Bakersfield College

Emergency Medical Technician 1

Job Skills Certificate

The Emergency Medical Technician-1 (EMT-1) course consists of 152 hours, which includes 24 hours of emergency room/ambulance experience. The 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.

Upon successful completion of the course, students are eligible to take an examination for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician 1.

EMT-1s are employed by ambulance companies and some private industries to provide emergency care in case of illness or injury. The course is required for ambulance personnel, the California Highway Patrol and many other first care providers.

Students may later choose to become paramedics.

This certificate complies with state requirements and ensures that the student has met the local EMS (Kern County authority) approval for county protocol training. It is also required for ambulance personnel and some other first care providers such as law enforcement and fire personnel. The certificate provides proof of successful completion of an approved EMT-1 program which is enforcement and fire personnel. The certificate provides proof of successful completion of an approved EMT-1 program which is necessary for the student to take the national licensure exam.

Students must complete the required course with at least a B grade.

Career Opportunities in Emergency Medical Technology

Employment as an emergency medical technician with the fire department, hospitals, and a variety of healthcare settings statewide.

To Achieve the Job Skills Certificate

Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded an Emergency Medical Technician 1 (EMT-1) Job Skills Certificate.

To Transfer Coursework

A minimum of 8.0 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
EMTC B50 Emergency Medical Technician I 8.0

**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.

Overview & Requirements


Enroll through the Bakersfield College Admission and Records Office. The course is offered each fall and spring two evenings per week for 16 weeks. This is a 7.5 unit course.

Pre-Admission Requirements

  1. Each student must possess a current American Heart Association BLS -Healthcare Provider card. (Bakersfield College offers a BLS course (MEDS B52).
  2. Each student must be at least 18 years of age by the completion date of the course.
  3. Mandatory physical examination/immunizations and fit testing must be completed 4 weeks after start of the course. Costs of meeting health requirements are paid by the student. Failure to meet these requirements will result in student ineligibility for clinical rotations.
  4. Completion of the 3 unit Medical Terminology Course (MEDS B60) is strongly recommended.

Conditional Enrollment

As a condition of enrollment in any Allied Health Program, students are required to submit to and pass a designated drug and alcohol screening, a background screening, and physical examination clearance (at the student’s expense).

Please note the following:

  • A history of felony conviction(s) or any bar, exclusion or other ineligibility for federal program participation could render a student ineligible for clinical placement, as determined by the clinical agencies.
  • If a student cannot obtain background clearance from the clinical agencies, it will not be possible to place the student in the clinical areas, which is a required component of the program. In the event that a student cannot obtain a background clearance, the space will be forfeited. Students who are found to be ineligible for clinical placement by the clinical agency after admission to the program shall be subject to dismissal from the program, as they will be unable to complete mandatory clinical rotations.
  • A physical examination completed by a physician of the student’s choice is required after acceptance to the Program to demonstrate that a student meets the technical standards necessary to meet the Program objectives. Appropriate immunizations and/or vaccinations and fit testing are also required and are performed at the student’s expense.

Licensure/Certification Eligibility

Students with a misdemeanor and/or felony arrest conviction, either current or prior, may not receive certification or licensure from the State or County. Also, proof of citizenship (social security card and certified birth certificate) and fingerprinting are required by state certification/licensure agencies. Anyone who wishes clarification may contact the Kern County Emergency Medical Services Office at (661) 868-5200. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be eligible to sit for the National Registry EMT-Basic Examination.

Accreditation and Program Approval

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

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate the clinical information relative to his/her role as an entry level EMT-1.
  • demonstrate technical proficiency in all skills necessary to fulfill the role of the entry level EMT-1.
  • demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry level EMT-1.


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