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Q: EMT training in California Bay Area ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: EMT training in California Bay Area
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: rocketgirl-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 03 Mar 2005 13:18 PST
Expires: 02 Apr 2005 13:18 PST
Question ID: 484217
what are the options for getting emergency medical technician (EMT) training
in my area (i live in palo alto, ca).  I am smart and short on time,
so I am especially interested in options that are crash-course 1 on 1
at quicker, more advanced speed, rather than big classrooms that move
really slowly with lots of people.  (like maybe private instructors?).
 also what is the process?  do i take an exam at the end?
Subject: Re: EMT training in California Bay Area
Answered By: czh-ga on 03 Mar 2005 15:57 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello rocketgirl-ga,

The Emergency Medical Technician profession is highly regulated and
you will have to meet the state of California certification
requirements as administered by the appropriate county Emergency
Medical Services Agency. Since you live in Palo Alto, you will have to
follow the instructions for San Mateo County. I?ve collected all the
relevant government agency pages for you.

You will have to complete the appropriate educational, training,
examination, security and health checks to qualify as an EMT. The
rules are complex and detailed and I suggest that you review all the
links I?ve included to help you make sense of them. You don?t have the
option of taking a ?crash-course 1 on 1? because your training must be
completed at an accredited institution. Each county lists which
programs meet their requirements. I?ve included links for all the San
Mateo and Santa Clara county programs as well as a link to Alameda
County in case you want to consider additional options.

As you can see from the complex requirements for certification,
getting started as an EMT is not a very speedy process. In addition to
the time needed to complete the mandated training programs, you also
have to plan on the extra time needed for the county administrative
procedures. Be sure to review all the material I?ve collected to get a
clear understanding of the complex procedures involved.

Please don?t hesitate to ask for clarification if any of this is confusing.

Wishing you well for your future.

~ czh ~

Emergency Medical Services Authority
Emergency Medical Technicial (I, II)

***** Follow the links on this page for detailed information about the
requirements for becoming a certified EMT in California and
specifically in Palo Alto.

Emergency Medical Technician-I	 

Emergency Medical Technicial (I, II)

***** This is a detailed, 11-page document that gives you all the
requirements for education, testing and certification requirements to
become an EMT in California.


1. Can I transfer my EMT Basic certification to California and, if so,
what is required?
In California, EMT-Is are certified by a local (county) EMS agency.
You can contact the local EMS agency in the county in which you will
be residing for information on reciprocity. In most cases, the EMS
agency will review your documentation, i.e., course completion record,
out-of-state certification criteria, etc., to ascertain whether or not
it meets California and local requirements. Also, in most cases you
will be asked to take a written and skills examination and perhaps a
24-hour refresher course.

Local EMS Agency Administrators

San Mateo County
Barbara Pletz, EMS Administrator
225 37TH Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 573-2564
FAX: (650) 573-2029

Santa Clara County
Bruce H. Lee, EMS Administrator
645 South Bascom, Rm 139
San Jose, CA 95128
(408) 885-4250
FAX: (408) 885-3538

EMS: Instructions for EMT Applicants Certification and Recertification 
The San Mateo County EMS Agency certifies and recertifies EMT-Is in
accordance with Division 2.5 of the Health and Safety Code and the
California Code of Regulations Title 22. EMT certification is
recognized statewide.

***** See the detailed instructions on this page for how to obtain
your EMT certification in San Mateo County.


Which EMT-I Certification tests are approved by San Mateo County?
San Mateo County requires the National EMT Registry Examination as our
EMT-1 Certification Examination for all EMT-1s that have completed EMT
training after January 1, 2003. Prior to that date the final
examination of an approved EMT-1 Training Program will be used as the
certifying examination.


How do I find an EMT-1 certification exam?
The National Registry Examinations for EMT-Basic, which is used in
California for the EMT-1 certification examination, can be taken at
any EMT-B testing site. Tests are scheduled throughout the Bay Area.
Please go the attached link to find a site that is convenient for you
(NREMT Exam Calendar). You will need to complete the requirements for
that testing site.


EMT-1 National Registry testing for San Mateo County
To take the National Registry EMT-1 Examination in San Mateo County
you should print and send the EMT-1 reservation form to our office
with a $20 dollar non-refundable test fee. You may change the date of
your examination once if necessary.

In order to sit for the examination you will need to have a copy of
your course completion, proof of identity and a completed National
Registry Application.


