What to Expect from the EMT Course

1. 180 Course Hours:

  • 80 skills lab hours, in-person on campus (Weekends, 8:30am-5:30pm)
  • 8 hours for NR-EMT Psychomotor/Skills Exam (Last weekend of class)
  • 8 hours CPR class (One weekend, 8:30am-5:30pm)
  • 60 lecture hours, mostly live (Weekday evenings, 6:30-9:30pm)
  • 24 Clinical Observation hours (Self-scheduled) on an AMR Ambulance and at one Hospital location (Santa Barbara, Goleta, or Solvang).


 2. Additional Course Costs:

In addition to course tuition, there are other required expenses necessary to successfully complete the EMT Certification Course:

  • Textbook Emergency Care, 14th Edition $95
  • Student medical supplies - $85
  • CastleBranch Subscription - $85 (includes: Background check, Drug test, TB screening and influenza vaccine)
  • EMStesting test preparation subscription - $50
  • Physical – conducted by your GP or UCSB Health Center
  • Additional charges based on test vaccine compliance

Approximate total cost of course including tuition: $2,400

***PaCE Scholarships available! Apply Here.***


3. Course Requirements

To become a certified EMT the following requirements must be fulfilled during the course. Details will be shared in first day of class:

  • CPR certification (included in the program)
  • Drug Test
  • Physical Exam
  • Background Check 
  • Childhood immunization verification
  • Hepatitis, Influenza, and Covid-19 Vaccines 
  • Tuberculosis Testing

* no medical or religious exemptions accepted due to the clinical partnerships


4. Exams:

In addition to passing the course you will need to pass the following National Registry of EMT (NREMT) exams.

  • National Registry Practical Exam- This exam is held at UCSB the weekend after the final exam. While the practical can be taken anywhere, we HIGHLY recommend you take it at UCSB.
  • Cognitive Exam - This is a computer-based test and it is given through Pearson-Vue Testing Centers (www.vue.com) online. This exam can be taken before or after the practical exam.

Once you complete the cognitive and practical exams, you become nationally registered. This certification does NOT allow you to work as an EMT. You must become CA State licensed first.