EMT Training in Fresno, CA with Course and Program Summaries

Jan 02, 2019

Comparison of Fresno Emergency Medical Technician Schools

Three schools provide EMT training in the Fresno, California, area. Of these, one is very near the city, while another is about 45 minutes away. This article looks at these schools and the training programs they offer, all of which meet state and national standards for certification. There is also a table of facts about each school such as size and campus setting that can help individuals in the selection process.

  • Just three miles from downtown, Fresno City College offers EMT training through its fire technology program. It offers an EMT certificate and a prehospital paramedic care certificate.
  • The College of the Sequoias, nearly 46 miles from Fresno in Visalia, offers a basic EMT certificate program.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring EMTs need to investigate their school options. This table compiles important information that can help them make a sound choice.

Fresno City College College of the Sequoias
School Type 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 22,771* 12,277*
Campus Setting Large city* Midsize city*
Tuition and fees (2017-2018) $1,304 in-state; $6,944 out-of-state* $1,390 in-state; $7,186 out-of-state*
% of First-Time Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017) 85%* 82%*
Acceptance rate (2017) Open admissions policy* Open admissions policy*
Retention rate (2016-2017) 65% for full-time students; 37% for part-time students* 67% for full-time students; 43% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (Beginning Fall 2014) 18% (6% transfer-out rate)* 29% (3% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Fresno City College

Offered through Fresno City College's Fire Technology Department, the EMT certificate course prepares students for a career as an EMT. Upon earning the certificate, graduates can enroll in the Prehospital Paramedic Care certificate program. Applicants need to have a valid CPR card.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate

The Emergency Medical Technician Certificate course is designed to teach individuals how to provide emergency care and transport. The class covers topics such as cardiopulmonary life support, advanced first aid and emergency transportation. Upon completion, students are eligible to take the National Registered Emergency Medical Technical and California State certification examinations. The department also offers a refresher course.

Besides earning the certificate, students can take the EMT course as part of an associate's degree program in fire technology.

Prehospital Paramedic Care Certificate of Achievement

Students looking for more advanced training can take the EMT training course as part of a four-course program that leads to a Prehospital Paramedic Care Certificate of Achievement. After completing the EMT course, students take didactic and clinical courses in paramedic medicine before finishing with an internship.

College of the Sequoias

The College of the Sequoias offers basic emergency medical technician training. Besides awarding a certificate, this course also prepares graduates for national certification to work as an EMT.

Skill Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician

The college's Skill Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician program teaches students how to recognize illness and injury symptoms and to provide appropriate emergency care. Graduates of this program may take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians exam. They are also eligible to pursue additional training as a paramedic. A grade of C or better is needed to earn this certificate.

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