Emergency Medical Services
The EMS Academy admits students through an application process. Prospective candidates are evaluated on the basis of their college, fire and/or
EMS experience and training. The top applicants who successfully pass a criminal background
check are offered enrollment in the class.
Allan Hancock College offers a comprehensive Emergency Medical Services (EMS) degree
and training program designed for both pre-service students and those currently employed within the public safety arena. The (EMS) program offers a wide spectrum of both
semester length and short-term pre-hospital emergency medical training courses that
range from academy format Emergency Medical Technician training, lifeguard certification,
to citizen responder level first aid and CPR courses.
At the crux of the EMS program are the EMS Academy 1A (EMT) and EMS Academy 1B (Advanced) academies. The advanced EMS academy was the first of its kind in the nation and offers training in patient handling and moving, hands-on scenarios and emergency
vehicle driving and operations. The A.S. degree has a wide variety of offerings to
meet the needs of both private and public EMS agencies.
The associate degree program in EMS at Allan Hancock College consists of a balance
of offered courses that prepare the student in the many aspects of entry-level job
duties and responsibilities required by an EMS worker within fire and ambulance services,
aquatic facilities, and various non-traditional EMS roles such as working within a
clinical setting or providing medical coverage for large scale public events. In addition
to entry-level training courses, the college offers a number of EMS related re-certification courses required to maintain current employment.
Why Choose Allan Hancock College?
In addition to the traditional classroom learning environment, Allan Hancock College
boasts the ability to train students in one of the only community college EMS simulation labs to be found in the state. This high-tech lab offers simulation manikins and an ambulance simulator that allows students to experience and practice treatment of a patient while in a
moving ambulance. Allan Hancock College’s EMS academy was the first ever offered in the state of California.
Refer to the Student Resources page for more information on academy costs and application process.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the program take and what are the costs to complete it? It takes one semester (16 weeks) and costs approximately $500-$600 (depending if
the student already possesses some of the uniform or equipment). This cost is inclusive
of books, units, equipment, uniforms, etc.
What is the programs reputation and what help does it offer with finding a job when
you've completed? The program’s reputation is excellent, primarily because of the extensive hands-on
training (50%) that students receive at AHC when compared with other regional programs.
Another distinguishing feature of the EMS program at Allan Hancock College is the
academy format students are trained in, which very similar to a disciplined fire or
police academy. The AHC emergency medical services program is of the highest caliber
due to the college's investment in high tech simulation equipment (e.g. our $64,000
simulation manikin) for manipulative training. Graduates who go to where the work
is available have a very good success ratio of being hired.
What steps should I take in regards to schooling and how can the AHC program help? The 8-hour CPR for healthcare (EMS 306) and 8-hour EMS 300 (Intro to EMS) courses
are prerequisites for the EMS academy. These classes are offered in each semester
prior to the beginning of the academy. Application deadlines are posted on our website
and it is strongly recommended that you turn in your application as soon as enrollment
is open because the class fills very quickly. Our EMT training is highly respected
by the staff and selection committee for the AHC fire academy and also counts as elective
units towards an associate degree in fire technology .
What can I do to prepare physically for the EMS Academy? EMTs at all levels of training should have good physical skills: strength, dexterity,
agility, good physical coordination, and good vision (including accurate color vision).
They should also be emotionally stable and able cope with stressful situations that
require quick thinking and action.
Celestina Middleton, Department Secretary
Phone: 805-922-6966 ext. 3282
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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