Three medical professionals standing behind an ambulance with its doors open


Spring 2022 Update:

All EMT and Paramedic Program courses will continue with face-to face instruction through the Spring 2022 semester at the Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa Campus.

EMT News

Our new Public Safety Training Center is on track to be completed in the spring which includes but not limited to: state of the art live burn tower for fire science, exercise and training area, driving simulators, 10 vehicle garage for all types of fire, police, and EMS vehicles for simulation use, and a stand alone apartment for real time patient care scenarios.

AND this fall we were awarded a Strong Workforce/Perkins grant for a state-of-the-art Immersive Learning Center including two virtual reality rooms that will project live scenes on the walls and floor.

Jason Hums, Director EMT & Paramedic Programs

Fast Track EMT License Now Available!

As always, Southwestern College listens to the needs and wants of its Community. It is for this reason our EMT Program is proud to announce a one semester EMT sequence of courses that will qualify students to take the National registry of EMT Examination. This new cohort is designed for students that wish to complete their certification in half the time. Tradicionally the program is completed in two semesters.

Contact a counselor for more information on our Spring 2022 class schedule.

One semester option:  EMT 101-306, EMT 109-306, EMT 113-306, EMT 113L-306.

We offer both the two semester and one semester option.

A Life Saving Job

Welcome to the Southwestern College Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program. We developed this site to help answer some frequently asked questions and provide resources for students, staff and the EMS community. Use the navigation links below,or the plus (+) sign above, to find the information you need.

The goal of the Southwestern College EMT Program is “To prepare competent entry-level EMTs in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.”

Upon satisfactory completion of the courses, the student is eligible for a Southwestern College Certificate of Completion and examination for California Certification.


EMTs and paramedics typically do the following:

  • Respond to 911 calls for emergency medical assistance, such as
    cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or bandaging a wound
  • Assess a patient’s condition and determine a course of treatment
    Follow guidelines that they learned in training and that they receive from
    physicians who oversee their work
  • Use backboards and restraints to keep patients still and safe in an ambulance
    for transport
  • Help transfer patients to the emergency department of a healthcare facility
    and report their observations and treatment to the staff
  • Create a patient care report; documenting the medical care they gave the
  • Replace used supplies and check or clean equipment after use

EMTs also take patients from one medical facility to another. Some patients may need to be transferred to a hospital that specializes in treating their injury or illness or to a facility that provides long-term care, such as a nursing home.

If a patient has a contagious disease, EMTs decontaminate the interior of the ambulance and may need to report these cases to the proper authorities.

The specific responsibilities EMTs depend on their level of training and the state they work in. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) provides national certification of EMTs and paramedics at four levels: EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate (which has two levels, respectively called 1985 and 1999), and Paramedic.

Becoming an EMT


Course Course Title Units
EMT101 Health care Provider CPR 1
EMT 109 Emergency Medical Response 3


Course                 Course Title Units         
EMT 113           Emergency Medical Technician- Basic 5
EMT 113L Emergency Medical Technician Laboratory - basic 3

* National Registry of EMTs practical skills and written exams. 

EMT Training Program Accreditation

The Southwestern College EMS Education Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Service Professionals (CoAEMSP)

Our goal is "To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), Psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels."

Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

  • Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
    25400 US Highway 19 North Suite 158
    Clearwater, FL 33756
    Phone: (727) 210-2350
    Fax: (727) 210-2354
  • Committee on Accreditation for EMS Professions
    8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 11-312
    Phone: (214) 703-8445
    Fax: (214) 703-8992

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