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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)


EMT Program Overview

West has partnered with the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care to offer students educational opportunities in emergency health care. Through this partnership, we are able to offer college credit for both EMT and paramedic classes taken through UCLA. Please visit for the latest class schedule, application, registration, and payment information.

In Los Angeles County, the EMT and Paramedic profession ranks as one of the fastest growing occupations. EMTs and paramedics work in a variety of settings including fire departments, ambulance companies, emergency departments, ski patrol and lifeguarding. The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course is an important first step in a career as an EMT, paramedic, doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional.

EMT Course at UCLA

EMTs are the entry level patient care provider in emergency healthcare organizations.  An EMT is a trained basic life support professional who responds to emergency medical situations, such as car accidents and heart attacks. EMTs assess a patient's condition and provide life-saving care until advanced life support can be provided by a paramedic or a physician in an emergency department. EMT patient care interventions include airway management, CPR, defibrillation, bleeding control and shock management, and spinal immobilization.

EMT Course Prerequisites

Students need to be 18 years of age to obtain EMT certification. Students need to complete the requirements listed below.  A complete list of requirements is available at

  • Physical examination and physician clearance
  • Vaccinations verification
    • Hepatitis B vaccination
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)  Titer, or proof of vaccination.
    • TB (Tuberculosis) Screening (negative screening within 3 months at start of the course)
    • Varicella (Chicken pox) Titer, or proof of vaccination.
  • Proof of personal health insurance while attending the course.
  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider or American Red Cross Professional Rescuer CPR card.  You can satisfy this requirement by enrolling in Allied Health 21 or enrolling at a UCLA CPR course.  Dates are available at
  • Students must have reliable and consistent internet access while enrolled in the course.
  • EMT Prep.

EMT Course Schedules

We offer the EMT class (Allied Health 52) in 3 different optional schedules:

  • 4-week Accelerated (Full-Time)
  • EMT Online/Hybrid.

Check the UCLA Center for Prehospital Care website for available dates and times to enroll:

EMT Program Costs

  • $1,495 Instruction and facilities fee paid directly to UCLA
  • $35 Administrative fee paid to West LA College
  • Textbooks (approx. $272)
  • Certifying Examination Fee ($75)
  • Certification Fees (approx. $200)

Because these courses are short-term and are not offered over the traditional 16-week semester, Financial Aid may only be secured by WLAC Students if the student:

  1. Qualifies for Federal Financial Aid and,
  2. Is enrolled in the EMT course plus an additional 5 units at WLAC

Federal Financial aid (FFA) cannot be disbursed to UCLA to cover your EMT course fees, which must be paid in order to secure your place in the course. Any such aid would be applied for and provided to you through WLAC’s financial aid office, and typically would arrive only after your UCLA course fees must be paid.  Contact the West Los Angeles College Office of Financial Aid by email at or by telephone at (310) 287-4532 for more information.

The UCLA Center for Prehospital Care offers a payment plan to assist students.  The payment plan enables students to enroll into the course by paying a course fee deposit and installments, all due prior to the start of the course.  Information on the EMT payment plan can be found online at