Does the idea of helping people in life-threatening situations appeal to you? Do you thrive in a high-stakes, high-emotion environment? Then you may be a good fit for a career in the field of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). EMS certification will qualify you to work for an ambulance service or in an emergency department of a hospital or clinic. Lifeguards, ski patrol and firefighters also frequently require EMS certification. OCC Career Advantage offers an EMS certificate program that prepares you to take the national EMS certification exam for EMT Basic certification in any California county. If you see yourself as a member of a life-saving team, read on to learn more about our program.

A sampling of courses for these careers

  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Medical Services Clinical Internship
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy-Physiology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Emergency Medical Services Lab


Did you know?

Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026,
much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete our certificate of specialization program, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in emergency medical services.

View program detail in course catalog.

Emergency Medical Services

Prepare for a career as an emergency medical technician (EMT) with a public or private ambulance service, as a firefighter, in an emergency department, or as a lifeguard or ski patrol. Completing this program will qualify you to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician's certifying exam and to obtain EMS basic certification in any California county. 

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
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Our Team

Katie Ottoson
Katie Ottoson, M.S.
Counselor, CTE and
Career Services
Caryn Plum
Caryn Plum
Counselor, Allied
Health Careers