EMT Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to fill out an application for the EMT course or be a UCLA student to be eligible?
No, there is no application for our course, and you do not have to be a UCLA student to enroll. Enrollment is open to the public.

I am on the waitlist. How do I know if I will be enrolled in the class?
Our waitlist is not ranked. If space becomes available in a course you’re waitlisted for we will email everyone on that waitlist. The first student to respond to the email (phone calls not accepted), and able to pay the course fee in full will be able to fill that spot.

How do I enroll in the course?
You can enroll online, over the phone, or by coming into the office. Please see our page on payment methods for the forms of payment we accept. To enroll in person visit us M-F 8:30am-5:00pm at 10990 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1450 Los Angeles, CA 90024.

I saw the course I wanted listed previously but now it’s no longer there. Can I still enroll?
The only classes available for enrollment are listed online. If a course is no longer listed it has reached its maximum enrollment capacity and can no longer accept additional students.

What happens after I enroll?
You will receive an email confirming enrollment with specific details about the program.  Information includes prerequisite information, parking information, course syllabus and schedule, course policy manual, and information on how to set up your Jones and Bartlett account.  If you are enrolling in a class that doesn’t start for a couple of months, that information will come in an email closer to the start of the class.  Hybrid students will also receive an email with their adobe connect login information a day or two prior to the class.  This email will come from adobe and not the CPC so please keep an eye out for it.  


Is the EMT Preparation course required?
EMT Prep is not required, though many EMT students find medical terminology human anatomy, and physiology to be challenging subjects. EMT Prep gives students a head start with this content.
What are the prerequisites for the course and when are they due?
To see the complete list of medical and documentation prerequisites for the course, please visit the EMT course prerequisites page. Prerequisites are due in order to do ride along time.  Completed paperwork can be turned in on the first day of class or when all of the items are completed, ideally the sooner the better.  Paperwork is given to the program coordinator.  There is no need to turn in prerequisite paperwork prior to the start of class.

Is there a language requirement for the course?
In order to be successful in the course, students should be able to read, speak, and write fluently in English.


What is the attendance policy for accelerated students?
Accelerated students are required to be in class for the scheduled dates of the course.  Any absence longer than 8 hours is required to be made up by the student and documentation may be requested.
What is the attendance policy for online/hybrid students?
Hybrid students are required to attend 1 live lecture (Monday or Wednesday) per week and may listen to the other lecture as a recording which is posted online.    Students missing more than two live lectures will have to make up those lectures in the accelerated course.   Hybrid students are required to attend skills sessions and may only miss up to one 10-hour skills session (Sunday skills sessions, these hours cannot be divided into multiple skills session) or two 4-hour skills sessions (Tuesday/Thursday skills course)

Ride along information

Where do I complete my ride along shifts?
Ride along shifts are completed with several high performing affiliated ambulance agencies throughout the Los Angeles area. We make every attempt to pair students with affiliates that are most convenient for the student. Minimum requirements include 24 hours and 10 patient contacts.  You will receive more information on this once the course has started and your prerequisite paperwork has been completed.

How much time do I have to complete my ride along shifts? 
You have 30 calendar days from the last day of class to complete your ride along shifts and turn in your ride along paperwork.

Is there a uniform required for ride along?
During ride alongs students are required to wear a white button up or polo shirt free of logos, blue or black dress slacks/medic pants, close toed dark shoes that cover the entire foot, name badge, neatly trimmed facial hair, hair that is longer than shoulder length needs to be pulled back, and a wristwatch.  This clothing cannot be purchased from the Center for Prehospital Care.
During the classroom portion, students need to be dressed appropriately enough to be able to perform skills.

Certification and job placement

When can I take the National Registry Exam (NREMT) certifying test?
The skills exam is completed on the final day of class.  You may schedule the cognitive examination after you have successfully completed the program. You may apply for certification testing by creating an account and completing the online application at www.nremt.org. This application will be verified by our EMT Program Director. You will receive more information on this during the course.

What is your success rate on the National Registry exam?
In 2016, 559 students attempted the NREMT Cognitive Exam for which 95% were successful on the first attempt and 98% of students were successful within 3 attempts. In 2017, 578 students attempted the NREMT Cognitive Exam for which 97% were successful on the first attempt and 99% were successful within the first 3 attempts.  We are very proud of our students and their success on the NREMT exam.

What do I do after I pass the National Registry exam?
You can then apply for certification from the county in which you intend to practice.  

How do I become certified in Los Angeles? 
There is an application, fee, and background check. More information can be found here: http://dhs.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dhs/ems/

Can I apply for certification in a county other than Los Angeles County? 
With a UCLA EMT course completion certificate, a student may attempt to attain state certification anywhere in California, through a local certifying agency, normally the county department of health services.

Is my certification good in other states?
EMTs must be certified within the state where they take the initial EMT course. Upon becoming California State certified, an EMT may apply for reciprocity in another state. Most states recognize the NREMT but may require additional documentation or fees. 

Do you offer job placement?
While we do not offer specific job placement, many local agencies present information on their agency to students throughout the course as well as post their hiring information on a board located outside the classroom.

Course Fees/Financial Assistance

What materials or textbooks are required for the course?
Students must purchase online course materials, have Internet access, and have clothing suitable for the ambulance ride along shifts. Please see the Required Materials page for details. Additionally, students in the online program who choose to take any of the exams online, rather than here in our facilities, will pay $19.75 per exam attempt to ProctorU, which enables at-home testing.

Are there any additional items I will have to pay for?
Parking in Westwood costs about $12.00/day, depending on the parking lot that you use for the course. Pricing is subject to change without notice.  Students can also access public transportation. The National Registry Cognitive Exam is $80. The skills exam is part of tuition and is on the final day of the course.

Does the EMT course offer federal financial aid?
The EMT course does not participate in Title IV Federal Financial Aid Programs.  Students are encouraged to contact their own local credit union or bank and inquire about what private loan services they offer to members. If students decide to obtain West LA college credit while attending our program they may be eligible for financial aid through West LA that may cover the EMT program.

Will the EMT course accept my GI Bill® (Veteran’s Administration Assistance)?
The EMT accelerated classroom course is eligible for Veterans Benefits; the online EMT course is not. Please email our Veterans Bill Coordinator,  Darlene Karim dkarim@mednet.ucla.edu for details on using your GI Bill benefits. 

What is your refund policy and how do I request a refund?
Refunds must be requested at least 14 calendar days before the first day of class. If the refund request meets this requirement, the student will receive a full refund, minus the $100 non-refundable fee. All refund requests must be made in writing. To request a refund, please email cpc@mednet.ucla.edu.

West LA Community College 

Information on enrolling and obtaining college credit will be provided during the course.  A representative from West LA College will provide a presentation and answer questions during the first week of the course.  Registration and payment for the 7 credits should be made while registering for the UCLA EMT course.

Contact information

Whom should I contact if I have other questions?
Prospective students may contact our Main Office at 310-267-5959,  or email our student services department at cpc@mednet.ucla.edu.

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