EMT Training in Sacramento with Class and Course Summaries

There are at least six schools within 50 miles of Sacramento, California, that have EMT training programs. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements, and admission info and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Comparison of EMT School Options in Sacramento, California

Among the schools near Sacramento, California, that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) training, California State University - Sacramento (Sacramento State) is the only comprehensive 4-year university in the metropolitan area. Two other schools within 15 miles of downtown offer EMT programs as well; both are part of the Los Rios Community College District. American River College (ARC) has more student transfers to Sacramento State and the University of California - Davis than any other community college in the state, while Cosumnes River College (CRC) currently serves around 15,000 students but is expected to have an enrollment of about 22,000 by the year 2020.

California State University - Sacramento American River College Cosumnes River College
EMT Programs Offered EMT - Basic course,
EMT - Paramedic program
EMT - Basic certificate,
EMT - Paramedic certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in EMT - Paramedic
EMT certificate of proficiency
Related Programs Offered Multiple graduate and undergraduate nursing programs,
Bachelor of Science in Health Science,
School Nurse Credential (SNC) program
Associate Degree in Nursing,
Associate of Science in Respiratory Care
Fire Technology Certificate of Achievement or A.A.
School Type Public, 4-year Public, 2-year Public, 2-year
Total Enrollment (2011-2012) 28,016* 31,750* 14,796*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $6,573 for in-state students, $17,733 for out-of-state students* $972 for in-state students, $6,318 for out-of-state students* $972 for in-state students, $6,318 for out-of-state students*
% of Students Receiving Grants or Scholarships (2010-2011) 52%* 57%* 63%*
Acceptance Rate 71% (2010-2011) N/A - open admissions policy N/A - open admissions policy
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 83% for full-time students, 75% for part-time students* 71% for full-time students, 41% for part-time students* 70% for full-time students, 46% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 42% overall, 6% transfer-out (students who began in Fall 2005)* 22% overall, 12% transfer-out (students who began in Fall 2008)* 19% overall, 11% transfer-out (students who began in Fall 2008)*
Relevant Resources Some of the College of Continuing Education's pre-hospital education courses make use of the college's ambulance for practice in equipment and driving N/A N/A
Noteworthy NREMT Advanced Level Skills Exam and Retest Exam available at the college; preparation course for the same also offered Faculty consists of three full-time and at least 15 adjunct instructors;
every year, an average of 200 EMTs and 24 paramedics graduate from ARC;
100% pass rate on paramedic certification exam from 2005-2010
Faculty consists of one full-time and one adjunct professor,
hosted the statewide Emergency Medical Educators Symposium in January 2013
Distance from Downtown (Driving Time) 8.0 miles (14 min.) 10.6 miles (17 min.) 13.8 miles (20 min.)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator.


EMT Training Programs at California State University - Sacramento

Students attending Sacramento State have two levels of EMT certification training to choose from. Students who successfully complete the courses are eligible to take National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exams at the appropriate level. Both programs are offered by the California State University - Sacramento College of Continuing Education (CCE).

EMT - Basic Course

The EMT - Basic course is open to all students who will be at least 18 years old by course end. It takes nine weeks to complete and prepares students for careers in the emergency medical services (EMS) field. The course is focused on training students to be able to provide basic life support in a pre-hospital setting. In addition to lectures, the curriculum includes skills practice sessions in a laboratory setting.

EMT - Paramedic Program

The paramedic program requires that all applicants have completed an EMT - Basic course and are certified by NREMT. An entrance exam is also required for admission to the program. The program takes one year to complete and is divided into three sections: a didactic segment, a clinical segment, and an internship, during which students serve the community as a paramedic under appropriate supervision. The curriculum focuses on advanced life support and includes training in trauma, cardiology, and obstetrics.

EMT Training Programs at American River College

ARC offers three program choices to students pursuing careers in EMS. Two certificate options and one degree program are offered by the school's division of health and education. Graduates of each program are eligible to take the NREMT exam for certification at the corresponding level.

EMT - Basic Certificate

The EMT - Basic certificate program available at ARC consists of a single, basic training course over the course of one semester. Applicants to the program must currently be certified for cardiopulmonary resuscitation or have completed both HEED 310 and HEED 323 with a grade of 'C' or better. The curriculum includes training in patient assessment, emergency care procedures, and an overview of medical care in pre-hospital settings.

EMT - Paramedic, Associate of Applied Science and Certificate Programs

Students desiring to train as an EMT - Paramedic can choose between a certificate and degree program at American River College; the core curriculum for both is identical. Individuals seeking to earn a degree will complete the paramedic certificate program in its entirety as well as additional general education requirements. Full-time students graduating from the certificate program will have earned 36.5-43.5 credit hours over a 1-year period. Degree-seeking students must meet a 60-credit hour minimum.

In 2012, the start-up costs for the paramedic program were estimated to be $2,500. Applicants to the program must have a high school diploma or equivalent, hold current certification as an EMT - Basic provider, and meet minimum grade requirements for prerequisite courses.

EMT Training Programs at Cosumnes River College

One program is offered by Cosumnes River College to students interested in becoming EMTs. The emergency medical technology department also offers a refresher course for currently certified EMTs and the opportunity to earn hours in the field through a work experience class.

EMT Certificate

The EMT certificate program offered by CRC prepares students for the Sacramento County Health Department, Division of Emergency Medical Services certification exam as an EMT - Basic or EMT - Intermediate. The program consists of the completion of 16 credit hours earned in four courses. Course EMT 100 includes 81 hours of didactic instruction and 135 hours practicing skills in laboratory, hospital, and ambulance settings. Prerequisites for applicants to the program include background checks, drug tests, liability insurance, and current immunizations.

Other School Options

Students have a minimum of three other schools from which to choose when deciding among EMT programs in the Sacramento area. Sierra College, Los Medanos College, and Napa Valley College are located 22 miles, 45 miles, and 47 miles from the city, respectively.

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