Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

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The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program at Bakersfield College provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become certified EMTs.

The program is designed to prepare students for a career in emergency medical services by providing them with a strong foundation in medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, patient assessment, and emergency care. Students will learn how to recognize and respond to medical emergencies, perform basic life support techniques, and safely transport patients to medical facilities. The program includes classroom lectures, hands-on laboratory experiences, and clinical rotations in various healthcare settings, which give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world scenarios. Graduates of the EMT program at Bakersfield College are well-equipped to pursue a career as an EMT and are prepared to continue their education in the field of emergency medical services.

The program follows state regulations, as well as the United States Department of Transportation’s Emergency Medical Technician-Basic National Standard Curriculum (DOT HS 808 149). Successful completion of the program leads to eligibility to take the National Registry examination for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic. Successful completion of the National Registry examination enables the student to become certified through the State of California Emergency Medical Services Authority, as well as the local EMS department.

What is an EMT?

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is a medical professional who is trained to provide basic emergency medical care for critical and emergent patients in a pre-hospital setting. EMTs are typically the first healthcare professionals to arrive at the scene of an emergency, such as a car accident or a heart attack, and are responsible for providing immediate care and transportation to a medical facility.

EMTs are trained to perform a variety of medical procedures and interventions, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), bleeding control, splinting broken bones, administering oxygen, and providing basic medication. They also have knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and patient assessment skills.

There are three levels of EMT certification: EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, and EMT-Paramedic, each requiring progressively more training and clinical experience. EMTs work in a variety of settings, including ambulance services, fire departments, and hospitals, and are an essential part of the emergency medical system.

Is Studying to be an EMT Right for Me?

Becoming an EMT can be a challenging and rewarding career that requires certain personal characteristics and skills. Here are some traits that can help someone excel as an EMT:

  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Physical fitness
  • Compassion and empathy
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Resilience and adaptability

Overall, anyone who has a passion for helping others, a strong work ethic, and the desire to make a difference in their community can excel as an EMT with the right training and dedication.

EMT Certificate

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This course prepares the student to perform basic emergency care as part of a mobile emergency team. It also provides the student with an understanding of the skills and assessment techniques needed to care for an ill or injured person in the prehospital setting. 

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EMT Careers

An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Job Skills Certificate is a great starting point for a career in the healthcare industry. EMTs are responsible for providing emergency medical care to patients in need. Here are some potential career options for individuals with an EMT Job Skills Certificate:

  • EMT: As an EMT, you will be responsible for responding to emergency calls and providing basic medical care to patients. This may include administering oxygen, bandaging wounds, and transporting patients to a hospital.
  • Paramedic: A paramedic is an advanced level of EMT. In addition to providing basic medical care, paramedics can administer medications and perform more advanced medical procedures such as intubation and defibrillation.
  • Emergency Room Technician: An Emergency Room Technician works in a hospital emergency room and is responsible for providing care to patients in need of immediate medical attention. As an EMT with a Job Skills Certificate, you would have the foundational knowledge needed for this role.
  • Firefighter: Many firefighters are also EMTs. As a firefighter, you would respond to emergencies such as fires, natural disasters, and medical emergencies. Having an EMT Job Skills Certificate would be a valuable asset in this career.
  • Medical Assistant: A medical assistant works in a healthcare setting and provides administrative and clinical support to medical professionals. As an EMT with a Job Skills Certificate, you would have the foundational knowledge needed to perform some of the clinical duties required in this role.
  • Dispatch Operator: A Dispatch Operator works in an emergency response center and is responsible for coordinating emergency medical services. Having an EMT Job Skills Certificate would be a valuable asset in this role as you would have a basic understanding of the medical terminology and procedures used in emergency situations.
  • Event Medical Staff: Event Medical Staff provide medical care at events such as concerts, sporting events, and festivals. As an EMT with a Job Skills Certificate, you would have the foundational knowledge needed to provide basic medical care to individuals in need at these types of events.

Overall, an EMT Job Skills Certificate can open up a variety of career opportunities in the healthcare and emergency response fields.

Academic Department: Public Safety Training

Career & Learning Pathway: Pubic Safety Training (PST) Pathway

Courses: Emergency Medical Technology (EMTC) 

Important Information


Bakersfield College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program is approved by Kern County Emergency Medical Services and meets all State and County requirements.


Students will be required to purchase an online portfolio, supplies, textbooks, and provide transportation to off-campus clinical education sites, as well as pay current college fees.

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