Program Campus Offered Program Length Application required? Pre-Requisites Applications accepted
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic

San Luis Obispo and North County
(Paso Robles)

18 weeks

(1 semester)

NO Possession of current HealthCare Provider CPR card N/A
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Refresher

Online, with one mandatory meeting (skills testing) on the San Luis Obispo Campus


9 weeks




CA EMT certification current within the last 24 months

Possession of current HealthCare Provider CPR card

see Course catalog



San Luis Obispo

3 semesters YES


see Paramedic Program pages on website

August 1 through September 30,  4 p.m. PST for the program starting the following January

EMS Programs Mission Statement

The mission of the Cuesta College EMS Program is to provide the highest educational standards for students preparing to become prehospital care providers in a supportive learning environment. We strive to teach our students the highest quality of prehospital emergency care, with the expectation that each will practice the same standard of excellence that we hold for ourselves. We aspire to impart the importance of providing professional, non-discriminatory care for all people in their time of crisis. Our goal is to have our graduates enter their public servant careers as competent, ethical, and confident entry-level health care practitioners who are committed to professional development through lifelong learning.


We are pleased to announce that we now have an in-house Academic Counselor and an Enrollment Success Specialist to help you get started in our program. For information on how to become a student at Cuesta, transferring to or from Cuesta, priority registration status, or the registration process, please contact our Enrollment Success Specialist,  Anel Gutierrez-Orozco at (805) 592-9771. Once you have a Cuesta student ID, you can make an appointment with our Academic Counselor, Cindy Stever, to evaluate your transcript(s), create a student education plan, and help with course equivalencies and program pre-requisites. You can book an appointment with Cindy on the Counseling website by clicking here.  

For other information about our programs, contact the Allied Health Program Specialist, Claire Hawkins at or (805) 592-9283.