College of Marin Career Education - Career Pathway Information

Fire Technology / Emergency Medical Services

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College of Marin is a state-approved agency to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) training.

We offer:

* Emergency Medical Response (EMR) training.

* Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training.

* Refresher courses, required by EMTs to meet continuing education (CE) requirements.

After taking our EMT course, you’ll be ready for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Certification Exam.


Fire Technology/Emergency Medical Options – What does COM Offer?

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Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) Industry Cert. Requirements (3.0 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):1 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$138.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$604.00
Required Class (3.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
FIRE 215Advanced First Aid/First Responder3.0

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Industry Cert. Requirements (7.0 units)

Time to Completion (minimum):1 semesters
Estimated Tuition & Fees*:$322.00
Estimated Books & Supplies*:$992.00
Required Class (7.0 units)
Class CodeNameCompletedUnits
FIRE 112Emergency Medical Technician I7.0
EMR is prerequisite
* These expenses may not reflect your actual cost to attend College of Marin. Tuition cost is for in-state tuition, which is currently $46/unit plus additional fees. For out-of-state tuition, see For information about opportunities for financial aid, please contact Enrollment Services at (415) 457-8811 Ext. 8822 or
** These courses have prerequisites.

Career Outlook

What work can I get and how much can I earn?

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) workers typically are certified as Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Others work as educators or administrative personnel who coordinate emergency responses.

EMRs are first responders who provide immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical services system. EMRs have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS resources to arrive. Job opportunities for EMRs: Lifeguards, Police & Fire Dispatchers, and more.

EMTs provide out of hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies. Job opportunities for EMTs: Emergency Medical Technician; EMT certification is required for advanced positions, such as Paramedic, Emergency Dept. Technician, and often required for Fire and Police academies.

JOB TITLE: Emergency Medical Technician or Paramedic

  • Annual Earnings: $22,320 to $65,590
  • What They Do: Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.
Salary ranges reflect 10% to 90% of annual earnings per data sourced from Economic Modeling Specialists International (; data includes the North Bay Region (Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma) and San Francisco County.

Key Contacts

Who do I contact if I have questions?

PLAN: Call the Counseling Office at (415) 485-9432

OTHER QUESTIONS: Call COM's Career Programs Dept at (415) 457-8811 x8200



Contact the Health Sciences Dept.

Why Choose College of Marin for EMR/EMT Training?

  • Expert Instruction: COM’s EMR Instructor is the current Fire Marshall for Novato.
  • Real-World Expertise: The Program Coordinator and EMT Instructor is a Registered Nurse and works on an ambulance as a Paramedic.
  • Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents. Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What else should I know?

Which EMT Refresher Course do I Need?

If you’re already certified and needing continuing education (CE) for renewal, here are the EMT-1 renewal requirements:

  • Not yet expired or expired less than 6 months: 24 hours CE. Enroll in EMT-1 Refresher A.
  • Expired 6 months up to 1 year: 36 hours CE. Enroll in EMT-1 Refresher B.
  • Expired greater than 1 year: 48 hours CE and re-take the NREMT exam. Enroll in EMT-1 Refresher B.
  • Expired greater than 2 years: Retake entire class (EMT Skills Certificate).
How long does it take to earn the certificate?

Each class/certificate takes 1 semester. You must complete the EMR before enrolling in the EMT class, so both would take 2 semesters.

Are there any pre-requisites?
  • There are no requirements or prerequisites for EMR.
  • The prerequisite for EMT is the EMR certificate. Other requirements may apply.

Note that good working English is essential. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful.

For EMT refresher courses, refer to the requirements chart in the question above: Which EMT Refresher Course do I Need?

If my EMR has expired, can I still apply and take the EMT course?

Yes, within a certain time frame. Please contact the Health Sciences Department at (415) 485-9319.

I already have an EMT, do you offer refresher courses?

Yes. Contact the Health Sciences at (415) 485-9319 with a copy of your current EMT to determine which refresher course you’ll need to take.

How do I get started?

To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)