Course Description

UCSB's EMT Certification course is currently waiting for final Santa Barbara County approval. Please use the "Request Information" button on the right side of this page to be added to our contact list for immediate notification when courses are scheduled for enrollment.

This program is designed to give the student the skills and knowledge to function as a working Emergency Medical Technician at the basic level. The program is intended for those who want to gain employment as a firefighter, emergency care technician at a hospital and Ambulance driver or attendant. It is also for those individuals who are planning on attempting to obtain a higher level of medical training such as RN, PA or MD as an enhancement for the competitive application process for those professions. The course fulfills Title 22 Guidelines and State Health and Safety Code for EMT -B certification. Successful course completion required to take National Registry of EMTs Exam which is required for certification in any California county.


This 178-hour course will be offered on Thursday evenings and selected Saturdays and features classroom lectures and extensive hands-on training including:

• Emergency patient care

• Basic human anatomy and physiology needed to perform a patient assessment

• Recognition of a patient in cardiac arrest

• CPR using an AED

• Identifying and managing OB-GYN emergencies

• Triage and transportation of patients in major disasters


Students will also participate in 24 hours of supervised clinical observations in a local ER and/or ambulance ride-along.


CPR Requirement

All EMT students are required to complete CPR Training for Healthcare Providers BEFORE the first day of class. No exceptions. "Heart Saver" CPR Certification is not acceptable.

In addition, CPR training is available at the following locations:

Safety Matters Certified Training - 4141 State St, Santa Barbara, CA · (805) 705-9222

Whole Heart CPR - 334 S Patterson Ave, Santa Barbara, CA · (805) 202-9729

CPR by JJ - Santa Barbara, CA · (805) 324-3472

Code 3 Life Support Education - 320 S Kellogg Ave, Ste e3, Goleta, CA · (866) 906-0090

American Red Cross - 2707 State St, Santa Barbara, CA


Additional Course Costs

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

Approximate EMT Course Costs:

• CPR Certification (Healthcare Provider) - $60 (if needed)

• Text with online access - $182

• Student materials kit - $85

• Castle Branch Subscription - $97

(includes background check, physical exam, drug screening, TB screening, and influenza vaccine)

Approximate additional cost to complete EMT course: $424*

*There may be additional charges based on test results/vaccine compliance


Coming soon!  We are planning to offer this course in the near future. Please click on Request Information below that we may promptly notify you when enrollment opens.