EMT Training in Oakland, CA with Course and Program Summaries

There are at least nine schools within 50 miles of Oakland that have emergency medical technician (EMT) training programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info at three schools within 25 miles of downtown and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Oakland-Area Schools Offering EMT Training

Students seeking EMT training in Oakland will find only one program in the city limits, but there are several in the surrounding area. All meet state and national certification standards for EMT training programs. This article looks at three schools, none more than 35 minutes from downtown Oakland, and at the EMT training programs they offer. There is also a table of information on the schools, including enrollment, school type and campus setting. A listing of other area schools that offer EMT training is at the end of this article.

  • Merritt College has a single-course certificate program. Merritt is about two miles from the Oakland city center.
  • Mount Diablo Adult Education offers a certificate program that meets EMT-Intermediate standards. This school is 16 miles from downtown Oakland.
  • Skyline College, also around 16 miles from downtown Oakland, has an EMT certificate program.

Comparison of Schools

The following table contains information that is important to aspiring EMTs who are deciding which school is their best option.

Merritt College Mount Diablo Adult Education Skyline College
School Type 2-year, public Less-than-2-year, public 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 6,952* 140* 9,235*
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,230 in-state, $7,110 out-of-state* $1,604 (program specific)** $1,447 in-state, $8,136 out-of-state*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large suburb
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 52%* 31%* 46%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 51% full-time; 30% part-time* 90% full-time; 75% part-time* N/A
Graduation Rate 17% (10% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2014* 96% for students who began 2014-15* 25% (11% transfer-out rate) for students who began Fall 2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Mount Diablo Adult Education

Merritt College

To participate in the program at Merritt College, students must first complete a health or first aid course, have CPR certification, pass a TB test and have a current Hepatitis B vaccination.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate of Proficiency

This is a single-course program that has been approved by the Alameda County Emergency Medical Services Agency. The training course covers basic emergency medical procedures and techniques through classroom and lab instruction. Successful completion of this course qualifies students to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam.

Mount Diablo Adult Education

Students must have CPR certification, health clearance, a high school diploma or GED and pass required health courses in order to participate. A criminal background check may also be required.

Emergency Medical Technician Certificate of Completion (EMT-Intermediate)

Students learn about aspects of emergency medical care such as trauma patient assessment, cardiac arrest management, bleeding control, fracture stabilization and airway management. The class meets three times each week during evening hours and includes classroom and ride-along instruction.

Skyline College

This school requires students to obtain CPR certification or complete a related Skyline College course before they can register for the EMT program.

EMT Certificate

The class is presented in both lecture and lab formats. Students also participate in experiential learning by working with local emergency departments and taking part in ambulance ride-alongs. The program meets national and state EMT-Basic standards. Classes are offered days and evenings.

Other School Options

For students seeking advanced EMT training, there are two local schools that offer paramedic certificate and associate degree programs. City College of San Francisco is located about 13 miles from Oakland and Foothill College is 29 miles from downtown.

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