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Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician Duties and Responsibilities

Emergency medical technicians (EMT) usually work in teams of two in specially designed ambulances. They provide immediate life or limb saving medical treatment at the scenes of accidents and injuries as well as transport casualties to hospital emergency rooms for further care. The job is both physically demanding and stressful.

The EMT provides the care necessary to preserve life and to prevent disability among the acutely ill and the seriously injured and assist and communicate with other healthcare providers with a higher scope of practice. Emergency Medical Technicians often respond to call where people have been involved with:

  • Automobile accidents,
  • Heart attacks,
  • Gunshot woundings
  • Unscheduled childbirth,
  • Drownings, and
  • Other serious medical emergencies.

The EMT student must have basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and sterile techniques. The course emphasizes treating traumatic injuries and medical emergencies as well as treating minor disorders and emotional problems.

Successful completion of the EMT course qualifies the student to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians' certifying exam. Once certified as an EMT Basic, the EMT can work in any County in California.

Graduates of the Emergency Medical Technology program are prepared for entry-level employment as a professional and very skilled Emergency Medical Technician to meet the needs of the local health care community.


 EMT students participating in the EMT lab picture 2
 Students participating in the EMT Lab


EMT SAC heart picture

Contact Information:

Patrick Dibb, Professor, EMT

Office Phone (714)564-6838

Department (714)564-6825

Office Location Russell Hall, R-105


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