Two female and one male EMT students simulating work on a baby



EMT Program:

  • There is no separate application for either the EMT (EMS 52, 52A, 53, 53A) program or its prerequisite EMR class (EMS 50).
  • Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • To apply to this program, fill out the general Foothill College admission application.
  • New! You may now enroll in non-credit EMR and EMT courses, with no registration fees. See details for EMS 400, 401, 401A, 402, 402A.

Paramedic Program:


For general questions about the program, contact:

  • Charlie McKellar, Program Coordinator (408) 745-8022 or

  • Dave Huseman, Paramedic Director (408) 745-8031

Searchable Schedule Announcement

Starting for Summer 2017 classes, please search for courses formerly listed as Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and Paramedic (EMPT) by now using the NEW single Emergency Medical Services (EMS) course listing in the schedule of classes.

About Our Program

If you are interested in a career working in the emergency medical field, the Foothill College Emergency Medical Services (EMS) program is right for you!

  • We offer a complete curriculum that will take you from our Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) introduction class through Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
    certification and eventual Paramedic training.

  • Our program will make it possible for you to work for ambulance companies, fire departments, hospital emergency rooms, sporting events, and other settings that provide immediate emergency care.

  • No prior experience is necessary to begin your path to an exciting and rewarding career in helping people and saving lives.

  • Be a Hero. Become an emergency medical provider and make a difference!


The Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

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Become an Emergency Medical Technician

Successful completion of our EMT program earns you a Certificate of Completion and makes you eligible to take the NREMT written/practical exam for EMT-1 certification.

Emergency Medical Responder (EMS 50, 1 quarter)

  • This class introduces you to the beginning skills necessary to help sustain life, and minimize the consequences of injury/illness until advanced medical help arrives. Upon successful completion, you earn certificates in Emergency Medical Responder and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

EMT Basic Part A and Part B (EMS 52 & 52A, EMS 53 & 53A — 2 quarters)

  • Upon successful completion of EMS 50, the 2-quarter EMT program is designed to train you in areas such as patient care, prehospital childbirth, vehicle extrication, and other important life-saving topics. Part B (EMS 53 & 53A) includes a required internship on an ambulance, fire department and/or in a hosptial Emergency Department. Successful completion Part A & B prepares you to take the NREMT written/practical exam for EMT certification.

Continuing Education

  • Foothill also offers a Continuing Education class (EMS 203 refresher) for current EMT’s who need to re-certify, as well as an EMT Challenge course for those who meet certain criteria.

Visit the Emergency Medical Technician website for complete information.

Become a Paramedic

The Foothill College paramedic program is a rigorous 15 to 18 month sequence of instruction for those who are EMT certified and want to expand their knowledge and responsibilities of emergency medicine.  

  • The first three quarters are your didactic (classroom) phase whereby you will attend 600 hours of lecture, skills labs, and simulated 911-call practice. Included during this phase are cadaver labs at Stanford University. Your second quarter will also include specialty rotations at a hospital. 

  • The fourth quarter is your clinical (hospital) rotations. Here, you will have the opportunity to apply your skills in a hospital emergency room, working with doctors and nurses in treating patients.

  • The final two quarters are your Ambulance Field Internship. You will work between 480 and 720 hours with an approved 911-ambulance agency under the supervision of a paramedic preceptor, aiding ill and injured patients. Successful completion will allow you to take the paramedic national test (NRP).

Earn a Certificate of Achievement or Associate of Science Degree

  • Upon successful completion of our paramedic program earns, students earn a Certificate of Achievement.

  • Also students have the option of combining general education courses with the paramedic curriculum to earn an Associate of Science (AS) degree in paramedicine.

  • We encourage our students to look into this option and consider long-term career planning and recommend making an appointment with a Foothill College counselor to discuss degree pathways.

Visit the Paramedic website for complete information and to apply.

Page last modified: September 08, 2017