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​Emergency Medical Services (EMS) 

The 3-unit Emergency Medical Responder (EMT-080) class is now a pre-requisite for the 6-unit Emergency Medical Technician course (EMT-084). Students who have not completed the EMR course may submit a pre-requisite challenge form if they believe they possess the necessary skills, abilities, and knowledge to succeed in the EMT class. Students may also request Credit by Examination (Refer to the catalog page 25) for the EMR course in order to meet the pre-requisite and obtain credit for the EMR course. Both procedures will require meeting with the assigned instructor well in advance of the scheduled EMT course. The Emergency Medical Responder class is designed to lay the foundation and lead to higher success rates for the traditional EMT class. Note: The Emergency Medical Responder class is listed as EMT-080 in the schedule and catalog.
The regular 6-unit EMT course (EMT-084) will be offered at College of the Desert in the Spring-2015 in 2 formats. The regular brick and mortar will meet 2 times a week and the hybrid format will meet 1 day a week with the majority of lecture being online. Registration for both classes 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.
EMS Information Sessions
Students must attend a mandatory EMS information session listed below prior to the start of the 6-unit EMT-084 class. Attendenance at the EMS information session is also highly recommended for the 3-unit EMT-080 Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) class and the 1-unit EMT-081 Ambulance Operators course. 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 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.
All other EMS questions should be directed to the EMS advisors listed below:
James Brakebill:   

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

Information session dates: 

Information sessions will be held at the College of the Desert Public Safety Academy classroom PSA 18 at 5:00 p.m. Students do not need to register to attend an information session.


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.)

                                   ​​Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

                                   Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.


Important Note:  Students enrolling into the EMT-084: 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. You may be prevented from enrolling in the 6-unit EMT-084 course if you have any of the listed violations.




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 will be offered in Spring-2015.
Registration for EMT Refresher course is through the College Admissions Office/Web Advisor.

EMT Advisors can be reached via email:

Julie Reyes:                                                       

James Brakebill:   ​​