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First Responder, similar to Advanced First Aid, is an entry-level course designed for individuals (law enforcement officers, firefighters, security guards, lifeguards, camp counselors, back-country guides, etc.) that are "first responders" to medical emergencies. This 53-hour course (meets one time per week for 3 hours) combines lecture material with skills/scenario practice, and provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to handle medical emergencies during the first few minutes prior to EMTs and Paramedics arriving.
NO. EMC 100 may not be taken concurrently with EMC 104, as it is necessary to obtain the base-line education in EMC 100, prior to moving on to EMC 104.
We have been requiring First Responder as a prerequisite to EMT-1 for nearly two decades. It is the belief of our faculty and staff that entry-level EMT-1 students need a basic understanding of the EMS field and must possess basic knowledge and skills as they enter our EMT-1 course. Graduates from our EMC programs have a reputation of being highly skilled and knowledgeable, which equates to a very employable person. The bottom line for us is graduating someone who will make a difference in providing optimum patient care and be a valuable employee to private and public sector employers.
NO. EMT-1 and Firefighter-1 are both very intensive courses, requiring mandatory attendance on given days. We have found that it is not possible to be in two places at the same time, which is what these two classes will require of a student.
You may challenge the prerequisite by filing a prerequisite challenge form with admissions and records at SRJC. You will be required to provide supporting documentation that proves you have obtained the entry-level knowledge for EMT-1. If you try to register for EMC 104, you will be "blocked" for not having taken EMC 100. The completed prerequisite challenge form and documentation will be reviewed by the Director of the EMC programs and either be approved or denied based upon the information provided.
You will need to complete the following courses: First Responder (EMC 100) = 3 units/one semester, EMT-1 (EMC 104 = 5 units/one semester, Basic Arrhythmia (EMC 265) = 2 units, Human Anatomy (Anatomy 58) = 3 units, Paramedic Academy (EMC 110 A, B, C) = 34 units/approximately one year (summer/fall/spring/summer). You do the addition and you will see it is 47 units. It will take you approximately two years to complete these courses. If you are looking to become a Firefighter Paramedic, add the Firefighter-1 Academy and you have about 2.5-3.0 years of work ahead of you. The good news is that you only need to add 22 units of the general education requirement and you will be able to apply for an associate degree in Fire Technology and/or Emergency Medical Care.
The SRJC Public Safety Training Center does not offer "stand-alone" CPR courses. Health Care Provider (HCP) CPR training (American Heart Association) is included within the First Responder (EMC 100) training, which is a full-semester course. SRJC does offer an 11-week Standard First-Aid and CPR course (HLE 6) - Go to http://www.santarosa.edu - "Academics" and click on "Schedule of Classes".
If you are looking for "stand-alone" CPR and/or First Aid courses, contact:
There certainly is work for an Emergency Medical Technician, both on the ambulance and in the hospital, upon successful completion of the EMT-1 course. In fact, it is strongly recommended that EMTs go to work and get some patient care experience (a minimum of 6 months full-time experience is recommended) prior to applying to the paramedic academy. If given a choice, it would be preferable to work on an ambulance. However, working in a hospital would definitely be worth the time spent. There are a number of agencies locally and regionally that hire EMTs, and we are eager to share that information with our EMT students just prior to completing the course at our recruitment day.