Become an EMT

MVC's Emergency Medical Technician academy prepares students to become EMTs and to operate under the remote supervision of physicians to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies in prehospital settings.

About the EMT Certificate

Program Overview

The Emergency Medical Technician program consists of two courses, EMS-50 and 51, for a total of 8.5 college units. The program rewards students with a career certificate and fulfills minimum requirements for beginning EMT licensure requirements. Both EMS-50 and 51 must be taken concurrently.

  • Use the class schedule to find current EMS-50 and 51 offerings. Note that you will not be able to enroll in these courses until you fulfill application and orientation requirements.
  • Review tuition and fees for college enrollment. The EMS program also includes additional costs, such as a mandatory uniform (approximately $500), textbooks (approximately $216), background check (approximately $65) and any fees for health checks and immunizations.
  • You must attend a mandatory program orientation which will go over program requirements, registration procedures, and more. Until you complete orientation, you will be unable to register for EMS-50 and 51. Registration holds are lifted approximately 2 business days after orientation completion. Contact the EMS office if you are unable to register for EMS-50 and 51 three days after you complete your orientation.

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You may qualify for aid and earn while you learn programs.

Workforce Development Center

Riverside County

Let the Riverside County Workforce Development Center's team of experienced personnel guide you along the path to finding your new career. RivCo's Workforce Development Center can assist qualified Moreno Valley residents with tuition and other expenses such as uniforms and books. That's right, they'll sponsor you!

To become a sponsored learner, call to apply at (951) 791-3504 or email

RivCo Workforce Development Board fully funds EMT training


Application Procedures

Applying to become an EMT cadet involves applying to MVC, completing background check and immunization/health check requirements, having a valid CPR card, and fulfilling orientation requirements.
  • You must be 18 years of age
  • Apply to Moreno Valley College
  • You must have an American Heart Association Healthcare Provider Level CPR certification that remains current throughout the program in order to register
  • Attend the EMT orientation in person or online

A background check is required for all students enrolling in MVC's EMS programs. Riverside Community College District partners with Verified Credentials to manage background check requirements. The background check is completed online through QualifiedFirst®. 

  1. Visit the Verified Credentials website
  2. Enter the code for the program code above the "Get Started Here!" section.
    • EMT program code: JKJWK-64964
  3. Create an account.
  4. Enter all required information and provide any supporting documentation.
  5. Track your progress, review your information and then submit.
  6. Information is shared with the EMS program automatically.

For technical support, call 1 (800) 938-6090 or email

All new students entering health care programs have immunization, TB skin test, immunity titer, and physical examination requirements. MVC's Student Health and Psychological Services office can help you meet these needs in a timely, cost effective manner. Book your appointments early, as multiple appointments are usually necessary. Students must use the approved Health Record Clearance Form.

  • Your FIRST appointment should be for immunization counseling and requires you to bring documentation of all prior immunizations received. Bring your childhood immunization record.

  • If a two-step TB skin test is required, multiple office visits are needed over at least a 2-week period.

  • If a TB skin test and an MMR and/or a Varicella immunization are needed, the MMR and Varicella vaccinations must be given on the same day and AFTER the TB skin testing is completed.

  • Immunization and immunity titer requirements must be completed BEFORE the scheduled physical exam.

Health Record Clearance Form (pdf)  Visit MVC Health Services  About Immunizations  

All documents must be completed and turned in to the instructor on the first day of class. Include the required documents and supplies coversheet.

Documents and Supplies Coversheet (pdf)

  • Documents to bring on the first day of class:
    • Copy of AHA Healthcare Provider CPR Certification
    • Copy of Driver’s License or ID Card
    • Health Record (completed through MVC Health Services or a licensed physician); must include proof of vaccination against Tetanus, MMR, TB, Varicella, Hep B, and a clear physical.
    • Background Investigation Packet (includes papers that state your clearance)
  • Supplies to bring on the first day of class:
    • Full Dress Uniform (find at P&P Uniform)
    • AAOS Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 12th Edition textbook (find at MVC Bookstore)
    • EMT National Registry Review textbook (find at MVC Bookstore)
    • EMT Manual Binder (find at MVC Bookstore)
    • Diagnostic Kit (find at P&P Uniform)

Orientations are required for all prospective EMT students and can be completed either in-person or online. Prior to signing up for an EMT orientation, students must have: applied to MVC, completed EMT program prerequisites, and submitted required documents. 

Orientations include presentations by EMS program staff and faculty, training videos and information, and a mandatory post-orientation exam. If attending an in-person orientation, no late admittance will be permitted to enter. If attending the online orientation, be sure to know your student ID number.

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The Emergency Medical Technician program consists of two courses, EMS-50 and 51, for a total of 8.5 college units. Both EMS-50 and 51 must be taken concurrently. You can find course availability in the class schedule.

Class Schedule

The Emergency Medical Services program's EMT and Paramedic cadets are required to do Community Service prior to graduation. This is a mandatory part of the EMS Program. More information can be found on the EMS program page.

Program Supplies


The EMT program requires cadets to wear uniforms when on campus, during training or at community service activities. The approximate cost of a uniform package is $500, and includes training supplies such as a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff and more. The prices below are subject to change and do not include tax.

Purchase uniforms and supplies at:

P&P Uniform Store (view directions in Google Maps)
21790 Van Buren Suite 102
Riverside, CA 92508
(951) 776-0048

Uniform Item Cost

Navy Blue Uniform Shirt (1 required)


Navy EMS T-Shirt (2 required)

$11.99 each

Lg. Patch - School of Public Safety (1 per uniform and jacket)

$3.99 each

Lg. Patch - MVC EMT (1 per uniform and jacket)

$3.99 each

1 ½" Black Basket Weave Belt (1 required)


Navy pants (1 required)


8" Waterproof Side Zip w/ Safety Toe (1 required)


EMS Jacket (required for fall and winter, optional for spring and summer)


1" Silver Nameplate (1 required, 2 for fall and winter)

$6.00 each

Blood Pressure (BP) Cuff






Safety glasses


CPR mask


Trauma Sheers


High Visibility Safety Vest (required)


Blue Safety Helmet (1 required)


P-100 and N95 Masks (required)


Navy Blue Uniform Shirt L/S (1 required for clinical)
(Only if student has tattoos which can be seen on arms while wearing S/S uniform shirt)



You can purchase textbooks at the Moreno Valley College Bookstore, 16130 Lasselle Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92551. Call the Bookstore (951) 571-6107 for any questions. Course and pricing information is subject to change based upon data from publishers and instructors.

EMS 50



The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

(Rev) 4th




EMT Department

EMS 50: EMT Manual Revised F11 (Custom)





American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured, 12th Edition


Jones & Bartlett Learning



EMS 51

No textbooks required.

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