Program Description

The courses are designed to prepare students for employment as an Emergency Medical Technician working for various EMS agencies, such as ambulance services, fire and hospital emergency departments. Students who complete the program in a satisfactory manner are qualified to take the required examination in order to apply for an Emergency Medical Technician I certificate.


Merced College offers the following degrees/certificates in Emergency Medical Care:

Emergency Medical Care (CE)

Career Opportunities

This certificate leads to potential employment with ambulance providers, fire departments, police departments, hospitals, doctor’s offices and private companies who require on-site emergency medical responders. Many who enter at the EMT level also choose to continue their education toward an advanced health care profession.

Certifying Exam

Completion of courses EMER-50A and EMER-50B meet the requirements of Title 22, Division 9, Chapter 2 of California Administrative Code. Students successfully completing the courses are eligible to take the EMT-1 certifying exam from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Limitations on Enrollment

Limitations on enrollment for both EMER-50A and EMER-50B: Participants must have a current CPR card based on American Red Cross or American Heart Association that includes one- and two-rescuer CPR
plus infant CPR; negative TB skin test or negative chest X-ray for TB; Drivers License.

Course Descriptions: EMER-50A and EMER-50B

  • See the course catalog for full details on enrolling in these courses, other EMT courses, pre-requisites and limitations.

Emergency Medical Care Faculty