What must you bring to the EMS Office if you are applying for your
first EMT-I certification?
 -- A completed San Mateo County EMT Application Form (this can be
completed at our office at the time of application)
 -- A copy of your EMT-I Course Completion Record 
 -- A copy of your National Registry certification card 
 -- A copy of your California Driver's License 
 -- One color photograph of yourself (passport size) 
 -- A copy of your CPR certificate including Automatic External
Defibrillator (AED)

EMS: EMT-I Training Programs and Continuing Education Providers 

San Francisco Bay Area EMT-I Training Programs and Continuing Education Providers

American Medical Response	(650) 652-5334
College of San Mateo	(650) 574-6165
California EMS Academy, Inc.	(408) 248-0289
Skyline College - San Mateo	(650) 738-4284 or 738-4251

***** I?ve listed the links for the San Mateo County training programs below.

Northern California Training Institute is owned by American Medical
Response (AMR) ? NCTI is the largest paramedic and EMS training
institute in The United States.
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
This course fulfills all the training requirements set forth by the
State of California in Title 22 of the Health and Safety Code for
Emergency Medical Technicians. The EMT-B course is a hands-on,
interactive experience. Upon successful completion of this course
students will be eligible to take the state certification exam.

Livermore Campus
Starting Date	Ending Date
04/04/2005 - M/W6-10pm Sat 8-5 	06/04/2005 
06/29/2005 - M/W6-10pm Sat 8-5 	08/27/2005 

Roseville Campus
Starting Date	Ending Date
04/05/2005 - T/TH6-10pm Sat 8-5 	06/04/2005 
06/08/2005 - Mon-Fri 8am-5pm 	07/01/2005 - 5 day a week course 
07/05/2005 - T/TH6-10pm Sat 8-5 	08/27/2005 

***** This school offers courses starting next month if you are able
to attend either in Livermore or Roseville.

San Mateo Community College District ? Skyline College

127.5 classroom instruction hours, 8 hours hospital rotation in a
local emergency department, and a minimum of 8 hours riding with a
local ambulance company per semester.

Students are required to spend additional time outside of the
scheduled class time to complete the hospital and ambulance rotations,
and to take the final written and skills examination.
Evening/Friday or Saturday

***** Only Skyline Collage in the San Mateo Community College District
offers EMT1 classes open to the public. Enrollment is on the school?s
academic schedule.

California EMS Academy
Emergency Medical Technician  ---  (EMT-Basic) Course

April 4, 2005 to June 19, 2005
Monday and Tuesday : 6 p.m.? 10 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. ?  4 p.m.
Port of Redwood City
675 Seaport Blvd.
Redwood City, CA  94063
Course Fee:  
$950.00 (Includes books)

Santa Clara County Approved Training Programs
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Foothill College
Middlefield Campus
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA  94303
(650) 949-6955

Mission College
3000 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA  95054
(408) 988-2200

San Jose City College
2100 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA  95128
(408) 288-3754

Westmed Training
5300 Stevens Creek Blvd.
San Jose, CA  95129
(408) 977-0723

Emergency Medical Technician Program at Foothill College

The program requires 6 months didactic work (2 quarters) consisting of
EMT 304 (part A) and EMT 305 (part B). EMT 304 is 3 units, and EMT 305
is 4 units. All classes are held at the Foothill College Middlefield
Campus in Palo Alto.

***** This is not an accelerated program so it?s probably not suitable
for your needs.

Mission College, Santa Clara ? Emergency Medical Technician

***** See detailed requirements for enrollment in semester long program.

San Jose City College
Emergency Medical Technician

***** See detailed instructions.

WestMed Training 

This course is presented by experienced paramedics.  This course
provides not only classroom training, but skills training also.  Day
and Evening Classes available.
Call WestMed Training at (408)977-0723 for dates of classes starting soon.

***** You will have to call this school to see if their schedules and
programs are suitable.

Alameda County Training Programs
College and Private EMT Programs

***** List of 7 training programs open to the public along with
information about cost and length and frequency of offerings.


emt qualifications California
emt certification California
rocketgirl-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
this is incredibly thorough and useful.  appreciate it - thx!

Subject: Re: EMT training in California Bay Area
From: timtitus-ga on 03 Mar 2005 18:15 PST
You can't shorten the training period.  The state requires a specific
number of classroom hours to be spent going over specific areas.

Even the refresher requires a minimum number of classroom hours. 
There's no way around this.
Subject: Re: EMT training in California Bay Area
From: justnicolette-ga on 30 Mar 2005 12:14 PST
Hello Everyone,

Great information here.  I am a certified EMT-1 and took my course at
College of San Mateo, which was a fantastic course.  There are obvious
reasons why the training is specific and thorough.  In the course at
CSM we had to keep an average of 80% or better through out the course
or try again next semester.  Our instructor asked us this question "If
your granmother, mother, wife, sister needed help from an EMT, which
would you prefer to treat them, the EMT who graduated with a B or a D
grade point average?"  That put it into perspective.

I have not yet begun working as an EMT, am getting ready to begin
applying for companies.  Any suggestions would be welcome!

My main question is do any of you have an opinion on Paramedic Schools in our area?



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