Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Programs


  • Prepares students to enter the field of Emergency
  • Medical Services and provide pre-hospital care
  • Students learn patient assessment, airway management & resuscitation, basic cardiac life support & AED, and pre-hospital procedures
  • Curriculum aligns with the National EMS Educational Standards, State of California, and the Emergency Medical Services department of the Fresno County Human Health Services division
  • Prepares students to take the NREMT Cognitive and Psychomotor Exam for the National Registry.

The day courses meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and the evening courses meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.


Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is listed as FIRET-131 in the course catalog under Fire Technology. Classes are offered throughout the year and include day and evening schedules.

  • Fall & Spring:
    • Day Schedule - MON/WED or TUE/THU for 18 weeks
    • Evening Schedule - TUE/WED/THU for 18 weeks
  • Summer:
    • Day Only Schedule - MON through THU for 9 weeks

Fire Technology majors can apply the units for EMT towards their Associate Degree.9.5 unit course


  • Provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for patients who need access to the emergency medical system
  • Function as part of a comprehensive EMS response team under medical oversight
  • Perform interventions with basic equipment found on an ambulance
  • Serve as a link between the initial scene of contact and the emergency health care system


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Have high school diploma or GED
  • Have a valid CA Drivers License or CA ID Card
  • Have valid CPR card equal to current AHA standard of BLS Health Care Provider” according to 2020 guidelines.


  • 216 didactic hours, including 162 lecture hours and 54 lab hours
  • Minimum of 24 hours of an arranged field internship to include the minimum required patient contacts


  • Fire Agencies
  • Ambulance Providers
  • Peace Officer Agencies
  • Emergency Rooms
  • Clinics
  • Physician Offices
  • Industrial Safety


  • Indoors and outdoors in all types of climates
  • Shift work that can occur 7 days per week and 24 hours a day (May include weekends and holidays)
  • Full-time can be more than 40 hours per week


Tuition $437.00

Health Fee $13.00

Textbook & Access Code $309.00

Parking Permit $30.00

EMS Uniforms $250.00

Specialized Equipment $100.00



Live Scan/Background Check 

BLS CPR Certification or equivalent credential 

NREMT Cognitive Exam 

Central CA EMS Agency & CA Emergency Medical Services Authority Certifications

DMV Ambulance Certificate 

DOT Physical Exam


  • Math and English Proficiency - If you were successful in completing high school math and English courses with a grade of C or better, then you are likely proficient. If you were not successful or it has been a long time since you were in high school, then visit the FCC Math Support Center for resources on how to improve your math skills or the Writing and Reading Center for resources on how to improve your English skills. These are both located on the Fresno City College Campus in the Library.
  • First Aid, Anatomy, and Physiology are recommended.
  • DMV driving record - a minimum of three years is required for employment

Submit an Interest Form if you would like someone to contact you with more information on the EMT Program.



The EMT Refresher course is designed for students needing to complete the “Continuing Education” (CE) requirements necessary to maintain their EMT-Basic certification status. After successful completion of the program, the student will have satisfied all the required, approved Continuing Education (CE) hours and Skills Competency Verification for Emergency Medial Technician-B Recertification.


  • 1 unit course offered during the Fall and Spring semesters with arranged hours (24 or 40 hours), or
  • 1 unit course offered during the Summer and Winter term consisting of three 8-hour days for a total of 24 hours

All Refresher courses include recertification in the use of a Glucometer, and the administration of Epinephrine and Naloxone. 


  • Successful completion of FIRET 131 or equivalent 


Tuition $46.00

Health Fee $13.00

Parking Permit $30.00  


BLS Healthcare Provider CPR Certification or equivalent and meeting 2020 Guidelines 

Central CA EMS Agency & CA Emergency Medical Services Authority Certifications and/or NREMT Recertification Fees

 For more program information, please contact:

Carlos Chavez, EMS Coordinator
Phone:  559-442-5918
Email:  carlos.chavez@fresnocitycollege.edu

The Fresno County Paramedic Program, in affiliation with Fresno City College, is designed to train Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel in Advance Life Support (ALS) and the scope of practice of a Paramedic according to National Standards, California State Regulations, and Fresno County Policies & Procedures. 

It is the program goal, "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.

The Paramedic Program consists of two courses, Fire Technology 133 and Fire Technology 136. The program is 31.5 units and is divided into 3 phases: 

  • Didactic - 529 hours combined asynchronous/synchronous lectures/workshops
  • Clinical Experience - 200 hours of clinical observation and skills performance
  • Capstone Field Internship - 480 hours of ALS internship

Prerequisites must be completed before taking the Entrance Assesment

  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Current AHA BLS/CPR certification
  • Current CCEMSA EMT, NREMT EMT, or CA EMT Certification
  • 6 months or more EMS field experience in the CCEMSA region or, one year or more EMS field experience or first responder experience or acute patient care experience. EMS experience verification required

Required upon acceptance

  • Live Scan (if not on file with CCEMSA)
  • Physical Examination (DOT)
  • Drug Screen & Background Check
  • Immunizations to include proof of:
    • Hep B series (3 doses)
    • Varicella (2 doses)
    • MMR (2 doses)
    • Tdap (current within 5 years)
    • Influenza (current year)
    • COVID-19 Vaccination (2 doses plus one booster - exemption available)

Estimated Costs

  • Tuition - $8,820.00
  • Additional Program Expenses - $1,750.00

For more information, please contact:

Central California EMS Agency
Phone:  559-600-3387
Email: ccemsatraining@fresnocountyca.gov

Financial assistance with program fees may be available by applying for Financial Aid, and/or using your Veteran benefits. Please contact the Financial Aid office and/or the Veteran's Resource Center on campus for more information. Applicants are responsible for completing all paperwork and ensuring that they have been approved. 

Financial Aid Office
Email: financialaidoffice@fresnocitycollege.edu
Phone: 559.442.8245
Fax: 559.499.6024

Veteran's Resource Center
Phone: 559.442.8224
Email: veterans@fresnocitycollege.edu