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HLHSCI-151 - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - SB Tucker

Course:Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Professor:SB Tucker
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


This class is not easy, but if you put in the work we will make sure you are ready for a job when you graduate.

Course Description

This class is fully on campus and in-person.  You MUST attend the first day of classor 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 9, 2021. If you have not received the email by then, email me at

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 courseload.  Students read 75-150 pages of the textbook per week and memorize 15-20 pages of skillsheets 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.

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 Testbooks:

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

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


•             Must have:

o             A valid photo government ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport, or military ID)

o             A Social Security Card

o             An EMT Student ID from the Student Center (different from regular student ID – identifies student as a COC EMT Student).  Cost: $5-6


•             Must not have been convicted of any of the following:

o             Murder

o             Felony assault

o             Sexual offenses/assault

o             Felony possession and/or furnishing without a certificate of rehab

o             Felonies involving weapons and/or violent crimes

o             Misdemeanor theft or felony theft (including shoplifting)

o             Fraud

o             Drug or alcohol offenses without certificate of rehab

o             DUI convictions – must have completed probation and a Drug & Alcohol Course


•             Must have by Week 2:

o             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

o             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


•             Must have by Week 3:

o             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.

o             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

o             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

o             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:

o             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

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: 05/25/2021 Sub#: 37