Career Options

  • Positions requiring Emergency Medical Response
  • Emergency Medical Technician

Career Profile

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) workers typically are certified as first responders, basic or intermediate emergency medical technicians (EMTs), or paramedics (advanced education required).

Others work as educators or administrative personnel who coordinate emergency responses.

An EMS worker’s duties vary depending on his or her level of certification, but usually include performing basic physical exams, assessing patients’ trauma levels, and administering oxygen.

More advanced EMS workers insert IVs, intubate victims, and use cardiac monitors and manual defibrillators. EMS workers also may help create disaster preparedness plans.

Available Certificates and Degrees

Skills Certificate, Emergency Medical Technician – 7 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 1 semester.
  • The Emergency Medical Technician Training Course certificate meets the requirements of the California Health and Safety Code for basic EMT-1 training.*

*The approving authority is the Marin County Emergency Medical Service Agency. Certification is valid for two years from the completion date and is recognized statewide. This program prepares you for the National Registry. Note: This is not an EMT-1 Certificate.

Why College of Marin?

Learn from accomplished faculty with real-world expertise:

  • COM’s Program Coordinator is Fire Marshall for Novato.
  • The Program Instructor is a Registered Nurse and works on an ambulance as a Paramedic.



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  • Questions: Contact Counseling

    • (415) 485-9432
    • (415) 485-9430

Health Sciences Dept.

  • EMT/Fire Tech (415) 457-8811 x8108
  • Scott Wood (415) 457-8811 x8235

Gainful Employment
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take to earn the certificate?
You can take all the classes in 1 semester.
Are there any pre-requisites?
No, there are no requirements or prerequisites. However, good working English is essential.
If my EMR has expired, can I still apply and take the EMT course?

Yes, within a certain time frame. Please contact Angela Olmanson for details, (415) 457-8811 x7667

How do I get started?
To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)