Emergency Medical Technician

First Responder training exercises

EMC 103

If you desire to help people in your community in an emergency setting, you have come to the right place for the education and training! The SRJC Emergency Medical Technician Program is an intensive yet fun semester-long course designed to train individuals in the concepts of basic emergency care. Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to take the National Registry written exam for certification.

The Santa Rosa Junior College is approved by the Coastal Valleys EMS Agency to provide Emergency Medical Technician training programs in accordance with California Health Code Title 22, Chapter 3, Article 3.



  • You must be 18 years or older to enroll in this class. This is because our clinical partners do not allow younger students to participate in the required rotations.
  • EMC 100 - Emergency Medical Responder.
  • A current BLS Healthcare Provider or Professional CPR card.


Limit of Enrollment

  1. You are required to have a Department of Justice (DOJ)/Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Live Scan completed to be eligible for this class. Application, payments, and fingerprinting will occur on the 4th class meeting
  2. The background check process requires applicants to be at least 18 years of age. Students not meeting this qualification will not be allowed to continue the class. 
  3. A clean 10-panel drug test will be required. This test must be submitted by the 4th class meeting. If choosing to receive a private drug screen other than Castle Branch (information will be provided by instructors prior to class), ensure the required items be included in all drug screens.  Students who fail to provide proof of testing for any of the items in the drug screen will not be allowed to continue the class.
  4. Proof of Vaccinations will be required by the 4th class meeting.

Uniform Requirements

Personal Grooming Standards


About the Career

What does an EMT do?

  • Responds to emergent and non-emergent incidents that involve victims of illness or injury

  • Performs scene size-up and orders additional resources at emergent and non-emergent incidents

  • Provides emergent lifesaving care to victims of serious illness or injury

  • Provides non-emergent patient care and inter-facility transportation

What do EMTs earn in Sonoma County?

Annual Wages: 

  • Entry Level $38,000-43,000
  • Experienced $50,000-60,000

Additional employee benefits usually provided.

What abilities and skills should I have?

  • Clean driving record and criminal record
  • Good physical condition
  • Ability to remain calm and multitask during stressful situations
  • Good communication skills
  • Willingness to work overtime desirable
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Ability to follow orders

What's the work environment like?

  • Outdoors in various types of environmental conditions
  • Indoors in clinics, emergency departments
  • Stressful at times
  • Shift work varying from 8 to 48 hours in duration
  • Team oriented

Why Choose the Emergency Medical Technician Certificate program at Santa Rosa Junior College?

  • Experienced instructors
  • Latest equipment
  • Strong industry ties
  • Affordable tuition
  • Financial aid
  • Industry tours
  • Convenient locations in Windsor, Santa Rosa, and Petaluma

Dual Enrollment for High School Students

Get a head start in high school! Dual enrollment is available for the Emergency Medical Responder (EMC100) prerequisite class.