EMT Training in San Jose, CA with Course and School Information

There are a few schools within 45 miles of San Jose that have emergency medical technician (EMT) training courses. Read an overview of three schools' programs, requirements and admission information and find out which school is the right one for you.

San Jose Schools with EMT Training Programs

A few schools in the San Jose area offer EMT training programs at several levels. This article explores three schools, none more than 50 minutes from San Jose, and the training they offer. A table of information about the schools, such as size, tuition and graduation rates, is included to help prospective students find a school that's a good fit. At the end of the article is a little information about one other area school that offers EMT training.

  • San Jose City College has an EMT program just three miles from the in the downtown area of San Jose.
  • Foothill College is roughly 17 miles outside of San Jose and offers both a certificate and an associate's degree for paramedics.
  • Merritt College also has an EMT-basic training program. This school is about 41.1 miles from downtown San Jose.

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Comparison of Schools

There are many factors to consider when choosing an EMT training program. This table compiles important aspects of each school and displays them in a way that makes comparison easy.

San Jose City College Foothill College Merritt College
School Type Community college; public 4-year, primarily associate's; public Community college; public
Total Enrollment (2017) 9,336* 15,697* 6,952*
Campus Setting Large city Large suburb Large city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018) $1,356 for in-state; $7,852 for out-of-state* $1,554 for in-state; $8,752 for out-of-state* $1,230 for in-state; $7,110 for out-of-state*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 62%* 37%* 52%*
Acceptance Rate (2016-2017) N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission N/A - Open admission
Retention Rate (students who began in 2016 and returned in 2017) 65% for full-time; 43% for part-time* N/A 51% for full-time; 30% for part-time*
Graduation Rate 26% (students who began in 2014)* 56% (students who began in 2011)* 17% (students who began in 2014)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

San Jose City College

Students at this school can choose to participate in an honors program as long as they have a 3.25 GPA or higher.

Emergency Medical Technician Program

The EMT program at this college consists of a single course in pre-hospital emergency care and takes two semesters to complete. Students gain experience with basic life support in an emergency care setting. It is recommended that prior to entering into the program, students gain a background in medical technology, anatomy and physiology.

Foothill College

The paramedic programs at Foothill College have received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Certificate of Achievement in Paramedic

The paramedic programs at this school are generally designed for students who already have some EMT skills. The certificate-level paramedic program is 76.5 units in length. In it, students can expect to take classes on paramedic cognitive and affective skills as well as allied health programs.

Associate of Science in Paramedic

Students in this program complete the same coursework as in the paramedic certificate program option. This also includes completing several field internships. The difference between the two programs is that students receive a general education in the associate's degree program. The associate's degree program requires 76.5 units to complete, which can take anywhere from 12 to 18 months.

Merritt College

In order to enter into this school's EMT program, students must possess CPR certification and have a basic understanding of standard first aid.

EMT-Basic Training Program

This EMT program, which meets the California State Regulations, can be taken on or off campus. The Alameda County EMS Agency has also approved the program for EMT certification. To graduate, students must earn a score of 80% or higher on the final written examination and pass a final hands-on skills examination.

Other School Options

Skyline College is only 43.4 miles away from downtown San Jose and has an emergency medical technology career certificate program available.


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