Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Programs

FIRET 131 - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 

The EMT Basic Training Course is designed to prepare personnel in the fire, life safety, and related fields to render care to the ill and injured in the prehospital environment, in accordance with all federal, state, and local Emergency Medical Services authorities.

Fresno City College offers day and evening Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses in the Fall and Spring Semesters. 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.

Course Description:

  •  9.5 unit course
  • 18 weeks in length
  • 216 hours of didactic & labs
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care provider
  • 24 hours of clinical field internship (ride-along)
  • NREMT Psychomotor Exam with all course requirements to become eligible for the National Registry (NREMT) Cognitive Exam

Required Costs:

  • Tuition $437.00
  • Health Fee $13.00
  • Textbook & Access Code $309.00
  • Parking Permit $30.00
  • EMS Uniforms $250.00
  • Specialized Equipment $100.00

Total Required Costs $1,139.00 (subject to change)

Additional Costs: (approx $515.00)

  • 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


  • CPR certificate 
  • Valid state-issued ID card or driver's license

Recommended Preparation:

  • 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

FIRET 261 - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Refresher

The EMT Refresher course is designed for the student needing to complete the “Continuing Education” (CE) requirements necessary to maintain their EMT-Basic certification status. Upon 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.

Course Description:

  • 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 

Required Costs:

  • Tuition $46.00
  • Health Fee $13.00
  • Parking Permit $30.00 

Total Required Costs $89.00 (subject to change)

Additional Costs: (approx $190.00)

  • 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:  559-442-5950
Email:  carlos.chavez@fresnocitycollege.edu

Fresno County Paramedic Program (FIRET 133 & 136)

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.

FIRET 133 & FIRET 136 - Paramedic Program is a 30.5 units program and divided into 3 phases: Didactic, Clinical Experiences and Capstone Field Internship.

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


  • High school diploma or G.E.D. and,
  • Current BLS/CPR certification and,
  • Current CCEMSA EMT, NREMT EMT or CA EMT Certification and,
  • 6 months or more EMT experience in an ALS 911 "transporting" agency in the CCEMSA region or,
  • One year or more BLS/ALS field experience or,
  • One year or more BLS/ALS first responder experience or,
  • One year or more acute patient care experience,
    (Employer verification letter required to validate above experience requirements)
  • Immunizations to include proof of Hep B series, Varicella, MMR, Tdap, TB and Influenza
  • COVID-19 Vaccination and first booster REQUIRED for CLINICAL HOSPITAL SITES

EVERYTHING listed above is MANDATORY in order to take the ENTRANCE EXAM.

Required Costs: (approximate - subject to change)

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

For more information, please contact:

Jessica Buehler, EMS Training Coordinator (CCEMSA)
Phone:  559-600-3387
Email: jbuehler@fresnocountyca.gov 

Financial Aid and Veterans Benefits

Financial assistance with the above 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