Program Campus Offered Program Length Application required? 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





San Luis Obispo

3 semesters YES


EMS Programs Information

Cuesta's Emergency Medical Services Programs (EMS) trains students for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) certification and for Paramedic licensure. An EMT Refresher course is also offered in the spring and fall semesters. Students are taught the fundamental principles and skills required to provide emergency medical care for the sick and injured at the scene of an emergency and/or during transport to a healthcare facility. Our training programs prepare students to function as beginning practitioners according to state and national standards. Hands-on clinical and field internship experiences are part of the training.

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.


For information about our programs, contact the Nursing and Allied Health office at (805) 546-3119. For information on how to become a student at Cuesta, program prerequisites, priority registration, course equivalencies, student education plans, degrees, or transferring to or from Cuesta, please contact Counseling.