Emergency Medical Services Program | Fresno City College

FIRET 131 – Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) BASIC Course

The EMT Basic Training Course is designed to prepare personnel in the fire, life safety, and related fields to render care to the ill and injured in the Prehospital environment, in accordance with all federal, state and local Emergency Medical Services authorities.

Fresno City College offers Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses in both the Fall and Spring Semesters. We offer 2-day or 2-evening sections each semester at Fresno Pacific University North Campus. The day sections run Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am-4 pm and the evening sections run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6 pm-10 pm.

FIRET 131 – EMT Basic Training Program is a 9.5 units course and it is 18 weeks with 216 hours didactic & labs, Basic Life Support (BLS) 24 hours clinical field internship, and successfully pass the state approved Psychomotor Exam with all course requirements to become eligible for the National Registry (NREMT) Cognitive Exam. 

  • Cost for tuition – $437
  • Health Fee – $15
  • TextBook & MyLab – $250
  • EMS Uniforms – $250
  • Specialized Equipment – $150

Total – $1102 (fees subject to change)


  • CPR certification is required. First Aid, Anatomy and Physiology are recommended.

Additional Costs

  • Live Scan/Background Check
  • BLS CPR Certification or equivalent credential
  • NREMT Cognitive Exam
  • CA Emergency Medical Services Authority
  • DMV Ambulance Certificate
  • Central CA Emergency Medical Services Agency


FIRET 261 – Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic Refresher Course

The EMT Refresher course is designed for the student needing to complete the “Continuing Education” (CE) requirements necessary to maintain their EMT-Basic certification status. Upon successful completion of the program the student will have satisfied all the required, approved Continuing Education (CE) hours and Skills Competency Verification for Emergency Medial Technician-B Recertification.

FIRET 261 – Emergency Medical Technician Refresher is a 1 unit course. This course is offered during the Spring/Fall Semesters with arranged hours or Summer/Winter Sessions for 24-hours schedule. 


  • Successful completion of FIRET 131 or equivalent. 

Additional Costs

  • Healthcare Provider CPR Certification. 

  • Application and/or Recertification Fees



The Fresno County Paramedic Program, in affiliation with Fresno City College, is designed to train Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel in Advance Life Support (ALS) and the scope of practice of a Paramedic according to Natational Standards, California State Regulations, and Fresno County Policies & Procedures. 

It is the program goal, “To prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains with or without exit points at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and/or Emergency Medical Technician, and/or Emergency Medical Responder levels.” 

FIRET 133 & FIRET 136 – Paramedic Program is a 30.5 units program and divided into 3 phases: Didactic, Clinical Experiences and Capstone Field Internship.

  • Didactic: 529 hours combined asynchronous/synchronous lectures/workshops
  • Clinical Experience: 200 hours clinical observation and skills performance
  • Capstone Field Internship: 480 hours of ALS internship


  • High school diploma or G.E.D. and,
  • Current BLS/CPR certification and,
  • Current CCEMSA EMT, NREMT EMT or CA EMT Certification and,
  • 6 months or more EMT experience in an ALS 911 “transporting” agency in the CCEMSA region or,
  • One year or more BLS/ALS field experience or,
  • One year or more BLS/ALS first responder experience or,
  • One year or more acute patient care experience,
    (Employer verification letter required to validate above experience requirements)
  • Immunizations to include proof of Hep B series, Varicella, MMR, Tdap, TB and Influenza
  • COVID-19 Vaccination and first booster REQUIRED for CLINICAL HOSPITAL SITES

EVERYTHING listed above is MANDATORY in order to take the ENTRANCE EXAM.

Additional Costs

  • Live Scan/Background Check (if non on file with CCEMSA)
  • Physical examination
  • Drug screen


Financial Assistance and Veterans Benefits

You may apply for assistance with the cost of the academy by applying for Financial Aid, using a G.I. bill, or other services. Assistance with how to obtain these benefits are explained in orientation but the Academy is not responsible for ensuring these benefits are received. Applicants are responsible for completing all paperwork and ensuring that they have been approved.