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HLHSCI-151-58017 - Emergency Medical Technician - Christopher Rogers

Course:Emergency Medical Technician
Professor:Christopher Rogers
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Welcome to EMT class! This is but one-step on your path to the exciting world of EMS. This class has varied individual pursing a variety of career choices such as firefighter, nursing, law enforcement, disaster management, public health and the medical field.

The EMT class is not your average college class - when you complete this class successfully, and move out into the field, your actions will impact a person's life. Take this class seriously! This class is not easy and many do not pass, but if you put in the work and make the grade we will make sure you are ready for a job when you graduate. This class takes hours of reading, study, critical thinking, practice, and memorization. It takes communication, teamwork, and dedication. Work hard, do the best you can and then exceed your best!


Course Description

This class is built to prepare students for certification and employment as an Emergency Medical Technician, Including emergency department clinical and ambulance ride along. Health clearance and background check required prior to start of clinical rotations. Upon successful completion (this is based on attendance, grades, and tests), students are eligible to take the National Registry EMT examination. The course meets the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) National EMS Education Standards (DOT HS 811 077A, January 2009) May be repeated if used for legally mandated training.

This class is fully on campus and in-person.  You MUST attend the first day of class or you will be dropped from the course. You must be present on the first day to add or crash add. There are no adds after the first day.

You will be fitted for medical PPE the first week of course, which requires males to be clean-shaven (no beards).  You are also required to get vaccinations, blood tests, a physical, drug test, and background check, all at your own expense (see below).

This is a positive attendance course. You must attend all classes at the scheduled times. If you miss more than 2 classes or 12 total hours you will be dropped from the course. We cannot make exceptions for COVID quarantine. Students and faculty sign a contract agreeing to limit interactions with people outside their household for the duration of the course to limit possible exposure to COVID and disruptions to the course (no family get-togethers, no weekend trips, no Thanksgiving, and no exposure to people who have done those things unless fully vaccinated).

You will also complete 3-4 shifts at local hospitals and ambulance services. These shifts are outside of normal class time and you must have your own transportation. You will be able to pick shift times and dates which work with your schedule.

There will be a mandatory Orientation session via Zoom the week before class starts. I will send the dates and times to registered and wait-listed students through MyCanyons email by August 15, 2021. If you have not received the email by then, email me.

What to Expect in this Course

This is an extremely challenging and fast-paced course.  Successful students report spending an average of 30 hours per week studying for this class alone, so this is not an ideal class for someone who already has a full course load.  Students read 75-150 pages of the textbook per week and memorize 15-20 pages of skill sheets per week.  There are written tests and skills tests every week. There are two written final exams (180 total questions) and two days of final skills testing at the end of the course. This course is intended to be taken at the END of the Fire Certificate pathway.  This is not an ideal course for someone who is new to college or returning to school after a long break.  Students should be comfortable with college-level English, math, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and physics.

The student learning outcomes are:

1. Demonstrate patient assessment of the medical and/or trauma patient and provide care based on assessment findings.
2. Demonstrate, at an acceptable level, the EMT skill set as required by state and local regulations.
3. Define and analyze the roles and responsibilities of the EMT

Students are expect students to check their mycanyons email and Canvas daily for important updates in instruction or information. Public Health guidelines impact our school and especially this class. Students are expected to complete the reading assignment before lecture. There are no late assignments accepted. There are no makeup for missed quizzes.

Respectable and courteous behavior is expected during classes. Rudeness, profanity, intolerance, refusal to follow directions, derogatory expressions, inappropriateness will NOT be tolerated and disciplinary action will be taken up to and including dismissal from the course.

HONESTY, INTEGRITY AND ETHICS: Dishonesty, including, but not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information will not be tolerated.  Common examples of academic dishonesty are: copying answers from another person’s paper or using prohibited item (e.g. crib sheets, cell phone) during a test, or student acquires or uses tests or academic materials belonging to a member of the college faculty/college staff without their express permission. A grade of “F” will be issued, and a letter of disciplinary action will be sent to the College Academic Affairs Office. Attempting to bribe the instructor or the Teaching Assistants will not be tolerated. Forging an instructor’s or TA’s signature on the skill sheet will not be tolerated and may be a criminal act. The student shall be referred to Dr. Michael Joslin, Dean Student Services.  These acts may result in sanctions up to and including; being dropped from the class, suspension, expulsion from the college and/or criminal charges. The student may also be restricted from repeating the class at College of the Canyons. Dishonest individuals do not make trustworthy care providers!

Types of Assessments

Assessments consist of written quizzes and exams (multiple choice) and practical (hand’s-on) skills testing every week. Students with stamped DSPS letters will be accommodated.

Textbook Information

Required Textbooks:

Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, Andrew N. Pollak, 11th Edition, ISBN: 9781284080179. The online version is acceptable as well. You'll need it by the first day of class.

EMT Skills Book, dated August 2021. This is only available through the bookstore.

Optional Textbook:

Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured Student Workbook, Andrew N. Pollak, 11th Edition, ISBN: 9781284131062

Other Relevant Course Information

Note: For any on campus class, you will be required to wear a mask. Students must be clean shaven.

