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San Diego EMT Classes with School Options

Jan 02, 2019

Research emergency medical technician (EMT) classes in San Diego, which currently has a couple of schools offering programs. Read an overview of classes, admission information and program requirements for two San Diego schools within 40 miles of downtown and decide which program is right for you.

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Schools in San Diego with EMT Classes

There are three schools 40 minutes or less from downtown San Diego that offer EMT training programs. This article examines two of those schools and their program offerings. It also includes a table of facts about each institution, such as enrollment figures and tuition, which can help individuals who are making a decision regarding their education.

  • Located in Chula Vista, California, Southwestern College is roughly 13 miles from downtown San Diego. It offers an EMT-Basic course, as well as EMT and paramedic certificate and associate's degree programs.
  • Students can pursue basic EMT and EMT-Paramedic studies at Palomar College. Palomar is based in San Marcos, almost 37 miles away from San Diego's downtown, but has seven locations in Southern California.

Comparison of Schools

There are many factors to consider when choosing a school. Aspiring EMT students can refer to the following table for information about these two institutions.

Southwestern College Palomar College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 18,413 23,848
Campus Setting Large suburb Large suburb
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $1,338 for in-state;
$6,602 for out-of-state
$1,338 for in-state;
$7,386 for out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 80% 63%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* N/A - Open admissions N/A - Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 74% for full-time; 45% for part-time 71% for full-time; 47% for part-time
Graduation Rate (students who began their studies in 2014)* 22% 29%

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Southwestern College

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has accredited the paramedic programs at Southwestern College.

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic Course

Over two semesters, students complete the 11 units necessary to graduate from this basic EMT program. There is a lecture portion and a laboratory segment to these EMT studies. The purpose of the program is to ensure students learn how to become rescue workers and implement proper medical care to patients in an emergency setting.

Emergency Medical Technology and Paramedic Certificate of Achievement

To be a paramedic major at Southwestern College, students must receive acceptance from the department. After the prerequisites for the program are taken care of, students begin to take classes on advanced life support. There are two theory and laboratory courses for that topic. There are also two classes for field training and EMS community experience. Finally, there is also a clinical experience requirement for hospitals that must be met. In total, this program is 57 units.

Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Technology and Paramedic

The 57 units covered in the previously detailed certificate of achievement program are also required in this associate's degree program curriculum. From there, students must fulfill general education requirements. This is the main difference between the certificate program and the associate's degree program. General education requirements include classes in general psychology; public speaking or interpersonal communication; and reading and composition or critical thinking and composition.

Palomar College

Palomar College's paramedic programs have also been accredited by CAAHEP.

EMT - Basic Class

In the first semester of this program, students have to take a prerequisite class for first responders. In some cases, this requirement can be waived if students possess certification in advanced first aid or have taken an emergency medical response class and have a card for AHA CPR for Healthcare Provider.

The lecture and lab class for basic emergency medical technicians is offered every semester at Palomar College. There are several requirements. Students have to spend 12 hours riding along with an ambulance and 12 hours in observation in an emergency room.

EMT - Paramedic Program

Advanced treatment in an emergency pre-hospital setting is covered in the paramedic EMT program. Before students enroll in this program, EMT-Basic certification has to be obtained. Generally, six months of paid full-time experience in the field is necessary as well. From there, a testing and interview process begins after students submit a special application. All in all, the program takes two semesters to finish. The first part of the program consists of lectures, while the second part has students working in a hospital setting and then a field internship.

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