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Prehospital Education: EMT Training Programs, Paramedic Training Programs, and Prehospital Continuing Education

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

The Career
EMTs provide emergency and non-emergency patient care and transportation. Common areas of employment include ambulance service, industrial safety positions, fire departments, and other public safety agencies.

Scope of Practice
Basic airway management, CPR, bandaging, splinting, patient assessment, advanced life support assistance skills, etc. Beginning in 2018, EMTs working for a provider agency within an organized EMS system, and with proper training and prior approval of the EMS Medical Director may also administer Epinephrine for severe asthma and anaphylaxis, Naloxone for suspected opioid overdoses, nerve agent antidote for suspected organiophosphate or nerve agent exposure.  

EMT Program Prerequisites
18 years old
Clean criminal record (some exceptions apply)
Estimated Fees (subject to change without notice)

Course Fee Range $875 - $1750 National Examination Fee $80.00
Books, Uniform, and Materials $200 - $250  Fingerprinting $10.00 - $35.00
Certification/Recertification $89.00 - $129.00  Live Scan $32.00 CA DOJ
$19.00 FBI
Plus additional rolling fee from Live Scan Agency (variable)

National Registry Testing
National Registry uses computer-based testing only. All applications for testing will be submitted to National Registry electronically and all tests will be taken via computer. If you have questions regarding the testing process, please contact National Registry at 614-888-4484.
Ventura College Paramedic Studies Program Ventura College provides the only fully accredited paramedic training program in the County.

Paramedic

The Career
Paramedics are licensed medical professionals that provide advanced level care to ill and injured patients in emergency and non-emergency settings.  Paramedics might work in a variety of disciplines ranging from ambulance (ground and air) or the fire service.
 
Scope of Practice
Although a strong understanding and application of the basic scope of practice is critical for all EMS providers, Paramedics are also trained to perform advanced procedures and administer a variety of medications.  In addition, Paramedics are authorized to perform advanced airway management, perform needle decompression.  Paramedics perform higher level, more in-depth, patient assessments and manage patient care while on scene of emergencies and during transport to the hospital.

Paramedic Training Program Prerequisites
The School of Prehospital and Emergency Medicine is a full time two-semester program designed to prepare individuals to work as paramedics with specific knowledge of the paramedic profession, sound theoretical rationale, critical thinking skills and proficiency in practical skills, which will provide the basis for decision-making and success in the workplace. Successful completion of this program will allow the student to sit for the National Registry of EMT-Ps Licensing Examination. In keeping with the standard in the state of California, this program will offer two tracks: preparation for certification as a paramedic, with or without an associate degree.

Ventura College provides the only fully accredited paramedic training program in the County. The is a full time two-semester program designed to prepare individuals to work as paramedics with specific knowledge of the paramedic profession, sound theoretical rationale, critical thinking skills and proficiency in practical skills, which will provide the basis for decision-making and success in the workplace. Successful completion of this program will allow the student to sit for the National Registry of Paramedic Licensing Examination. In keeping with the standard in the state of California, this program will offer two tracks: preparation for certification as a paramedic, with or without an associate degree.

  • High School Graduation or GED
  • Current EMT Certificate
  • Current BCLS Certification
  • Demonstrated competency in English and math
  • College level anatomy and physiology with lab
  • 1000 hours experience as an EMT with a primary “911“ responder, with emphasis on prehospital field care
 
Prehospital Continuing Education
 
Self Study Opportunities

 

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