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For information regarding the Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course please visit the EMR course description page. The EMR course is highly recommended prior to taking the EMT course.


EMT Prerequisites

CPR Certification; Your card must be one of the options below. If your card does not say BLS/Healthcare provider you will have to take the correct course. Many CPR instructors will tell you their class meets the Oxnard College EMT CPR requirements. If you have any doubt, please contact one of our faculty or staff.

American Heart Association - BLS Provider or may say BLS Healthcare Provider - Google Search for classes. Many  options


Red Cross " Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider'.   Red Cross BLS for Healthcare Providers Find a Class     


  • Online courses and other CPR courses are not accepted.   A copy of your card must be presented the first day of class.


Catalog Description of Courses

Course Statistics -Three year average success rate 86.5%. Three year average retention rate 88%. Enrollment has increased 7.7% since Fall 2012. Average enrollment per semester is 115. NREMT pass rate is 71%.

Program Effectiveness and Planning Report 2019-2020


EMT R069: The refresher EMT recertification course provides students with knowledge regarding updated practices and emerging technology in the EMT field and in areas of emergency pre-hospital care. EMT and CPR must be current.

Once you are NREMT certified you are strongly encouraged to apply for your California EMT certification through your county agency.

Ventura Co EMS Agency 805-981-5301 http://www/vchca.org/ems


Please Note: The California State Department of Emergency Medical Services Authority through the Ventura County Emergency Medical Services Agency may deny certification to those with criminal records.  

Limitations: (Required by hospitals and ambulance companies) Criminal background clearance; drug and alcohol clearance; proof of freedom from and immunity to communicable diseases; physical examination demonstrating general good health; must be 18 or older by the first day of class; no visible tattoos or visible body piercings except single studs in ear lobes; no acrylic or long nails in clinical settings. 


Class Details

The Oxnard College EMT program is affiliated with the Fire Technology program. Successful completion of the EMT course is a requirement for the Oxnard College Fire Technology Degree, and EMT certification of completion is a requirement to apply to the Oxnard College Fire Academy.

These classes are held at the Ventura County Training Center which is located near the Camarillo Airport in the proximity of the Pleasant Valley and Las Posas Roads intersection. For complete program information, be sure to visit our Fire Technology homepage.

The Fire Technology program offers an 8-unit EMT course (10 hours lecture/lab weekly), and 1.5 unit EMT refresher courses for students seeking recertification. 

EMT R169: This course prepares students with the skills necessary to provide emergency medical care with an ambulance service or other specialized service at the Basic Life Support (BLS) level. This course is approved by the Ventura County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the California State Department of Emergency Services. Upon successful completion of the course and skills testing (not included in the course) and the NREMT certifying examination the student will be eligible for EMT National Registry Certification . A non-credit 24 hour clinical component is required in addition to the classroom time (Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this requirement has been waived). Materials fee is required.  Field trips may be required.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the EMT course students will be able to:

  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of the EMT
  • Provide proper patient care based on assessment of a medical or trauma patient
  • Know basic human anatomy and physiology needed to perform a patient assessment
  • Recognize a patient in cardiac arrest and be able to perform CPR using an AED
  • Perform various methods of lifting and moving patients
  • Identify and manage OB-GYN emergencies
  • Analyze musculoskeletal injuries, control bleeding, splint fractures and treat for shock
  • Triage and transport patients on major disasters and other hazardous emergencies


Program Coordinator: Carl Schwab

Email: carl_schwab1@vcccd.edu

Phone: (805)678- 5243