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EMT San Diego - Emergency Medical Technician Training in San Diego

The San Diego area has three schools that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Learn about the certificate programs, admission info and program requirements for these schools, all within 40 miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

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San Diego Schools with EMT Training Programs

Students looking for EMT training in San Diego won't have far to travel. This article looks at three schools, none more than 40 minutes from the city center, and the basic EMT programs they offer, all of which meet state and national certification standards. There is also a table of pertinent facts about each school, such as enrollment, campus setting and costs, that can help aspiring EMTs decide which is best for them.

  • In San Diego, San Diego Miramar College students can take EMT classes at the San Diego Regional Public Safety Training Institute at Camp Nimitz Naval Training Center about five miles from downtown.
  • Southwestern College, around 13 miles from downtown San Diego in Chula Vista, offers a Certificate of Completion.
  • In nearby San Marcos, students can earn a Certificate of Proficiency for basic EMT training at Palomar College. This school is about 37 miles from the heart of San Diego.

San Diego Miramar College

To participate in the program, students must have current CPR certification and meet health requirements, which include immunizations and proof of a clear tuberculosis test.

EMT Training Program

There are three schedules offered for this 9-course program. The program duration ranges from 3-16 weeks, depending on which session a student chooses. Studies in the EMT curriculum include classes in defibrillation and advanced cardiac care. The program also includes an ambulance ride-along and clinical time in a hospital. Students provide their own uniforms. Additional fees are required for ride-along and clinical insurance, skills testing and National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification.

Southwestern College

Students enrolling in this program need to meet special admission criteria. This 2-semester program consists of four classes, which are completed sequentially.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certificate of Completion

During the first semester, students work towards earning American Heart Association CPR certification and begin EMT studies in lecture and lab classes. Subjects covered in the first semester include medical and trauma emergency care for patients, basic through advanced first aid and childbirth. During the second semester, students take two courses, which include lectures, lab practice and practical experiences in local hospitals as well as ambulance ride-alongs.

Palomar College

Prospective students must be at least 18 years old by the beginning of the first class to register for the program and in order to participate in the clinical segment, students may be required to have H1N1 and/or flu vaccinations. Classes are offered in both day and evening schedules.

EMT Basic Certificate of Proficiency

The purpose of this program is to prepare students for the NREMT basic exam and perform entry-level work as an EMT. The curriculum consists of three classes that are delivered through lectures, lab practice and experiential learning. In the first course, students learn to perform CPR alone or as part of a 2-person team on adults, children and infants. In the second course, students learn about pre-hospital patient assessment and care. The final course takes the student into the field to observe practical applications of EMT skills in emergency departments and ambulances.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals considering schools for their EMT training should look at many factors. This table presents important information in a format that makes it easy to compare these institutions and choose the one that is the best fit.

San Diego Miramar College Southwestern College Palomar College
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2011-2012) 12,805* 20,409* 25,427*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Small city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $1,140 in-state, $5,532 out-of-state* $1,334 in-state, $6,654 out-of-state* $1,328 in-state, $5,224 out-of-state*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2010-2011) 55%* 73%* 49%*
Acceptance Rate (2011) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 69% for full-time students, 33% for part-time students* 70% for full-time students, 43% for part-time students* 66% for full-time students, 42% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (2011) 25% (18% transfer-out rate)* 12% (8% transfer-out rate)* 26% (13% transfer-out rate)*

Source: NCES College Navigator.

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