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       Minimum Levels of Qualification

  • No Medical Experience Required: No prior medical experience is necessary to enroll in our program.

  • Age Requirement: 17 and older for enrollment in the EMT Course, as there is no minimum age required for National Certification. However, it's important to note that upon completion of the EMT course and passing the national exam, to obtain a CA EMT certification in California, applicants must be 18 years old as per regulations set by the California State EMS Office.

  • English Language Proficiency: Applicants must possess a high school level mastery of the English language in reading and writing. (No other language services will be offered at this time)

  • BLS CPR Certification: Prior to the course start date, students must possess a valid Basic Life Support (BLS) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certificate from either the American Heart Association or the Red Cross.

  • Criminal Background Check: After completing the course, all EMT Certification applicants must undergo a criminal history background check. The fingerprinting process is carried out through the California Department of Justice and submitted to the local County EMS agency. For additional information, click here. ​​

        Basic Life Support Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (BLS CPR)

Bay Area Training Academy offers limited numbers of CPR certification courses.  Additionally, Bay Area Training Academy partners with Safety Training Seminars to provide  CPR courses. This class will focus on the management of patients who exhibit signs of Cardiac and Stroke symptoms. This course will prepare the professional responder to recognize, appropriately treat symptoms of a heart attack, stroke or foreign body airway obstruction and take action. Upon successful completion of the skills based and written test an American Heart Association* CPR Card will be issued. This course covers adult, infant and child CPR.

Enroll in our EMT program and take advantage of the invaluable CPR certification training provided by Bay Area Training Academy Safety Training Seminars. As an added bonus, receive a generous 20% discount on the CPR course fees! Upon registering for the EMT course, simply contact us, and we will provide you with the exclusive coupon code to avail the discount when signing up for the CPR certification training.


*The American Heart Association strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency  in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose.  Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

       Admission Documents​

Upon course enrollment, you will promptly receive an email, typically within one to two business days, containing vital instructions for the next steps. This email will encompass essential documents, such as the enrollment agreement, immunization form, and other necessary paperwork.

Before the course commences, you are required to furnish the following documents:

  1. A valid ID copy

  2. A copy of your high school diploma, GED equivalent, college transcript, or proof of current year high school completion

  3. A copy of your BLS CPR certificate

Furthermore, there are additional documents that need to be completed. Upon registration, you will receive these documents via Adobe email for your review and signature.

  • School's Performance Fact Sheet

  • Student Enrollment Agreement

  • Disclaimer

  • Photo Release and Consent Form

  • Externship Contract (Ride Along)

  • Release of Liability, Indemnity, and Assumption of Risk Agreement

  • Denial and Revocation of EMT Certificate


Your prompt and thorough completion of these documents will ensure a smooth and successful journey through our program. We look forward to guiding you towards a rewarding career in emergency medicine!

        5-Week vs 8-Week EMT Course

5-Week Program: Immerse Yourself in Our Accelerated 5-Week Course, featuring a minimum of 32 hours of class sessions per week. To excel in the program, students should allocate an additional 30 to 40 hours each week for independent study and assessments outside of class.

8-Week Program: Embark on Our 8-Week Course, with a minimum of 20 hours of class sessions per week. As you progress, plan for an estimated 20 to 30 hours of dedicated study and assessment work each week beyond the class sessions to achieve optimal results.

Discover Your Ideal EMT Course: 5-Week or 8-Week? Take the Test to Find Out!

Not sure whether the 5-Week or 8-Week EMT course suits you best? We've got you covered! Take the quick test by clicking on the sign to the right to gain insights and make the right decision for your EMT journey:

With this simple assessment, you'll identify the course duration that aligns perfectly with your schedule, learning preferences, and career goals. Don't miss the opportunity to kickstart your  path to becoming a certified Emergency Medical Technician.

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       Immunization for EMT Program

Bay Area Training Academy requires the following immunization records* for clinical externship and ride-alongs upon enrollment. However, we understand that individual circumstances may vary, and we accommodate students who meet the requirements for qualified medical or religious belief exemption.

Immunization Records:

  1. TB (Tuberculosis) - Negative TB test within the last 12 months

    • OR clear chest x-ray within 6 months if previously tested positive

    • OR Quantiferon within 3 months

  2. MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

  3. Tetanus - Within the last 10 years

  4. Varicella (Chicken Pox) 

  5. Hepatitis B

For students seeking religious belief exemption, the following documents must be submitted:

  • Written religious materials describing the belief or practice.

