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The Emergency Medical Technician [EMT] program prepares you to better deliver specific medical services within your community. This highly successful program utilizes a combination of classroom and hands-on training to prepare you with needed EMT skills and knowledge. All courses are administered utilizing state-of-the-art professional education, training and curriculum in preparation for the National Registry certification examination.

People in this profession become first responders at medical emergencies, traffic accidents, natural disasters, crime scenes and other urgent situations that require rapid emergency medical assistance and transport. This program is designed to teach you to assess the patient, manage trauma/medical emergencies and safely transport the sick or injured

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training will help you reach for new goals. If you're looking for a career where what you do can mean the difference between life and death, this one could put you in the middle of the action. The LAVC EMT Program is approved by the Los Angeles County EMS Agency.


Students are to present their current CPR card to the instructor on the first day of class [Either a “BLS for the Healthcare Provider” card from the American Heart Association or “CPR for the Professional Rescuer” card from the American Red Cross.] NO OTHER CARDS ARE ACCEPTABLE. Students must be at least 18 years of age at the beginning of class and have no felony convictions.


Fire Tech 96 (EMT) covers the didactic education, clinical experience [two 10-hour observational ride-a-long[s] on an ambulance with a minimum of ten patient contacts] and skill development of pre-hospital [out of hospital] concepts, theories and practices required of the Emergency Medical Technician


Students will be able to successfully demonstrate the EMT skill set at an acceptable level as required by national, state and local regulations.


Fire Tech 96 is designed to provide a basis for gaining EMT certification. The student will be given the opportunity to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully pass the National Registry EMT [NREMT] certification examination. Upon successful completion of the NREMT certification examination, an EMT may gain employment and/or progress to paramedic training. With few exceptions, Fire Tech 96 is conducted at the basic life support [BLS] level.

Department Chair Al Cowan

Emergency Services Department Chair:
Dr. Alan Cowen, Professor
(818) 947-2982


EMT Professional Experts
E. Brodsky
P. Gibson
D. Kenney
B. Pelletier


Course Descriptions

Please search the catalog for course descriptions. Courses are listed in alphabetical order.

Degrees / Certificates

LAVC offers the Emergency Medical Technician course (Firetek 96). The 8 unit, 180 hour course covers the didactic education, clinical experience (Two 10 hour observation ride alongs on an ambulance) and skill development of pre-hospital concepts, theories, and practices required of the Emergency Medical Technician.

To gain the actual certification, you must be at least 18 years old with no felony convictions, CPR certified and successfully pass the National Registry EMT Certification examination. Upon successfully passing the certification examination, many students gain employment and/or progress to paramedic training.

**NOTE** Classes for CPR certification are offered by the American Red Cross (CPR for the Professional Rescuer) or American Heart Association (BLS for the Health Care Provider)

Did you know you can make an appointment with a counselor to discuss your options and have any questions you have answered? Contact the Counseling Department at (818) 947-2546. Counseling Department is located in the Student Services Annex.

Career Opportunities

The Emergency Medical Technican course (EMT) at Los Angeles Valley College prepares you to take the National Registry EMT certification examination. Successful passing of the exam is a requirement for becoming a paramedic. However, be sure  to check with the local EMS agency in the county you want to work to see if there are additional local requirements.