EMS Training Programs
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training
training programs provide initial training for individuals to become
eligible for EMT certification in California. All programs also offer
EMT refresher courses that provide 24 hours of continuing education
credit that may be applied toward renewal or reinstatement.
Additional course offerings may include California State EMT Skills
Testing (required to renew or reinstate California EMT
After completing the initial training, EMT candidates must pass the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) cognitive and psychomotor (skills) exams. Successfully completing the EMT initial training and gaining NREMT certification qualifies an individual for California EMT certification (more information about EMT certification here)
training programs may also offer services including EMT Challenge
Examinations for individuals who are currently licensed as a Licensed
Vocational Nurse, Registered Nurse, Physician Assistant, or Medical
Doctor. Contact the program nearest to you for more specific
information and class schedules.
All EMT training Programs operating within San Diego County must be approved by San Diego County EMS. All approved EMT Programs are listed on the California EMSA website. More information about EMT training program approval can be found in San Diego County EMS policy B-351.
Paramedic Training Programs
Paramedic training programs provide extensive education to prepare students for California Paramedic licensure. After completing the initial training, Paramedic candidates must pass the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) cognitive and psychomotor (skills) exams at the Paramedic level.
Individuals with a NREMT-Paramedic certificate must be licensed by the EMS Authority, and then must be accredited by the Local EMS Agency to practice as a Paramedic. More information about state licensure may be found here, and information about accreditation here.
In California, paramedic training programs are approved by the
local EMS agency in the County in which the training program is
located. Additionally, paramedic training programs in California are
required to be accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of
Educational Programs for Emergency Medical Services Professions
(CoAEMSP). All approved Paramedic Training Programs are listed
on the California
EMSA website. More information about Paramedic training program
approval can be
found in San Diego County EMS policy P-301.
San Diego County EMS Training Programs
Approved EMT Training Programs
Healthcare Academy of California
Training program approval on probation
effective May 22, 2021 - August 2024
Pala Fire Department
(Internal candidates only)
(760) 744-1150 x8150
(619) 216-6750 x4443
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
(Fed. Homeland Security employees only)
(619) 956-2600 (714) 558-9604
- Approved Paramedic Training Programs