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Emergency Medical Services

Allan Hancock College’s EMS academy was the first ever offered in the state of California. 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. 

The Spring 2022 EMS Academy application deadline is Friday, October 29, 2021. Only typed applications will be accepted. Please mail or deliver to the Public Safety Training Complex.

Spring 2022 EMS Academy Application

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.

EMS Advisory Committee

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.

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 (proof of program certification).

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.