Emergency Medical Education


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Palomar College EME Dept.


For questions and general information about the Emergency Medical Education Courses contact us:

Palomar College EME Department

1951 E. Valley Parkway

Escondido, CA 92027

760-744-1150 X8150

760-432-0353 (Fax)

Pete Ordille, EMT-P – Director EME

Michael Finton, R.N., C.E.N. – Associate Professor

Sarah De Simone, M.A., NREMT-P – Assistant Professor

Ally Do – Clinical Coordinator

Mary J. Reed – Academic Department Assistant




  1. Good afternoon, I was hoping to inquire how long does it take to become emt-b certified at palomar in hopes of applying for the fire academy shortly after

    • To complete EMT-B training at Palomar takes two classes; EME-100 and EME-106/EME-106Lab.

      EME 100 is the prerequisite for the EME 106 courses. Two semesters is what it takes.

      We offer both classes every semester, including Summer.

      After you take both courses, we will give you information on taking the National Registry Exam which is required to be certified in California.

  2. What are the requirements , like, physical, etc., for the start and finish of emt school?

    • To become an EMT, you only need two classes. They are both regular credit classes at Palomar College. Therefore, you do not need a special or separate application for these classes.

      The first class is EME 100 (First Responder). This course costs around $300.00 including books, parking and other fees.

      After you pass that class with a grade of “B” or higher, you may take the EME 106 and 106L classes (EMT class.) We offer these classes every semester including summer. The cost of these courses totals about $550.00 including books, parking and other fees.

      To become a Paramedic…
      To be eligible you must be a high school graduate or equivalent. Be an
      EMT-B and work in the field (pre-hospital experience) with at least six months of full time paid experience (1040 hours) and complete a college level Anatomy & Physiology (ZOO-145) and the Paramedic Prep (EME-175& 175L) classes. The Paramedic Program is by special application and you must undergo a testing and interview process. If you meet all qualifications, You can pick up an application packet in EME office or download from the website.

      Contact the Admissions Office or visit the Palomar College web site (www.palomar.edu) for information on how to enroll.

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