EMS students practicing CPR

EMT Program

Application Process

There is no official program application - just complete the general application for Foothill College.  As long as the prerequisites are met, registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Minimum Prerequisites

The EMS 50 class (Emergency Medical Response) class serves as the prerequisite class into the 2-quarter EMS class series (EMS 52 & 52A, EMS 53 & 53A).  There is no prerequisite necessary for the EMS 50 class.  The EMS 50 class may be waived if it is determined that one's skills/knowledge meets or exceeds what is taught in EMS 50, as determined by the Program Director.

If a student qualifies to have the EMS 50 class waived,  either the American Red Cross BLS/CPR for Healthcare card or the American Heart Association CPR for the Health Care Professional card must still be obtained.

The EMS 50 serves as the prerequisite class for EMS 52 & 52A and EMS 53 & 53A but may also be taken if you are only interested in learning emergency medical skills that go beyond a typical CPR class. You will earn certificates in:

  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Emergency Response
  • O2 Administration
  • Epi Auto Injector
  • Asthma Inhaler

Please go to foothill.edu/schedule/ for class schedule information (select Emergency Medical Responder for the Department).


You are required to obtain and bring to class proof of the following immunizations by the beginning of the EMS 52 & 52A  classes.

  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): either proof of MMR immunization within the last 8 years, or a positive titer (a blood draw showing that immunization already exists).
  • Tetnus (DT, DPT or TD): immunization must be within the last 10 years
  • Negative TB skin test (PPD): skin test date must be less than 6 months before beginning your clinical rotation (in EMT 305). Persons with a history of a positive PPD must provide documentation of a recent chest x-ray and a review of symptoms within the past 12 months. If a chest x-ray is abnormal, clinician clearance must also be provided.
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox): Documentation of both varicella vaccine shots, given 4 to 8 weeks apart, or a positive varicella titer.
  • Hepatitis B vaccine series: documentation showing that the Hepatitis B series of immunizations (total of three doses) has been started by the end of the first month of EMT 50 class, or, documentation showing a positive Hep B titer.

For more information on these shots/titers, please contact our Student Health Services office.

Red Cross Information

For more information on obtaining American Red Cross cards, go to www.redcross.org to find a local chapter.

Sunnvyale Center Building

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Tracy Villanueva, EMS Program Director


Sunnyvale Center, 1070 Innovation Way, Sunnyvale, 94089