• Admissions


    The Emergency Medical Technician - Basic program is an open enrollment program.

    Students must show proof of successful completion of an American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers course, or an equivalent course approved by the Program before beginning the Basic program. A CPR course will be offered within the first two weeks of the course for those students who do not possess the proper CPR credentials. The fee for the course is approximately $50.00.


    Admission into the Advanced EMT program at Del Mar College is a selective process. The admissions procedure is outlined in the Del Mar College Emergency Medical Services Professions Advanced Program Admissions Packet

    Advanced programs are started twice a year. A daytime program is started each fall and a night program is started each spring. To be considered for admission into either the fall day program or Spring program, applicants must submit their completed admissions packets by the following deadlines: 

    FALL—First week of July

    SPRING—First week of November

    Please contact the EMS Professions office for exact submission deadlines.

    JCAHO Requirements – Prior to starting clinical rotations, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) requires that all students enrolling in the EMT-Basic course must:

    • have a current Tuberculosis test (no more than six (6) months old). Students who prove to be “positive” for TB may have to delay starting their clinical rotations until they are determined to be non-infectious. (approx. $15.00)
    • have completed the Hepatitis B series of inoculations. Students who do not have time to complete the series before the beginning of clinical rotations may contact the Clinical Coordinator for exceptions. (approx. $180.00)
    • submit current immunization records showing that all immunizations (e.g. MMR, DPT) are current (Fees for records are usually minimal. If immunizations are not current, fees are determined for the specific immunization(s) needed.)
    • successfully complete a drug screen (approx. $32.00)
    • submit a criminal background check (approx. $35.00)

    The Clinical Coordinator will inform enrolling students where/how these requirements may be met.

    Criminal History

    The Texas Department of State Health Services does not allow persons who have been convicted of certain misdemeanors and/or felonies to be certified. Prospective students, who have been convicted of, pled guilty to, received court-ordered probation, received a deferred, adjudicated, or unadjudicated sentence for any felony or misdemeanor (excluding minor violations such as speeding or parking) should contact the EMS Program Director. The Program Director will be able to assist the prospective student in ascertaining whether the student can be certified.