How do I become an EMT in California

EMT - Emergency Medical Technician The EMT-Basic course is designed to train individuals in skills and knowledge necessary to complete the National Registry EMT examination and achieve certification as an Emergency Medical Technician.

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California EMT Basic Course

  1. 1 Complete all didactic assignments online
  2. 2 Attend and complete the Skills & Clinical Week in Pearland, TX
  3. 3 Obtain your Course Completion Certificate
  4. 4 Pass the NREMT Cognitive Exam back in California
  5. 5 California is a reciprocity state, which means you can be easily become certified after completing our EMT course and your NREMT exam. Here are the additional requirements:

    This information taken from the "Certification and Licensure Requirements" document found here

    Individuals from out-of-state who meet one of the following criteria and complete the application requirements of a certifying entity are eligible for certification:

    • 1. Pass the NREMT written and skills examination and have either:
    •    a. Documentation of successful completion of an approved out-of-state initial EMT training course, within the last two (2) years that   meets California’s EMT training requirements, or
    •    b. A current and valid out-of-state EMT certificate.
    • 2. Possess a current and valid National Registry EMT-Basic registration certificate.
    • 3. Possess a current and valid out-of-state or National Registry EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic certificate.
  6. Our Online EMT Course does meet the California requirements: 

    • • 160 hours total
    • • 136 hours didactic
    • • 24 hours clinical
    • • 10 patient contacts