Where to Get Emergency Medical Technician Training in Ventura County

Nov 29, 2018

Research emergency medical technician training in Ventura County, which currently has at least three colleges offering programs. Read an overview of admission policies and program requirements for two of these schools and decide which one is right for you.

Ventura County Emergency Medical Technician Schools

Emergency medical technician (EMT) training is available in Ventura County, CA, at all schools in the Ventura Community College District. This article highlights the courses and hands-on components of the programs at two of these institutions, and also includes a table of facts and figures on each college.

  • Offering the only emergency medical services associate degree program in the county, Ventura College provides EMT students with access to over $600,000 in scholarships through the VC Foundation. In addition to the associate's program, students can complete an 8.5-unit training program or earn a paramedic studies certificate.
  • Oxnard College offers more than 60 areas of study including EMT Basic training, which requires just a few months to complete.

Comparison of Schools

This table offers a quick way to compare a number of stats -- including enrollment numbers and tuition rates -- for the profiled colleges. Review it to help you get a better idea of which school might best fit your education needs.

Ventura College Oxnard College
School Type* 2-year, public 2-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017)* 13,174 7,451
Campus Setting* Midsize city Midsize city
Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)* $1,388 in-state, $7,050 out-of-state $1,388 in-state, $7,050 out-of-state
% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)* 72% 87%
Acceptance Rate (2017)* Open admissions Open admissions
Retention Rate (2017)* 70% for full-time students; 46% for part-time students 69% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students
Graduation Rate (students who began studies in 2014)* 35% 24%

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

Ventura College

Ventura College's 112-acre campus is located in Ventura, California, about 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. It offers an EMT education course for those seeking basic instruction, as well as certificate and associate degree paramedic studies programs. These programs are offered by Ventura College's School of Prehospital and Emergency Medicine.

Emergency Medical Technician Training

This 8.5-unit program includes lectures and labs, as well as field trips. The course requires students to pass a background and drug check, hold CPR certification and demonstrate good health through immunizations and a physical, as well as requires applicants to be 18 by the midterm. The course delves into the function of an EMT, safe care and patient groups.

Certificate of Achievement in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Studies

This program prepares students for advanced emergency procedures. Participants begin by taking a basic EMT course that provides the training in intravenous therapy, life support and assessment. Students complete a paramedic clinical lab that allows students to gain hands-on experience under the supervision of a paramedic. Additional courses examine human anatomy and physiology. Applicants must have current EMT Basic certification and experience, in addition to current CPR certification.

Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic Studies

In addition to paramedic studies courses, students must take a variety of general education classes in subjects like chemistry, medical terminology, psychology and Spanish. Students can complete directed studies in paramedic services and a paramedic internship, in addition to classes in paramedic theory.

Oxnard College

Oxnard College, located in the beach community of Oxnard, California, has been part of the Ventura Community College District since 1975. The Oxnard College EMT program is affiliated with the school's fire technology department. This department is housed in a 16-acre off-campus complex that houses other related local agencies such as the Ventura County Fire Department.

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic

Courses for the EMT-Basic program are held at the Ventura County Training Center. Students need to be certified in CPR before being admitted to the program. The EMT-B program at Oxnard takes a semester to complete and prepares students to take the NREMT certification exam. This course requires a 24-hour clinical component, in addition to classroom learning in patient assessment, wound care and trauma management.

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