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Summer 2016 Additional Information

          Copper Mountain College will be offering an EMT 084 class this summer from June 13 to August 03, 2016.  The class meets on M, T, W, Th evenings from 6:00 pm until 10:15 pm.   Students need to attend an information session and must complete prerequisites before the can enroll in the course.  The point of contact is Chris Gotoski at (760) 366-3791 ext. 5801 e-mail EMT@cmccd.edu

Spring 2016 Updated Information 

For all students who need EMT 084 to fulfill their graduation requirements or the prerequisite to get into the next COD Fire Academy Class. 

The following EMT 084 classes are no​w open for registration at Copper Mountain College

EMT 084-90 February 24, 2016 to May 25, 2016 from 1630 hours to 2200 hours in room 224.   This class meets every Wednesday and Friday.

EMT 084-2930 March 28, 2016 to May 25, 2016 from 0800 hours to 1215 hours on-board the 29 Palms marine Corps Base in Building 1530 in room 302.  This class meets every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Jim Brakebill will be the instructor for both courses.  

These courses were just approved and placed on the schedule specifically for our COD students who need this course in order to fulfill their educational plan without delays.  They will use the same textbook and uniforms as we do at COD with the exception of the uniform shirt.  Time is of the essence and all students desiring to take EMT 084 need to contact Chris Gotoski at (760) 366-3791 ext. 5801 cgotoski@cmccd.edu so she can ensure all prerequisites mandated by the State of California and the County have been satisfied and assist the students with enrollment.

CMC also has the approval to offer a summer EMT 084 course at Copper Mountain just in case there are any delays with the County of Riverside as College of the Desert continues working through the reaccreditation process of our EMT program.  

Zerryl Becker

Dean, Applied Science and Business

College of the Desert​

Important Spring 2016 (EMT) Information! 

The EMT program – and you, our students - are very important to College of the Desert and we apologize again for the need to cancel EMT 084 this Spring 2016 semester.

In an effort to allow you to continue your educational plans and not delay graduation from COD, we have partnered with Copper Mountain College, our neighboring institution.

Copper Mountain College is currently offering an accelerated EMT course that begins in March so there is time to register.  I urge you to do so promptly because seats will go quickly. 

Copper Mountain is also working to offer an additional late start course this semester, it is currently pending approval.

Students who are interested must enroll at Copper Mountain and meet all of the institutional requirements there.  For further information, please contact Chris Gotoski, Health Science Administrative Assistant at cgotoski@cmccd.edu or 760 366-3791 ext. 5801.

COD is moving forward swiftly toward certification and it is our hope that we will be offering EMT courses again this summer.

Again, we regret this inconvenience.


Zerryl Becker

Dean, Applied Science and Business

College of the Desert

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 

All prospective EMS students must register PRIOR to the first class session. Attendance is mandatory on the first night of class. Students who do not attend the first class will be dropped from the program.
EMS Dress Code: Official dress attire is required for all EMS classes which include a blue EMS polo shirt and black or dark blue BDU type uniform pants. The blue EMS polo shirt is only available at the COD Bookstore. All other items are available at local uniform stores.
All other EMS questions should be directed to the EMS advisors listed below:
James Brakebill: jbrakebill@collegeofthedesert.edu   

Prospective EMS students may also contact the Public Safety Academy at (760) 674-3765

Important Note:
  Prior to attending the mandatory EMT Program information session download the following EMT Packet.
The EMT Refresher course (EMT-085) is for those students who have completed a recognized EMT program and are in the process of renewing their EMT certificate. This course is also for those students needing to review and update information to be qualified to take or retake the NREMT certifying exam as required by the State of California. The next EMT Refresher course dates will be announced in the near future.
Registration for EMT Refresher course will be through the normal COD enrollment process via webadvisor.  

EMS Advisors can be reached via email:                                                  

James Brakebill: jbrakebill@collegeofthedesert.edu   ​​​​​​​​​