What to do prior before classes begin:

  • If you are officially enrolled in this class:
    • Open and check your Canvas course prior to the first class meeting (I will publish the course the a few days before the start of class) to get instructions: read the Introduction Module, go over the syllabus and the schedule.
    •  We will use the first class meeting to introduce ourselves, go over the syllabus, schedule and start our first chapter. If you do not attend the first class meeting, you will be considered a "No Show" and you will be dropped.
  • If you are waitlisted for this class:
    • I will add students only if there is room in the class. Our class limit is set at 24. I will assess if spots are available and determine how many on the waitlist I can add, if at all.
    • Wait listed students will be added in order of their position on the wait list. There is no guarantee that any and/or all wait listed students will receive an ADD code as it is subject to roster space.
    • Students who receive an ADD code should complete the registration procedure immediately. It usually takes approximately 24 hours for your name to be added into Canvas so you will be behind right off the bat. Check back frequently to determine when you have access to the course online via Canvas. You will need to move quickly to catch up with the rest of the class.
  • If you are registered as a COC student but not enrolled in this class:
    • You may visit the first class to request a CRASH code during the first day of class. You will be emailed with a crash code ONLY IF there is room on the roster after all waitlisted students who have requested an ADD code have registered.
    • It is unlikely that there will be space available, but you are welcome to try. It doesn't hurt to ask! If you are given a CRASH ADD code, register, and work on catching up. You will be responsible for all course requirements, regardless of when you started the class. 

There are additional requirements and expenses associated with this course.  We will review these during the mandatory Orientation on Zoom; however, you are encouraged to begin completing them prior to the Orientation.  If you have any questions, please visit the COC EMT website  or contact me by email.

  • Must be at least 18 years old on the first day of class and you must have and bring:
    • A valid photo government ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport, or military ID)
    • A Social Security Card
    • An EMT Student ID from the Student Center (different from regular student ID – identifies student as a COC EMT Student).  Cost: $5-6
    • The textbook listed above is mandatory (need within the first week)
    • Note: COVID-19 Vaccinations could end up being required at some point so I recommend you get them now. 
  • Must not have been convicted of any of the following:
    • Murder
    • Felony assault
    • Sexual offenses/assault
    • Felony possession and/or furnishing without a certificate of rehab
    • Felonies involving weapons and/or violent crimes
    • Misdemeanor theft or felony theft (including shoplifting)
    • Fraud
    • Drug or alcohol offenses without certificate of rehab
    • DUI convictions – must have completed probation and a Drug & Alcohol Course
  • Must have by Week 2:
    • An American Heart Association BLS Provider Card, valid through the end of the course (NOT American Red Cross, NOT Heartsaver).  Course is 4 hours and can be done through many local commercial agencies.  Approximate cost: $90
    • A Healthcare Fire and Life Safety Card - Classes are available through COC's Community Education Department - listed as "Healthcare Fire Safety" Allow time after the course for the instructor to mail you a card. Approximate Cost: $59
    • The EMT Skills book, dated August 2020 or higher is mandatory. You need to bring the skills book to class on Wednesdays.
  • Must have by Week 3:
    • A physical exam, completed on a COC Physical Form. Can be done through local urgent care or your insurance company/primary care physician.  Approximate cost at urgent care: $75-150.  Cost through insurance varies.
    • Vaccinations and blood titers.  These can be done at the Student Health Center by appointment for a fee.  Costs outside campus will vary by location and insurance coverage.  Students insured by Kaiser may experience delays of up to 2 weeks in obtaining their documentation from Kaiser – plan accordingly and start early!
      • TB tests (two tests, done several days apart) or Quantiferon blood test
      • Flu shot
      • Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine OR blood titer drawn by a lab showing current immunity
      • Hepatitis A vaccine (two shots given 6 months apart – must have 1st shot) or blood titer drawn by a lab showing current immunity
      • Hepatitis B vaccine (two shots given 1 month apart – must have 1st shot) or blood titer drawn by a lab showing current immunity
    • 10 panel drug test, done through Concentra on a COC Form.  Can only be done at the specific locations on the COC form, no other Concentra locations.  If the drug test is positive, or the test results are not submitted by the deadline, the student will be dropped from the EMT Program. Must bring a California Driver’s license or other valid government ID to Concentra for the drug test.  Approximate Cost: $55
    • A Background check through Corporate Screening Services (, completed no more than 6 months prior to the course. No other background checks will be accepted. Cost: $60 with promotional code COTCEMT.
  • Must have by Week 4:
    • COC EMT uniform.  Students must purchase a COC EMT Student polo shirt (cost $25) and a high visibility breakaway vest from the bookstore (cost: $15).  Students must also have black or navy blue slacks (Dickies or EMT pants), black polished leather boots or shoes, a black belt with a plain buckle, a white short-sleeve crew necked (round collar) undershirt, and a wristwatch with a second hand.  Cost: varies, estimated $40-90
    • Stethoscope- optional - dual headed - do not purchase at this time - we will discuss 1st day of class.
    • Blood pressure cuff - optional - do not purchase at this time - we will discuss first class meeting.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 07/21/2021 Sub#: 399