Merritt College offers both an on-campus and an off-campus EMT Basic Training Program. EMT certification is a requirement for ambulance personnel, is 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. This course is offered by Instructors approved by the State Fire Marshal. The courses have minimum attendance requirements, a final skills exam and an 80% 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

For additional resources contact the National Safety Council 800.848.5588.

Other Requirements

  • Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Ninth Edition
  • Workbook for textbook
  • EMT Skills book–available first day of class
  • Stethoscope–information about recommended stethoscope purchase available in class

General Information

For information about registration, fees, child care, financial aid or other Merritt College Policies please call General Information at 510.531.4911
For EMT program questions please call 510 436-2422 or 510 436-2409


For EMT passage rate data by schools for California, please click on this link