Program Overview

This 9.5 unit, 18 week (1 semester) course presents the techniques of emergency medical care presently considered within the responsibilities of the Emergency Medical Technician I.  Students are taught the fundamental principles and skills required to provide emergency medical care for patients at the scene of an accident or the onset of sudden illness and during transport to a medical facility.

This course includes theory & laboratory practice of selected skills, with a minimum of 10 hours of clinical observation with an advanced life support unit and/or in a hospital emergency room, and 18 hours of lab time to be announced.  Classes are offered on the San Luis Obispo and North County (Paso Robles) campuses, during the fall and spring semesters.

No application is required to take the EMS 201 course. Students can register for this course on their assigned registration date after applying to the college.

Pre-Program Requirements

Age Requirement: Students must be 18 years of age by the first class meeting. 

CPR Certification Requirement:  Students must have a current CPR card issued by the American Heart Association ("BLS for Healthcare Providers CPR and AED") OR the American Red Cross ("CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer & Healthcare Provider") or Healthcare Providers or Professional Rescuers, and remain certified throughout the course.  If you take an online CPR course, it must include a hands-on portion.  For any questions regarding your CPR card, please scan and email it to the course instructor prior to the first class meeting at:

Background Check, Drug Screening and Immunization Requirements:  Students must complete and pass a drug screen and background check at an approximate cost of $100.  Current immunizations with documentation are also required.  Students may not begin clinical time until their drug screen and background check have cleared. Additional information and forms will be provided at the first class meeting.   If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact the Nursing and Allied Health office at (805) 546-3119.


1). Government-issued phot ID (i.e. driver's license) to show proof of age


2).Current CPR certification (see above for accepted certification).

EMS 201 Schedule

EMS 201 students attend lectures, complete skills lab practice, and participate in clinical externship hours.  Refer to the class schedule or class finder for meeting times and mandatory skills date(s).