Merritt College offers both an on-campus and an off-campus EMT Basic Training Program. EMT certification is a requirement for ambulance personnel, a prerequisite for paramedic training, and a requirement for some fire department entry exams. This course is conducted according to California State Regulations (Prehospital Emergency Medical Services) and is approved for EMT certification by the Alameda County EMS Agency. The program’s instructors are approved by the State Fire Marshal. The courses have minimum attendance requirements, a final skills exam, and an 80 percent passing score on the final written exam. There is a $25.00 fee for the Fire Marshal.

Prerequisites (Documentation Required first day of class)

  • Health 9 or Standard First Aid (or equivalent)
  • CPR for Professional Rescuer (Red Cross) American Heart for the Healthcare Provider or ASHI CPR PRO. CPR must be verified as listed in Title 22: “equivalent to the standards of the American Heart Association Guidelines 2000 for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care at the Healthcare Provider level as a prerequisite for admission into an EMT Basic Course.”
  • TB skin test (Provide verification within 2 wks of class start date)
  • Hepatitis B vaccine (complete 2 of 3 shots and TB skin test by the first class


Emergency Medical Technician Certificates


Emergency Medical Technician Courses