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Emergency Medical Technology


Folsom Lake College Emergency Medical Technology

Folsom Lake College's emergency medical technology curriculum is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to apply for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic and is approved by the Sacramento County and El Dorado County Health Departments, the certifying agencies for the Sacramento region. EMT Basic certificate holders are the backbone of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system throughout the nation, helping to reduce injury severity and death, both as first responders and during transportation to a medical facility. This certification is mandatory for all personnel who wish to pursue a career working on an ambulance. The EMT Basic certification is also a pre-employment requirement for many fire departments. Together with varying levels of actual on-the-job experience, it is often required for admission to paramedic training programs throughout the state.

FLC's EMT Basic students will gain field experience by spending twelve hours off-campus in operating ambulance units and an additional twelve hours in a hospital emergency department, offering a distinct advantage in patient assessment and critical interventional skills.

FLC's EMT program requires fingerprinting, a background check, drug testing, and immunization requirements. This is in compliance with our community partners requirements to complete field clinical training. Further information about requirements will be available in the class syllabus.

Career Options

  • EMT Basic
  • Emergency Room Technician
  • Fire Service

With additional training:

  • Emergency Medical Dispatcher
  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Nurse
  • Rescue Worker


  • Hands-on experience in administering proper emergency medical care
  • Preparation for the EMT Basic certificate
  • Hospital emergency room observation time and opportunities to “ride along” in ambulances
  • Opportunity for patient contact experience in a clinical setting
  • Students completing the program average a pass rate for National Certification that is 25% above the national average.

Approximate Costs

Approximate costs to EMT students. This is intended as a rough guide. There may be additional expenses, and the information below is subject to change.

Item Cost Comments
Textbook $191-$296 Digital Copies are cheaper to purchase
Uniforms $40-$125 Depending on how many articles of clothing ordered
Stethoscope/Watch $20-$50
Shoes $20-$50 Any closed toed shoes, non-steel toe
I.D. Badge $20
Malpractice Insurance $27.50
CastleBranch Processing Fees $77 Background check and medical documents management
Drug Test Screening for Clinicals $35
FISDAP Exams $21 Culminating exams for midterm and final
El Dorado County EMS Agency Processing fees $100 Licensing agency that conducts additional background and grants physical EMT licensure
NREMT Cognitive Exam $70 Licensing exam to become certified