EMT Training in Sacramento with Class and Course Summaries

Jan 02, 2019

There are at least five schools within 50 miles of Sacramento, California, that have emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements, and admission info at three of the closest schools to downtown and find out which is the right one for you.

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Sacramento Schools with EMT Training Programs

This article looks at three schools in the Sacramento area that offer EMT training. One institution is part of the state university system, while the other two are affiliated with the Los Rios Community College District. All are no more than 10 miles from Sacramento, and the programs they offer meet state certification standards. Additionally, this article includes a table of information about the schools, such as size, school type, costs and the graduation rates. There is also some information about other nearby schools that offer EMT training programs.

  • California State University - Sacramento (Sacramento State) offers an EMT basic course as well as a paramedic program. It is about three miles from downtown Sacramento.
  • Approximately 10 miles from the city center, American River College (ARC) has EMT- basic and EMT-paramedic certificate programs as well as an associate's degree program in EMT-paramedic.
  • Cosumnes River College (CRC), about eight miles from downtown Sacramento, offers an EMT certificate of proficiency.

Comparison of Schools

Aspiring EMTs need to consider many factors when choosing a school for their training. This table presents important information in a format that makes it easy to compare these institutions.

California State University - Sacramento American River College Cosumnes River College
School Type Public, 4-year Public, 2-year Public, 2-year
Total Enrollment (2017) 31,255* 31,858* 14,120*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $7,204 for in-state students, $19,084 for out-of-state students* $1,104 for in-state students, $8,208 for out-of-state students* $1,104 for in-state students, $8,208 for out-of-state students*
% of Students Receiving Grants or Scholarships (2016-2017) 78%* 73%* 73%*
Acceptance Rate 68% (2017) N/A - open admissions policy N/A - open admissions policy
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 83% for full-time students, 66% for part-time students* 70% for full-time students, 50% for part-time students* 74% for full-time students, 48% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate 48% overall, 3% transfer-out (students who began in Fall 2011)* 28% overall, 7% transfer-out (students who began in Fall 2014)* 24% overall, 10% transfer-out (students who began in Fall 2014)*

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator.

California State University - Sacramento

Students attending Sacramento State have two levels of EMT certification training to choose from. Students who successfully complete the courses are eligible to take National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification exams at the appropriate level. Both programs are offered by the California State University - Sacramento College of Continuing Education (CCE).

EMT - Basic Course

The EMT - Basic course is open to all students who will be at least 18 years old by course end. It takes nine weeks to complete and prepares students for careers in the emergency medical services (EMS) field. The course is focused on training students to be able to provide basic life support in a pre-hospital setting. In addition to lectures, the curriculum includes skills practice sessions in a laboratory setting.

EMT - Paramedic Program

The paramedic program requires that all applicants have completed an EMT - Basic course and are certified by NREMT. An entrance exam is also required for admission to the program. The program takes one year to complete and is divided into three sections: a didactic segment, a clinical segment, and an internship, during which students serve the community as a paramedic under appropriate supervision. The curriculum focuses on advanced life support and includes training in trauma, cardiology, and obstetrics.

American River College

ARC offers three program choices to students pursuing careers in EMS. Two certificate options and one degree program are offered by the school's division of health and education. Graduates of each program are eligible to take the NREMT exam for certification at the corresponding level.

EMT - Basic Certificate

The EMT - Basic certificate program available at ARC consists of a single, basic training course over the course of one semester. Applicants to the program must currently be certified for cardiopulmonary resuscitation or have completed both HEED 310 and HEED 323 with a grade of 'C' or better. The curriculum includes training in patient assessment, emergency care procedures, and an overview of medical care in pre-hospital settings.

EMT - Paramedic, Associate of Applied Science and Certificate Programs

Students desiring to train as an EMT - Paramedic can choose between a certificate and degree program at American River College; the core curriculum for both is identical. Individuals seeking to earn a degree will complete the paramedic certificate program in its entirety as well as additional general education requirements. Full-time students graduating from the certificate program will have earned 37.5-44.5 credit hours over a 1-year period. Degree-seeking students must meet a 60-credit hour minimum.

Applicants to the program must have a high school diploma or equivalent, hold current certification as an EMT - Basic provider, and meet minimum grade requirements for prerequisite courses.

Cosumnes River College

One program is offered by Cosumnes River College to students interested in becoming EMTs. The emergency medical technology department also offers a refresher course for currently certified EMTs and the opportunity to earn hours in the field through a work experience class.

EMT Certificate

The EMT certificate program offered by CRC prepares students for the state certification test (NREMT). The program consists of the completion of 7.5 credit hours earned in one course. Course EMT 100 includes 81 hours of didactic instruction and 162 hours practicing skills in laboratory, hospital, and ambulance settings. Prerequisites for applicants to the program include background checks, drug tests, liability insurance, and current immunizations.

Other School Options

Students have a minimum of three other schools from which to choose when deciding among EMT programs in the Sacramento area. Sierra College, Los Medanos College, and Napa Valley College are located 20 miles, 45 miles, and 47 miles from the city, respectively.

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