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​Emergency Medical Technician 

Effective Fall-2014, an Emergency Medical Responder class is a pre-requisite for EMT. It is highly recommended for interested students of the Spring-2015 EMT class to take the EMR course in order to meet the pre-requisite. The Emergency Medical Responder class is designed to lay the foundation and lead to higher success rates for the EMT class. The catalog lists the Emergency Medical Responder class as EMT-080.
An EMT course will be offered at College of the Desert in the Spring-2015. This class meets four (4) days per week, Monday through Thursday from 5:30pm to 10:00pm at the main Palm Desert campus in classroom PSA 13. Registration for this class will be through the normal COD enrollment process via webadvisor. Students must attend a mandatory information session listed below prior to the start of the class.
Information Sessions for Emergency Medical Technician
Students wishing to enroll in any EMT class must attend a mandatory information session prior to the first day of class. Available information session dates are listed below.

During information sessions students will review medical forms and other information that must be completed prior to the first day of class. Students will also learn program requirements concerning uniforms, class meetings and homework assignments. 
All prospective EMT students MUST attend an information session and 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.
Students will need to bring a writing utensil, paper, and any questions they might have.
(Note: Please be on time. Students arriving late will be referred to the next information session.)
To sign up for an information session only please contact the PSA front desk at or call (760) 674-3765. Students do not need to sign-up for the July 15, 2014, August 12, 2014, or September 16, 2014 information dates because they are open attendance.
All other EMT questions should be directed to the EMT advisors listed below:


Information session dates: 

Information sessions will be held at the College of the Desert Public Safety Academy classroom PSA 18



                                   Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. 

                                   Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.                                                   

                                   Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. (Open Attendance)

                                   Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. (Open Attendance)

                                   Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. (Open Attendance)

​​                                   Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

                                   Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

                                   Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

Important Note: Please click on the below link, print out all documents and bring them with you to the information session. 



If you have a conviction record containing anything other than minor traffic violations please see the following linked document for particular Penal Code sections that apply to health care occupations.




The EMT Refresher course 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.
There will be a Spring 2014 course offered through College of the Desert and is scheduled for February 1, 2014 - March 8, 2014. Class will meet on Saturdays from 8am-3:35pm in classroom PSA 15.
Registration for EMT Refresher course is through the College Admissions Office/Web Advisor.

EMT Advisors can be reached via email: Carol Giannini:

                                                      James Brakebill:   ​​