EMT Certification Program

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Course Description

Designed and taught by the UC Davis Fire Department, the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Certification Program provides students with an outline of the Emergency Medical System (EMS), teaches assessment skills and treatment techniques, and introduces learners to the pathophysiology of common neurological, respiratory and cardiac emergencies found within the scope of practice of an EMT.

Upon completion of this program, you will possess the knowledge and skills expected of an entry-level EMT professional, including:

  • Fundamentals of emergency medicine (patient assessment, bleeding control, airway management, triage and other skills necessary for the proper care and transport of patients.)
  • Administrative aspects of emergency medical care (the Emergency Medical System (EMS), workforce safety, communication and medical, legal and ethical issues.) These lessons will then be applied outside of the classroom, as students receive hands-on clinical experience in a hospital emergency room setting and on ambulance ride alongs.
  • And More
  • - Essential problem-solving skills to make informed decisions in high-stress situations
    - Evaluation of illnesses or injury in order to make field diagnoses
    - Basic life support methods
    - Safe administration of medications outlined by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT)
    - Treat and manage critical trauma or medical patients
    - Leadership and communication skills

Course Structure

  • The EMT Program consists of online lectures, in-person content review and activities, skills practice and simulation-based lab sessions, taking place over 11 weeks, including 24 hours of clinical experience performed outside of the classroom.
  • The clinical experience component of this program will provide direct patient observation and occurs in a hospital emergency room and an ambulance or fire engine. Must be completed within three weeks of the end date of the course.
  • California State EMS regulations and college credit standards require a minimum number of hours for EMT education. Therefore, attendance is mandatory and is tracked hour by hour. Students who fail to meet the hourly obligation MUST make up missed hours on an hour for hour basis.
  • A course completion certificate is awarded to students who pass the course with a score of 80% or better and fulfill all clinical requirements.
  • The EMT Program provides Academic Credit. Cllick here for details. 

Enrollment Policy Information

Tuition, Fees and Other Costs

In addition to the cost of tuition ($1,950), students should expect to pay $485+ for additional costs and fees.

Detailed List of of Costs


  • Anyone can sign up for EMT certification. You do not need to be a UC Davis student.
  • To be eligible for this program, participants need to have completed an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider CPR course. Your CPR card must be presented on the first day of class.
    • The UC Davis Fire Department offers the AHA BLS Provider CPR course. To sign up for a course, click here.

Requirements and Accounts

Once enrolled, students require a background check, drug screening, and proof of immunizations. To complete these requirements students will need to create two accounts.

Requirements and Accounts

Register or Submit Interest Card/Questions

  • The $100 registration fee for this course is fully non-refundable. Tuition is also fully non-refundable starting two weeks before the course start date.
  • If you need academic accommodations please email Tina Ehrke at kcehrke@ucdavis.edu as soon as possible to get them in place before the course starts.
  • If you click 'Register' and are taken to a page without the option at the bottom to 'Enroll Now', the course has reached capacity. You can check back regularly to see if someone has dropped the class and freed up a spot.


Portrait of Captain Scott Hatcher, EMT-P
Captain Scott Hatcher, EMT-P
man in fire department polo tee
Daniel Benedetto- EMT-B
  •   Lab Assistants
    • Marisol Ayala- EMT-P
    • Dylan Hurley- EMT-P
    • Everardo Villalobos- EMT-P
    • Tanee Chum- EMT-B
    • River Payne- EMT-B
    • Chelsea Kahn- EMT-B
    • Aaron Huntington- EMT-B
    • Emma Karzin- EMT-B
    • Medric Riley-EMT-B
    • Sarah Estes- EMT-B
    • Jeff Scott- EMT- B
    • Matthew Stanton- EMT-B

Accreditation and Registry Info

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    • This program meets all of the National EMS Education standards for EMTs and is accredited with the state of California through the Yolo County Emergency Medical Services Agency.
    • Students who successfully complete the program will possess the knowledge and skills needed to excel in the field of emergency medicine, and will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of EMTs examination to receive certification as a Nationally Registered EMT.
    • A course completion certificate is awarded to students who pass the course with a score of 80% or better and fulfill all clinical requirements. Successful completion of the EMT course provides eligibility to the National Registry of EMTs examination to receive certification as a Nationally Registered EMT. Once nationally registered, graduates are eligible to apply for state licensure which will allow them to work as an EMT in local areas of choice. A student must be 18 years or older in order to qualify for state licensure. (NREMT and State/Local Licensure fees are not included in course cost.)

    Once You're Enrolled

    Refreshers for Certified EMT's

    NREMT Skills Refresher: Practice Day

    Date to be announced
    Time: typically 8am—5pm
    Cost: typically $100

    • Course Description
    • This skills course is designed for licensed EMTs who are wanting to practice their EMT Skills prior to recertification skills testing.  This is an 8-hour in-person skills day.  Participants will be given the opportunity to practice the following skills.
      • Trauma Assessment
      • Medical Assessment
      • Bag-Valve-Mask Ventilation
      • Oxygen Administration
      • Cardiac Arrest Management with an AED
      • Hemorrhage Control and Shock Management
      • Spinal Motion Restriction – Supine and Seated
      • Penetrating Chest Injury
      • Epinephrine and Naloxone Administration
      • Childbirth and Neonatal Resuscitation
      • Glucometer Use

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    NREMT Skills Refresher: Test Day

    Date to be announced
    Time: typically 8am—5pm
    Cost: typically $100

    This is the corresponding test for the NREMT Skills Refresher Practice listed above.

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