What Can You Do as an EMT?

As an EMT, you provide crucial — and often life-saving — care to critical and emergent patients. This program teaches you these skills:

  • Airway management, including the ability to complete suction techniques and clear airway obstructions
  • Bag-valve-mask ventilation and oxygen administration
  • Basic life support, including Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) use and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Medication administration
  • Spinal-motion restriction and traction splints
  • Emergency childbirth delivery and newborn resuscitation
  • Patient assessment
  • Bleeding control and shock management

What Can You Do With This EMT Certificate of Proficiency?

Upon successful completion of this program, you’re eligible to take the certification exam offered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. The exam, which is offered online through approved testing centers, consists of up to 120 questions and costs $104 per attempt. Once you’ve earned national certification, you can apply to your local emergency medical services (EMS) authority for county-issued certification.

Before You’re Admitted

Before you’re admitted to the EMT program, you must:

  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Show a clean drug screen
  • Be able to lift 100 pounds

If you have misdemeanors or felonies on your criminal record, please speak to Jim Brakebill, the EMT program director, about your options. He can be reached at 760.366.3791 ext. 0533.

Prior to being admitted to the EMT program, students must watch the orientation video below, and answer a brief questionnaire.

If you have questions regarding the EMT course, please email Sarah DeLucia-Morning at sdeluciamorning@cmccd.edu

Refresher Course

Copper Mountain College offers a refresher course for students who have completed a recognized EMT training course and are in the process of renewing their certification. This two-unit course, EMT 085, consists of 36 lecture hours. Speak with an academic counselor to register or contact Program Director Jim Brakebill at 760.366.3791 ext. 0533.

Emergency Medical Technician Cert.: What to Expect

  • Completion Requirements
    • 5 units of required courses
    • 72 lecture hours
    • 91 hours of skills/lab hours
    • 44 hours (minimum) of patient contact experience at localEMS agenciesand hospital
    • A minimum of a 2.0 grade point average (GPA)
    • A grade of “B” or better (students need to maintain an 80% to pass the EMT course)
  • Required Courses

    EMT 084: Emergency Medical Technician I 6.5 units

  • What You Learn
    1. A full set of skills needed to do an EMT’s job, as observed through field experience
    2. How to work with clients and team members to share what you have assessed, observed, and documented
    3. Ways to analyze and evaluate scenes of accident or injury
    4. Regulatory boundaries of an EMT’s work
    5. Best practices for ethical and compassionate care
    6. How to use technology for patient data

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Contact Admissions

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300 Quad
6162 Rotary Way
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Phone: 760.366.3791 or  760.366.5201 ext. 4232