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)

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 page 

March 1, 2020-    April 30, 2020 at        4:00 p.m. PST

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. For information on registration process, program pre-requisites, how to become a student at Cuesta, priority registration status, course equivalencies, student education plans, degrees, or transferring to or from Cuesta, please contact Danny Lynch, at (805) 546-3100 x2793 or Counseling at (805) 546-3138.  Office hours in Room 2721 on the second floor of the 2600 building are on Wednesdays from noon-3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-noon. Appointments preferred but drop-in welcome. Other days and times are available by appointment through Counseling at (805) 546-3138 or walk-in within the 3100 building, Student Services.

For other information about our programs, contact the Allied Health Program Specialist, Claire Hawkins at or (805) 546-3100 ext. 2283.