  • A written statement signed by a religious leader, attesting to the qualification for the exemption.


For students seeking medical exemption, the following document must be submitted:

  • A written statement signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, or other licensed medical professional practicing under the license of a physician, stating the qualification for the exemption.


We prioritize the well-being of all our students and ensure that our program is accessible to everyone. If you have any questions or require further information regarding immunization requirements or exemptions, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Note: Please remember to provide all necessary documentation before the clinical externship and ride-alongs to avoid any delays in your training and course completion.

       Preparing for Your EMT Course Before the Start Date

Secure Your EMT Book Promptly: The cost of your EMT book is included in the tuition fee.  Following registration, we recommend getting your hands on the EMT book as soon as possible. Call us to schedule an appointment to pick it up, ensuring you have ample time to familiarize yourself with the material.

  • If picking up the book in person is not feasible for you, at the time of registration you will be given the option to have your book shipped to your location for a shipping fee of $24.  You may also click here

Thoroughly Review Chapters 1 to 17: Before the course begins, it's advantageous to read through Chapters 1 to 17 of the EMT book. This early exposure will give you a head start and enable you to grasp essential concepts more effectively during the course.

Consider Our Anatomy and Physiology Class: If you lack a background in Anatomy and Physiology, we encourage you to sign up for our dedicated class on the subject. Visit for more details.

Collect Your Uniform Kit: Prior to the course's start date, pick up your uniform kit using the provided voucher. Being prepared with your uniform will allow you to focus on your training from day one.

Stay Informed through Emails and Notifications: Make sure to read and stay up-to-date with all emails and notifications sent by Bay Area Training Academy. These communications will contain vital information and updates relevant to your course.


By following these suggestions, you can approach the EMT course with confidence and readiness, setting the stage for a successful and rewarding learning experience. For any further inquiries or assistance, feel free to reach out to us. We are here to support you throughout your EMT journey!

        Uniform and Accessories

Included in the EMT Academy cost, we will provide you with a pair of 511 EMS style pants and a Navy Polo Shirt through a designated uniform store. These essential clothing items are specifically chosen to ensure your comfort and professionalism throughout the course.


However, there are a few additional items you will need to provide on your own, as they are not included in the EMT Academy cost:

  • EMS Style Black Tactical Boots: Sturdy and supportive black tactical boots are a necessity for practical training sessions. Please ensure you have a suitable pair before the course begins.

  • Black Belt: A black belt is required to complement your uniform and maintain a polished appearance during training.

  • Wristwatch with Second Hand or Digital Counter: A wristwatch with an easily accessible second hand or digital counter is indispensable for accurately measuring vital signs and timing medical procedures.

  • Device for Accessing Online Material: You will need a laptop, tablet, iPad, or any device capable of accessing online material during class sessions. This will enable you to make the most of our comprehensive educational resources.


We strive to equip you with the necessary tools for a successful learning experience, and providing the pants and polo shirt is a testament to our commitment. Please ensure you have the remaining items listed above before the course begins, as they are vital for your training and preparedness.

If you have any questions or need further assistance in acquiring these items, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to support you in every step of your EMT Academy journey!

        Text Book

Emergency Care of the Sick and Injured, 12th Edition, with Premier Access (Hard Copy and Online access included in the EMT Academy cost)


Secure Your EMT Book Promptly: The cost of your EMT book is included in the tuition fee. Following registration, we recommend getting your hands on the EMT book as soon as possible. Call us to schedule an appointment to pick it up, ensuring you have ample time to familiarize yourself with the material.

  • If picking up the book in person is not feasible for you, at the time of registration, you will be given the option to have your book shipped to your location for a shipping fee of $24.  You may also click here

       Free EMT Training Sponsorship for Veterans

Swords to Plowshares Employment & Training Program is proud to offer eligible veterans the opportunity to enhance their skill set and secure new job prospects by covering the cost of short-term training.

If you are a veteran seeking to pursue the EMT Certification Course through Bay Area Training Academy, we encourage you to apply for this invaluable assistance.

To apply, please contact Swords to Plowshares using the information provided below and be sure to mention that you are applying for the EMT Certification Course through Bay Area Training Academy.

For more details and to start the application process, visit

Plowshares is committed to supporting our veterans' successful transition into the workforce, and we look forward to assisting you in your journey to become a certified EMT.

Contact Information:
(510) 844-7500

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