Bakersfield College


The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program consists of semester length classes, which includes 24 hours of emergency room/ambulance experience. The program provides the student with foundational skills, knowledge and assessment techniques to care for an ill or injured person in the pre-hospital setting, as part of a mobile emergency team.

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.

EMTs are employed by ambulance companies and by 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.

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.