EMT Certification

How Do I Become an EMT-B?

1. Complete a BLS For Healthcare Professionals/CPR Course from American Heart Association

Some organizations on campus that offer this course: Healthy Hearts, Medical Emergency Education Project

Off Campus Resource: West Coast EMT

2. Complete an Accredited EMT course

3. Pass the National Registry (NREMT) Test, and obtain your NREMT Certificate (Not a license to practice)

4. Pass a background check (Live Scan)

5. Apply for Riverside County and State of California License

To work as an EMT for an ambulance company, you will need some additional certificates and licenses:

1. Pass Medical Examiner's Test from a certified Medical Examiner

2. Pass an Ambulance Driver's license test at DMV

3. Complete a series of Incident Command System Courses from FEMA

Where Can I Take an EMT Class?

Usually, EMT class is a semester-long class. However, there are accelerated (4-6 weeks), weekend and evening classes available around UCR. The course typically arrange from $900-$1,200

Moreno Valley College's Ben Clark Training Center

West Coast EMT


HealthPro EMT Training

What is the NREMT?

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians is an organization that certifies all levels of pre-hospital provides from EMR to Paramedics. The standardized test for EMT consists of 70-120 questions, and the candidate is required to pass the test to obtain the license to practice.

For more information about the test please click here.

What is a Live Scan?

Live Scan is an inkless, electronic means of capturing fingerprints in a digitized format and then transmitting them to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and/or Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The DOJ can then check if there is any criminal activity related to the specific fingerprints. Click here to check the Live Scan Location around you.

Live Scan Request for Riverside County ONLY

How Do I Apply for the State of California License?

In order to practice or be employed at an EMT provider level in the State of California, you have to obtain the State of California License. Specific Counties (such as Los Angeles and Orange) have additional requirements.

1. Create an account at Riverside EMS Agency's website: https://ca.emsbridge.com/remsa/portal#/login

Home→ Application→ Initial EMT Certification

2. Upload all required documents:

    • AHA CPR/BLS Card

    • NREMT Certificate

    • CA Driver's License or government issued Photo ID

    • Confirmation number you obtained after the live scan

3. Pay the licensing fee