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FIRE 797 Emergency Medical Technician: Basic

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College of San Mateo is a member of the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium. The Consortium is funded by member colleges to provide vocational-specific training which may require special facilities, special training conditions, or is presented outside of the regular schedule of college classes.

South Bay offers training courses for Fire Service and Emergency Medical Service personnel. Although open to the public, some of these courses are intended to serve those already employed in a variety of public safety careers. Prospective students must meet the prerequisites listed in the course description.

The application and registration process is completed at the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium Center, which is located on the Coyote Valley campus of Gavilan College. Course numbers will be assigned as needed, and Consortium titles will be used. Course curriculum adheres to Title V requirements, as well as the specifications of the associated regulating agencies.

For more information about the courses available, including requirements and schedules, please visit the South Bay website or call (408) 229-4299.

Minimum Grade for Prerequisites

Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses.

Course Description

This course provides instruction in basic life support/pre-hospital care using the National Registry curriculum. A materials fee as shown in the Schedule of Classes is payable upon registration.

Units: 11
Degree Credit
Pass/No Pass Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 160-180
  • Lab hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 320-360
Prerequisites: Current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) for the healthcare provider/professional rescuer through an accredited agency. Admission into the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course.
Corequisites: Vaccinations for healthcare workers per California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 5199 Aerosol Transmissible Diseases; Appendix E. Plus, additional vaccinations as listed on the Vaccination Recommendations for Healthcare Workers list, which can be found at
Transfer Credit: CSU