirt (Red)
$  25.00
Black or Navy Uniform Pants
$  65.00
HEPA Mask P-100
$  20.00
Eye Protection (Clear plastic or polycarbonate)
$  20.00
Black or Blue NFPA 1951 Work Helmet
Jacket NFPA 1999 EMS Standard
High Top Work Boots (Magnum or Tactical type)
$  25.00 & up
Nitril Gloves
$  15.00
Upon Successful Course Completion: (Approximate Expenses.)
National Registry Application and Testing Center Fee    
$  80.00
California EMS Authority Central Registry
Live Scan
California Dept. of Justice & FBI Background Investigation
(Report data cannot be shared between agencies, separate reports needed)
$  75.00
$  15.00
$  54.00
Choose a County to Work in e.g.
Riverside California Department of Justice & FBI Background Live Scan  
Finger Printing        
Authorization in Riverside to Work
$  69.00
$  25.00 & up
DMV Ambulance Certification with DOJ/FBI Background
Live Scan Finger Printing   
DMV Ambulance Handbook
$  67.00
$  15.00
$    5.00



​EMT Program Faculty and Staff

If you have any questions regarding the EMS Program, please contact the Janet Brandenburg at or (951) 639-5577. 

Art Durbin, Director
Mark Norris, Instructional Aide
Chuck Benson
Britta Barton
Linda Benson
Jason Fox
Matthew Johnson
David King
Chris Lucero
Amber Norman
Matt Nunez
Michael Utesch