Emergency Medical Technician

ambulance ceremonyThe Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course is designed to prepare individuals to render pre hospital Basic Life Support (BLS) care at the scene of an emergency and during transport of the sick and injured. Instruction will cover the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (attitude) aspects of pre hospital EMS, with the goal of developing proficient and compassionate emergency healthcare professionals who conduct themselves with integrity and humility.



EMT Spring 2023 Information Sessions

Students interested in taking the Saddleback College EMT Program are highly encouraged to attend one of the following information sessions. 


Date Time Info Session Zoom Link
9/28/2022 9:00 am - 9:30 am Click Here
10/05/2022 4:00 pm- 4:30 pm Click Here
10/12/2022 9:00 am - 9:30 am Click Here
10/19/2022 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Click Here
  • Please arrive 5 minutes prior to the beginning of the live information session.
  • Times and dates are subject to change.
  • You do not need to be enrolled at Saddleback College to attend information session.

EMT Program Requirements

  1. Attend an Information Session.
  2. Must be 18 years of age or older.
  3. Apply to Saddleback College to become a student.
  4. Obtain a Saddleback student ID card from the Admissions and Records office.
  5. Must have an American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider CPR card, valid for the duration of  the program.
  6. Complete all physical/mandatory health assessment  requirements. - More information will be given during information session.
  7. Students must show proof of personal health insurance.
  8. Complete/Clear Background check - More information will be given during information session.
  9. Complete/Clear Drug Screen - More information will be given during information session.

 EMT  Physical/Mandatory Health Assessment Packet

EMT students will be required to obtain the following titers/immunizations/vaccines in order to complete program clinical requirements. It is highly encouraged to get started as soon as you are registered for EMT207 and EMT 207C. 

  • Physical/Health Exam
  • TB skin test (to be completed prior to receiving COVID-19 Booster to avoid delays)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine/immunity
  • COVID-19 vaccine (including booster)

Mandatory Health Assessment Packet        


Students will need to provide evidence of vaccination status not only for enrollment into the EMT course but also to take courses at the college that are in person or hybrid. For details regarding vaccination status, please visit the link here

Failure to complete any of the EMT program requirements by the deadlines, provided to students, will result in students signing a  Non-Compliance Form.

List of All Program Requirements for Spring 2023


EMT Program Requirements Spring 2023


If you have any questions regarding the EMT program or requirements, please contact

Alicia Kirk (949) 582-4581 or email akirk@saddleback.edu 

                                                     Saddleback College EMT Program information

Certification/Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of EMT 207/207C and the NREMT examination, the student will be eligible for certification as an EMT. There are additional requirements and costs for certification that will be discussed in class, or you may call the Orange County Emergency Medical Services Agency (OCEMS) for more information. Employment opportunities are available with ambulance companies, in hospitals and with other organizations such as ski patrol and lifeguards.

Other EMT Educations Opportunities

If you plan to become a Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic (MICP), you will need at least one year of full time work experience as an EMT, ideally on an ambulance that responds to 911 calls. Saddleback College offers a Paramedic Preparatory Course (EMT 219), which is highly recommended if you are planning to enroll in the Paramedic Program, and which can also be used to meet EMT Continuing Education requirements.


***Don’t forget you must apply for a degree or certificate at Saddleback College. These are not automatically issued. You MUST apply for them. Please review the links provided below for further information.***

Graduation / Degree and Certificate Information | Saddleback College


If you're completing degree, certificate, transfer, or occupational skills program at Saddleback College, you need to apply for the award within your MySite Profile.  It is not automatically awarded to you.

Apply for a Degree, Certificate, or Occupational Skills Award | Saddleback College


Location: SSC 102
Phone: (949) 582-4555
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Regular Office & Telephone Hours:
Monday - Thursday
9:00am to 6:00pm

8:30am to 2:00pm


Students may be eligible for financial aid. If interested in applying, please visit Saddleback College's Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office https://www.saddleback.edu/fao




Alicia Kirk Duke Juarez
EMS Program Specialist
Paramedic and EMS Education
(949) 582-4581

Larry Grihalva, J.D., MICP (LAFD Ret.) Larry Grihalva
Professor of EMS / EMT Program Director