Emergency Medical Technology

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) are the first of required courses designed to provide students with the basic knowledge of emergency medical care for the sick and injured. Successful completion of EMT and the National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Certification Exam will allow students to seek out employment as an EMT. Additionally, certification as an EMT is a prerequisite for entrance into a paramedic academy and College of the Desert’s Fire Academy.

College of the Desert offers EMR and EMT classes conducted in a hybrid format using Canvas. Students will attend class, complete classwork online and will perform the hands-on skills lab in the classroom.

EMR/EMT Dress Code:

Official dress attire and grooming standards are required for all EMR/EMT classes. Students can access the uniform order sheet under Program Information. Information regarding the uniform and grooming standards will be covered in the orientation.

EMT students will also be required to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE ) for the duration of the class, complete and pass a DOJ background check, have a medical physical, and be 18 year of age or older by the first day of class. Additional information regarding class requirements will be posted in Canvas.

Students are required to attend and successfully complete Emergency Medical Responder EMR 080. EMR is the prerequisite for Emergency Medical Technician EMT 084


  • ​Note: Orientation sessions will be offered during class time for current EMR students.
Students who have successfully completed EMR, but have not attended an orientation, will need to attend a mandatory orientation session. Below are the dates and times for the EMT 84 Orientation Sessions:

You are invited to a Zoom Meeting:
When: ​TBD Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Note: You​​ must RSVP chwilson@collegeofthedesert.edu to attend the orientation.

EMT Refresher Course (EMT 085):

The EMT Refresher course (EMT-085) is for those students who have completed a recognized EMT program and are in the process of renewing their EMT certificate. This course is also for those students needing to review and update information to be qualified to take or retake the NREMT certifying exam as required by the State of California. A uniform is not required for this class.


Registration for EMT Refresher Course will be through the normal COD enrollment process via Webadvisor. This Course will be offered in Spring 2020

EMR Ambulance Operator Course (EMR 081):

EMR 081 provides skills and training on the operation of an ambulance. A uniform is not required for this class.


Registration for EMT Refresher course will be through the normal COD enrollment process via Webadvisor. Dates to be determined.


For other questions or information, please contact:

Chantae M. Wilson

EMS Program Director
Phone: 760-776-7313
Email: chwilson@collegeofthedesert.edu