Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Designed for those interested in emergency medical care or thinking about pursuing advanced medicine, the UC Davis Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program provides students with the training and skills needed to become a successful EMT.

Through engaging lectures and skills practice sessions, students will learn the fundamentals of emergency medicine, including patient assessment, bleeding control, airway management, triage and other skills necessary for the proper care and transport of patients. Students will also be instructed on the administrative aspects of emergency medical care, including understanding 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.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the acuity of an illness or injury and formulate a field diagnosis, a differential diagnosis and an appropriate plan for treatment and transport, given a set of typical signs, symptoms and vital signs data
  • Apply basic life support tasks safely and effectively while conforming to National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and California State standards of an EMT
  • Safely and effectively administer medications outlined in the National EMT Scope of Practice Model during a simulated patient encounter
  • Perform, treat and manage a critical trauma or medic patient at the EMT basic life support level
  • Demonstrate the affective attributes expected of an entry-level EMT professional

Skills Gained

  • EMT basic life support methods
  • Patient assessment and treatment
  • Leadership
  • Problem solving

This course 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.

Academic Units
Section Number
Instruction Method
Classroom + extended classroom

Section Notes

This 11-week course is offered in a hybrid flipped classroom format.  Participants will need to complete online asynchronous course work in addition to attending live ZOOM lectures Tuesdays from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Thursdays from 6 p.m. -10 p.m.  In-person skills sessions will be held Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm.  In addition to the online and classroom sessions participants will complete 24 hours of clinical experience.

California State EMS regulations and college credit standards require a minimum number of hours for EMT education. Therefore, attendance is always mandatory and is tracked hour by hour. Students who fail to meet the hourly obligation MUST make up missed hours on an hour by 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. 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.)


Completion of an American Heart Association (AHA) BLS Provider CPR course. CPR card must be presented the first day of class.

The UC Davis Fire Department offers the AHA BLS Provider CPR course. 

Technical Requirements

To ensure your success in the online portions of this course, please review our technical requirements page here.


Group Discount

Groups of three or more, enrolled at the same time with a single payment method may receive a 10% discount on each enrollment.  Contact UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education Student Services office to enroll your group: (530) 757-8777.