EMT Course Details

The EMT curriculum consists of four parts. You must successfully complete all four to be eligible to take the national certifying exam (NREMT) and become licensed as an EMT in Los Angeles County.

  • Didactic: 170 hours of lectures and interactive assignments in which you will learn fundamentals of emergency medicine and the care and transportation of patients.
  • Skills: 80 hours of hands-on skills instruction during which UCLA’s clinical instructors will train you and your classmates in performing the specific tasks in the EMT’s scope of practice.
  • Exams: After completing both didactic and skills instruction, you will take a final written exam and a final skills exam.
  • Ride-along: During the course, you will schedule two 12-hour shifts with a local ambulance company during which you must complete at least 10 contacts with actual patients.

Through our relationship with West L.A. College, EMT students may also sign up to receive 7 units of Allied Health credit at West L.A. College, at a cost of $45. Details and forms will be provided on the first day of your course.