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Welcome to the Emergency Medical Technician Program at College of the Canyons.  This packet contains necessary information and forms that need to be completed during the first few weeks of the semester.  Please read the information in this introduction and the links throughout the page.
The  EMT Program is currently a one semester, 8 unit course, Health Science 151; however it is strongly recommended that the student successfully complete Health Science 046 prior to enrolling in the EMT Program.
Students must attend the first day of class. During the first class session the student will be oriented to the EMT program and have the opportunity to ask questions of the instructor. EMT Program paperwork will be distributed and discussed by your instructor the first week of class. If you do not attend the first class session you will be dropped from the class and your spot will be given to a wait listed student.
Due to contractual requirements of our clinical site partners, all students must be at least 18 years old by the first day the class meets. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

First day of class:
  • Bring your driver’s license or California ID or other proof of identity (passport) to first day of class.
  • Bring black pen.
  • Bring notepaper.
  • Bring your EMT skills Book (July 2017 - green cover) - available only from Bookstore
  • Bring your textbook - AAOS 11th Edition - check Bookstore for ISBN
Prior to the first day of class you should:
  • Obtain an American Heart Association CPR card ("BLS Provider")
  • Obtain a Fire and Life Safety card aka "Healthcare Fire Safety card." 
  • Pick up a drug testing referral form and complete the drug test - (see below)
  • Start working on completing the FEMA courses required for class - see "resources"
  • Order your EMT polo shirt through the Bookstore - no later than Thursday February 15th, 2018
  • Start working on your Health Clearance.
  • Start reading the textbook - minimally Chapters 1-3.

CPR Card:
  •  The  American Heart Association’s “Healthcare Provider” aka "BLS Provider" is the standard in the EMS community. This is the only card accepted by the COC EMT Program.
  • If you do not have the CPR card, you will need to obtain during the first few weeks of class.  Online cards are unacceptable.
  • Make a copy of your  signed CPR card (both sides) and bring it to class the first day.  Bring the original CPR card in case of questions.
  • Obtain a Fire and Life Safety card aka "Healthcare Fire Safety card.".  Make a copy (both sides) and submit it to the instructor. Classes are available through the college's Community Education Department and listed as "Healthcare Fire Safety." See below for aditional information.
Health Clearance:
  • Make an appointment for a health clearance physical exam.  Your health clearance is due with the first few weeks of class. The health clearance forms are listed below. Please read the forms carefully. If you have questions, please ask your instructor on the first day of class, or email the director, patti.haley@canyons.edu.
  • Do not start the Health Clearance until you have officially enrolled in and paid for the EMT class. As a registered student you may make an appointment with the college's Health Center. The Health Center does not provide physicals, however, they offer referrals to a local provider at a discounted rate.  The Health Center is able to draw blood titers, administer TB tests, and most of the immunizations.
Background Checks:
Drug Testing: A 10-panel drug test will be required of all EMT students. The test cannot be completed more than 30 days before the first day of the class. The drug test instructions and referral forms may be obtained from either the School of Math, Science & Health Professions in Bonelli 243, or outside of Towsley Hall 102A in pamphlet rack. We cannot place these forms online. See below for Spring 2018 deadline.
 Fire and Life Safety card ( aka Healthcare Fire Safety)- All  EMT students will be required to obtain a Fire and Life Safety card. To assist in this, College of the Canyons has scheduled several Healthcare Fire Safety card classes through our Community Education Department.The dates for Spring 2018 include  January 27th, February 10th and February 24th. There are additional classes listed, however they will not meet our deadline for Spring 2018. Please do not enroll in the Healthcare Fire Safety Card classes unless you have registered and paid for the EMT class. This will allow registered students the ability to obtain their mandatory Healthcare Fire Safety Card. Dates and times for the  Healthcare Fire Safety classes are posted  on the Community Education webpages. http://www.canyons.edu/Offices/CommunityEducation/Pages/Healthcare-Fire-Safety.aspx
DEADLINE for CPR, physical, immunizations, titers, background check, fire card, drug tests and uniform -      Spring 2018 Deadline for MW classes is March 7th and for TTH classes is March 8th.
Failure to complete any of the above items by the required dates may result in dismissal from the program. 
*** A social security number is required to take the National Registry exam and to certify as
an EMT in the State of California.
Program contact:  Patti Haley, EMT Program Director   patti.haley@canyons.edu