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Emergency Medical Technology (EMT)

All prospective EMT 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.

EMT Dress Code:

Official dress attire is required for all EMT classes which include a blue EMT polo shirt and black or dark blue BDU type uniform pants. The blue EMT polo shirt is only available at the COD Bookstore. All other items are available at local uniform stores.

Other Questions

All other EMT questions should be directed to the EMS advisors listed below:

James Brakebill: jbrakebill@collegeofthedesert.edu

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


Dear Student,

            Thank you for your interest in the EMT Program offered at College of the Desert.  We will be offering three classes which will be conducted in a hybrid format using Canvas and the Navigate2 Premiere Learning Management Systems.  What that means is students will do the classroom part of the course online and will perform the hands-on skills lab in the classroom/lab one or two days a week. The Fall 2018 Semester begins August 27, 2018 and ends December 17, 2018. The class ticket number, meeting dates and times are:​  ​​

Before students will be allowed to register for the EMT class they must attend an online live webinar EMT Orientation Session or the EMT Orientation Session in their EMT 080 class. Once students have attended the EMT Orientation Session they must submit an email to jbrakebill@collegeofthedesert.edu requesting permission to register for their desired EMT class.  In the email please include your full name, student ID number, the EMT class number you are requesting to enroll, and the date you attended the EMT Orientation Session.  Students will receive an email back from me stating they have permission to enroll in the EMT-084 course.  Students will be allowed to register for the EMT class once they have attended the EMT Orientation Session while they work on completing the pre-course task book.​

To attend an online/webinar EMT Orientation Session enter https://www.join.me/ into your browser (works best with Google Chrome) and click “Join Meeting” and then when prompted enter the following code: Jim_BrakebillStudents may have to download the free Join.Me app to be able to attend the online webinar.  Your computer must have sound and camera capabilities with a fast internet speed. Please remember students must attend an EMT Orientation Session before they will be allowed to register for the EMT Class.  ​

Below are the dates and times for the EMT 084 online/webinar Orientation Sessions:​

     Monday July 23, 2018      6:00 pm ​       Tuesday July 24, 2018    ​​  ​12:00 pm

Thursday July 26, 2018    9:00 am      Monday July 30, 2018       7:00 pm

Wednesday August 1, 2018   3:00pm​​ ​     Friday August 3, 2018      1​:00 pm

Tuesday August 7, 2018       6:00 pm​           Thursday August 9, 2018   9:00 am

Thursday August 16, 2018   7:00 pm          Thursday August 23, 2018   1:00 pm


James A. Brakebill
EMS Program Director


760-835-7165 or 760-346-8041 ext. 5542




EMT-084 meets the state coursework minimum requirements for EMT-I programs. Field and clinical experience is arranged outside of scheduled theory and skills lab time. CPR certification is required prior to students attending clinical experience. Students must be eighteen (18) years of age to enroll in this course. Students are required to purchase malpractice insurance in conjunction with this course. Students will be required to provide a negative criminal background clearance. You will be required to provide proper identification including your Social Security number. The student shall be responsible for paying any associated costs of program requirements. Information sessions are provided for prospective students. Call (760) 568-3083 or visit the department website for dates and times of sessions.

On completion of EMT-084 with an 80% or higher, the student is eligible to apply to the local EMS Authority for the county-issued certification as an Emergency Medical Technician-I which is valid for 2 years.

EMT-085 refresher course is offered each Fall and Spring semester. The course meets the requirements for EMT-I recertification.

This program meets all criteria of the Riverside County EMS Agency for the Emergency Medical Technician-I training.

This certificate is locally approved and is NOT notated on the student's academic transcript in accordance with State regulations.


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 if the course is offered.


The Emergency Medical Care (EMC) Certificate of Achievement is designed to offer a full range of both required and elective courses that prepare students for immediate entry into the emergency medical care field. The certificate is structured to ensure gradual, systematic and comprehensive attainment of the practical knowledge, skills and abilities desired by both private and public organizations. It also provides an excellent foundation from which to pursue both paramedic and related degree programs.

Although job ready EMT certification is the overriding goal of the program, the courses offered take into account that many students experience significant difficulty in satisfactorily completing the core 6 unit EMT course without additional preparation. Therefore, a more fundamental 3 unit Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course is provided as a prerequisite to the 6 unit EMT course, as well as a required Medical Terminology course. A basic anatomy and physiology course (Your Living Body) is also offered as an advisory to EMR in the list of electives. The certificate also assists both students and emergency medical care providers by offering an ambulance operations course that provides both operator information and driving skills training. Additionally, the certificate addresses today’s communication/information and interpersonal relations work place needs by offering a variety of other highly relevant elective courses.

Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses:
EMT 80 Emergency Medical Responder1 3
EMT 81 Ambulance Operations 1
EMT 84 Emergency Medical Technician I 6
HS 61 Medical Terminology 2
Electives: Select 4 courses from the following (11 - 13 units)
BUMA 94 Business Communications 3
or ENG 1A Composition 4
CIS 5 Computer Survival Skills 2
COMM 9 Introduction To Interpersonal Communication 3
HS 13 General Nutrition 3
HS 62 Your Living Body2 3
KINE 10 Personal & Community Health 3
PSY 1 General Psychology 3
or PSY 29 Abnormal Psychology 3

Required Subtotal 12
Electives 11-13
1 EMT 80 is a prerequisite for EMT 84.
 2 HS 62 is an advisory for EMT 80.