EMT Classes in Los Angeles, CA with School and Program Info

The Los Angeles, California, area has a few schools that offer emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Learn about the programs, admission info and program requirements for three of these schools, all within 55 miles of the city center, and make an informed education decision.

Los Angeles Schools with EMT Programs

Individuals looking for schools offering EMT classes in Los Angeles, CA, can consider a number of colleges with training programs that meet state and national certification standards. This article looks at three schools and the EMT programs they offer. It includes a table of information that prospective students should examine, such as school size, costs and the graduation rate. There is also a listing of a few other Los Angeles-area schools that offer EMT programs.

  • Citrus College, about 26 miles from downtown Los Angeles, offers a basic-level emergency medical technician program.
  • Mt. San Antonio College offers emergency medical technician and paramedic certificate programs and an associate's degree program in emergency medical services. This school is about 25 miles from downtown.
  • Almost 52 miles from the city center, Saddleback College offers EMT - Basic and paramedic programs.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are deciding on a school for their EMT training need to look at many factors. This table presents important information about these colleges in a way that allows for easy comparison.

Citrus College Mt. San Antonio College Saddleback College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 13,263 29,960 19,783
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb Large suburb
Program Tuition and Fees (2018-2019) Around $842** $460 (in-state); $3,340 (out-of-state) for EMT
$1,840 (in-state); $13,360 (out-of-state) for paramedic
$2,760 (in-state); $20,040 (out-of-state) for AAS***
About $950 (EMT course)
$3,455 (paramedic course)****
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Aid (2016-2017)* 53% 70% 40%
Acceptance Rate N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 69% 79% 77%
Graduation Rate (beginning in 2014 and graduating in 150% of normal time) 38% 32% 38%

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Citrus College, ***Mt. San Antonio College, ****Saddleback College

Citrus College

Located on a 104-acre campus, Citrus College is the oldest community college in the county. The National Registry of EMTs approves the program, and Citrus is the chosen training center for Los Angeles federal agents.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic

This course provides students with training to work as an EMT-B in the health care field. Coursework covers subjects such as physiology and anatomy. Students also learn skills in areas such as trauma care, emergency vehicle operations, and life support. EMT students at Citrus have the honor of interning at Lynwood's Saint Francis Hospital, the busiest trauma center in Los Angeles County. After completing the course, students can earn the Los Angeles County and National Registry Certification.

Mt. San Antonio College

Founded in 1946, Mt. San Antonio College has more than 200 certificate and degree programs. The community college also offers an EMT training course to get certified as an emergency medical technician.

Course Completion Certificate in Emergency Medical Program - Basic

This program prepares students to take the National Registry Exam to become certified as an Emergency Medical Technician - Basic. Students will take two courses to complete the program. In order to enroll, students must have clearance to work in hospitals and out in the field, be at least 18 years old, and have a record without criminal convictions. Emergency medical technician courses can be taken in the fall or spring.

Certificate of Completion in Emergency Medical Technician Program - Paramedic

This program prepares students to work for the Fire Service or in ambulances. Applicants must be certified EMT - Basics to qualify. Topics covered in the course include emergency cardiac care and anatomy and physiology, as well as theory and pharmacology. Individuals in the program also complete a clinical internship and a field externship.

Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services

Students can earn an associate degree in emergency medical services by completing requirements in general education and the curriculum for the EMT - Paramedic certificate program. Courses will include subjects such as paramedic skills and paramedic fundamentals. The associate degree is recommended for those who want to work in the higher ranks in the emergency medical services.

Saddleback College

The college offers more than 300 certificates, associate degrees, and occupational skills awards. An EMT course is available through its Division of Health Sciences.

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Course

In the EMT course, students learn basic life support skills, which they can use to care for patients in an emergency situation and while transporting patients to the hospital. The course includes lecture and skill labs classes on campus, as well as fieldwork in a hospital and with an ambulance company. Topics covered in the course include patient assessment and pathophysiology of medical emergencies. A background check and physical examination are required to take the course. Students must also have a CPR card.

Paramedic Program

The paramedic program provides the education for individuals to work as paramedics. Before entering the paramedic program, students must have a California EMT license, as well as one year of experience as an EMT on an ambulance, fire engine, or other emergency vehicle. Recommended courses to prepare for the program include medical terminology and cardiac dysrhythmias.

Other School Options

Aspiring EMTs have other schools within 50 miles of Los Angeles to consider that offer EMT courses. El Camino College administers an EMT program just under 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles. Meanwhile, East Los Angeles College, about 8 miles away, offers an emergency first responder course that's similar to an EMT program. East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program, which is nearly 19 miles from downtown Los Angeles, offers an EMT - Basic program.


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