Application required?

Applications accepted

EMT Basic

San Luis Obispo Campus and North County
(Paso Robles)

18 weeks

(1 semester)


EMT Refresher

San Luis Obispo Campus

9 weeks





San Luis Obispo Campus

3 semesters YES



EMS Program Announcements:

The Paramedic Program application for admission in August 2017 will be posted soon!


EMS Program Information

Cuesta's Emergency Medical Services Programs (EMS) trains students for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Basic) certification and for Paramedic licensure. An EMT Refresher course is also offered in the spring and fall semesters. Students are taught the fundamental principles and skills required to provide emergency medical care for the sick and injured at the scene of an emergency and/or during transport to a healthcare facility. Our training programs prepare students to function as beginning practitioners according to state and national standards. Hands-on clinical and field internship experiences are part of the training.


EMS Program Mission

The mission of the Cuesta College EMS Program is to provide the highest educational standards for students preparing to become prehospital care providers in a supportive learning environment. We strive to teach our students the highest quality of prehospital emergency care, with the expectation that each will practice the same standard of excellence that we hold for ourselves. We aspire to impart the importance of providing professional, non-discriminatory care for all people in their time of crisis. Our goal is to have our graduates enter their public servant careers as competent, ethical, and confident entry-level health care practitioners who are committed to professional development through lifelong learning.


For information on how to become a student at Cuesta, program prerequistes, priority registration, course equivalencies, student education plans, degrees, or transferring to or from Cuesta, please contact Counseling.