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We are providing the following general position description for the EMT-P. This should guide you when giving advice to anyone who is interested in understanding what qualifications, competencies, and tasks are required of the EMT-P. It is the ultimate responsibility of an employer to define specific job descriptions within each EMS entity.



Successfully complete a department-approved course. Achievement of a passing score on practical and written certification examinations.

Must be at least 18 years of age.

Generally, the knowledge and skills required show the need for a high school education or equivalent.
Ability to communicate verbally - via telephone and radio equipment; ability to lift, carry, and balance up to 125 pounds (250 with assistance); the ability to interpret written, oral, and diagnostic form of instruction; ability to use good judgment and remain calm in high stress situations; ability to work effectively in an environment with loud noises and flashing lights; ability to read and understand English language manuals and road maps; accurately discern street signs and address numbers' ability to interview patient, family members, and bystanders; ability to document, in writing all relevant information in prescribed format in light of legal ramifications of such; ability to converse in English with coworkers and hospital staff as to status of patient.

Good manual dexterity with ability to perform all tasks related to highest quality patient care.

Ability to bend, stoop, and crawl in uneven terrain; and the ability to work in low light, confined spaces and other dangerous environments.

  • EMT/Paramedic - private ambulance company
  • EMT/Paramedic - fire rescue units
  • EMT/Paramedic - hospital emergency departments
  • EMT/Paramedic - industrial company
  • EMT/Paramedic - flight services

These programs are approved by the Riverside EMS Agency. The EMT Paramedic Program is designed for students who are interested in providing prehospital emergency care to acutely ill or injured patients. The programs (Certificate/AS degree) will prepare the graduate for State Board Licensure as an Emergency Medical Technician and/or Paramedic.

The first level of EMS care is the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). This individual is trained in basic emergency medical procedures and must be licensed by the State to perform these procedures. County certification for EMT is a prerequisite to the Paramedic course.

A minimum grade of "C" (70%) must be achieved in all EMS courses to meet program and graduation requirements. Students seeking admission to the Emergency Medical Services (Paramedic) Program must first apply to the college. Applicants should meet with a counselor to discuss admission requirements, program planning, and long-range goals.