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The EMT Program and Health Sciences curriculum provides students with the technical knowledge and practical skills training for a career in pre-hospital care and other allied health professions. The EMT program focuses on the critical thinking skills necessary to meet the rigorous testing standards of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and reciprocal state certification and licensing requirements.

Students who successfully earn the NREMT and State EMT Certifications, will meet minimal occupational requirements to start a career in Emergency Medical Services and related allied health fields. The EMT program is instrumental in launching the careers of students as professional firefighters, EMTs and paramedics with pre-hospital care providers, emergency room technicians, burn unit technicians, as well as a variety of other full and part-time opportunities within the industry.

EMT certification has also become a valuable stepping stone in the path of students pursuing careers as physicians, registered nurses, physician assistants, and other health professions, by offering a distinct advantage in patient assessment and critical intervention skills, as well as the ability to obtain valuable work experience.

Information on EMT licensure examination pass rates is available at National Registry of EMTs EMT Pass Rates

Program Highlights

  • A highly experienced faculty of instructors who are currently active professionals in EMS and have extensive experience in teaching both the EMT and Paramedic curriculum.
  • A strong emphasis on developing critical thinking skills, practical and critical intervention skills, and a dynamic course curriculum based on the National EMS Education Standards for EMTs.
  • Sierra College EMT students have a first-time pass rate of 87% on the National EMT (NREMT) certifying exam, and an overall pass rate of 94% after second attempts.

Program Courses

EMT - Emergency Medical Technician: HSCI 002

The EMT program is a comprehensive curriculum of  lecture and training that provides knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to provide Emergency Medical Care in a pre-hospital environment. Covers legal and moral aspects, scene safety, primary and secondary patient assessments, intervention and stabilization skills, proper use of emergency medical equipment, awareness of bloodborne pathogens and communicable diseases, recognizing signs and symptoms, and pathophysiology of medical emergencies and traumatic injuries.  Includes practical hands-on skills training and interactive simulations.  Twenty-four (24) hours of Clinical Experience is an assigned field ride-along and/or clinical hospital internship.  Attendance and participation is mandatory; an accumulative score of 80% on all written quizzes and exams, and a passing score on all NREMT practical skills testing is required for successful course completion.

 Meets the EMT-1 curriculum requirements of the California Code of Regulations Title 22, the California EMS Authority and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the National Registry EMT certifying examination and qualify for a California State EMT certification.  A total of 166 course hours include:  142 lecture and skills lab, and 24 hours of assigned field/clinical internship.

Course Prerequisites:

  1. Students must be 18 years of age at start of EMT course;
  2. A current CPR certification from American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers or a Professional Rescuer CPR card from American Red Cross.  CPR Certification must remain current throughout the entire semester.
  3. Provide proof of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) immunization.
  4. Provide proof of negative tuberculin (TB) skin test taken within 3 months of start of course.
  5. Provide proof of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine, immunization, or a positive varicella titer test
  6. Provide proof of completed Hepatitis B vaccine series with a positive Hep B titer test, OR sign a declination of refusal form.
  7. Provide proof of a current season flu shot vaccination.
  8. Provide proof of a current criminal background.  Specifics will be covered on first day of class


Highly recommend completion of HSCI 7 and BIOL 55 with grades of "C" or better;  eligibility for ENGL 11

EMR - Emergency Medical Responder: HSCI 007

The EMR-Emergency Medical Responder is a 54 hour course that provides the knowledge and skills for individuals to provide initial response emergency medical care. Training includes oxygen administration, airway adjuncts, bag valve mask, splinting and spinal immobilization. Emphasizes patient assessment and medical interventions at the First Responder level.  Meets the National Curriculum Standards for Emergency Medical Responders.  Curriculum includes the American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Health Care Provider CPR card and the Emergency Medical Responder Certificate of Completion issued with grade of "C" or better.  The Course is highly recommended prior to enrolling in the HSCI 02 EMT Course.

Introduction to Paramedic Training: HSCI 50

The HSCI 50 Intro to Paramedic course is 80 hours of comprehensive lecture and training to introduce the knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary to prepare for a Paramedic Program.  The course is assessment based with a focus on EMT and paramedic interventions.  Advanced skills introduced in the course include EKG recognition and interpretation;  Pharmacology;  Advanced Airway Management;  IV and IO fluid and drug administration;  Principles of  Pathophysiology  in Emergency Medical Care; and Introduction to Local and National ALS Protocols.  Practical lab sessions will focus on improving patient assessment techniques, realistic case study scenarios, and introduction to paramedic ALS skills and interventions.  The course format  is interactive and will simulate the intense pace and discipline often required of a paramedic program curriculum.  Student participation and passing of written exams and practical skills assessments will be required for successful course completion and to meet the minimal prerequisite requirements of several regional paramedic programs. 

80 hours continuing education (CE) credit will be awarded to student who successfully meet the course completion and attendance requirements.

Course Prerequisite:

  1. Successful course completion of HSCI 002 EMT or an equivalent EMT course
  2. Must currently be a state certified EMT or eligibility for NREMT Certification.


Robert Riley Part-time Instructor, EMT/Health Sciences

  • N1 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

Victor Hernandez Part-time Instructor, Health Sciences

Victor Hernandez Is a retired Firefighter/ Paramedic from North Tahoe Fire and currently serving on the Truckee Fire District Board of... More

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  • (916) 781-6251/6250
  • (916) 781-6258

David Sinclair Instructor, Program Director and Clinical Coordinator: EMT/Health Sciences

Bryan Barthel Part-time Faculty, EMT/ Health Sciences

Gregory Cavolt Part-time Instructor, EMT/ Health Sciences

Christopher Greene Part-time Instructor, EMT/Health Sciences

JonPaul Seivane Part-time Instructor, EMT/Health Sciences

Joseph Tuoto Part-time Instructor, EMT/Health Sciences

Valerie Walker Instructional Assistant

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