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Modesto Junior College

Emergency Medical Services


EMS 390: Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) 1

prepares students for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician I in the State of California. This one semester, 8 unit course is offered year round. EMS 390 is a comprehensive course that includes classroom instruction, laboratory, and clinical experience. Students are trained to provide emergency care (basic life support level) as an emergency medical service responder (police, fire, ambulance, ranger, rescue squad or industrial emergency operations). Upon successful completion of EMS 390: Emergency Medical Technician I, students achieve an MJC Skills Recognition Award in Emergency Medical Technician. 

Eligibility and Preparation for EMT Program

High school graduation or equivalent with transcripts on file in the MJC Records Office.Transcripts must be on File in the MJC Records Office prior to the first day of class.

Program Prerequisites

All of the prerequisites must be valid through the end of the course and the EMT certification examination.

  • EMS 350: First Responder with Healthcare Provider CPR (3.5 units)
  • CPR: Healthcare Provider Level from the American Heart Association OR National Safety Council or Professional Rescuer Level from the American Red Cross
  • FIRST AID (Any level)
Skills Recognition Award: Emergency Medical Technician:

To earn a Skills Recognition Award, the student must complete the following required course with a grade of C or better.

  • EMS 390 [NP] Emergency Medical Technician 1 (8 units)

This is a college award and not the certification under the National Registry exam.


The law provides for denial of certification for crimes or acts that may in any way be related to pre-hospital medical care i.e., sex crimes, drug crimes and crimes of violence or dishonesty. In such cases it is the applicant's responsibility to present sufficient evidence of rehabilitation to the Mountain-Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency prior to applying for certification. The Mountain-Valley EMS Agency will evaluate applicants individually. Any student considering a career as an Emergency Medical Technician, who might be denied certification, is advised to address this issue with this Agency prior to taking this course.

Mountain-Valley Emergency Medical Services Agency
1101 Standiford Ave., Suite D1
Modesto, CA 95350
(209) 529-5085

Harold Perino
Lead Instructor

EMS 350, EMS 389, EMS 390

Louie Morua
Lead Instructor
EMS 389, EMS 390

Michelle Morua
Lead Instructor
EMS 389, EMS 390

Elaine Paradise
Adjunct Instructor
EMS 380

Peggy O'Rear
Lead Instructor
EMS 350

Chaunte Lehmkuhl
Lead Instructor
EMS 350